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The Cougar's Trade

(Desert Guards #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  34 reviews
After a month as a “guest” of the Foye gang, quiet nurse Miles Bennett is itching to be able to leave their isolated ranch. But were-cougar second-in-command Hank Foye wants to take her as his mate. If she doesn’t agree to accept him, he’ll be cursed to spend the rest of his life on four paws. With no family waiting for her back home, Miles decides to stick around—Hank is ...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published September 14th 2015 by Crimson Romance
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Cassandra
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

The cover is similar to book one, but if it is supposed to be Hank on the cover, he looks really young. I would have liked a cougar on the cover too!

This is book 2 in this series, and it is for adults only due to the content. I recommend reading book 1 prior to reading book 2 because it mentions what happens in that book. You should also be aware this is a spin-off series from The Sons of Guliel
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Jonel
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, kobo
This novel is endlessly emotionally gripping. I couldn’t put it down for a second. At the same time it’s wildly imaginative, presenting a paranormal world that I’d love to immerse myself in. The well-developed concept of the goddess and the curse was fascinating. I really enjoyed how Trent developed the cougar culture. Although this could and can be read as a standalone, the previous novel gives a great deal of context into the glaring and its history.

Hank’s antagonism and sense of hopelessness
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Eva Millien
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hank doesn’t feel that Miles is up to the task of being a second’s mate but surprisingly she brings his long-repressed passions roaring to life in this bewitching paranormal romance. This fascinating series has some unique elements that makes things quite interesting especially regarding the cougar’s matings and while you could probably enjoy this one without reading the first one, you would enjoy it better getting the full story of how Miles became involved in this mating. As for me, so far I h ...more
Coral
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 3/5 (too much 1 step forward, 2 step backwards)
Characterisation: 5/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
iliana G
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review.


It just keeps getting better and better.

This is the second book to the series and despite the fact that it had none of the funny agression te first book have this one has a more silent yet strong energy!


Once again a well written and intresting story that it will keep you in its refreshing plot till the last page!

I really can't wait for the next one to come!
Cassandra
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

The cover is similar to book one, but if it is supposed to be Hank on the cover, he looks really young. I would have liked a cougar on the cover too!

This is book 2 in this series, and it is for adults only due to the content. I recommend reading book 1 prior to reading book 2 because it mentions what happens in that book. You should also be aware this is a spin-off series from The Sons of Guliel
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Amy
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Continuing the series (and this one really works better if you read it in order), we see Miles and Hank try to bond. What I liked best about this series was the emphasis on the fact that there are different ways to a solution. Hank thinks Miles is all wrong for his mate because she is so petite and soft-spoken. But he comes to realize that he (and the other Cougars in his glaring) need those qualities; sometimes brute force and intimidation aren't the best solutions. She is infinitely patient wi ...more
Janie Weimer
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite in this series. Pretty much consumed the entire series in a few days' time.
Natalie
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cougar's Trade

I swear they let the Sheehans get the better of them every time. It's time they kick Ralphie up our out him down and hunt for his brother.
Cherri-Anne
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
He was a predator, pure and simple. 5 GOLD COUGARS

The question was, was she prey? HOLY SWEETNESS BATMAN!! What a PAWFECTLY sweetly intense story! Or is that intensely sweet? Both work actually! First off, I love that this book continues the story pretty much from where The Cougar's Pawn left off. I was wondering if Holley would do just that or re-do the first story but now from Miles & Hank's point of view. I ABSO-FURRY-LUTELY love this story & series! Holley creates such PAWMAZING world
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Sue Riley
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good paranormal romance with action and HEA
Recommended to Sue by: I love Holley Trent's books
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Reviewed by SFF Dragon

I absolutely loved this romance between dour cougar shifter Hank and the kind-hearted human nurse Miles as their mate bond grows.

Another winner, 'The Cougar's Trade' is book 2 in Holley Trent's new Desert Guards series of action packed paranormal romances about the Foye Cougar glaring (pack) and the women they bring back from the mate hunt their goddess, La Bella Dama, sent them on. I was given a copy by the author in exchang
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Christine Karmelreads2665 W.
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received this book for an honest review.

