I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Panther's Mate by Josie Walker
Series: Shapeshifter Love #1
on January 10 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting
Reading Challenges: Spooks, Howls and Fangs Readings Challenge
Cole is the last of a rare clan of Panther shifters. Ruthlessly hunted by deadly Leopards, he’s never had a place to call home. He’s long since accepted that he will live out the rest of his days alone. His primal beast demands that he find a mate and further his species, but his logical nature realizes that can never be. His is a life of unwavering discipline and concrete rules… until the night he hears a woman screaming, and finds himself unable to resist her cry for help.
Curvy little Jessica walters is 100% human. So, when she sees her hunky rescuer shift into a massive panther, she does what any sane human being would do… RUNS FOR HER LIFE. But what if the big scary beast is the only one who can keep her safe? And what if she can’t stop her heart from falling for him?
This was a author requested review, and I was intrigued by the blurb so I decided to read it especially since it was a shorter book at a little over 80 pages. This was a short yet fun shifter romance. I was in the mood for a story like this and I enjoyed the set up. We have our heroine, who works in a little video store but upon closing she is attacked by three men who seek to rob and rape her. But she is then rescued by a panther shifter, Cole. Now Cole, is living a life on the run. His people having been wiped out by the leopard shifters. Currently he is living in the country, keeping his home safe and secret. But when he sees Jessica, his inner animal believes her to be his mate. Cole takes her to his home to heal her and take care of her as she slowly heals. They definitely have some chemistry, but disaster happens when Jessica learns the truth.
Now there were many things I enjoyed about this quick and easy read. It is a novella, so I did have ot keep that in mind, that it wouldn’t have the depth that a full novel would have. So it does leave you with more of a happy for now ending instead of a happy ever after ending, which was fine I am hoping to see more of these two in the future maybe. There is some adventure and suspense with a mix of some danger tossed into the story here. The heroine could be a bit naive and Cole tended to leap to certain conclusions and even the it seemed a bit rushed, I had a fun time with these two. I am looking forward to future books with this author.