Review: Surrounded by Woods by Mandy Harbin

Published: July 22, 2011
Series: Woods Family #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 80
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / ARe \ Amaria Press
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When Mikaela Patterson must take on a client with specific requirements that no single women be allowed on his property, she keeps her broken engagement a secret. She doesn’t realize her client and his sons are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman turns deadly.

Josh Woods is her client's eldest son, and he is immediately drawn to Mikaela. Knowing his father would never allow an available woman on the property, Josh doesn't understand his fascination with her. Josh and Mikaela fight their attraction because of their own secrets, but when the truth comes out about Mikaela's true availability and Josh's animal instincts, they must be prepared to face the consequences.

Leaning towards a 3.5 heel rating, I liked the story. Mandy Harbin jumps right into the attraction between Josh and Mikaela. Which I did not mind, I just found their romance a little unbelievable.Now, there were "specific" qualifications..well really only one for a woman to be at the Woods family home alone and that was that she had to be "taken" or involved with someone else. This would have worked out perfectly for Mikaela IF she would have told her boss or her new clients that she wasn't involved anymore.

Mikaela Patterson is sent to the Woods property in place of her boss to help with some legal paperwork…she is also just getting over a bad romance after catching her fiance in a particular uh position with his secretary. She doesn't want to go and would rather be loosing herself on a hot island somewhere, but ends of going anyway. Let’s see, how to explain Josh. He's the oldest of the Woods and hmmmm, well I can say the man was blunt...he wanted Mikaela and didn't make any qualms about letting her know (pssst…that part turned me on a lil, I was oh! I like him…lols).

What I didn't like about the story was the lack of a particular plot…there wasn't really any. It started off with Josh’s initial attraction to Mikeala was because he was in heat (he’s a mountain lion shifter) and then the next thing you know, it’s a romance going on. I initially thought it was going to be a wham, bam thank you ma’am kind of a tale…but this is why I thought the romance wasn't likely. You got background about the Woods family and why they were technically loners, but I still had the feeling that the story was a little all over the place.

There was a hotness to the story that will leaving you panting like it did our characters and the scenes are enough to leave you breathless. I enjoyed Ms. Harbins take on cougar shifters and the realness she added to their mating styles…it was really intense.

Be sure to catch the series spotlight & reviews of books 3&4 later this week.

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