Series: Cougar Falls Book #7
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Blurb: It’s more than whether you win or lose; it’s how you play with your prey...Joy Bermin’s sweet crush on Quince Castille went sour when he got involved with a psychotic feline who nearly destroyed the pride. That bastard is dead, but now Quince is trying to convince her he had nothing to do with it. She’s been doing her best to ignore him, but the stubborn panther is always underfoot. When he tricks her into seeing how good things could really be between them, she’s stuck between dismay and desire. Just when Quince was ready to prove his love for Joy, that mess with the pride shot his credibility all to hell. Trickery is the only way to break her resistance and show her the truth. And holy hell, that woman could melt steel with her heat.
Between trying to pin her down and dealing with upstart cats out to destroy what he’s worked so hard to rebuild, Quince is through playing by the rules. Whatever it takes to make Joy his mate, it’s on the table. And God help anyone who gets in his way. Warning: The Miami heat may induce passion, trickery, feline sunbathing, stubborn brothers bossing around temperamental sisters, and a cat smackdown of epic proportions.
Thoughts: I have read a few other books in this series, and before this one I would have said they were pretty much “take it or leave it” for me. However, with this one I think Harte has broke out of that mold. This has been – by far- my favorite book in this series. I had a hard time putting this one down, and when I did, it was all I could think about until I could get back to it! It’s just that good!
I loved Joy – she was a strong female character who didn’t put up with any bullcrap. She had her own insecurities about her place within her family – as well as her place in Quince’s life, but yet she is also confident in her abilities. Joy was substantial – not one of the ‘queen bee’ types like her sister from previous books. Her character was so refreshing to read in comparison to some of the others. The same goes for Quince – his character has flipped and made a complete 180 compared to what we have known of his character up until now. In fact, he turned out to be quite the endearing character! His odd courtship of Joy was interesting to read, and I really liked the complexity of their relationship.
The bottom line is that this book was so well done that it has me looking more favorably on the past ones in the series. I think it’s time to go and re-read some books!…;)