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The Lady Takes a Pride (LoveXtreme)

The Shifters of Catamount, Texas 1

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SEXTREME
Word Count: 123,127
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[Siren LoveXtreme Forever: Erotic Paranormal Cowboy Menage Romance, M/F/M/M/M/M, shape-shifters, consensual BDSM, flogging, spanking, HEA]

Carla Barnhart finds a murder-for-hire plot in her boss's e-mail and thinks it's a joke, but when he turns up dead, she knows she's in trouble. Taken into protective custody with a new identity as Carly Barnes, she is stashed away in Catamount, Texas, with alpha Tyler Lucas and his pride of cougars. Most of the pride knows the shy schoolteacher is meant to be their mate, but youngest brother, Cougar, has doubts this human woman will understand his need to dominate and discipline.

Loving her new life and the men of the pride, Carly earns final acceptance by visiting Cougar's BDSM club and showing the Dom she's willing to learn. She thrives under the passionate attention of the shifters, but their happiness is short-lived. Trouble comes in the form of a serpent assassin determined to kill Carly, just as he killed the pride's first mate.

Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among the men.

A Siren Erotic Romance

 

Ashley Shay and Josie Hunter are Siren-exclusive authors.

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I loved this book, what a great start to a wonderful series. I am hooked.

- Barefoot Okie

Excellent book a must read enjoyed it.

- Mber151

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5 HEARTS: "Carla Barnhart's life is turned upside down when she stumbles upon a murderous plot to kill her boss in his email. Now her boss is dead and she is under protective custody with a new identity, Carly Barnes, and a new job in Catamount, Texas, working for alpha Tyler Lucas and his pride of cougars. But Carly doesn't have any idea that Tyler, his young daughter or brothers are shifters and the men would like to keep it that way for a little while or maybe not. Tyler, Cougar, Shane and Dusty all know that Carly is their mate but they have no idea how they are going to break the news to the fiery beauty. Danger comes in the form of a serpent assassin who is stalking Carly, waiting for his chance to kill her, exactly like he did the pride's first mate a year ago. Authors Ashley Shay and Josie Hunter provide the perfect escape with The Lady Takes a Pride! These two delightful authors have created a delectable romance that is wickedly erotic, dangerous and entertaining. Filled with intriguing twist and turns, combining together the right amounts of sexy passion, a little humor and danger these authors know how to set the pages on fire. The author's talents lie not just in plotting and pace, but also in creating wonderful, three-dimensional characters that seem to leap off the pages. The authors do a superb job of allowing Carly's character to develop into the poised and sensual woman who is strong and passionate enough to hold her own with the Lucas brothers. Readers will enjoy the sexual tension that seems to heighten the pleasure the characters are experiencing as well as the touching, playful and dominant dance of seduction as each man captures their mate's heart. The scorching love scenes are smoking hot will keep the reader turning the pages. The vivid secondary characters enhance the storyline adding elements of family, friendship and danger. Readers will laugh-out-loud at some of the amusing antics of Tyler's daughter Suzie, the cowgirl princess whose charm, tenacity and stubbornness will work their way into the reader's heart. The danger is interesting and the authors wrap the story up nicely but leave questions for the reader to anxiously await the next book in the Catamount Shifters series." -- Shannon, The Romance Studio

4 KISSES: "Carla Barnhart accidently sees an email on her boss’s computer setting up a hit on a senator. She reports what she sees but before the authorities can arrest her boss, he kills himself. Since she can identify the probable assassin, she is placed in Witness Protection. Now Carla Barnhart will become Carly Barnes. In her new life she will be the nanny to a six-year-old living on a ranch in Texas with her father and uncles. Upon meeting the Lucas brothers, Carly finds that she is more than ready to leave staid Carla behind as she gives into the brothers and their cousin. However little does Carly know that with her new name comes a new understanding of what lives in the world when she learns the men are all shifters. The men have been mourning the death of their mate who was killed by a snake shifter named Viper. When Carly moves to the Catamount Ranch, they learn that they are ready to live and love again. But will they still feel that way when they learn that Viper is after Carly? The Lady Takes a Pride by Josie Hunter and Ashley Shay is the first book in The Shifters of Catamount, Texas series. I loved seeing Carly break free and become the women she was hiding behind drab and conservative clothing. As she began to see herself as the men collectively and individually saw her, Carly’s inner goodness and goddess was reflected in her growing self confidence. This story is under Siren Publishing’s LoveXtreme Forever imprint which means it is one female with five or more males. With that many characters, I thought Ms. Hunter and Ms. Shay did a wonderful job of making the relationship that Carly had with each male special. The character of each brother was different and distinct. The sex was hot but not to the detriment of the story. The plot was well thought out and interwoven quite well with building distinct relationships between Carly and each man. This story was well thought out and written. I did find that Carly’s ability to shift between meek with little sexual experience to woman embracing the love of not one man but five to be a stretch, but I was able to look beyond that and enjoy the story that was presented. I look forward to seeing where the authors take this series." -- Tangie, Two Lips Reviews

