Falke’s Renegade (Puma Nights #3) by Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Carina Press
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: April 22, 2013
My Rating: 4★★★★☆
Veterinarian Heidi Falke can tell that something isn’t as it seems when she rescues an injured jaguar. Black jaguars aren’t native to the area, and as a Falke, Heidi knows that some men can walk in the shape of a beast…literally. She won’t let this seductive shapeshifter leave without getting some answers.
Javier Montero is on a mission: find the shapeshifter who killed his family and get the justice he deserves. This unexpected detour won’t put him off for long, and what he has with Heidi can’t be anything more than sex–even if it does feel different from anything he’s ever known.
With Javier, Heidi discovers passion she never thought possible. She wants their connection to lead to a future together. Javier made a vow never to mate again after his loss…but if he wants to keep Heidi in his life, he’ll have to decide how far he’ll go for vengeance.
Heidi is a caretaker in just about every aspect of her life. She’s a veterinarian, lives with and cares for her fathers and the brothers left at home. Heidi is a very rare female shifter and as such her mother prepared her for a life without children. Her brothers are the only male shifters she’s ever heard about and she can only have babies with a male shifter. So to say Heidi is shocked to discover the jaguar, whose bullet wound she’s treating, is really a shifter would be an understatement. Suddenly she has a chance at a future without loneliness. That is until the cat finally talks to her and makes it clear he will be leaving as soon as he heals.
Javier has spent the last 2 years with one thing on his mind, killing the man that murdered his brother and mate. He hasn’t stopped chasing him once since that day; until he gets mistaken for a different animal, and gets shot. Lucky for him he’s in Heidi’s hometown and she’s the call to come save him. He’s confused by his attraction to Heidi. It’s the first time in two years he has been remotely interested in a woman. Javier can’t reconcile his feelings and thinks he doesn’t want another mate. As he fights Heidi’s pull, he has conversation with her fathers about the loss of their mate.
It was difficult to watch Heidi struggle with her growing feeling for Javier knowing he was going to leave, leave her without a future, was very emotional. I truly felt for her. It wasn’t much easier to witness Javier’s inner struggle to reconcile his past, present, and possible future. The future he would like to have with Heidi, but doesn’t think he can. The sex between them was hot and explosive. The scenes were written so well I could fell the emotions coming from both of them.
I recommend this to anyone who likes strong heroines, hot alpha males, romance and action. This is the third in a series but can be read as a stand-alone.