If you have not read The Cougar's Pawn start with that book first. This series "Desert Guards" will now be added to my list of must reads. .

Oh my Miles is kind of a hoot. She has issues with asserting herself and self preservation. She has been friends with Ellery and Hannah for about 10 year. The three friends were mate napped in the first book Cougar’s Pawn on the say so of the goddess La Bella Dama.
Miles could not understand why she had been taken as sh
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Sherill
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Cougar's Trade-Desert Guards 2-A captivating standalone romance with danger and suspense.

This story features Miles, a sultry, beautiful human nurse, who sports a charming diplomatic persona; Hank a strapping, gorgeous cougar shifter and second to the Alpha Mason.

What you'll find in this story; A cast of awe-inspiring, impressive and engaging characters, fabulous story-line, powerful vivid scene descriptions, life threatening incidents, camaraderie, superb banter, heart-rending moments, steam
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Karen
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-ten-author
Holley Trent has become one of my top five favorite PNR authors because of books like this one. I can always count on her for something a little different. Her character development and world building are excellent. This is the first book I've read in the Desert Guard's series, but I had no trouble following the storyline. It is a great standalone with an HEA and it has me reaching for book one, The Cougar's Pawn.
Miles and her two best friends were abducted while camping in book one. Three couga
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Karen
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-ten-author
Copy received in return for an honest review.

Holley Trent has become one of my top five favorite PNR authors because of books like this one. I can always count on her for something a little different. Her character development and world building are excellent. This is the first book I've read in the Desert Guard's series, but I had no trouble following the storyline. It is a great standalone with an HEA and it has me reaching for book one, The Cougar's Pawn.

Miles and her two best friends were
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Denise Van plew
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I opened the pages of this book I found myself lost to their world and their story. It has been I while since I had done so this quickly. Miles is anxious because she is waiting thanks to a curse and now a decision is about to take place. She soon learns that she is the one for Hank (could almost see her if it were me wiping my brow)out of the two. They immediately come to a agreement but then again Miles has a big heart. Later she will take something in trade. Oh that Hank i simply adore h ...more
Tanja
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this part of the Dessert Gang, we follow Miles Bennet. one of three friends who was abducted by three brothers, in hope of being their mate. one pairing was successful but that left two of them behind with two brother that aren't sure who to go for. two weeks it takes them to make up their mind and at the last minute Hank decides that Miles may be the lesser of two evils.
he knows he needs a mate to keep his human form but he's not too thrilled about it. he's suspecting his meant-to-be-mate wi
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D Thomas
The Cougar's Trade (Desert Guards, #2)
by Holley Trent

Another Foye male has to bite the bullet and try to get his mate to stay.

Miles is really ready to get out of there. Her friend Hannah and she have basically been prisoners for a month and they are both wanting to leave, but now the guys have finally decided to choose. Only at first, they choose wrong.

Hank was sure that the feisty spitfire named Hannah was to be his fated mate, but things just don't feel right, so he and Sean switch girls. He
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Cilicia White
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Miles, a quiet nurse and one of the best friends of the h in book one, is getting use to the fact that she has been kidnapped to become a mate of one of the Bennett brothers. Hank AKA Fabio, is the second to the Alpha, his brother and he knows that he must find a mate or suffer the curse of his goddess. Miles really likes Hank and wants him to pick her but he feels that she is not right for the position of being the Second's mate, but she surprises him. Miles shows just because you are quiet and ...more
Cilicia White
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miles, a quiet nurse and one of the best friends of the h in book one, is getting use to the fact that she has been kidnapped to become a mate of one of the Bennett brothers. Hank AKA Fabio, is the second to the Alpha, his brother and he knows that he must find a mate or suffer the curse of his goddess. Miles really likes Hank and wants him to pick her but he feels that she is not right for the position of being the Second's mate, but she surprises him. Miles shows just because you are quiet and ...more
Sheryl
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review by author Holly Trent. This is book 2 of the Desert Guards series by the author.

Miles Bennett is now in the hands of cougar Hank Foye after spending a month locked up at his moms house. Hank really did not want a mate so he kept as far away from Miles as much as possible. Now starts the 2 week count down for him and his cougar to imprint on Miles and get her to accept him as her mate or spend the rest of his life as a cat.

