Review: The Cougar’s Pawn by Holley Trent

The Cougar’s Pawn by Holley Trent
Series: Desert Guards (# 1)
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 245
Source: Book provided by publisher for review



Ellery Colvard escapes her perfectly organized life for a camping trip with her friends, hoping for a tiny thrill. She’ll settle for a distraction, but instead she gets swept off her feet. Literally.

Alpha were-cougar Mason Foye needs a mate, even if he has to resort to drastic measures to get one. But when he and his brothers sweep up Ellery and her friends, the last thing he expects is a woman with a nasty bite of her own. Not only does Ellery know all about shifters, she’s got magic. In fact, the little witch is a bit scary. What’s more, Ellery isn’t convinced fated mates exist.

If Mason can’t persuade Ellery that they’re destined for a life of excitement together, he’s doomed to spend the rest of his days in his cougar form – without his son, his family, or the woman he’s already fallen for head over heels.


Review:  The paranormal genre is full of variety, limited only to an author’s imagination. When a reader comes across something that is fresh, it’s definitely worth noting.

Author Holley Trent has not only developed a fascinating new pairing between a were-cougar and a witch, but The Cougar’s Pawn managed to capture my attention from the beginning.  Maybe it’s the fact that Ellery Colvard has a wicked sense of snarkiness and has no problems ramping it up when provoked. When she and her friends are literally kidnapped by the Foye brothers as potential mates, Ellery is far from pleased. While Mason Foye thought he was simply finding a woman, Ellery proved to be a bit more than expected.

Even though Mason and Ellery didn’t meet in a conventional way, there’s no mistaking the sizzling hot chemistry. For a witch who has been without a coven, there’s an intense feeling created by someone actually wanting you. When she gets to show off her skills to help take down otherworld creatures, she does it with plenty of style. From their first encounter, their banter had me rolling. When the heat got turned up, it was like the final puzzle piece fell into place for an absolutely delightful read.

Whether it’s the exceptional dialog between the characters or the unexpected zingers courtesy of Ellery’s Southern vocabulary, The Cougar’s Pawn proved its worth for a spot on my keeper shelf.

Now that I have discovered this author, I am eager to explore her backlist. With the cast of characters in this installment, I’m hoping there will be additional stories soon starring the other Foye brothers.