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STORY EXCERPT

 

Carla opened the folder and found a small stack of photos. She picked up the first, staring at a landscape shot of a large and luxurious ranch home set on what seemed like endless acres of beautiful terrain. She lifted it to stare at the photo beneath, a casual five-by-seven portrait. Four of the most gorgeous men she’d ever seen in her entire life—two men and a set of twins—stood near a barn and stared directly into her eyes. Four pairs of deep, mesmerizing green eyes peered from beneath cowboy hats perched on their long, tawny hair. Each one had the same rich, golden color base, but each brother’s hair held threads of varied shades of caramel, amber, goldenrod, and deep oak. They would have blended and become part of any landscape—a desert canyon, a Texas hillside, or a sandy stretch of beach. All four wore jeans and white T-shirts stretched across wide, muscled chests. She let her gaze roam over the four men and let out the breath she’d been holding. All four looked way better than any movie star she’d ever seen.

A jolt of excitement hardened Carla’s nipples like a blast of cold air had passed over her skin. She quickly glanced up to see Marshal Laughton hadn’t missed it. His chiseled features didn’t change, but his eyes sparkled with amusement, and Carla felt another blush warm her cheeks. She’d never felt so aroused so fast in her life. It was an entirely new sensation for her. She’d never been one to feel sexual excitement without a whole lot of stimulation or attention. And yet, at this moment, her pussy fluttered with small pulses, and she felt a slight hint of moisture dampen her panties.

The man in front of her was gorgeous, but these brothers…

The marshal leaned a bit over his desk. She had the distinct impression he was trying to smell her. Was that possible? She wanted to shrivel up and die of embarrassment. She clenched her muscles, trying to hold in every bit of moisture her body had created then drew back a bit, trying to escape his attention. Her movement seemed to spark something in him because he settled back in his chair and smiled. “Interested?” he asked.

“Um…yes,” Carla stuttered, feeling like a complete idiot. She started to scan the photos again, but her hands shook, and she fumbled. The photos cascaded to the floor like a game of 52 Pickup. “Rats!” She leaned down and knocked her head against the desk. “Ow!”

Marshal Laughton’s shadow fell across her. He squatted down beside her, and his gaze dropped into her cleavage. Her skin heated up as quickly as a match set to dry kindling. She wished her shirt didn’t feel so tight. She’d gone a bit overboard on the eating the last few weeks. Stress always made her famished, and food offered the only release she had from the worry and fear. She’d skip dessert for the next few days because these few extra pounds were becoming hard to conceal unless Marshal Laughton bought her a new wardrobe, and that seemed as likely as the two of them becoming lovers, or even friends.

She wondered what it would be like to be this man’s lover…She imagined he would be magnificent in bed. Those long fingers would stroke her, raising goose bumps on her skin. Those lips would roam over every inch of her quivering flesh, and when he dipped his head down between her legs, she would feel his tongue—

“Hey, you’re bleeding.”

Carla shot a glance toward him. A look of concern had fallen over his face. He stood and leaned across the desk.

She touched her forehead, and a drop of blood appeared on her finger. Marshal Laughton handed her a Kleenex. She dotted her forehead then pressed it against the small cut. She let him guide her back to the chair, and then he gathered up the fallen photos. She watched the muscles of his ass clench with his movement, wondering what they would feel like beneath her hands.

