Stone Cold Fox by Evangeline Anderson (Cougarville #3)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Cougarville’s mechanic, and resident Alpha fox, shelters a mysterious woman who ignites his protective animal instincts when evil forces try to tear them apart.

Jo Ferrell has been cast out of her home for reasons she doesn’t understand. The grey streak in her hair is gone, her body is younger, and there’s an ominous shadow chasing her. With nowhere else to go, Jo finds shelter in a shed whose owner she wants nothing to do with—but he’s too much to resist.

Reese Cooper has never felt a pull towards a woman like he does towards Jo and his Fox is desperate to claim her as their mate. After offering her a place to stay, Reese finds it difficult to resist his beautiful new roommate. But when dark magic threatens their happiness, Reese will use all of his strength to protect the woman he loves…if he’s not too late.

Another wonderful addition to this very unique and engaging paranormal/shifter romance series! If you’re looking for a shifter romance, but don’t want it overly dark, Anderson is definitely the way to go. Having said that, this particular book deals with some touchy subject matter, so just know that going in…

Thrown out of the coven she’s been a part of for years, Jo is desperate to find sanctuary. Unless that hospitality comes from a man. Skittish and leary because of a past assault, Jo wants nothing to do with the male race. Even the gorgeous man who just found her hiding in the barn behind his house. His offer to let her stay must come with some sort of catch, and she’s definitely not eager to find out what.

Convincing Jo to trust him might just be the hardest thing Reese has ever done. Obviously hurt in the past, he does everything possible to seem less threatening. Even going so far as to show her his fox after just meeting her, which he’s never done. There’s just something about the female that calls to both his human and animal side.

While Reese isn’t a prehistoric shifter like the past two books featured, his fox is definitely unlike anything I’ve read. He has the ability to become as small as a mouse or as big as an elephant while in his animal form. Who wouldn’t like a cuddly little fox when they need comforted like Jo needed when they first met. Or a giant fox that can tear out your throat if you’re in danger? I also liked Reese because he was so laid back and gentle with Jo, cognizant of her issues with men immediately. He didn’t rush her and even when it became apparent she was his mate, he let her take the lead and kept himself tightly leashed in his control. He was a true gentleman.

Jo was quite an enigma, and somewhat naive, through no fault of her own really. Living a secluded life with the coven had made it so she never had to interact with men and therefore never had the opportunity to heal from her past. She was strong though and persevered even under dire circumstances. I loved how Anderson gave her both the shifter and wiccan attributes, ramping up the possibilities of what she had the potential to become. If anyone deserved the best of both worlds, it was her.

The series is building towards bringing down a shadowy figure in a pharmaceutical company who seems intent to harm those females who have yet to enter their rejuvenation stage. Whether that be by killing them off, as we get a hint of in this book, or forcing them into the change to harvest their hormones, the end game is not yet clear. Anderson does a fantastic job of moving the overall story arc along at a believable pace, while still giving readers some pulse pounding thrills and titillating sexual encounters.

I give Stone Cold Fox by Evangeline Anderson 4 stars!  

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