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Cougar's Mate

(Heart of the Cougar #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Cougar’s Mate: Instinct told her to run…

Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she’s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn’t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she’s running as a cougar and trying to survi
ebook, 206 pages
Published February 7th 2014
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
RATING: 4.5 Stars

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There is absolutely nothing I didn’t love about Cougar’s Mate by Terry Spear. This is one of those books that grabs you right from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last.

“She’d never felt she was cursed, but what if she was? With three dead boyfriends to her name?”

Shannon Rafferty is guilty of only one thing and that is choosing the wrong boyfriends. She has had a rough life. She lost per parents early . Her twin brother chose the wrong path, the wrong friends, an
A paranormal romance that made me laugh, held me riveted in the suspenseful moments and swooning at the steamy passages!

"I haven't done anything wrong. "Get off me!"
"You're kidding, right? You've injured a sheriff, broken in and entered a house, stole a car - mine - stole Hal Haverton's clothes, broken a glass, and littered."

COUGAR'S MATE by Terry Spear was a thoroughly enjoyable paranormal romance! It grabbed me from the very beginning and held my attention to the very end. I actually read t
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Author gifted me a copy for an honest review

The cover is awesome and sexy :) It is what attracted me to the excerpt up on Wattpad & of course that it is Terry Spear.

I have read most of the Heart of the Wolf series by Terry and loved them all. I have the ones I haven’t read yet sitting on my coffee table as well as the Jaguar shifter books too. As always there is never enough time for reading :)

Okay I fell in love with this story from the mo
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another enthralling, action-packed paranormal romance by award winning author Terry Spear! Taken from my review at

Cougar Shifter Shannon has not had the best luck with men. Not only was her twin brother murdered after he got in with the wrong crowd, but her last three boyfriends were killed. After dating bad boys, she became involved with her latest boyfriend, who was a police officer. He and his two brothers, who are triplets, were dirty cops and involved in a shady deal. Af
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 5 Cougar Stars ~

Cover is awesome and sexy! Very attractive and inviting.

I love it when I find a book I can't put down even though I know I need to; because it’s so late. Cougar’s Mate is one of thous amazing book’s that you just can't put down until you have finished. What an astonishing beginning to a wonderful new series by Terry Spear. She has created a fascinating world full of fun characters, adventure, suspense and passion. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy Ms. Spear's writing
Bonnie Gill
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book opens with a great scene and keeps the momentum going throughout the book. You’ll get sucked in right away and won’t be able to put it down until the last page is turned.
Shannon is a cougar shifter and is running for her life. I love how she defends herself when she feels threatened. She also has a soft side and shows concern for other people even if it puts her in danger.
Chase is one sizzling hot alpha cougar and decides he’s going to take care of Shannon, whether she wants him to or
Chloe Friend
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed it!!! It was a good shifter romance story but nothing particularly special about it but still good!!!

I really like the main characters and will definitely look into reading the next book of the series!!!
Below average - 2 stars

The story was overly long with predictable conclusions.
The plot was dragged out, but the scenes which provided answers and resolutions were limited in detail and rushed.
--I'll pick up the next in the series and hope it improves :)
Other Terry Spear series were more enjoyable.
If it wasn't for horrible, tragic luck with men, cougar shifter Shannon Rafferty wouldn't have any luck with men at all. After dating criminals didn't work out, Shannon tries romance yet again with the worst results of all and she has no choice but to run for her life. Luckily Shannon runs directly into part time deputy and resort owner, widower Chase Buchanan.

Chased across country, Shannon's alone and terrified that she'll be blamed for a crime she didn't commit but sussing out Shannon's true
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride!

