Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family, # 1)” as Want to Read:
Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family, # 1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Surrounded by Woods (Woods Family #1)

by
3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
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
Nook, 0 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by Amira Press (first published July 22nd 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Surrounded by Woods, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Surrounded by Woods

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-45)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
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.
Mandy
Mikaela hasn’t told her boss yet she’s no longer engaged so when she is sent away to work for a client on some legal documents she doesn’t think it’s the time to mention it either. Maybe a trip into the wilderness will just be what she needs to get over the betrayal. Arriving at the Woods home she finds the perfect distraction and can’t deny her attraction to Josh even though they all think she’s engaged. Josh knows she’s off limits his kind won’t go after a taken woman even if the cougar in his ...more
R.E. Butler
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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
...more
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
...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
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
...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
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
Kat Morrisey
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...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
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
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
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.
Carolyn F.
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.
Deb
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wood men are heard to forget and easy to love
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
Dec 14, 2012 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.
Erinina
I absolutely adored this series! I devoured all 4 within 3 days, my new record!
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
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
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
Elaine Swinney
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written story. I enjoyed this book, it was a quick easy read for me. I encourage everyone to get this book it is worth your time and effort. This is the first Mandy Harbin book I have read but it will not be my last. I don't do spoilers but I can say lies lead to a bit of trouble. Go now and get this book you will not regret it.
Sandy S
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
Christi Snow
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gaele
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed, jeep-diva
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
Linda
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angie
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
...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
~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.
Rute Mota
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Kyra Dunst
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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
Lauren
Feb 08, 2015 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...
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
Angela
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, hes 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, shes just broken up her engagement but not told her work yet. Going anyway, she soon catches the eye of the oldest son, Josh.
Josh cant understand why hes drawn to t
...more
Shyla
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Lions oh my

Five lions living in the woods, what can happen when a lawyer comes a knocking? Only the best sex scenes I have read in a very long time! Fun, fast, furious and fantastic storyline that I bet continues with the other brothers from this great story!!! I can't wait to dig into them!!!
Just a few errors but overall I loved the storyline too much to care. Before sure to have a fan at hand for all the hot sex you'll be reading
Pam
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. Slightly unbelievable. I do agree with other viewers about their connection. Did not really buy it. I mean immediately after meeting her, he shoves his fingers between her legs. Totally unbelievable. Even for a paranormal. I also didn't by the mating. Her trying to dominate Josh to force him to mate with her. Ridiculous. If you want a quick read, this is perfect. Short and sweet.
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, steamy
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Not An Angel (Poryria Vampire, #1)
  • Cat's Meow (Predators, #1)
  • Lust After Death (Love-Bots, #1)
  • Fangs, Fur and Mistletoe (Mystic Isle, #1)
  • Enduring Kiss (Enduring Kiss, #1)
  • Bonded by Need (Shifting Bonds, #2)
  • Beneath the Broken Moon: Part Two (Broken, #2)
  • Believe In the Magic (Shifting Magic, #1)
  • Wanted (Devils Point Wolves, #3)
  • Guardian Wolf (Black Mesa Wolves #1)
  • Furever After
  • Night of the Tiger (Hades' Carnival, #1)
  • The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1)
  • Lycan Lover (Lycan, #1)
  • Unleashed Temptation (Miami Scorcher, #1)
  • A Taste of Scarlet (Treeland Pack Tales)
  • Reawakening the Dragon: Part 1 (Stonefire Dragons, #5 part 1 of 4)
  • Bannockburn Binding (Beloved Bloody Time, #1)
5048225
After reading Danielle Steel’s Summer’s End, Mandy became hooked on reading romance. Of course she was probably too young to be reading books like that at the time, which made it even that much better! She dabbled in writing throughout adolescence and justified studying it in college under that wonderful umbrella of liberal arts. Living in Arkansas, she figured writing was a dream and not a career ...more
More about Mandy Harbin...

Other Books in the Series

Woods Family (4 books)
  • Surrounded by Pleasure (Woods Family, #2)
  • Surrounded by Temptation (Woods Family, #3)
  • Surrounded by Secrets (Woods Family, #4)