At age 21, discovering you're not quite human has got to be a shock; but for aspiring med student Kennedy Cole, finding her shifter persona is a welcome release from the pain and unease she's been feeling for years. Cottage Country turns Cougar Country when a much-needed vacation with her adoptive family brings her face to face with her destined mate and unleashes the feline beast within her.
Intentionally short, and as book 1 of a series, this story can only 'scratch' the surface the Cougar's journey and its characters. I thought it an interesting departure from the wolf/panther/bear (good grief - bears? have you ever smelled a bear?) shifter theme and the setting in Northern Ontario intrigued me. However, some shaky editing that left a number of typos, homophones (peeked, not peaked) and inappropriate adjectives (I'm still wondering how you can have 'satiated' eyelids) left me 'shaking' my head.
On the positive side, the descriptions of our heroine Kennedy's change, both physical and mental, are quite vivid and detailed, giving a sense what it might really be like to endure such a transformation. Meanwhile, Trace (he never gets a last name), her cougar mate, seems totally hot and delicious, but has basically been hiding in the woods and shunning human contact for most of his adult life and seems to prefer being a Cougar (Really?) until he meets Kennedy. Even then he appears to only want to put up with his human mate long enough to get her comfortable turning into a cat. Ah well - both species are Apex predators; not so bad.
That said, the human sex scenes are hot and primal -- who doesn't fantasize about doing it out in the woods? For shifter fans, this series has some good potential going forward, as Kennedy and Trace embark on a journey to seek healing, peace, and loved ones lost.