Everything flows smo
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Stephanie
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, book 2 in the Desert Guard series is even better than the 1st. This is Miles & Hank's story, and it is filled with action, twists, self-discovery, determination and of course, a cute kid. I really liked that the characters are so real, complex and full of emotion. I love the interplay between all the characters and the meddling of the goddesses. I am so looking forward to Sean & Hannah's story and am impatient to read what I expect to be as good as the last two. I also hope this wor ...more
Lynn Vincent
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal stories
Another great story about conflicted characters. This is the second story of three brothers Mason, Hank and Sean. After kidnapping three women to be their mates, to break a curse things are not all roses. This is Hank and Miles story. Miles decides to become Hanks mate, She starts to hear a voice in her head. Who can this voice belong to? Is she starting to come apart from the stress? Will these to ever get on the same page?
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is my hones
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Lynn Vincent
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal stories
Another great story in the Desert Guards series. This is a fast paced story with conflicted characters. This is the second story of three brothers Mason, Hank and Sean. After kidnapping three women for mates, Hank and Sean still have not won over their ladies nor can they decide who they should be with.
This is Hank and Miles's story. Learning of the curse Mies decides to go along with the plan and become Hanks mate.Miles starts to hear voices in her head. Who in the world is it, or is she losing
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Ann
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 of the Desert Guards series and while you do not have to read book 1 to understand everything in this book I would recommend it. This is Hank and Miles story and it was completely different from book 1 and I loved it more for that. I was pulled into this story and could not put it down. I loved how Miles made Hank change and understand why she was his mate instead of Hannah as he originally thought. I am really loving this series and can't wait for the third book to come out.
Dorothy Phillips
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
was given this arc copy in return for a fair review and I have to say I loved this story.Hank Foye is cursed and if he can not convince his mate to stay with him . He will be stuck in his cougar form. The one girl he chooses turns out not to be his mate and then he gets near Miles Bennett . He does understand why she is the one fate wants for him, but she is. This was a very exciting and fun read with romance . THis is a must read you will love this story.
Melanie Neugebauer
I was given this book for an honest review.

I really liked the first book in this series, but I wasn't sure how the rest of it was going to play out. I was very skeptical. This book surpassed all expectations, and led me on one of the best journeys I have ever been on in a PNR. There is a reason "It's always the quiet ones." is clichéd, because it's true! I hope for many more wonderful books by Holley Trent. She did something wonderful, she surprised me.
Patsy
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
GOOD BOOK
This is the 2nd book in this series and is the story of Miles, a human nurse, and Hank, a cougar shifter, who is the second to the Alpha. Hank is surprised when he is to be mated to Miles instead of Hannah. He shows his disappointment and Miles challenges him to a trade. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves shifter love stories. I received this book as a gift for an honest review. Patsy Sacco
Lory
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. While I like Ellery fiery personality in the first book I like Miles big heart more. I definitely had a love hate relationships with Hank instead of seeing all the good qualities that Miles had to offer he saw her more as a burden. He was definitely in for rude awakening with Miles. Don't want to give it all away but I totally recommend you read this book you won't regret it. I'll be anxiously waiting to see what else is in store for this series.
Sherri
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-owned
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hank is a second in command cougar with a lot of regrets, Miles is a soft spoken, kindhearted nurse who is chosen by the cougar's goddess to be a good match for Hank. Hank of course doesn't see her as strong enough for him. In the course of the book we find that they both had a lot to learn about each other before finding their HEA.
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Holley Trent is a romance author who spins campy yarns set in North Carolina. She has a wicked sense of humor and regularly puts her story characters into unexpected situations.

When she's not writing, she's reading or eating Twizzlers.

Her contemporary and fantasy romances have been published by Crimson Romance, Calliope Romance/Musa Publishing, and she has work due for release by Lyrical Press.

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Other books in the series

Desert Guards (4 books)
  • The Cougar's Pawn (Desert Guards, #1)
  • The Cougar's Bargain (Desert Guards, #3)
  • The Cougar's Wish (Desert Guards, #4)