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Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family #1)

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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. K
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ebook, 80 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by Amira Press
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I really liked this one. Could feel the chemistry between them right from the start and I loved Josh's dirty mouth.

My only criticism would be that the ending was really rushed. I would have liked more and the writing was a little repetitive in places.

Safety gang - neither are virgins. There is no other woman or man drama, though the H does believe the h is engaged for most of the book.
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
I scratched my head in confusion quite a bit during this one. But it was what it was. Hot short and thankfully safe.
R.E. Butler
Oct 22, 2013 R.E. Butler rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters
Mandy Harbin is a new-to-me-author. I saw this book for free on Amazon and snatched it after reading the description. The Woods Family of cat shifters is relatively uncontrollable around unattached women, which is why they only want "married or engaged" women hanging around their property. Poor Mikaela! She just dumped her fiancé a month earlier but was too embarrassed to say anything to her boss, who sends her to the Woods' Family compound for some lawyerly work.

Josh - the oldest son - is immed
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Cassandra
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

The cover is beautiful!! I’d take Josh and his cat anyday ;)

This is an adult book due to the sexual content and scenes which were very steamy.

I’ve had this book for more than a year, and I’m not sure why I didn’t read it sooner. This is my first time reading Mandy’s work, and it is definitely not my last. This book surprised me because normally I want action not just dating or sexual drama, but Mandy did a phenomenal job of pulling me into the st
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Laurie Garrison
*After reading this ebook my mouth still hung open on my desk* this is one hot dominant novella read here. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and there better be more books coming…. This was very fast pace read with all of the goodies that comes with an erotic paranormal romance.

What I look for in a novella is fun, excitement and most of all connection between a couple in romance. Most of the time with the novella’s I find it’s hard to find the right connection between couples because it’s
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T00zday
I don't know if it was my having a cold and being on cold meds while reading this, but it was just so-so to me.

2.5 stars.

I enjoyed the romance & chemistry but I really didn't get much sense of the characters. (shrug) Still an enjoyable story.

Mikaela is an attorney who has recently broken off her engagement with her cheating ex. She caught him in the act with his secretary.

Mikaela's boss is unaware she is no longer engaged because Mikaela doesn't want to tarnish her image within the company b
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I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
I know what you are thinking, single male mountain lion shifters on the prowl for a mate, been there, done that, right? Well, not so fast. Author Mandy Harbin puts a little spin on this story that is unique and is sure to suck you in as the details unfold.

The Woods brothers are constantly looking for a mate for their lion side, but it's a little difficult to find one when your father won't allow any single females on the property. That all changes when the formerly engaged attorney, Mikaela Patt
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Jackie
Enjoyed immensely right up till the end when Josh finally claimed his mate, the next part is the one that took my suspension of disbelief and threw it out the window so what would have been a higher rating almost became the lowest and then split the difference.

This had great potential even as short a story as it is every character was interesting and main characters very well developed and their relationship was fun to watch develop. However what it all boiled down to was my inability to "buy i
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Barbara
Mar 25, 2016 Barbara marked it as own-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Free on Amazon as of today.
Cocktails and Books
Mar 12, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Mikaela Patterson is a heartbroken lawyer determined to keep her pain private and use work to help her cope. She embarks on a previously agreed upon assignment to help draw up contracts for a family while living and working on their property. What Mikaela doesn't know is that four sexy, hot mountain lion shifters with an inability to contain themselves around unmated women make up the family around which she will be working and staying.

The action begins when Mikaela arrives and doesn't stop unti
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Kat Morrisey
Mar 03, 2013 Kat Morrisey rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters
3.75 out of 5 stars.

I liked the book. It was certainly an interesting concept and a take on the shifter world I hadn't heard before. (Though it should be noted I am just getting into shifter books so this is new to me, but might not be in the wider world of shifter novels). My only real complaint is that the book was too short and even this is not really a complaint so much as a whine cause I would have loved to spend more time with the MCs. (For serious, I loved those two!) Spending more time
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Toni (U.A.C.)
Mikaela works for a law firm and is sent to a client to update his will. The client has a rule that if her boss can't go to handle the paperwork, if it is a female replacement they must be already invovled with another person, i.e. married, engaged, etc...because his sons are all single shape shifting mountain lions that would instinctively all pounce on any unclaimed female and force a mating. But this is all very secret but done for the greater good.

Instead of saying, "Hate to really discuss
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Victoria
He had to fight his instint to stalk and mount her. He wanted nothing more in this moment than to claim her right now. Right fucking now! Feeling his control slipping, relief washed through him remembering she was taken. If she wasn't taken, he knew there'd be no way to stop himself from claiming her.

I normally don't read a lot of paranormal but I'm a bit of a sucker for a man that can't resist his lady (or a shifter cat that can't resist his mate). Surrounded by Woods provided me a short way t
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Carolyn F.
Jan 01, 2015 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
Some brothers who are isolated for their own good are introduced to a woman that may or may not be taken. The story was sweet. A little back and forth with their feelings and a nice happy ever after.
Erinina
I absolutely adored this series! I devoured all 4 within 3 days, my new record!
Cassandra
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

The cover is beautiful!! I’d take Josh and his cat anyday ;)

This is an adult book due to the sexual content and scenes which were very steamy.

