Thursday, September 9, 2010

Review: Summer of the Cougar by Nicole Austin

Summer of the Cougar by Nicole Austin

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 4



A standalone title in the Cougar Challenge series.

With the big four-oh looming, Larissa Cross is more than ready to shed the roles that have defined her and make drastic changes. Gone are the widowed Army wife, soccer mom and empty nester. She’s even setting aside the schoolteacher until fall.

A naughty challenge issued by fellow erotic romance booklovers on their blog, Tempt the Cougar, has come at the perfect time and ignited Rissa’s competitive drive. It’s going to be a glorious summer full of hot younger man lovin’ for a new cougar on the prowl. Rawr!

Tattooed and pierced fireman JD Harmon is tempting prey but there’s much more to the hunk than his bad boy good looks. A one-night stand isn’t in his plans, and sex—no matter how mind-blowing—won’t distract him from his goals. JD intends to tame the wicked cougar and stake a claim on her heart.

Kris’ Review

Nicole Austin writes a delicious standalone title in the Cougar Challenge series. Since the main character is a blogger and takes part in the ‘Cougar Challenge’ it sort of like an episode of ‘Punked’ by Aston Kutcher.

Larissa Cross is a thirty-eight year old teacher, a widow and soon to be an empty nester. She loves to read erotic romance novels and is a member of a booklovers blog called Tempt the Cougar. Her friends and fellow bloggers have issued her the ultimate challenge – spend the summer redefining her identity by becoming a cougar. The idea of having one-night stands with younger men makes her as giddy as a school girl. She buys a hot little convertible sports car and heads off to the beach with her tight little tiny bikini. And as soon as she parks the car at the beach it catches fire and is totaled.

That’s when tattooed and pierced fireman JD Harmon shows up to put out the fire. Merely talking to him, sends her temperature soaring. Immediately she decides that this delicious ‘fire god’ will be her first candidate for the challenge. He makes it even easier by asking her out on a date and telling her he’ll call her.

JD Harmon is not only a fireman, but also a member of the National Guard reserves. But his real accomplishment is that he’s just gotten his certification as a teacher and will be teaching first grade at the end of the summer. He’s sick of risking his life and is ready to settle down at the ripe old age of twenty-six. When JD meets Rissa he’s convinced he’s found ‘the one’ and he intends to stake a claim on her heart.

When JD calls and asks to come over, Rissa offers to feed him breakfast and then jump his bones. He’s got other things in mind. He actually buys her a fire extinguisher as a gag gift. He wants to get to know her first before jumping into bed and takes her kayaking. She’s so upset that they haven’t had sex yet, she actually asks him if he is gay. Whenever it turns to personal subjects she always is vague and turns it back to him. A few days later he takes her car shopping and they finally have sex.

Only problem is they fall asleep and he’s still there the next morning. Rissa has no idea of how to ‘get rid of him’. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, JD worms his way into her life and turns what she planned as a one-night fling into a relationship. Before she knows it, he’s pretty much living at her place. As the summer starts to draw to an end, how is she supposed to break it off with him? The women on the cougar blog tell her to continue with the relationship, but she’s scared of a ‘permanent relationship’. Could she really have a lasting relationship with a twenty-six year old? JD doesn’t make it any easier when he decides he’s going to tame this cougar if it’s the last thing he does.

This first standalone in the Cougar Challenge is a wonderfully written erotic romance with sex so steamy you’ll need to borrow Rissa’s fire extinguisher by the end of the book. Summer of the Cougar earns four and a half Tea Cups and a heat rating of a flaming 4.

4 1/2 Tea Cups!

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