Falke's Captive

Falke's Captive

by Madison Layle, Anna Leigh Keaton

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A graduate student working in animal genetics, Beth Coldwell is in town to track and tag big cats in the wild. Her prospects for the summer only improve when she meets Kelan and Reidar Falke and decides the sexy brothers are the right pair to fulfill her other, less than scientific, desires...

But her research is a threat to the Falke family secret. When Kelan, in cougar form, is captured, that secret comes closer than ever to being revealed. He escapes, but not before Beth draws a blood sample, and analysis shows this is no ordinary mountain lion.

Kelan and Reidar cannot deny the powerful attraction they feel toward Beth. She might just be their destined mate. But if they reveal themselves to her, will she embrace who they are or see them as just another science experiment?

63,000 words

A Puma Shifter Ménage Story

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426892431
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 10/10/2011
Series: Puma Nights
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 700,888
File size: 770 KB

About the Author

Anna Leigh Keaton has been reading and penning romances for as long as she can remember. After she met and married her very own real-life hero, romance took on a whole new meaning. She now knows married life can sizzle, and romance can be erotic—even in her own home.

Madison Layle avoided her childhood chores on the family farm by curling up with books and disappearing into other worlds of fantasy, adventure and romance. With maturity came the love of her own real-life hero (a.k.a. "my darling hubby"), and a real understanding of why her parents locked their bedroom door.

Madison and Anna Leigh write erotic romance both as a team and individually. They've consistently been on bestseller lists with their coauthored books, and have won numerous awards together including the 2009 EPPIE Award for Erotic Romance.

The pair first met online through a critique group, a meeting which sparked a strong friendship and a fun partnership. Together, their writing has taken on a spicier flavor, so while their hubbies are off at work, they let their imaginations soar...

Visit them anytime at either of their online haunts: PumaNights.com and LayleKeaton.com.

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Reidar Falke took a swig of ice-cold beer and leaned back in their usual U-shaped booth with a satisfied sigh. "That hit the spot." He pushed his emptied plate aside and waited for his brother Kelan to finish off the last of his own meal.

The Tap 'n Tine was their favorite Leavenworth hole-in-the-wall and the preferred Falke family rendezvous point after long hours spent catering to tourists at Catamount Outfitters.

His two youngest brothers, Sindre and Torsten, arrived and slid into the booth, each one with matching mugs of golden, foam-topped heaven. Gunnar had been invited too, but he'd opted out to check in with their eldest sibling, Axel, who'd taken the day off—an advantage to being the alpha and majority owner of the family business.

"You're late," Reidar told the new arrivals. "We decided not to wait." Torsten and Sindre both scowled at him.

Kelan grinned and glanced at their younger brothers. "Lookin' a little damp around the collar, guys."

Sindre narrowed his eyes. "You misled us about the Kramers and their rafting trip."

"Yeah," Torsten added, "those 'beautiful daughters' you raved about, Kel, are preteens."

"Hey, I don't recall anyone asking me how old they were, and I didn't lie. They're pretty." He cast a smirk at Reidar. "Cute as a button."

Reidar chuckled and drank his beer. As part of their jobs, the brothers often teamed up in pairs to take tourists on guided hikes into the national forest or on white water rafting expeditions down river. In most cases, the trips were routine, easy. But when children were added to the mix, easy was seldom a description that fit.

"Cute… Sure they're cute!" Torsten glared. "And totally useless when trying to steer a raft through rapids."

"God, the squeals." Sindre cringed at the memory and ran fingers through his damp hair. "My ears are still ringing."

Reidar shook his head. His youngest brothers were so dramatic and always fun to tease. "At least you got to be outdoors today. You could've been cooped up at the store facing flashbulbs all day." With the two of them conned into taking the rafting job, and Axel taking yet another day off for reasons he wouldn't share, Kelan and Gunnar had manned the store, leaving him shifted into catamount form as Falke, the store's furry and fanged security system. "That new ad campaign has really brought in the traffic. I swear I'm still seeing spots."

