Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson (Cougarville #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.

An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he’s the only one who can save her.

But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own? 

Evangeline Anderson has just rocked the paranormal romance/sifter genre with her first book in the new Cougarville series! She may have written plenty of other genre rocking books, but being the first of hers I have read, I declare it will not be my last! This shifter romance was completely original to everything I have read in the past, introducing new shifter types and giving a storyline that gripped me from beginning to end.

Unlike all my previous shifter loves, Anderson gave me a whole new take on the genre. As a woman enters what humans would classify as menopause (between 35 and 50 years old), those with latent shifter genes can go into a state of rejuvenation. The clock starts going backward and their body becomes that of a 20 year old again. Who the hell wouldn’t love that?! When this happens the female needs a male alpha shifter to satisfy their, *cough cough*, needs and perhaps knock them up to continue the shifter lines. Except going through the process makes her irresistible to all males within smelling distance, drawing them to the female like bees to honey.

Sadie is one such female, except she has no idea of what she is becoming. Freshly arriving in Cougarville to move into the house that was willed to her and her twin sister after their mothers death, she doesn’t understand the rudeness of all the females in town or the fights she evokes between males everywhere she goes. Not to mention the sudden return of a much younger body on her 40 year old, mother of college kids, frame. Add to that a extremely hostile neighbor who just accidentally saw her naked, not a good start to her new life.

Having lost one mate, Mathis knows he can’t ever try again. His kind mates for life. One shot. The death of his mate has left him a bitter, lonely male who lives life in a solitary existence. Now a female in the throws of rejuvenation has moved in next door and her delectable scent is arousing him in ways not even his mate did. Knowing falling for her would be a mistake that could have deadly consequences he tries to keep his distance but Sadie is causing trouble all over town and his protective instincts are causing him to say and do stupid things.

Oh boy, these two were magic together. Add in Mathis’ shifter, a giant prehistoric elk, and I was hooked. I love finding new types of shifters and the idea of prehistoric ones was just too good to pass up. The whole town was brought to life so well, and the secondary characters are intriguing and well fleshed out. Mathis was giant and wholly alpha without being a huge asshole, so that was a plus for this as well since I wasn’t in the mood for an alpha-hole. I also loved the fact that Sadie was a mature adult and was cautious to begin with because of it.

I can’t wait to get to the next book, Cougar Bait!

I give Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson 4 stars! 

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