Cougar’s Mate by Terry Spear

Cougar’s Mate by Terry Spear
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (173 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Instinct told her to run…

Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she’s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn’t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she’s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the Colorado wilderness. He vows to protect her no matter what she’s done. With three dead boyfriends to her name, she’s sure she will be the death of Chase Buchanan before either of them can prevent it. No matter how much she knows she has to run again, he soon holds her heart hostage. But will that be enough to keep them both alive?

Chase Buchanan—as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado that boasts a love of cougars—is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey. Chase soon learns she’s a shifter, not a full-time cougar, and she’s on the run. When he takes her in, he vows to protect her. After losing his wife and baby to the human kind of predator years earlier, he’s not letting Shannon’s hunters kill her, too. But how is he going to hold onto the wild-cat woman, who is unpredictable at every turn, without losing his heart to her, and then losing her as well?

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Ms. Spear begins with the main character witnessing a murder and from that moment on you side with her, want her to be safe, and cheer when she outruns what you think might be the bad guys.

I especially enjoyed the first part of the story where Shannon goes on the run as a cougar and hides out in the canyon. There’s almost a mini-story that takes place and I loved the description of the surrounding area with the mountains and streams.

Shannon is a tough character who you can’t help but like. And then of course there’s Chase who’s the ultimate protector and another cougar shifter. I think what made it a fun reader was the town was made up of fellow cougar shifters. And each of the secondary characters are well drawn.

What’s especially enjoyable is Ms. Spears’, slow build up to the physical relationship between Shannon and Chase. It’s not rushed which makes it feel natural. Just when you think things are going Shannon and Chase’s way, trouble rear its head.

During the last part of the story I didn’t want to put the book down so I could continuing reading and see what happened to this pair.

Cougar’s Mate is the first of a new series by Ms. Spears and I can’t wait for book two.


  1. […] Cougar’s Mate by Terry Spear Publisher: Self-Published Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Length: Full Length (173 pgs) Heat Level: Spicy Rating: 5 Stars Reviewed by Stephantois […]

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