Series: Cougar Falls
Author: Marie Harte
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
In a choice between fight or flight, love makes the final decision.
Cullen Whitefeather is Ac-taw—a fierce golden eagle shapeshifter. The ultimate predator, he doesn’t shy away from confrontation...unless it involves one tempting, smart-mouthed woman. The woman destined to be his mate. The woman who doesn’t even know he’s alive.
Sarah Duncan made one mistake years ago and hasn’t stopped paying for it since. Tired of the town’s treatment, she finally tells the truth about what really happened and pays a hard price. Her clan wants to silence her. Permanently.
Rescue comes from a completely unexpected source—Cullen, a man who can barely seem to string two sentences together. Yet his fierce protectiveness, compassion, and bewitching touch are worth more than a thousand words.
With Sarah so close, Cullen is losing his mind—and his heart. She says she wants to leave, and the raptors want her gone. But if there’s one thing Cullen’s good at, it’s a fight. And he’s not letting her go without one.
Despite the constant feeling of "been there, read that", this was still a nice, little PNR story of a male shifter knowing the female is his mate, yet afraid she wouldn't love him because of her past experience with the opposite sex. And although her inner animal shrieks at her that he is hers the female is afraid of falling in love without receiving it in return.
Luckily it was a short-story, because sooner or later it would've become tiresome. But, thanks to its shortness, it all fell nicely, neatly, and most importantly quickly into place with the requisite HEA in the form of an outpour of love and affection, and an additional victory of good over "evil".
Template-ish, but cute.