Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Falke's Peak by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

She couldn't believe her eyes.

Stressed out ad-exec Dakota wandered into Catamount Outfitters in search of a guide for a wilderness excursion. She didn't expect to be greeted by not one, but five of the most ruggedly delicious-looking men she'd ever seen. Not to mention a live cougar guarding the shop.

The Falke brothers have more than just good looks in their genes.

Eldest brother Axel agrees to guide Dakota on her mountain trek. In cougar form, Axel's twin, Gunnar, was there as a protection from predators—but he had his eye on the sexy client instead.

Into the wild...

While the rule with clients was "paws-off," both Axel and Gunnar couldn't resist Dakota's seductive Native American beauty and determination. As cold days led to hot nights in the cabin, Axel and Gunnar wondered if they'd finally found a woman strong enough to tame them...
**I requested this title for review from NetGalley**

The ending definitely pulled this book into thumbs up territory for me. Not to say that any part of it was bad, and it could be a contributed a bit to my mood, but for awhile there I was just 'eh' about everything. I didn't mind Dakota I didn't dislike Axel or Gunnar but for some reason it wasn't clicking for me. Which is strange when you consider that this book has all the things that are right up my alley.
What gave it the home run hit right at the end? The realistic representation of how they finally came together. It's not unusual to just get a 'and they all lived happily ever after ending' even when it's obviously going to be more complicated than that. Dakota has a family. A family that knows nothing about shifters or needing two males to before she could ever have their children - no idea. And as poly relationships are still somewhat atypical, I think it's expected that not only would Dakota have reservations about telling them, but that they might have problems accepting it.

The best example of this though? After a few days snowed in with Axel and Gunnar Dakota doesn't magically decide to stay. In fact, she leaves. Leaves and attempts to go on with her life after her 'fling'. There's a great conversation between Axel and Gunnar and their fathers which pretty much amounted to the older generation saying 'well you expected her to give up her whole love and move in with you....why wouldn't you be willing to do the same for her?'. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

So I think this is definitely a book someone could pick up for a quick read and enjoy. Fun characters, steamy sex, and a realistically satisfying ending. Wonderful!

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - None (?)