"Quit whining." Kelan rolled his eyes and then pointed at their siblings. "You two survived. Besides, you won the job fair and square. I asked for best two out of three, and you both said no."

The game of Rock, Paper, Scissors had become a family tradition, started by their mother, to resolve disputes in the Falke household. With six rambunctious boys, all with the ability to turn into fierce cougars, settling conflicts in non-violent ways had been a must to preserve individual health and the family unit, not to mention furniture and windows.

Now as men, somewhat more mature in handling their wilder natures, the brothers honored their mother's memory by using the game as a fun way to settle matters at work.

"How were we to know—"

"Maybe next time," Reidar said, interrupting Torsten, "you'll make sure to know what the clients look like and how old they are before you do battle over who gets the job."

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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This story absolutely has the best premise...who is more dangerous to a shifter than a scientist looking for answers about big cats without any idea that shifters exist? Beth is in Washington studying large cats trying to find clues in their DNA to keep some large cat species from going extinct. She's extremely excited when the first day out, she tranqs a cougar, but is surprised to find him with a collar. What she doesn't realize is that the cougar is Kelan, the very sexy guy who had been hitting on her the night before in the bar. She realizes that the cougar must be someone's pet, but that doesn't stop her from drawing blood, microchipping him, and adding an ear tag while he is sedated. When Kelan escapes and returns to human form, he is a whole lot less excited to discover those facts. Obviously, it would be a whole lot easier on all of their lives if they could stay away from Beth, but Kelan & quadruplet brother Reidar sense that she is their mate. This is book #2 in this series. Book #1, Falke's Peak, featured the other 2 of the quadruplets, Axel & Gunnar, and their mate Dakota. I haven't read book #1, but it did not affect my enjoyment of this book at all, although you do get to see quite a bit of all the siblings in this book. Also, since Axel is the Alpha, he and Kelan go round over a lot of issues with the store and the way that things should be handled, but especially about Beth, who Axel doesn't trust. Like I said, the premise of this book is just perfect. I love this huge Falke family which consists of a set of quadruplets and a set of triplets. They all work together to run an outfitter store. Long ago, they established that the family has a pet cougar so that if anyone in town sees them in animal form, there aren't any worries. There is always a cougar, who everyone knows is very tame, living at the store and with the family. Of course, Beth and the other scientists, don't know this until after they capture Kelan in cougar form. There were some details about this story that I really liked. In this shifter world, the shifter mate in pairs...always. This makes for a great menage story line! I liked the dynamic between Kelan & Reidar, the brothers. Between the two, Kelan is the more alpha male, while Reidar is the more sensitive romantic one, but they definitely know how to work perfectly as one unit. The whole issue of Kelan having an ear tag was laugh out loud funny, as was when he is tranq'ed for a second time...Reidar's reaction to both events was so funny!!! This book had a bit of everything. Two very sexy males, one very smart female, a creative story line, some laugh out loud moments, a great family dynamic, even a bit of suspense, and a climatic ending. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Falke family and fully intend to go back and read book #1. I don't know how many more there will be in the series, although I am guessing at least one more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I wasn't looking for my mate-our mate. And I damn sure never expected her to shoot me in the ass when I did find her." I laughed most of the way through the book. It was great. And if you loved the first one this is just as good :] Kelan and Reider had me laughing over their antics and Beth was just a blast in a geeky, yet cute way. Poor Kelan doesn't know what hit him, and next he knows he's in a cage. When he finds out the cage belongs to the hottie he saw at the bar the night before...well life gets complicated. Super fun book to read at about 531 pages in length. Would HIGHLY recommend.
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Fast paced lots of sex
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Honey45 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend, great series. Enjoyed alot
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I really hope they wirte more on this series.
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wiunicole More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series. Read the first one, loved it, and couldn't wait until this book came out. Now I can't wait for the next ones!
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