Cougar (Werescape #1) by Skhye Moncrief
Post-apocalyptic Earth: after alien invasion, AEI, 2064 AD, The Wild
With her beloved Shifter mate two days in Oregon's ground, Sierra must choose to live or die. She has two options--join a Shifter clan by choosing a mate or live alone. Life is dangerous for a woman after the extraterrestrial invasion. Women choose protection in a group or are sold into slavery, even to the aliens. She opts for the protection of the clan, him.
He's glorious. Empathetic. And resolved to mark her. He will not lose her. Jackal, the powerful right-hand Shifter of the clan's leader, her brother-in-law, is determined she will be taken care of properly as mates aren't easily come by. Especially in The Wild. But they just met, and she fights mating in her early stages of mourning. Honor-bound with a vow made over his brother's death bed to see her safe, he internally swears to win her love. Whatever it takes.
But she harbors a dangerous secret. Born a Cougar, she dares not risk revealing she's a Shifter, or bounty hunters will descend upon the remote mountain village to capture her for extraterrestrials. Villagers would die in the attacks. However, her Cougar rises up to claim Jackal for its mate. Shifter meets Cougar. Cougar claims her mate. Never-ending fireworks mark their raw attraction. But when the post-apocalyptic world is determined to tear them apart, will Normals, Shifters, or aliens win? Bet your money on COUGAR.
When I first started reading, I was a bit confused by the point of view. It is a little different. Once I figured it out, though, it was not a problem because I was so wrapped up in the story. This is an interesting twist on shifters. Aliens have invaded Earth and abduct people to do experiments on them, creating the Shifters.
Jackal is a great character. He never wanted to mate, but keeps his promise to his brother to protect Sierra. And Sierra is conflicted because she just lost her love, but her Cougar wants Jackal.
If you like steamy stories about Alpha males claiming their mates, I think you will like this one. This is the first in the Werescape series and I will definitely be reading more.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!
*Notes: Strong language, talk of rape, and Shifters like to mate in their Wolfskin.
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