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Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family #1)

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When Mikaela Patterson takes 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 can turn deadly.

Josh Woods knows his father would never allow an available woman on the property,...more
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Published July 29th 2011 by Amira Press (first published July 22nd 2011)
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R.E. Butler
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...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
*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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Cocktails and Books
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...more
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...more
Emily
"Fascinating story, there is a twist to the Woods family and their shifter capabilities that will captivate readers."

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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
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
djdavis~*Sivad*Sex Pocket
Not bad for a short shifter story! There's definitely the hot factor that gives it a few points too.
Candy
"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...more
Deb
The Wood men are heard to forget and easy to love
Tammie
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...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
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...more
Angie
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
...more
Linda
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
Kat Morrisey
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...more
Angela
I would give a 3.5 stars for this one.

The first in the Woods Brothers series. The Woods Brothers are Mountain Lion shifters whose animal nature demands them to take a mate of any "unattached - available" women; therefore, their father, Thomas, requests that only "taken" women be allowed onto the vast Woods family land.

When lawyer Mikaela Patterson is sent to take care of some of the Woods' legal matters - she finds herself immediately drawn to the oldest Woods brother, Josh. Josh is also VERY dr...more
Sandy
3.5 stars

REVIEW: SURROUNDED by WOODS is the first storyline in Mandy Harbin’s Woods Family series focusing on a family of mountain lion shifter males. The short story premise builds on the need of the male lion to find a mate-an unclaimed/unmated female. With this in mind, no unmated/single females are allowed on the Woods property. The baser animal instinct in the male lion demands to mate-and no single female is safe.

Such is the case of Mikaela Patterson-the legal representative sent to rewri...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Surrounded by Woods is a quick, fun, hot read. Newly single Mikaela is sent on business to the remote estate of a wealthy client. The client specified that only “taken” women were allowed on his property, and thinking she was still engaged, Mikaela’s boss sent her on the trip. From the minute Mikaela arrived on the property, Josh was enamored and his inner mountain lion longed to take Mikaela as his mate. After numerous heated encounters, both Mikaela and Josh have to reveal their secrets, but i...more
Dawn
I almost quiet this book after just 2 chapters because Josh's internal dialogue was very course. Hey, I'm not a shy girl when it come to sex and I love erotic books but past experiences have shown that coarse language equals poor writing skills which equal hokey/bad story lines and a total waste of my time. Then I talked myself into at least trying to finish the story. After all, it is short and let's face it, most guys really do think just like that, not to mention this is an Alpha male to boot...more
Capri
Rating 4 stars loved it.


Wow! Mandy Harbin nailed it with this lovely short novella. For a short story it had a perfect amount of detail and back story. Not many short novellas have this. Once I started I could not put it down. Awesome characters that feel real they jump off the pages, you feel their pain and happiness. I love the world she built with sexy brothers who are Lion Mountain Shifters but keep to them selves. Their inner cat’s are itching to find an available mate that is unattached. T...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
I'll admit it...I have a weak spot for a good erotic shifter novel. This series features mountain lion shifters...hmm, alpha males purring? Yes, it's a good thing.

The Woods family live a very secluded life on the family timberland. They've had to do this because the family has four unmated sons...a situation which can prove deadly to them. They learned this the hard way when the fifth brother was killed trying to take a mate. In this world, an unmated female is prey...whether she agree...more
Linda
A quick read with shifters.
A man and his four sons live alone in the woods, secluded to keep their secret of being shifters from coming out.
When he needs help from his attorney, he´s got one rule, send no unattached women, only the ones married or engaged, to keep his sons from claiming them.
When Mikaela is summoned to the estate, she´s just broken up her engagement but not told her work yet. Going anyway, she soon catches the eye of the oldest son, Josh.
Josh can´t understand why he´s drawn...more
Jessy (Jessy's Book Club)
Holy freakin wow! This was such a steamy read…short but oh so steamy! And did I mention its free on Amazon?!

So Mikaela Patterson is a lawyer. She takes on a client who demands that no single women be allowed on his property. Mikaela has recently broken her engagement but figures no one needs to know that little secret. What she doesn’t realize is, the client and his sons are mountain lion shifters whose instincts to mate with any available woman can turn deadly. So Mikaela unknowingly goes to he...more
Gaele
A quick, reasonably short and fast-paced read that introduces the Woods Family and their Tree Farm in the state of Texas. A touch of danger for the heroine in the story, as no single woman is allowed to visit or stay at the Woods properties, the patriarch is in need of legal assistance and the lawyer that is sent is newly disengaged Mikaela, providing another twist to the story.

The Woods are all mountain lion shifters, dominant in the bedroom and out of it, with a tenuous hold on their animal s...more
Ivy Deluca
I got this as a free read on amazon. PNR short story about mountain lion shifters. The twist to the shifters being uncontrolled aruond unmated females made me giggle, but what the hey, it was free. There was decent chem between the H/h, though the way they jumped straight into the crude sexual innuendo talk threw me a bit - I guess I need at least a little buildup before I start talking about my privates with a stranger - but the sex scenes were hot and overall, pretty much what you'd expect fro...more
Laurie
Oh, hell yes! Sexually intense, erotic story.

Josh Woods, lumberjack and part of a family of shifters (mountain lions). Driven by the feral urge to mate and claim any "untaken" woman he comes across.

Mikaela Patterson, attorney and recently dis-engaged from her cheating fiance. Has not told her business associates, or anyone else for that matter, that she is no longer engaged. She has been told to go to the Woods Estate to conduct some legal business for the patriarch, Thomas.

Things get real awkw...more
Quanita Tyler
I received this book as a free Kindle download and I agree with those who found this book "ok" or had some issues with the plot and characterizations.

I appreciated the love scenes- the last one kinda bothered me, but I feel that was due to the wrap up than the writing of the scenes. I think the early set up scenes with the "Alpha" male turned me off a bit, as well(he came on too strong to the point of crude in the beginning). So much so that when the heroine finally came around, I was a bit eye...more
Ali Crean
This was a very short read. I picked it up and drank it in so quickly that it was a snack pack story instead of one of those juicy meals. That said, it wasn't a bad story. I like the concept of how the mating urge works for the males and I thought that Josh as a crude, lewd dude fit into the animal tendency of the story rather well. Since there really isn't a great deal new under the sun to be done for shifter books a good deal of the world is traditional and even though I've read it time and ti...more
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