Katie: Fawkes Peak.. Or should we say twin peaks…is a novel written by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Layle. This is a short novella that looked like it was the right length to be part of an anthology but is offered as a separate item to purchase. It’s about, as the novel is suggesting, Snow, Pumas, two men and one woman. What the cover doesn’t mention is that the Cougar is one of the men. Yes, this is another in a plethora of were stories featuring men that have a big secret of being a large predatory animal. Why there aren’t any novels of men turning into fluffy bunnies which have a notorious sex drive or pigs which have climaxes that last half an hour, I have no idea.
Heather: watch what you wish for. I saw an ad for a Changeling book that had a bunny.
Katie: Oh sweet baby Jesus… Rule 34!!
Katie: Is this like the romance novel porn version of that movie Hop?
Heather: Even better. It’s a Godfather parody.
Katie: So… Watership down… with porn. Got it.
Heather: Somehow I can’t picture Al Pacino as a bunny
Katie: And now….I am going to get some brain bleach. ANYWAY… back to the topic…The story, without giving anything away, is about an overstressed ad executive from Las Vegas coming to the resort town of Leavenworth for a ‘Girls Getaway’ to find she’s actually the third wheel when one of the girls drops out and the other brings her fiancé.
So she decides to have her destressing trip by heading off into the woods on a hiking trip with a Guy who is as sexy as hell and his pet cat… full grown cougar mountain lion. In the book you discover quickly that the men are “More than meets the eye.”
No…. not that. They are Catamounts - were men that change from man to giant mountain cat. Since this is a short novella, they need to get to the porn fast so she’s naked and having one of them ride her in the kitchen within 24 hours of them reaching the cabin and 48 of meeting. Sans condom. But not to worry. You can’t get pregnant unless you have both men inside you coming at the same time.
Yes. This is a novel where a chick gets two men at the same time. Which is normally sexy as hell for this reviewer… except the men are brothers.
In all seriousness, I can’t poke too much fun at the plot because this is really a novel designed to be ‘fun sexy romp’ where you don’t have to wait too long before being treated to hot steamy nookie. Within those parameters, the novel does actually accomplish that if two men at once, weres is your cup of steaming lust. If you can put “the men are related and seeing each other’s O face’ under the nice fuzzy blanket of suspension of disbelief it can be a fun read. My only real valid complaint is that I live in Washington state and have been to Leavenworth. It is a really cute Bavarian-style town nestled in the middle of the Washington mountains. The locals turned themselves into this tourist attraction when the logging and railroad industry started to wane. It’s a very lovely getaway place from Seattle.
Heather: this wasn’t an issue for me because as a Florida girl, I’m clueless about what it looks like, other than Washington is generally pretty. And cold.
Katie: It deserved more than a sentence describing the gingerbread like houses of the town. The author had done such a good job describing the situation the heroine found herself in as the third wheel I was looking forward to having a bit of the town described enough to trigger my memory of it as well as paint a picture for anyone reading it. However it’s described as a generic resort mountain town. There was more than one place this lack of world painting occurred.
Heather: However, I am disappointed by the lack of barbed peen.
Katie: Oh come on! You know you dream of barbed penis!
Heather: so far, only if Lora Leigh is writing it.
Katie: Whether this is due to needing to confine themselves to a certain word count that caused choppy editing or if this due to a lack of knowledge of the town. Or perhaps it was an author decision due to trying to convey the idea of a Bavarian style resort town in the middle of the Washington state. Either way, It was a bit disappointing to see good description some places and lack of it in others.
Heather: and I did like that the heroine had a backbone and was not afraid to ask for what she wanted in bed, and also that she wasn’t afraid to take time to consider whether she really wanted a ménage.
Katie: And at the end of the novel the heroine showed she was still able to rub two brain cells together even if the men made her bowlegged and went back to Vegas, because, realistically it was a whirlwind four day romantic affair. There isn’t a person I know that, no matter how good the sex was, would I give up the life I spent years building after a few good orgasms. The heroine wisely took the time to distance herself to see if this was a fling or if this was something more. Probably it was the lack of barbed penis that made her decide they were keepers.
Heather: all in all, I’d give another of their titles a try, probably in a longer format.
Katie: and it’s either one man or two men that aren’t related.
Heather: Yeah, that too, mostly because I don’t want my hubby flailing when I read passage aloud.
Katie: Seriously, when I thought about it I thought about sharing a hottie with my brother, and as soon as the idea of seeing my brother’s O face entered the picture, I never wanted to have sex again… ever.
Heather: “Tight, damp pussy” scarred him.
Katie: More than Glorious Glistening Manboobs?
Heather: No, that one scarred my son.
Katie: Well… what else is parenting for but to give your child something to talk to thier shrink about.
Heather: Exactly. My work here is finished.
Katie: Don’t you mean, “You’re spent?”
Heather: considering our topic…yes.
Katie: Overall, I say this is a B- to Solid B. Stepping away from this reviewer’s preferences, it did have steamy sex scenes, realistic character reactions that show a woman of sense and character. However, because of the choppy description issue, we cannot give it a higher grade.
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