 

ADULT EXCERPT

 

“Did I give you permission to touch yourself?” he asked with a growl.

She pressed her lips together to hold in her smile. “No, sir,” she said meekly. She tried to twist her body toward his hand, hoping her clit would make contact. He turned her forward again and yanked her backward. Her butt cheeks spread open against his thigh, and she rocked against him, spreading her juices. She heard one of the men chuckle, and suddenly the heat of Cougar’s body was gone. She waited with bated breath for a touch, a kiss, a hard spank, but nothing happened.

Her skin grew hotter, and sweat dotted her brow. The sexual tension thrummed through her veins, keeping her on edge and making her pussy throb with unrequited need. She moaned with the wanting.

Growls rose around her, and just as she thought she would faint from the heat and the desire, she felt a tongue parting her pussy lips, licking at the cream.

“Oh, God, yes…” Her head dropped forward as her body rocked back against the warm, sleek tongue invading her pussy and lapping at her clit. Each lick brought her closer and closer to the abyss. “Someone touch me…please.”

Gabe crawled onto the bed, positioning himself beneath her so he could reach her swollen breasts. They felt heavy and hot, hanging down against the leather straps without any attention. Carly sucked in a quick gasp of pleasure when Gabe pushed aside one of the bands and his mouth found her nipple. He sucked painfully hard, fanning the flame that burned through her veins running straight to her leaking pussy.

“Do you want more?” Cougar asked, his face only inches from her now.

Carly knew it had to be Dusty that had his tongue in her pussy, driving her to madness with every lick.

“Yes, please. More.”

“Gabe?” Cougar glanced at his cousin.

Gabe switched places with Cougar, getting on his knees before Carly so that his cock was at her mouth. Dusty’s tongue disappeared from her channel, and he slid under her, so that she would be riding him, leaving her ass free for Cougar.

Cougar inserted his fingers in her pussy and used the cream to lubricate her for his assault on her ass. “We’re going to fill you together,” Cougar said, “all at once. And I want to hear you scream your pleasure around Gabe’s cock.”

Carly shuddered with anticipation. Every nerve in her body felt like it had an electric current attached. Another hard smack released a flood of sensation straight to her pussy, and she couldn’t stop herself from begging. “Please, now. I can’t wait.”

Beneath her, Dusty arched up, slipping his cock into her dripping pussy. She rocked backward and pushed hard, impaling him, his length rubbing every inch of her hot, aching flesh. When she started to move instinctively, wanting that rubbing to bring her to orgasm, Cougar smacked her again.

“You’ll come when I say, mate. And not until you’re holding all three of us in your body.”

Dusty cupped her cheek, and she locked her eyes on his. “My beautiful Carly, my beautiful mate. We’ll all come together.”

“Yes,” she said with a smile. She glanced up to find Gabe’s cock hard, throbbing, and leaking pre-cum, positioned only an inch from her.

She licked her lips then shuddered as Gabe ran his thumb over her lips, gently prying them apart to insert his thick erection. She licked at the dot of pre-cum as she felt Cougar’s hand in the small of her back, pushing her down so that she rocked forward on Dusty, moving her ass slightly up in the air.

“I’m dying here,” Shane said.

Tyler groaned. “Me too.”

She took a quick peek at the two oldest brothers and saw each of them was rubbing his cock, pulling and tugging in the same rhythm she used on Gabe’s cock. Cougar pulled the globes of her ass apart and put his cock against her, shoving with a short, hard thrust that buried him a few inches inside. The slight movement forced her against Dusty and Gabe, and gradually Cougar pressed deeper into her ass until the three of them were fully sheathed by her.

Fantastically full. There was no other way to describe it. Cougar took the lead, pumping into her ass with enough energy that Dusty’s cock pistoned her pussy with each powerful thrust. Her mouth slid rapidly over Gabe’s cock, engulfing it each time Cougar slammed into her. With three of her lovers in her body, and the sight of the other two jerking off in the same rhythm near the bed, Carly didn’t need to be prompted to scream. After long, excruciating moments of intense physical pleasure that crested and waned repeatedly, when Cougar slapped her ass and said, “Come, mate,” the sensation was so overwhelming she couldn’t stop the scream.

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