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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Falke's Peak by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton



Falke's Peak by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (143 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Anal play/sex, menage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

She couldn't believe her eyes.

Stressed out ad-exec Dakota wandered into Catamount Outfitters in search of a guide for a wilderness excursion. She didn't expect to be greeted by not one, but five of the most ruggedly delicious-looking men she'd ever seen. Not to mention a live cougar guarding the shop.

The Falke brothers have more than just good looks in their genes.

Eldest brother Axel agrees to guide Dakota on her mountain trek. In cougar form, Axel's twin, Gunnar, was there as a protection from predators—but he had his eye on the sexy client instead.

Into the wild...

While the rule with clients was "paws-off," both Axel and Gunnar couldn't resist Dakota's seductive Native American beauty and determination. As cold days led to hot nights in the cabin, Axel and Gunnar wondered if they'd finally found a woman strong enough to tame them...

“I just needed a getaway…a vacation fling.”

When you attract the attention of two puma shifters, there is no such thing as a “fling”. As oldest brother, Axel, explains at one point, “domesticated cougars mate for life, when they’re ready”.

Litter mates and oldest of the six Falke brothers, Axel and Gunnar had not thought they were ready to settle down and reveal their family secret until they met Vegas vacationer Dakota Tokala. For her part, Dakota had the same reaction any breathing female would have had upon meeting five of the Falke brothers all at once: embarrassing case of the stares, slightly breathless and difficulty speaking. The only member of the Falke household she wasn’t thrilled about meeting was the live cougar, apty named Falke, that guarded the store and travelled with them on the hiking expedition. Actually, Dakota’s reaction to the cat as well as the men was refreshingly genuine. I could easily picture myself behaving the same way in her situation. I appreciate that the authors did not have her appearing overly confident in the face of an otherwise wild animal or such gorgeous male specimens.

While Dakota is initially hesitant to get to close to the cougar, Falke, she has no problems at all with encouraging her guide, Axel. I liked her self-sufficient can-do attitude. The authors do not over-do her independent personality allowing the men the opportunity to get to know her a little better.

The descriptions of the scenery as well as the attention to details are well plotted out in this enjoyable novella and yet I was left feeling that the story was rushed. There was sufficient opportunity if the authors had chosen to draw out the story for the sake of adding pages but it might have come off as filler rather than necessary story points.

Falke's Peak appears to be the first in the Puma Nights series. If Ms. Layle and Ms. Keaton stay true to form in regards to the mating customs for these big cats then there should be at least two more books for the remaining brothers and hopefully a third book for their sister Heidi. I would really like to get to know this family better and look forward to the next installment.

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