ARC Gratefully provided by Jodi Redford. Thanks Jodi!
Description from Amazon:
Who says a wolf can’t make a pussycat purr?
Perfect timing has never been Lilly Prescott’s long suit. Seconds before a showdown with werewolf Dante Morgan, who owns a property that by rights should belong to her, she goes into heat. Not a simple event for a lynx shifter. No, she’s doomed to weeks of frustration that can only be soothed by frequent rolls in the hay—or her hand. Unfortunately, Dante accidentally witnesses the latter.
Left shaken and highly aroused in the snow, Dante can’t believe he’s attracted to the woman who drives him crazy, and not in a good way. Worse, his father has issued an ultimatum. Marry, or abdicate his place as pack leader. On the other hand, it’s the perfect leverage. Lilly will get her land…in exchange for a wedding ring and all the sexual satisfaction she can handle.
Marry Dante? No doubt he’s a poster boy for Hunks ’R’ Us, but he’s rude, arrogant and Lilly’s sworn enemy. Not to mention the thought of losing her independence is frightening as hell.
When they find themselves falling victim to their own charade, though, it’s anything but hell. It’s heaven, and the last thing either of them wants. The real thing.
Warning: This book contains redneck werewolves, inconvenient hormones, and a whole new use for cat toys. Uncontrollable meowing may occur.
Poor Lilly, how shocking to discover the man she loathes has caught her trying to relief herself while in heat. On her way to meet with Dante the heat cycle begins and what's worse...she left he herbal medicine back home. Left to deal with it on her own, she pulls over and takes matters into her own hands, only to have Dante come wandering after he can smell her. She takes to calling him a few choice words before barreling away in her SUV. Lilly is a lynchat - a human-lynx shifter. She is trying to secure 60 acres of land which are part of Dante's family land so her organization can create a sanctuary/ retreat for them. Not shocking is that Dante is being a stubborn arrogant pig towards her request and dishes out all the dirt he can to aggravate her, and it's working.
It's right about now they get into the fun as she calls him out and what does a man do, but oblige. I couldn't believe he falls for it and decides to let her see for herself that he's got good sausage meat. *snickers* To bad it's around that time Dante's father comes wandering in on them. Lilly leaves in a hurry to let the father sun duo have their heated conversation. This is where the ultimatum gets issued - Marry/Mate or lose his place as the packs Alpha. That and the short time line - one week.
The next series of events is what gets things moving between Lilly and Dante - She gets caught in a tree, sprains her ankle, Dante comes to the rescue but orders her to stay put. It is after this he discovers for himself Lilly is the alternative mate he needs to still hold his place as alpha and not marry the knifing bitch next door- Anna Gifford. His plan - play the good dog and kiss up to Lilly - which means giving her what she wants...the 60 acres of land for their retreat.
Now comes the fun part, getting her and both their families to believe their false love story and that they are getting married. Not as easy as it looks even with things starting out as saucy as they did. Dante goes in for the move and lets her loud-mouthed inner slut out. She gets into some trouble with some of the local pack before Dante chivalrously rescues yer, again. This gets her claim in with his brother Shane, but the rest is yet to play out. Soon enough they come to see the other family, Theo, Jamie and Tess...and soon shortly there after his father.
Things are much easier for Lilly's family in meeting with her sister Kinley and her mother. Both readily accept Dante and he falls in with them easily and Lilly's a bit shocked by Dante and how well he gets along with them. It was after they get back that things go from bad to worse. I won't spoil the ending as I was FLOORED by the turn of events.
I have to say that I really loved Jodi's writing style. I loved how I had a love/hate relationship with Dante and either wanted to shag or smack the SOB for his trickery in getting Lilly all riled up. I loved Lilly's strong character and her persistence in bettering her organization. These two complimented each other perfectly and really are the epitome of the "opposites attract" expression. I'm glad I took a gander and gave her book a try. She's got a new fan with me and I am putting her on my Authors to DIE for list. A Solid 5 stars for Cat Scratch Fever!