I’ve had this book for more than a year, and I’m not sure why I didn’t read it sooner. This is my first time reading Mandy’s work, and it is definitely not my last. This book surprised me because normally I want action not just dating or sexual drama, but Mandy did a phenomenal job of pulling me into the st
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Kelly
Holy hot shifters, Batman! This was one sexy little read. From the build-up between Josh and Mikaela to the time they actually did the deed, it was smokin'. I can definitely say that the sex was nice on this one. In fact, nice might be too tame a word. It steamed. I liked it.

This book was a free Kindle download I picked up 10/17/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Rute Mota
Jan 26, 2015 Rute Mota rated it really liked it
ENGLISH
Overall opinion: I enjoyed the authors’ idea.
Cover: Nice
Edit: No so great, seams that it was not revised.
Target audience: +18
Writing: Ok, It was not great, I found several typos, and errors, but not so many that would kept me from reading all the books.
Steaminess: Hot
Page turner: Yes.
Plot: A fantasy world. There is a family of mountain lion shape shifters, with 5 sons. When one of them died a lawyer moves to their property to help deal with the legal matters. This is the story of the eld
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Emily
"Fascinating story, there is a twist to the Woods family and their shifter capabilities that will captivate readers."

Full read on Sensual Reads
http://sensualreads.com/?p=7369

Reread, this is pretty fun read. Josh is drawn to Mikaela and although she is taken and untouchable he can't stop himself. Maybe it's because she really is available and his more primal side senses that.
Kyra Dunst
Feb 18, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it
One hot romance with a bit of bite to it. The Woods brothers have a problem. They are single shifters whose feral side will force them to take a mate, even if the woman is unwilling. And if that woman is unwilling, she will likely kill him as soon as her first shift. Their urge to claim keeps them fairly isolated, and they do not allow unattached females onto their property. Mikaela has recently broken off her engagement, but she hasn't told anyone yet, so when her boss sends her to the Woods pr ...more
Nikki Brooks
Mar 11, 2015 Nikki Brooks rated it it was amazing
Holy crappola!!! I have only read two other is Ms Harbins books so wasn't sure what to expect!! I free along loved it!!!!

Mikaela has just dumped her ass of a fiancé after catching him with his bit on the side. Her boss asks her to go and take care of a few estate matters for the Woods family. The only catch...she has to be attached. She hasn't told anyone about dumping Joel yet so goes anyway

On arriving she is drawn to the oh so panty meltingly hit Josh, the eldest son. No spoilers here but ther
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djdavis~*Sivad*Sex Pocket
Not bad for a short shifter story! There's definitely the hot factor that gives it a few points too.
Hbeebti
Jan 27, 2013 Hbeebti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
This was so very good. I am dying to read about the other brothers now. Just was such a sexy shifter book.
Candy
Jul 05, 2014 Candy rated it liked it
"Cute!"

My Audible Audiobook Review:

What a cute story... Mikaela just start out this book all crazy... she gets sent up a mountain, unknowingly to the home of mountain lion shifter, pretending to be engaged, but is actually single, and the eldest son single her out immediately. Mikaela and Josh hit if off immediately, but when Josh and his brothers find out she is single and not engaged... they all go into mating frenzy!

This was just a cute story... Can't wait for book 2!

Narration was pretty good
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Deb
Feb 06, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
The Wood men are heard to forget and easy to love
Lauren
Feb 08, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot hot hot

The Woods brothers will melt your socks off. This book was short and kind of rushed but the sex was smoking hot and boy can Josh get you all wet just from his dirty talk. Four brothers who are mountain lion shifters all looking for a mate. Only women who are taken are allowed on their property. Mikaela is an engaged lawyer sent to work on the estate papers. Her recent breakup with her fiance doesn't come out until one night at dinner. It's too late to turn back now...
Tammie
Feb 24, 2014 Tammie rated it it was ok
Mandy Harbin's debut novella, SURROUNDED BY WOODS, spins a tale of exiled brothers -- mountain lion shifters -- who are powerless to resist the pull of mating with available women. What makes this plot standout from the rest? Done wrong and the results are deadly! It's the black widow effect. If a mating (not just sex, but claiming a mate by bite) is done without a woman's consent, she will shift and attack. Man-lion will instinctively react and the two will fight to the death!

Mikaela's stubbor
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Kristilyn
Oct 27, 2012 Kristilyn rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, freebie
This is definitely something I can get behind. I mean, look at that cover! And the title! It’s all SO suggestive!

While I totally enjoyed this, though, I’m sure I’m not the only one who went into this story thinking that the main character would actually be SURROUNDED by woods, i.e. Woods boys (ménage, anyone?).

After I got over my initial disappointment, I got into the story. It was actually a very FUN read and a series that I could definitely continue with. Even though the male lead, Josh, could
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Angie
Nov 15, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "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 wi
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Linda
Jan 22, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-shifters
I like short stories like this one, but I'll admit that even though I love my alpha males, he came on really hard core in the beginning and I don't know anyone who would have responded to that. And yes, he was extremely crude. That is just not my thing. However, as he started to fall for her, he got a bit more sweet and not so crass that I started to like Josh a bit better. I'm actually not surprised that Mikaela responded to him after the initial scene, but I didn't expect for her to fall so qu ...more
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