Cougar Challenge, Book 4 – Hot to Trot

Author: Desire Holt

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: November 29, 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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Autumn Kelly has always played it safe.  Safe condo, safe job, safe boring sex – thanks to the ladies of the Tempt the Cougar blog she’s decided to chuck her boring life for something freeing and exciting.  What’s that, you ask?  Well, she bought a cattle ranch in South Central Texas on eBay!  How’s that for daring?  Unfortunately it looks nothing like the pictures posted in the ad, and the only upside to the whole disheartening situation is the ranch foreman Mitchell Brand who’s mere presence is enough to send Autumn into a frenzy of sexual need and frustration.  Dare she embrace her inner cougar and take that cowboy for a ride?


Mitchell Brand is the only former employee of Sweetgrass Ranch who’s still there when Autumn arrives.  Even though the place is in serious disrepair and been neglected he’s determined to help Autumn restore it to its former glory – if she’s serious about it.  He doesn’t see the age difference between them as an impediment, as far as he’s concerned age is just a number and Autumn’s the hottest woman he’s ever seen.  He understands the risks Autumn’s taking in changing her entire life and how scary it is to let go of everything that’s familiar, but at the same time there’s excitement and pleasure in doing so – and what better way to reward yourself than embracing your wild side and caving into your suppressed attraction to each other.


Autumn’s more than a little self-conscious about the effects age has had on her body and worried that any attraction Mitch might have felt for her will dissipate when he views her naked body.  He’s quick to dissuade her of that foolish notion and prove exactly how desirable he finds her – he also has a friend who’s only too happy to join in their sexual activities as well as help work the ranch.  Through an impulsive decision Autumn’s discovering that buried beneath her reserved demeanor there’s a cougar just dying to come out and play – and Mitch and Randy are the perfect men to help explore her sexual side.  When it comes down to it though is it all just fun and games or can Autumn’s gamble for an exciting new life include an unexpected happily-ever-after?


Desiree Holt’s contribution to the COUGAR CHALLENGE series, HOT TO TROT, definitely packs enough heat to rival any Texas heat wave.  With brilliantly depicted characters, passionate sex scenes, plenty of emotional turmoil and a dilapidated ranch Ms. Holt brings this story to life and makes me think that maybe trolling the listings on eBay for homes isn’t such a bad idea… only they don’t guarantee foreman like Mitch so maybe I’ll hold off on that one.  I absolutely adored Autumn simply because she is a play it safe/by the rules kind of gal who bravely chunks it all and takes a risk that pays off big.  Not many people would dare so I loved every moment of her emotional and sexual journey.  Heck, I might even be a bit envious.


Want to check out the TEMPT THE COUGAR blog for yourself then visit the website below.


HOT TO TROT is also available in the print book TEMPT THE COUGAR which also contains three other titles in the COUGAR CHALLENGE series:


SIN ON SKIN by Mari Freeman


CAM’S HOLIDAY by Ciana Stone


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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