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Dating A Cougar: Book One of the Never Too Late Series [Kindle Edition]

Donna McDonald
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Book Description

Are you over 40? Over 50? This romance series is just for you!

After two decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, had finally given up searching. For a couple of years now, friends and family have kept her mostly content, so it’s shocking at fifty to find herself wanting a sex life again, and more shocking to be attracted to a younger man. Thirty-eight year old, medically retired Marine, Casey Carter, is incredibly sexy, but Alexa just can’t get past their age difference to even consider a fling. A relationship with the man is totally out of the question. Casey is related to her daughter’s boyfriend. The last thing Alexa needs is another talk-show worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how well Casey kisses.

About the Never Too Late series…

The Never Too Late series are six sexy, romantic comedies about finding love and romance at any age. These romances are heavy on humor and light on tears. Heroines are successful in life, but not successful in love, as their friends are quick to point out. The heroes are drool worthy, confident, and know what it takes to make a woman feel wanted.

Book 1: Dating A Cougar (free download)
Book 2: Dating Dr. Notorious
Book 3: Dating A Saint
Book 4: Dating A Metro Man
Book 5: Dating A Silver Fox
Book 6: Dating A Cougar II

Editorial Reviews


This is a great character study in romance and the first of the series. I can't wait to read them all. I definitely recommend this author and her books to anyone who loves a good romance and likes to laugh. And keep an eye out for more from this wonderful lady. ~ Jesse V. Coffey, National Examiner and On Air Host of Edin Road Radio

From the Author

I was writing this first book of the Never Too Late series while also teaching at several local colleges. During that time, the first round of wounded war veterans from the last war started returning home. They would show up in my English 101 classes with no idea what they were doing there. Medically retired, they just knew that the life they had known in the military was over.

At the time, I was dating and living with the Marine who is now my husband. I went home and told him that I was going to have my younger man hero also be a wounded veteran who was trying to put his life back together. While he loved me for feeling compassion for those wounded young men, he also suggested that the age of Alexa, the 50 year heroine of my already unconventional romance, might be enough of a challenge for the first book of my first ever series.

I knew he was right about the risks, but Casey Carter's character grew so large in my mind that I just couldn't see Alexa Ranger loving anyone else. Since I hadn't been able to resist my own Marine, their conflict-riddled, but very funny relationship just made such perfect sense to me. As for the older woman younger man dynamic, well I personally knew someone who waited many years for the older woman in his life to get used to a similar idea of age not making a difference. Art does indeed. . .once in a while. . .imitate life at least a little bit.

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  • Print Length: 282 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RQ00Q2
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Story April 5, 2011
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Alexis and Casey have more obstacles than just their age. She is a notorious former model with a very public and checkered dating history, and Casey is a retired Marine dealing with both career ending injury, and the loss of his wife. Add to the mix the fact that her daughter is dating Casey's nephew and would never approve, and we have the ingredients for a messy relationship.

I enjoyed this book, because the characters weren't stereotypical,very well fleshed out, realistic, and flat out funny. It's wonderful to see older characters fall in love, deal with romance angst and be the sexual beings that they are. It was great to see a woman with greater financial stability and the man strong enough to deal with it.

I devoured this book, and quickly purchased the sequel. I would say this story rivals and is superior to many books I've read that cost much more. Skip your low fat mocha grande, downgrade to a smaller size and spend the rest on this book.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couger review May 9, 2011
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I loved the character development, Casey is the tough marine and Alexa is the independent model. As an older man, I could identify with Casey's attraction to Alexa and I thought the sex was well integrated as the relationship went from lust to love. Easy read which kept my interest. I usually like historical action stories, but this was a great change of pace for me.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Like 'Hating A Cougar' July 8, 2011
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I tried to like this book, I really did. I stuck with it for a long time before I finally realized that I could be reading something I enjoyed! So I put it down and moved on.

This book had the typical Kindle book issues -- missing words, poor formatting making it difficult to grasp who is saying what, etc. -- but overall the author's writing style wasn't bad. It was the lack of plot that killed it for me. I thought at first that the book was going to turn out to be more of a steamy erotic novel, but the sex scenes (when they actually happened) were really lame. The author did a good job of portraying Casey as a neanderthal military chauvinist pig, and Alexa as the strong, sassy businesswoman, but there was no clear reason for the two of them to be attracted to each other except to try to torment each other or to capitalize on an extreme sexual attraction (see above about lame sex scenes).

