Dating a Cougar by Donna McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary romance, slightly steamy
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 1 of 6
Synopsis, from Goodreads:
After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer Alexa Ranger has finally given up the search. A couple years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it’s shocking at 50 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It’s even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks medically retired Marine Casey Carter is sexy, but can’t get past their twelve-year age difference to even consider a fling. Not that it matters, anyway; anything resembling a normal dating relationship is totally out of the question because Casey is related to and living with her daughter’s boyfriend. The very last thing Alexa needs is yet another talk show-worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how amazing Casey’s kisses make her feel.
I read this book right after finishing Carved In Stone, a book from one of Donna McDonald's other series. Both books have aggressive heroes, but I enjoyed Dating a Cougar much more. It had the lighthearted tone that I was expecting from the first book. I felt that the heroine held her own and wasn't really being manhandled by the hero; there was more of a give-and-take in their relationship. One of the relationships in the first McDonald book I read felt like it wouldn't have taken much of a push to shove it into an abusive situation, and it made for uncomfortable reading in what was supposed to be a romance.
Another thing that made me prefer this book was the surrounding characters. This book was another freebie designed to draw the reader into the rest of the series. In this case, it worked. I want to read the rest of the books and find out what happened to the people I met in the first book. This book doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but the hero and heroine's friends are so well drawn that I just know that they have their own stories to tell.
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