Title: Cougar Surrender-A Cougar's Desire
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
Book three in the Cougar Surrender series.
On the hunt for the man who’d tried to kill his uncle, cougar shifter Jase runs into a little spitfire who throws him for a loop. She doesn’t fall at his feet. But as his prey escapes, he realizes Katarina is a different sort of prey he refuses to lose sight of.
Katarina is a loser magnet. Having resigned herself to never finding Mr. Right, she reluctantly agrees to go out with Jase. He’s sexy as all get out, and just the sort to hit it and run. But this man with the smoldering eyes and made-for-sin body passes all her tests, and she finds herself letting him in.
As one night of passion leads to so much more, Jase’s prey comes back to claim what he left behind. And Katarina finds herself stuck in the middle.
It took a few hours, but his prey finally used his cell, showing how well the computer program Dacian had given him worked. Caleb’s location was downtown in a part of the city where low-income properties could be found. It made sense he would be there, because it wasn’t an area the doctor would have been caught dead in before going on the run. Even though Caleb wasn’t that old and set in his ways like many of the family elders, he still felt humans were below cougar shifter standards. Not wanting his prey to give him the slip, Jase wasted no time driving to the designated spot the computer program had found.
Jase parked his car about a half block away from the location. Since Caleb would recognize it, he didn’t want him seeing it before Jase had a chance to get close. He walked down the street, looking at the property numbers until he arrived at the address Dacian’s program had come up with.
The apartment building looked to have seen better days. It was old and showed its age. It had a maximum of four floors, and didn’t even have a secured entrance, so anyone could walk in off the street. It posed a bit of a problem—Jase had no idea what floor Caleb would be on. The program didn’t exactly give him an apartment number, just the main address.
He blew out a breath as he looked up at the building. The only thing he could do was search each floor until he found Caleb’s scent. It would take more time, and the chance of his prey giving him the slip was high, but Jase couldn’t come up with any other way to do it.
With a silent curse, Jase walked up the four steps that led to the main entrance. Inside, he started with the basement level. Not catching Caleb’s scent there, he moved on to the next floor.
Having finished the third and still no trace of his prey, Jase wondered if Caleb had already given him the slip. That would totally suck if that ended up being the case and he’d wasted all that time for nothing.
On the fourth and final floor, Jase managed to pick up an old scent trail. It was hard to detect, but it was there. He followed it down the hallway, almost to the very end. He stood between the two doors that were on either side of him. The trail led to both. Which one was the correct one was the question.
Jase did a game of eeny meeny miney moe to pick the first one to try. After one was selected, he stepped closer to the door, then sniffed around it to see if he could detect a stronger trail. If he did, it would be a sure sign Caleb was inside that apartment.
With hands on the wooden surface and his eyes shut, Jase was taken by surprise when it was yanked open. He didn’t catch himself in time to stop from falling face first in a heap across the threshold. Something hard pressed into the center of his back and kept him from trying to gain his feet.
The female voice came from above where he lay. Jase slowly turned his head until he focused on a pair of feet directly in front of him. They were clad in white sports socks and were much smaller than his.
The thing on his back jabbed him harder. “I said don’t move. I’m not afraid to use this baseball bat on your head if I have to.”
So that was what it was. “I’m not going to do anything to warrant you to do that. If you’ll remove the bat, I’ll get up and be on my way.”
“Not so fast. Why were you trying to break into my apartment?”
“The hell you weren’t. I saw you through the peephole. It looked as if you were trying to do something to the door.”
The woman, who sounded young, was human. There was no way he could explain he was only trying to pick up a scent trail of another cougar shifter. She’d think he was lying and more than likely use that bat of hers on his head like a ball as threatened.
“I promise you I wasn’t trying to break in. I’m looking for someone. I thought this was his apartment. I think he lives across the hall.”
“If that’s so, why didn’t you knock like a normal person?”
“I wanted to surprise him. Maybe you know him. His name is Caleb.”
The woman was silent for a few seconds before she slowly pulled the bat away. “I know him. He moved in across the hall the other day.”
Jase carefully stood, not making any sudden movements. He didn’t trust that the bat wouldn’t still be aimed at his head. He lifted his gaze to the woman who was in front of him. He sucked in a quiet breath as he took in her face, which was gorgeous. She had shoulder-length brown hair and eyes that were a light green. She was a small thing. He guessed she had to stand around only five foot three. He towered over her.
“Then I’ll knock on his door.” He slowly backed up, keeping an eye on the bat she held at her side.
“I’ll watch you to make sure you do that.”
5 Stars - Top Pick: This series keeps getting better and better. In the third book the hunt is on for Caleb, the shifter who tried to kill Jase's uncle with poison to become the Alpha. This is what I call a quickie in the fact that you can read it in one sitting, which is absolutely terrific. Marisa is definitely the queen of the quickie series. Marisa, keep up the good work. I love reading your stories.--Angibabi4, Night Owl Reviews