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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 passed 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 received a free ARC of Dating a Cougar from Manic Readers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*
Dating a Cougar is a quick read filled with both romance and some unlikely things. MacDonald is very good at describing a mature woman’s wants and needs. I had a problem with this book though, and that was that as much as I really liked Alexa, I didn’t like Casey! He was acting very selfishly and did not take ‘no’ for an answer. I always get uncomfortable when a woman says ‘no’ and the man does not respect her answer. Even if Alexa was turned on by Casey, I think he should have listened to her and let her decide when their relationship should be taken to the next level. He also confused me because he would start kissing her and then turn her down when she wanted to continue. I also thought it was a little creepy that he wanted to sleep while still being inside her… the first night they spent together no less!
Alexa was a very strong and business-minded woman who knew what she wanted and didn’t want in her life. I loved that she was so secure in her seduction still, but I didn’t really get that Casey could make her insecure. I also thought their budding relationship was written as a budding relationship happens in a YA novel instead of in a novel for mature women. Alexa was thinking to herself that she would never change for a man, but in a way, she did, and Casey made her feel insecure because he was jealous and thought she was flirting too much.
When I read the summary of Dating a Cougar, I thought Casey and Alexa would have problems because of their age difference but both were more worried about what other people might think than having any difficulties pertaining to that between them. The sex scenes were well done, and I really loved the friendship between Alexa and her two best friends Regina and Lauren. That’s where I felt that Alexa was behaving like herself–confident, strong and beautiful.
This review first appeared @ Risqué Reviews
“Are you a person who peels off a band-aid slowly or just rips it off all at once?” Casey contemplated Alexa’s warning, recognizing it for what it was.”
“Fighting with a woman who has set her mind on something is harder than fighting a battalion of armed men The woman is more strategic mentally”