A chance to switch it up with romance that features women who are not in their early 20’s and in need of growth time. It can be wearing, the focus on youth, but Donna McDonald gives us a glimpse into a world that presents heroines who are not in the first bloom of youth – and after all, isn’t that a bit overrated?
Starting a bit slowly and dragging a touch, the story doesn’t gain in emotional impact or action until the latter half, and from that point forward it is fairly fast paced, predictable but in all the best ways.
McDonald uses alternating points of view, so we get to see all sides of the story from all sides: from the main character of Alexa and Casey, as well as secondary character input from Alexa’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend. My only complaint was in the occasionally stilted dialog that was most commonly noticed in Alexa and her daughter – usually in their interactions.
With all of the character changes, narration was capably managed by Anne Johnstonbrown,with distinct voices and easily distinguished delivery styles for each of the characters. I will say that her style and performance improved as the story went on, as she started to utilize an emotive emphasis that managed to enhance the emotional impact of the story.
This isn’t s super-clean romance: Casey and Alexa are attracted to one another and they do act on that attraction in some very steamy moments and scenes. While Casey’s background as a former Marine makes appearances, his honest appreciation of Alexa as a person and a woman is well-written and adds a touch of hopefulness to the story.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Stoy 3
Title: Dating a Cougar
Author: Donna McDonald
Narrator: Anne Johnstonbrown
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 40 minutes
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ AllRomance
After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally given up the search. A couple years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it’s shocking at 50 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It’s even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time.
She definitely thinks medically retired Marine, Casey Carter is sexy, but can’t get passed their twelve year age difference to even consider a fling. Not that it matters anyway, anything resembling a normal dating relationship is totally out of the question because Casey is related to and living with her daughter’s boyfriend. The very last thing Alexa needs is yet another talk-show worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how amazing Casey’s kisses make her feel.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.