This book was a face paced, action packed thrill to read. I love the idea of cougar shifters especially that their women are so strong. This heroine was one of the best female characters that I have read in a while. She was absolutely amazing so strong and fierce, unpredictable and unwilling to just give up and accept her fate. I'm looking forward to reading the next story.
Laurie Gyd
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting romance

Suspenseful romance of cougar shifters, a female cougar has been on the run for a month, after witnessing her boyfriend being killed by his brother and uncle. She ran, a,d was captured in a town full of other shifters who want to help protect her, Chase is a part time deputy, who offers her a place to stay. Lots of action, danger, friendships, and romance.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shannon is on the run and catches the eye of the sexy deputy sheriff, Chase. You're immediately drawn to him and root for their relationship.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Chase and Shannon are perfect for each other. I like how they have to face their greatest fears in each other
Debbie Lester
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bestselling Author Terry Spear takes readers on a new adventure with the first book in a new shifter series, Heart of the Cougar. This time cougar's that take center stage, as Spear builds her new series around another powerful, intelligent animal. Cougar's Mate introduces readers to the town of Yuma, Colorado, ran by cougar shifters and open to helping heroine Shannon Rafferty who is on the run from those who want her dead. Deputy Chase Buchanan doesn't know what he's getting himself into, but ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: terry-spear
"Cougar's Mate" by Terry Spear. Book 1 in the Heart of the Cougar series.

I really liked this first book of the Heart of the Cougar series! The characters of Shannon and Chase were strong, likeable and very well matched for each other.

Shannon is a cougar-shifter on the run. She just witnessed her boyfriend murdered by his own brother and now Hennessey is after her. Her only option of escape is to shift into her courgar form and take to the forest. After four weeks of running as a cougar, Shannon
Full Review posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

I was excited to get a chance to read her new series, which involved cougars. I definitely knew the minute I started reading, I would have a hard time putting down Cougar’s Mate. Terry Spear does amazing research on every shifter book she writes. I studied about cougars when I was little, so was curious to read a fictional shifter story about them. (In Florida, we call them panthers,and they are an endangered subspecies of cougars, and Terry Spear did an am
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a hard read for me...literally. It took me well over a week to make myself finish. While I appreciate all the detail, the author's writing style in this book is so "wordy" at times it just took away from the story along with abrupt topic changes when the initial topic wasn't fully resolved. The story is so-so and poorly telegraphed and there is a lot of redundancy. The characters are indistinguishable from one to the other. Case in point, Chase, Dan, Hal and Stryker are so similar that ...more
Avey Shannon
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, YES – have fallen in love with this new series, Heart of the Cougar, written by Terry Spear. Chase is a lonely, loving, very sexy character, whom the entire town had taken under their wing trying to help him overcome the heartache of losing his wife and child but, it was his chasing, meeting and then doing everything he could to get Shannon to trust him, where he finally comes into his own. Shannon is a great character, feisty, caring, has been through a tough time, made a lot of mistakes, b ...more
Teresa Lloyd
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well Terry Spear had done it again!!! She has brought out a new and very exciting series in" Heart of the Cougar" The first book being "Cougar's Mate" and I have to say that she took me on a journey of into the world of Cougar shifter's that kept me on the edge of my seat practically through the entire book. It was what I would call a chase to the very end of the book. Her characters were strong, passionate, loving, and very supporting with what can only be called a stranger that wondered into t ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, suspense
I've read and enjoyed Terry's Heart of the Wolf series and her Heart of the Jaguar series. I was absolutely thrilled to see the release of the Heart of the Cougar books because cougars are my favorite wild cats. "Cougar's Mate" is fast-paced and fun read. I loved Shannon's strength both the way she keeps to her morals when dating the "bad boys" and the way she survived as a wild cougar. The connection between Chase and Shannon was intense and "real". With Chase, Shannon found someone as strong a ...more
Dominique Goodall
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cougar's Mate is a shapeshifter romance with a twist even I didn't expect - Shannon is the cougar shift gone feral in an attempt to save her life while Chase is the cougar who shoots her. A rather humorous mixture of escapes, protectiveness and heated moments follow as Yuma Town (cougar town) join forces to try and convince Shannon that staying is in her best interests. I loved this book! Just like all the 'wolf books that Terry Spear has written, Cougar's Mate includes the best parts of the fer ...more
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another Amazing book from Terry Spears, I must say that she gets better and better. This is the story of Shannon that witnessed a murder of her boyfriend by the hands of his brother and then ran away before the brother could kill her. That was over four weeks before she life got flipped by a part time deputy sheriff Chase. Chase was called in when a cougar was seen and saved a boy from drowning but Chase never realized the cougar was in hiding and in their small cougar ran town she was news very ...more
Cindy Riley
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cougar's Mate (Heart of the Cougar Book 1)

