Falke's Captive

Beth Coldwell is exited. She's one of the two graduate students that have been offered the opportunity to track and tag big cats in the forests around Leavenworth, WA. The professor she is working with, James Whitmore, has her contacting the Forest Service and working on locating the best sites for their mobile lab. She expects great things from this research and can't wait to begin!

Beth didn't expect to begin quite as fast as she does. On her first day she's able to capture a cougar! But the cougar appears to be someone's pet. It has a necklace around its neck but who would keep a wild animal in captivity, especially this close to a town?

The Falke family is unique by anyone's standards. First, there are two fathers. Next, the oldest children are male quadruplets and the younger are male twins and a single female. While those things alone would make them different, the Falkes, except for the lone female, Heidi can change into cougars! Each wears a necklace with a tag on it so when people see them in their cougar form, they will just think the cougar is the Falke's pet.

Kelan just wanted to go for a run when Beth captures him. He knows that he has to get away before Beth discovers his family's secret. Beth though has already drawn his blood and she will soon discover that it's not like a normal cougar's blood.

Kelan enlists his brother, Reidar's help to get the blood sample back. However, they are shocked to discover their strong attraction to Beth. Could she be their mate? How would this work out? Could they ever tell Beth their secret? And, would she see them as just a great scientific discovery?

This is the second book in a series about the Falke family. You do not need to read the first book to thoroughly enjoy this one though you might want to. The first introduces you to this unique family and is a story about the other two brothers in the quadruplets. You do see them in this story as Axel has taken over as the head of the family.

The interactions among the characters are awesome. Ax is getting really grumpy and unreasonable, in Kelan's opinion which is why he was off for a run to begin with. Getting caught put him in a really embarrassing situation which he'd rather the rest of his family not know about. Even worse was getting called on the carpet by his dads! Kelan and Reidar are super close. They have no issues sharing a woman which gives Beth an experience she never expected. Beth is a dedicated scientist and truly cares about the animals she studies. However, she not only has to deal with her research, she has to deal with the other student wanting more than she's willing to give.

As each character goes about their business, the situations they get themselves into bring forth touches of humor. After all, how do you explain to your macho brothers that you got tranquilized and put in a cage by the woman you think might be your mate! And, how do you explain to the same feisty woman that your family's pet cougar is perfectly safe around people.

With all the romance wanting to happen and the seriousness of the science, there is even more depth to this plot. Someone is wanting to take the research and findings that Beth has. How far will this someone go to get it? How much is Beth will to do to keep it?

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I fell in love with the Falke family in the first book. I couldn't wait until the next came out. While I will admit I enjoyed the first book a bit more, that doesn't mean that the second isn't well done or enjoyable. I will also admit, I'm ready for the next book to come out and this one just came out!

This shifter story is different than most as it deals with a family unit. Yet, the main couple gets most of the attention so the romance is the main theme. The unique aspects of this series makes each book a must read and will quickly have the readers falling in love with this unique family.

Book Blurb for Falke's Captive

A graduate student working in animal genetics, Beth Coldwell is in town to track and tag big cats in the wild. Her prospects for the summer only improve when she meets Kelan and Reidar Falke and decides the sexy brothers are the right pair to fulfill her other, less than scientific, desires...

But her research is a threat to the Falke family secret. When Kelan, in cougar form, is captured, that secret comes closer than ever to being revealed. He escapes, but not before Beth draws a blood sample, and analysis shows this is no ordinary mountain lion.

Kelan and Reidar cannot deny the powerful attraction they feel toward Beth. She might just be their destined mate. But if they reveal themselves to her, will she embrace who they are or see them as just another science experiment?

63,000 words

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 4.00