Also by this author: Enter the Witch: The Witches of Savannah, My Mate's Wife , Magic's Mate
A mate denied. A new chapter begun. Escape, however, is but an illusion.
Lainie Everest refused to be a pawn in her father's selfish schemes, and the only way to escape the forced mating he has planned is to join her brother in the paranormal town of Bull Creek. Eager to start a new chapter in her life, she leaves Draven Falls, her father's unscrupulous plans, and the man she refused to marry behind. Yet, while she never looked back, she should have kept looking over her shoulder.
A promise was made to Miles Hemingway, a deal brokered by Daniel Everest for his daughter's hand. Lainie, however, believes she can simply run away from Miles, breaking that promise. Escape is not that easy, though. He will have what was promised, even if Lainie has to become a PANTHER HUNTED.
This is another book that I have read where I got to meet the author. In this case I met the author before I read the books. Robbie Cox and his family live in Florida where he gets to write in the sun. While I am in Oregon freezing looking at over the windy river. I think he has it a bit better :). Well until Hurricane season, we don’t have those here.
Panther Hunted is part of the Bull Creek Chronicles that spotlights the small community in Florida. The paranormal council from Draven Falls thought that I small community out in the middle of no where was a good idea. The first book in the series was about Lainie’s brother Dimitri the youngest of the Everest Clan took over for the previous alpha who met an unfortunate ending. Lainie on the other hand is a police officer for Draven Falls, and was thinking about leaving.
Her decision was cemented when her father, Daniel decided that she would marry Miles, the son of a potential business partner. Miles is gross, like smelling her butt gross. Yes they may be part animal, but that doesn’t give anyone the ability or excuse to smell someone’s ass when they first met them. Ewww and he is greasy and just gross. In an attempt to get out from her father’s firm and very misguided hand, Lainie decides to transfer to Bull Creek so she can maintain her job while also living closer to her brother.
Obviously that is not the end of the story, and she rides off happy to Bull Creek and never has to deal with Miles or her father again, but all in due time.
I like this story, it is short, and it is a sidequal to another series the author has. Actually I think it is more of a pre-qual but some of it runs tangentially. Also a side-qual if that is a thing. This is a story about family, about shifters, and about how some people are gross. I don’t mean not showering gross, I mean gross down in their bones. People who feel they own everything and everyone just because they have the money or influence to do so. Sadly those type of bad actors don’t just appear in books, but in real life as well.
As with most of Robbie’s books there is some sexy time. This book didn’t have as much as some of his others. I do think that this book adds more to the overall characterization of the characters of bull creek. I also think that it adds more to the family dynamic that is the Everest family, which is important for many other books, and in fact the other series that deals with Bull Creek, such as My Mate’s Mate which is based on another Everest Family member.
Overall I think it is a good addition to the Bull Creek series. Also to the entire world that Robbie is building around Draven Falls and Bull Creek. I am excited to see where it leads.