Ultimately, I could find no point to the novel. If you are reading this review and you are a reader who enjoys books with well-developed characters and a plot that not only moves the story along but makes sense, skip this one.
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131 of 152 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Record For Me January 4, 2012
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This book has the distinction of being the one I deleted from my Kindle at the earliest stage: 5%.
I had gotten less than three pages in when the first of what I am assuming were many idiotic, drawn out 'sexual tension' scenes popped up. I absolutely HATE that kind of crap.
As a middle aged woman I would like to find books that offer an entertaining read about the midlife experience. Sadly, this book was off by a million miles. It was simply more 'He immediately pitched a tent in his pants after laying eyes on her once' and 'Her nether regions turned to steamy goop at the mere touch of his hand'. Blech...spare me.
I got to the part where Alexa had dinner with her friends and were talking like tramps. I deleted it immediately.
From the reviews I see I made the right decision as it would appear that Casey turns out to be an emotionally abusive jerk.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy middle-age romance---HOOYAH! June 26, 2011
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I loved this story and the characters but found the numerous proofreading and editing errors distracting. '. . .by magnanimous vote' instead of '. . .by unanimous vote'. UGH!

Dear Author, PLEASE, PLEASE hire me to read for you before publication.

I purchased the two sequels and my reviews are the same.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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First, the author calls it a contemporary romance which is wrong. The average 50-year-old woman is NOT rich, gorgeous, and mistaken for 10-15 years younger with all the men panting after her. Second, not a military romance. If the author had EVER spent time around military people she wouldn't have used outdated cliches and created a caricature of a military man. I really resent that she made him abusive and the female lead liked it. Third, WHERE was the humor? This was not a humorous story.

I was hoping to read something different and refreshing instead of the tired old romance formula once again. It must make money since so many writers use it. I like true contemporary romances that don't use the formula and sometimes things don't work out.

Steamy sex scenes? Not hardly. As for a man turning down an attractive woman--pure fantasy. I doubt the author has ever dealt with widowers either. The widowed Marine should've been saying "my wife" every third sentence and wearing a wedding ring but fully willing to jump into bed with a new woman while making her feel second best to his dead wife. That is what dating a recently widowed man is like.

Overall, pretty lame story.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalled May 20, 2013
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Very disappointed. I read through page 172, thinking, "it has got to change, soon!" Theme of jealous, physically threatening male trying to dominate a successful, intelligent woman. The "hero" pushes the main female character against a wall with a cane across her body?! He is uncontrollably jealous in reaction to her social mingling at an event?! The sexual scenes are overly possessive. This is a contemporary story of the kind of guy to stay away from. I thought all of the reaction to the themes of earlier romance writings had overhauled modern romance writing away from possessive, overbearing males, but this one does not. The message this sends is that it's ok to push women around in relationships, bordering on predatory behavior. When a woman says, "no," in whatever response, she means "no."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 days ago by Angela Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a heart warming comedy series
Dating a Cougar is the first book in the Never Too Late series by Donna McDonald. I read the Kindle Edition as part of my 2012 reading challenge. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lesley Acford
5.0 out of 5 stars love the laughter
So much fun stuff very good read I really liked it liked that they both were so feisty. Will read more books by this author
Published 10 days ago by Mari
4.0 out of 5 stars Judge For Yourself
I want to start off by saying that I am a "middle aged woman". I found this book to be hoot, I wish I looked and acted like the lead in this story and had a hot young man... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Cindie
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this Kindle book but I could not get past ...
I wanted to like this Kindle book but I could not get past proofreading and basic poor edits. The mistakes were glaring and too distracting to focus on the actual story. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nina Rotz
3.0 out of 5 stars then he's not good enough for her
It was an okay story. The author did make it seem wrong for a 50 year old woman to have a strong personality though. If a man can't handle that, then he's not good enough for her. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great love story and not too explicit. Could not wait to read every day. Would love to read others in the series.
Published 16 days ago by Deidre
5.0 out of 5 stars great story!
I enjoyed the characters so much. I was sad when I got to the end. They had become friends and I wanted to spend more time with them. Read more
Published 19 days ago by cyinca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book!
Published 21 days ago by Dilayla B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This book was great and I loved that it wasn't biased. Definitely worth reading!! I look forward to reading the next one!
Published 25 days ago by Beverly Bonner
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More About the Author

After 35 years of doing everything for a living except writing books, I finally published my first romance novel in March of 2011. Thirty novels later, I am living my own "happily ever after" life as a full time romance author. I give back to the universe by hanging out to write at local coffee shops and keeping them in business. Addicted to making readers laugh, I include a good dose of humor in every book.

NOTE FROM AUTHOR: Thank you for visiting my Amazon Author page and for choosing to buy my books. I love to hear from readers and will try my best to answer back. You are truly the reason I write. Happy Reading!

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