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Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late #1)

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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 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 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It’s even mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published March 10th 2011
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Krista
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
On the surface I enjoyed this book minus a few details. However, as I got to thinking more about it the more irritated I got with it. First of all.... let me just start with saying no matter how many times the author stated that Alexa was a strong woman she never proved it.... she was a doormat. Second of all.... What self respecting 50 yr old woman chases around her ADULT daughter.... come on now just doesn't happen. Also... If Casey made the thought or comment one more time that he wanted to b ...more
Cindi
Sep 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated, kindle-free
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Lidia
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed very much reading this book, romantic,sweet,sexy, smart and ver very cute story, I have loved every characters .
Hirdesh
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
" When the hot burning fires are banked, that’s when the real magic can happen"



Alexa50, business of lingerie,she was model in young age.
Cassey38, Retired marine.
Met in party..
Alexa's daughter Jenna 's boyfriend - Seth ,whose cousin is Cassey.
Despite of age difference of a decade,
They felt an intense attraction which turned to date and finally in love.
Some of instances showing some limitation of couple.
Still, They were together and have sustained their love.
Jesse Coffey
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I actually wrote a review for my column. And if you want to read it, you can find it at http://www.examiner.com/indie-romance....

Suffice it to say, this is a really good book and a great story. McDonald is a wonderful story teller. Yes, there were some edit problems along the way, but the mechanical issues were incredibly minor. It's a good character study masquerading as a romance novel and the romance was pretty sexy stuff. Even when the characters have a tendency to get in their own way. They
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Robert Cohen
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Dating a Cougar is pure Chick Lit. Believe it or not, I read my share of Chick Lit (see my other reviews). However, I prefer good Chick Lit, which Dating a Cougar is not.

As I got several chapters into the book, I decided to keep reading because I actually liked Alexa and her friends. Casey, OTOH, is a sexist pig. Then I began to notice that there is an ample helping of cliché in this book. The dialogue is quite implausible. Casey spends way too much energy actually uttering the words “I want to
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Not_Your_Typical_Lannister (Leslie)
This was okay but only okay. No more, no less.
I needed something light and it was definitely that.

I did not like the main male character at all. That made it hard to cheer on Alexa (the Cougar) knowing he was a giant d-bag. At about 50 percent I nearly quit reading but because it was a short book I kept going.

I won't be continuing this series.
Emmarae Smithy
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I tried to read it, but I'm giving up. Coolreader says I'm 69% into it. I don't like either character. There is good potential, but they don't make sense. Every time I think something is going in a good direction, the book develops more inconsistencies.

First, don't read it if you're looking for hot erotica or sexual tension. They talk. a lot. and talk some more. And the sexual tension is killed by words like all the hissing Alexa does and juvenile or dry writing.

you pick up this book to read a
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Jamie
Jun 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Gosh this was a bad book. It was free but man I didn't like that I wasted my time on it. Seeing the cover and the title I thought I was picking up a quick sexy romance book to read ... this is definitely not that. This book is as boring as boy meets girl and decides to pursue her. There was no action, suspense, tension, ... nothing. The sex in the book was overwritten huffing and puffing. The writing wasn't good, the editing was bad and the formatting sucked. Since the "cougar" in the book is 50 ...more
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
ehh so I finally decided to stop reading this book. I do have to say that the story was very enjoyable and I liked how it started out. but then the authors writing just stopped putting me in. I think I finally realized at about 40% of the book that it's boring and I should start reading something better. don't get me wrong, I loved the bitchy successful Alexa and ex-military Casey but I couldn't stand that there was really no good conflict in the book and it was just kind of on an off situation. ...more
Teresa
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it


Yawn yawn I haven't skim read so much for ages! Boring story, crap sex scenes.

Oh and I forgot to mention the bit where he wants to lay there All night you know doing nothing....pure trosh
brandi
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I LOVE it when a free eBook is good & this one is. Of course I think that since I am married to a man 11 years my junior this subject really hit home with me. Yippee!
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

This book is tough to rate, because it has so many unique characteristics for the contemporary romance with "steam" genre. It's hot. It's meaty, in that it has well-developed characters who don't play by anyone's rules but their own. The 2 main leads have their own issues and are strong, forceful people. They fight - a lot. They love - deeply. They struggle with age differences and life and finances and all the things that we "normal" folk do.

Alexa is a 50 year old former fashion model
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C Joy
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this free on Amazon about a year ago but it's only now I came around to reading it.

I gave this a 5-star rating cause I found it light and interesting. I loved the characters, the crazy friends and family connections, how determined Casey was to win Alexa over and convince her he's serious about her.

It's amazing how the author wrote of age being just a number cause Casey and Alexa are very well matched. They complement each other and find the other's faults endearing. Alexa is an alpha fe
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Dana
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindled
Decent plot idea, poor execution. Appears to be self-published and badly in need of an editor.

50 year old ex-model Alexa Ranger and 38 year old ex-Marine Casey Carter are in a relationship. Since these facts are mentioned over and over and over again in the book, you'd think that the age difference is the problem they need to overcome in their story on their way to true love. It's not, and it doesn't even make a difference in the book. The real obstacles seem to be 1) that Alexa's daughter was i
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Kim
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because it was a freebie and now definitely want to continue on with the series. I always love a good May/December romance, and this one certainly does not disappoint. Alexa Ranger was such a hot character, she even had a hot name. 50 never "read" so good! Casey was just the perfect match for her. He never backed down from a fight, and wasn't intimidated by her success. These two had some funny bickering back and forth that really had me l ...more
Jenna
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I really wanted to like but as much as I tried I just could not. I am one of those people who once they have started to read a book has got to finish it and I really struggled getting to the end.