I haven't read any of Terry Spears series before. I'm very impressed. You kept me wanting to
find out what happens next. I love reading Romance novels with adventure added.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Loved reading something different that included Cougar's that are
part human and animal. I'll be read a lot more of these series. Fantastic, exciting, full of action plus Romance.
My kind of Novel.
Cindy Riley
Tia Knight
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honestly Terry I just love all your shifter series!
Mystery and suspense is not forgotten and just the right amount of romance.
I love that these are not all overblown with sex, that always kind of wrecks a story.
But your's are just right~plus I LOVE shifter series!
I have read all your Wolves, Jaguar's and Cougar's and was well pleased with all of them.
Now we just need to get some of them to cross paths :-) wink, wink!
I have been following this author for several years now. Her books are well written, well edited and have not given me any reason to be disappointed. I have recommended her to quite a few people with happy results. Cougar's Mate is book 1 in a new series. The characters are interesting, people I would enjoy knowing. The story is well paced from beginning to end. If you like her Wolf and Jaguar series, be sure and check out her Cougar's.
Laurie P
It was okay

I usually really get into Terry Spears books, but this one... I dunno the relationship between H & h just didn't connect for me...I didn't feel the sparks between them. The book had potent but I guess it was too predictable..I'm still going to read book 2 in hopes it's improved. I think a lot of the problem is I just didn't care much for Chase, for an alpha spec ops guy..he just comes across as a pussyfooting. & I don't mean pussy cat!
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I honestly liked this, I just wish there'd been more "mate" stuff than there was. I'm a huge fan of the whole soulmate deal when it comes to books, especially paranormal/fantasy genres, so I feel a little mislead by the title and the fact that there was no mention of mates even being a thing.
Good book, just not what I expected.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-paced read

I have read several Terry Spear books and enjoyed them all. I feel she does a better job capturing the wolf characters a bit better but that could be that other shifters are relatively new in literature. This story has a bit of action, some good banter, and some sexy times, making it a fun read.
It was ok, but nothing more. I guess I disliked the heroine being stupid and not figuring out stuff and also for her tendency to act without thinking, even if her intentions are good. The writing also seemed somehow superficial.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance fans
Really enjoyed this book! I love the people of Yuma! They made me smile with how readily they accepted Shannon and how they all tried to match make her and Chase. I loved Shannon and Chase as a couple though, they were really good together!
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Love, love, love romance, the paranormal, hunky Highlanders with their delicious brogue and hot kilts, so Terry Spear writes about those hunky Highlanders both in medieval times and as wolves in contemporary times. Jaguar shifters too! And young adult urban fantasy. And romantic suspense.

She grew up reading mystery, adventure, mythologies from around the world, ghost stories, the paranormal, fell

Other books in the series

Heart of the Cougar (6 books)
  • Call of the Cougar (Heart of the Cougar, #2)
  • Taming the Wild Cougar
  • Double Cougar Trouble (Heart of the Cougar Book 4)
  • Cougar Undercover (Heart of the Cougar Book 5)
  • Cougar Magic (Heart of the Cougar Book 6)
“I haven't done anything wrong. "Get off me!"
"You're kidding, right? You've injured a sheriff, broken in and entered a house, stole a car - mine - stole Hal Haverton's clothes, broken a glass, and littered.”
“I'll have to try the clothes on." She raised her hand handcuffed to his to emphasize how difficult that would be.
He smiled. He wasn't letting her out of his sight. The vixen smiled back.”
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