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Dating a Cougar: Never Too Late, Book 1 | [Donna McDonald]

Dating a Cougar: Never Too Late, Book 1

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 of 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 years 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 Casey Carter is sexy, but not handling her own age well, Alexa just can't get passed their 12 year age difference to even consider a fling.
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Publisher's Summary

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 of 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 years 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 Casey Carter is sexy, but not handling her own age well, Alexa just can't get passed their 12 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. For a couple of years, 38 year old medically retired Marine Casey Carter, believed his military injury had made him impotent. Having lost his wife to cancer, he hadn't exactly been worried about the problem. Most days walking with a cane was enough challenge for him. But now that he was ready to move on with his life, he had become more worried when none of the females his cousin brought around held any interest for him. So the last woman in the world he expected to start his engine revving again was the mother of his cousin's girlfriend.

Even at 50, Alexa is drop-dead gorgeous, and his libido certainly keeps reminding him she is the first woman he has wanted in a long, long time. Ironically, the more Casey gets to know and like Alexa, he finds out desiring the older woman is the easiest part. Jaded and cynical about love, Alexa is a difficult woman to convince of anything, but her kisses are all the proof he needs that they belong together. The former Marine decides his next mission is figuring out how to fit himself into her life.

©2011 Donna McDonald (P)2013 Donna McDonald

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    Amazon Customer Hamptonville, NC, United States 01-17-14
    Amazon Customer Hamptonville, NC, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dating a Cougar the most enjoyable?

    This is the first audible book I have listened to. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for a review. It was interesting to listen to the inflection in narrator's voice and get a visual picture of what was happening.


    What about Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance did you like?

    About a third of the way through the book, she really seemed to start putting more emotion into her voice and that made the book come alive!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I had read this book several times in the past, but when the hero was injured toward the end of the book, I almost cried!! The emotion in the narrator's voice combined with the words really brought that portion of the book to life!!


    Any additional comments?

    Based on my experience with this audible book, I may have to get more audibles!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 03-06-14
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Interesting but slow"

    Oh my, what to say. There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed, but somehow it just felt slow. I really liked the premise and the characters, they were engaging and interesting. It just never went anywhere, the story line was drawn-out and lacking major conflicts. Well, not until the end.

    Alexa is a sassy mature woman, I really liked her throughout. She was confident and sure of herself. I loved her attitude and casual self esteem. Casey was a great match for her, on the surface. Most of the time I loved him, but his attitude was annoying. She was personable and charismatic, he saw it as flirting. That was a point I was not in love with. Fortunately, he chills a bit, I would not have been happy with the pairing if he had not relaxed.

    The steam is delicious!! Oh yeah, they get seriously smexy!! And Casey is a giver, if ya know what I mean. They get some hot and heavy action going, girl have a cold shower ready!!

    I love the supporting cast. They have serious potential for stories in the series. Each was interesting and really want to see them get their own HEA. There is a lot of story here.

    It is a mixed narrative, switching between the lead characters POVs and even a few side trips into the supporting cast. It gives great insight into all their thoughts and motivations. The switches are always smooth and clearly defined.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Anne Johnstonbrown, She does a lovely job keeping the voices distinct and consistent. I really enjoyed her smooth and sassy tone, it really worked for the book. She adds plenty of energy to the smexy scenes! There were time when the dialogue sounded stilted and a touch odd. Mostly when it was Alexa or her daughter. It was a touch distracting.

    Overall this was a really enjoyable read, it just needed a bit of editing down. Some of the day to day scenes slowed the momentum down. Still, I am interested in seeing what happens with the rest of the series. The books have a lot of potential.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D.L. 08-29-15
    D.L. 08-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good story"

    My only problem was the narrator. She over enunciated words that had t in them. It was distracting, but I overlooked it because the story was so good. Am off to read the second book with the same reader. lol

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    KGLP host/producer & traveling therapist. 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Traveling therapist listening to AUDIBLE books while driving to far areas. Also host/produce radio show on KGLP 91.7 on staying positive!!

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    "Finally an older woman & younger Man!"

    Loved the story. But why does the story HARP on the fact that she was older?? I mean mentioning it once or twice but, give me a break!!! And to make the marine handicapped?? Is that the only reason he felt he could slum with an OLDER successful ex-model?? I hpe not.. BUT... This was still refreshing!!!!!! The later portion was exciting. wish it was a bwwm... Oh well.. Still good story.. KUDOS more please!

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    Gail Robin 02-24-15
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    "Very enjoyable romance and fun."

    I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. It was a fun light romance with likable characters and storyline.

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    Snoopyvet (Karen) United States 02-21-15
    Snoopyvet (Karen) United States 02-21-15
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Awesome story. Loved that an older couple could still find each other and have some great sex. I just finished the audio version and it was terrific. The narrator did an wonderful job bringing the story to life. I loved this story when I read it on my kindle but finally getting to hear it on audio was just wonderful. I love how Donna writes stories for us older folks finding love


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    Lorie V. 12-22-14
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    "Great story and well developed characters,"

    The author did a wonderful job putting a great story together that addresses the unique fears and concerns of single women around the age of 50. I did not want to put this book down. I was captivated by the story. I did, however, feel it was unrealistic how Casey would man handle Alexa when she was upset.

    The narrator was irritating because she was over pronouncing the words and it made her speach seem labored and it grated on my
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    Literature Litehouse - Fun with Books 12-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Dating a Cougar in three words, what would they be?

    Hot, Sexy, Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dating a Cougar?

    Casey is so sweet... He asks Alexia's daughter about dating her mom.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Johnstonbrown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love listening to Anne change her. voice for each character, she is a joy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Casey gets hit by a car and is bleeding and Alexa is trying to stop the bleeding from a head injury, but doesn't know how bad it is. It tears at the heart strings.


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    Anna Vanti Thessaloniki - Greece 11-12-14
    Anna Vanti Thessaloniki - Greece 11-12-14 Member Since 2015

    My name is Anna and I am from Greece. I am mostly a super crazy Editor, a completely crazy mum of two and of course I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS!!!

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    What did you love best about Dating a Cougar?

    Both of the characters are super extra bossy, Alexa Ranger, a fifty year old divorced, former model and now wealthy businesswoman and Casey Carter, disabled Marine vet and widower. They are attracted to each other from the beginning and the story keeps going up to the end!


    What other book might you compare Dating a Cougar to and why?

    Every book is unique, I cannot compare it with anything else.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

    Casey Carter is A D R E A M and she presented him even better! (I am still laughing with Casey-Jemma (the daughter) scene)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I think I mostly did!


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Johnstonbrown is extremely good!Thanks a lot Donna McDonald and Anne Johnstonbrown.

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    Pemberley Proud 09-24-14
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    "Great Story, not Great Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dating a Cougar to be better than the print version?

    No, I do not consider the audio edition to be better than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters -- all of them, not only the Hero and Heroine.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Johnstonbrown?

    Nearly anyone who isn't so "breathy" in her reading. I probably would have looked to the author first, to see if she would read her own book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. It was an entertaining story, but nothing in particular stood out.


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