The storyline and characters were so tedious! Alexa and Casey it was all argue, be petty, make up, argue, be petty, make up. It was seriously horrendous! Alexa's daughter Jenna who was supposed to be in her 20's acted more like a 14 year old teenager throwing paddy's left right and
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Dee
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a light comedy read and was surprised too find a great read. This was a lot more than a romance book, it was well developed with very real characters. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down. Filled with healthy laughter, pity, tears, sex and happiness. Casey Carter retired from the Marines due to a hip injury falls for Alexa Ranger model/business woman twelve years his senior. This story goes deeper than sex or dating with real feelings and true problems of love, ...more
Vikki Vaught
Vikki's Musing

This is very unusual for me. It is extremely rare for me to give below 3 stars, but I really struggled with this one. I almost stopped listening several times. I didn't care the heroine at all, and I wasn't that fond of the hero either. Both do some fairly stupid things. I don't want to give ant details. Let's just say both of them do not act their age., show jealousy when they shouldn't. I thought the author might redeem this one toward the end, but then it fell flat.

I also did n
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J.M. Madden
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic romance! No the H/h aren't typical young and stupid, they actually have some age and experience behind them. Yes, people do have sex after fifty. Gasp! I loved her approach to the conflicts and think this author will do very well building a readership.
On to book 2.
Sophia
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I love stories with a military or former military character and I was also intrigued with the older woman/younger man dynamic while also liking the idea that they are both of a seasoned age.

The story itself was told from multiple points of view and revolved around the attraction and romance of Alexa Ranger, a fifty year old divorced, former model and now wealthy businesswoman and Casey Carter, disabled Marine vet and widower.

Alexa has become a hard woman and a cynic wh
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Tumika Patrice
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexa is brash, bold, beautiful, and successful beyond measure. She’s also cynical, jaded, and not looking for love. This former fashion model, turned business mogul, has it all. That is except for the man who will love her unconditionally, see the woman beyond the success, and who is not intimidated by her controlling ways and sharp tongue.

Casey is a retired Marine who is on the mend from several life altering incidents. On the tail end of grief and the beginnings of redefining and reestablishi
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Pattianne
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dating a Cougar - Never Too Late #1 - (Casey and Alexa) He is 35 and an ex marine.. She is 50 and a model.

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 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 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It?s even more shocking to be a
...more
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
~~ I reviewed my personal copy of this book for Wicked Reads. ~~

I first read this book in 2012, and immediately bought and read all the others in the series - and then all the Art of Love series, by Ms McDonald. I just love her writing style and her concentration on generally slightly older people who have their own minds and priorities sorted out. They then get hit in various ways by Cupid and their lives change. Each story is different, yet the underlying values and desires are all the same -
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Jill
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
So I had a picture in my mind of what a cougar was, not just the actual animal cougar, but the women who are now referred to as cougars. I saw an older woman, not sure how old but older than your usual bar crowd I guess, who was looking for a younger man. And by looking, I mean actively seeking someone to date who is significantly younger, I guess I saw someone who was a predator like the animal, wearing tight clothes to lure in some young meat. That sounds terrible, but that is what always came ...more
Romancing the Book
This was a very lighthearted but often times steamy romance that unexpectedly reeled me in from the beginning. This book had depth at times but at other times seemed shallow because of the almost erotica type read and the amount of time spent in the bedroom. It had laughter, some tears, hot romance but also their love that shone through and became a love story that enveloped two lonely people who never expected to find love again. Alexa, age 50, had only loved one other man before finally admit ...more
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually have this as an Audio book and it was a great listen.

This is book 1 of the series and does have a HEA.

Alexa is a 50 year old woman who used to be a model and looks nothing like a 50 year old woman. She has been single for many years and has given up on men. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with a 38 year old marine who happens to be related to her daughters boyfriend.

Casey is a man that had lost his wife to cancer a little bit ago, and hasn't had any feelings towards any ot
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 Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
This was just an okay read. Not terrible, but not as good as it could have been. I don't think it quite met up to its potential.

It was pretty straight chick lit. And other than the age difference between the main characters, it was fairly standard fare. My problem was that Alexa wasn't nearly as complex or as mysterious as she was made out to be and Casey was a bit two-dimensional. Trying to redeem his more arrogant/domineering qualities didn't really work. The most he had going for him was th
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Dorothy Gagnon
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Passionate Romance

Casey, a widower and handsome marine veteran was watching an incredibly beautiful woman. who, though a few years older, was making a great impression on him. He was glad his cousin, Seth, urged him to join his party to meet his girlfriend's Jenna's mother, Alexia, the owner of a multi lingerie company. While intros were made, Casey experienced an electric sizzle when his hand touched Alexia's, and he knew she felt it, too.
Since then, Casey couldn't get Alexia off his mind. Det
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PepsiGirl
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This story had potential. First of all it's not what you think. Alexa(aka the cougar) isn't your typical cougar. She isn't prowling for younger guys. The younger guy is 38 years old(that doesn't sound that young to me). Really 38 years old he's a man. On top of that he is a disable veteran that walks with a cane. Doesn't sound appealing well why not? It seems more likely than not that is what is coming home from the war situations. Anyway the reason it only got 3 stars is because of all the sill ...more
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“Are you a person who peels off a band-aid slowly or just rips it off all at once?" Casey contemplated Alexa's warning, recognizing it for what it was.” 4 likes
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