Monday, October 10, 2011

Falke's Captive by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

Title:  Falke's Captive
Author: Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Series: Puma Nights #2
Main Characters: Beth, Kelan, & Reider
Release Date: October 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
A graduate student working in animal genetics, Beth Coldwell is in town to track and tag big cats in the wild. Her prospects for the summer only improve when she meets Kelan and Reidar Falke and decides the sexy brothers are the right pair to fulfill her other, less than scientific, desires...

But her research is a threat to the Falke family secret. When Kelan, in cougar form, is captured, that secret comes closer than ever to being revealed. He escapes, but not before Beth draws a blood sample, and analysis shows this is no ordinary mountain lion.

Kelan and Reidar cannot deny the powerful attraction they feel toward Beth. She might just be their destined mate. But if they reveal themselves to her, will she embrace who they are or see them as just another science experiment?
63,000 words

My Review:
This story absolutely has the best premise...who is more dangerous to a shifter than a scientist looking for answers about big cats without any idea that shifters exist? Beth is in Washington studying large cats trying to find clues in their DNA to keep some large cat species from going extinct. She's extremely excited when the first day out, she tranqs a cougar, but is surprised to find him with a collar. What she doesn't realize is that the cougar is Kelan, the very sexy guy who had been hitting on her the night before in the bar. She realizes that the cougar must be someone's pet, but that doesn't stop her from drawing blood, microchipping him, and adding an ear tag while he is sedated. When Kelan escapes and returns to human form, he is a whole lot less excited to discover those facts. Obviously, it would be a whole lot easier on all of their lives if they could stay away from Beth, but Kelan & quadruplet brother Reidar sense that she is their mate.

This is book #2 in this series. Book #1, Falke's Peak, featured the other 2 of the quadruplets, Axel & Gunnar, and their mate Dakota. I haven't read book #1, but it did not affect my enjoyment of this book at all, although you do get to see quite a bit of all the siblings in this book. Also, since Axel is the Alpha, he and Kelan go round over a lot of issues with the store and the way that things should be handled, but especially about Beth, who Axel doesn't trust.

Like I said, the premise of this book is just perfect. I love this huge Falke family which consists of a set of quadruplets and a set of triplets. They all work together to run an outfitter store. Long ago, they established that the family has a pet cougar so that if anyone in town sees them in animal form, there aren't any worries. There is always a cougar, who everyone knows is very tame, living at the store and with the family. Of course, Beth and the other scientists, don't know this until after they capture Kelan in cougar form.

There were some details about this story that I really liked. In this shifter world, the shifter mate in pairs...always. This makes for a great menage story line! I liked the dynamic between Kelan & Reidar, the brothers. Between the two, Kelan is the more alpha male, while Reidar is the more sensitive romantic one, but they definitely know how to work perfectly as one unit. The whole issue of Kelan having an ear tag was laugh out loud funny, as was when he is tranq'ed for a second time...Reidar's reaction to both events was so funny!!!

This book had a bit of everything. Two very sexy males, one very smart female, a creative story line, some laugh out loud moments, a great family dynamic, even a bit of suspense, and a climatic ending. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Falke family and fully intend to go back and read book #1. I don't know how many more there will be in the series, although I am guessing at least one more.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....I'm really not sure what to think of this book since it sounds fabulous but I find it werid that two brothers have one that weird to anyone else but me? I mean they are sleeping with the same girl, at the same time...IDK. Other then that little point it does seem like a good series and I'll look for your review of book 1 in the future.