Title: Cougar Surrender-Fated to a Cougar
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
Book four in the Cougar Surrender series.
Out on the hunt for the fairer sex, cougar shifter Grady never thought he’d run across his other prey. As he follows Caleb on a mad dash through Anchorage’s dark streets, Grady ends up on the receiving end of a metal pipe to the head. When a police cruiser arrives on the scene, Caleb takes off, leaving Grady in the dirt.
As a cop, Sage’s job is to protect and serve. But she doesn’t expect to be kissed senseless by the sexy man she’s trying to help. She can’t resist his charm—or his touch on her body—and agrees to see him again.
A relationship started on passion changes quickly when tragedy slams into Sage’s life. But with Grady by her side, Sage finds the one thing she’s been missing.
“So what do cops do on their days off?” Grady asked with a grin.
“Well, this one, besides babysitting for her older sister, usually hangs around at home and relaxes. I also get caught up on laundry, house cleaning and grocery shopping that I tend to neglect during a work week.”
Sage chuckled. “No, it’s not, and you know it.”
“Okay, that’s true. How long have you been a police officer?”
“A couple years now. It can be a stressful job, but I wouldn’t want do anything else. How about yourself? What do you do for a living?”
Grady smiled. “Live. Seriously though, I don’t work. I don’t have to. I own stocks in my uncle’s multinational software company, which is the biggest here in Anchorage.” He said the corporation’s name.
Sage instantly recognized it after Grady said it. “Yeah, you must do well for yourself.”
The doorbell rang and Grady pushed to his feet. “That has to be the pizza. I’ll get it since I’m paying for it.”
She watched him leave the room, then heard him talking to the delivery guy. It didn’t take long for Grady to return, holding a pizza box. The smell of it made her stomach growl once it hit her nose. Sage hadn’t realized how hungry she actually was until then.
“I’ll get some paper towels,” she said as she quickly headed for the kitchen.
She handed Grady a sheet once she returned. He opened the pizza box and they dug in. A quiet moan pushed out of Sage after she took the first bite, chewed and swallowed. It was exactly what she needed. She looked over at Grady to see him watching her eat. He stared at her as if he wanted to taste her along with the food. A surge of arousal shot through her. To hide it from him in case she showed any outward sign of it, she took another big bite of pizza.
“Enjoying it?” Grady asked.
Sage nodded, then swallowed. “This place always has the best pizza. I’d hate to tell you how often I order it. Cooking is another thing I find hard to do while working.”
“You must work long shifts.”
“I do, and a lot of them can be during the nightshift.”
They didn’t talk too much after that and concentrated on finishing their meal. Once they were done, Sage got rid of the pizza box in the kitchen and returned with a beer for each of them.
Now that they were no longer eating, Sage decided to bring up the subject of how she’d met Grady. So far, she hadn’t seen any sign of the nasty head wound he’d received. He seemed to have recovered rather quickly.
“How’s your head?” she asked.
“Did you end up going to the ER?”
“Actually, no. It wasn’t as bad as you thought it was. Even though it bled like a bugger, it was only a scratch.”
Sage frowned. Having taken a metal pipe to his head, Grady would have been pretty lucky to only end up with a mere scratch. The light from her flashlight hadn’t been the best, but what she’d seen when she’d checked his head the night before was a lot more than that. Yes, head wounds bled a lot, but the amount of bleeding he’d done, it hadn’t been something as minor as that.
“Really?” she asked. “Then you won’t mind if I look at it. And I never did get a chance to ask if you knew who your assailant was before you took off.”
“I thought you were off-duty today,” Grady said with a short laugh.
“I am, but that doesn’t mean I stop being a cop. I take my job very seriously. Some of the guys I’ve dated in the past have said I’m too uptight about it. But that’s the way I am. So are you going to let me look?”
There’s nothing wrong with that, and I’m fine. As for the guy who hit me, it was dark and I didn’t see his face very well.”
“Do you normally walk around that area alone late at night? The buildings there are mostly industrial. I thought it kind of strange.”
Grady looked at her, not showing anything on his face. He then said, “You ask too many questions.”
Sage didn’t get a chance to say anything else before Grady closed the gap between them and took her mouth in a heated kiss. A small voice inside her said he was using it to distract her from what they’d been discussing, but the rest of her didn’t give a shit. She quickly lost herself to the sensations coursing through her as his lips moved over hers. It became more so once he pushed his tongue inside and stroked hers, tasting her.
Things quickly heated up after that. Sage basically said the hell with it, wrapped her arms around Grady’s neck and tugged him even closer. She wanted him. She didn’t know if what they started here would last, but right now her body craved his touch—bad. She’d just feel and enjoy what he could give her.
4.5 Stars: Marisa Chenery has proven herself time and time again to be one of the reigning members of the fictional “Shifters Romance Writer’s Scribe” with her passionate and intriguing novellas of shifter/human matings. Ms. Chenery continues to impress with her engaging storytelling of shifter/human adventures as she spins a succulent tale that will make even the coldest heart this winter melt into a puddle. I love the character development in this story. So are you looking for the purr-fect tale to cuddle up with? Well “meow” out loud because Ms. Chenery’s Fated to a Cougar might just be right up your alley.--Dogwood, Long and Short Reviews
4 Hearts: I enjoyed this paranormal romance story. This is a fast-paced story that is filled with action and several very steamy sexual encounters between the two main characters. I liked Sage because she is intelligent and hardworking. I liked Grady too. He is strong and protective, and he has a caring nature that makes him even more loveable. The love scenes between Grady and Sage are inferno hot. This story contains very explicit love scenes and language.--Janie Esparza, The Romance Studio
5 Stars - Top Pick: This is the fourth in the series and man it doesn't pull any punches, especially when it starts out with one. This is another great quickie from Marisa. So put your feet up, grab a drink and immerse yourself in this fourth Cougar shifter installment.--Angibabi4, Night Owl Reviews