How to Tame a Cougar


How To Tame A Cougar

Shawna never tried to deny the attraction to her young Greek coworker, Damian. Intensely handsome with a heavy accent, he is the object of her fantasies. It’s no wonder when he mistakenly overhears her call his name while masturbating, he decides it’s time to ignore the age difference she shies away from.

Getting her to fall for his seduction takes on a slight challenge when they realize their age difference is even bigger than they both first assumed. It’s not going to be a problem, though. So long as she keeps that spark in her eyes when she looks at him, he knows just how to tame a cougar.

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Chapter One

Keeping in mind good body mechanics, Shawna positioned her right foot in between the legs of her seated patient. The elderly woman only had to get inside of the car and head home where she could make a full recovery after her stay at the hospital. Shawna steeled her front leg, shifted her weight to her back leg, and mentally gave herself the command. One. Two. Heave!

As she pulled the weight of her patient forward and up out of the wheelchair, her lower back screamed its frustration. She was going to pay for this later tonight. Pay big.

Shawna grinned her triumph as the plump woman achieved lift. For a split second she hadn’t thought she’d be able to help her patient without assistance. She was glad to see she could. Her victory died a quick death though, and her eyebrows knitted together.

What the hell was running down her leg?

“Oh, I’m so sorry, my dear. My bladder’s not like it used to be. I think it might have gotten away from me there.”

Oh, hell no.

Oh. Hell. No.

She knew that diaper had been too big. The assistant had said there weren’t any others available. Their patient only had to wear it for a few minutes for the ride home. It would be alright, she’d said.

Shawna kept her face impassive. “That’s okay, sweetheart. Accidents happen. Do you need to be cleaned up before you get into the car?”

Limpid blue eyes peered back at her. “You’re such a dear. I think I’m actually still dry. You go on home. You’ve been such a good nurse to me. Thank you for everything.”

She couldn’t help the smile that creased her face. Shawna lived for moments like this. Even with someone else’s pee soaking through her pant leg, she felt good about her job.

Mrs. McDermott’s son darted around from the driver’s door and assisted his mother into the passenger’s side. Shawna’s smile belied her mental consternation. Where were you a minute ago when I was getting baptized by your mother?

He grinned at her, almost as if he heard the bitterness and nodded like a bobble-head.

“Thanks for taking such good care of my mother,” he said.

Shawna waved him away as if to say all in a day’s work. She shut the door to the car and stepped back.

After he pulled away, she exhaled forcibly. The last patient. She could finally clock out and go home. Maybe she’d pour herself a glass of wine and sink down into a tub full of warm bubbles when she got there. That sounded too heavenly.

“Hey, girl!”

She pulled away from her thoughts and looked in the direction of the person who’d called the salutation. Her lips curved into a broad smile. “Hey, yourself!”

Two hundred-plus pounds of curves and self-confidence sashayed behind a rolling wheelchair. Ashlee, as usual, wore her makeup done to perfection and a hair piece that made her page boy haircut turn into long tresses any horse would envy. Her lips shone from clear lip gloss. Impossibly long eyelashes batted their presence. Ample cleavage peered over the vee in her scrub top. The combination couldn’t have looked better on anyone else.

“Girl, finally. That was my last one. You?”

Shawna nodded. “My last patient too. I think that’s everybody. Mercy Hospital, South building is officially shut down.”

“What’s that on your leg?” Ashlee squinted at the dark stain.

“You don’t even want to know.”

Her nose wrinkled. “And what’s that smell…Oh! That’s nasty!”

“It’s why we get paid the big bucks,” Shawna said, laughing. “Of course, it was an accident. No big deal.”

The corners of Ashlee’s mouth turned down as she peered again at Shawna’s pant leg. Her lips trembled a moment before she startled to chuckle. The chuckle picked up speed and before long, she hooted loudly. “That is just so nasty!”

Shawna looked down and shrugged before joining in. It was pretty gross. Would only happen to her, too. Her shoulders shook as mirth overtook her, and she wrapped her arms around her waist as she laughed. She wiped at the tears that started to run down her face. Watching Ashlee bend at the waist while she wheezed her amusement didn’t make matters any easier.

“Ladies, care to tell me what’s so funny?”

The familiar and heavily accented voice sent a shiver down Shawna’s spine. Through teary eyes, she gazed on the owner of the rich baritone and sexy Mediterranean lilt.


Her laughter trickled to a stop, but a smile remained. She couldn’t help it. His dark chocolate eyes were so intense against his olive skin. Five o’clock shadow made him look a little bit older, but not much. Those lips. Those very kissable lips beckoned to her. Whenever they parted in a smile, her belly did a perfect somersault.

To keep from running her fingers through her hair, she toyed with the hem of her shirt. She mumbled, “It’s nothing. Just letting off a little steam.”

He stepped into her space, sucked the oxygen from the air, to straighten the pendant around her neck. Damian gazed down on her, the raw heat in his eyes making her legs weak. “That’s one good way to let off steam.”

“It’s one,” she said.

“Let me know if you need another. Anytime.”

After her heart started to beat again, she nodded. How was she supposed to respond to that? Shawna glanced at Ashlee’s open mouthed stare. No help would be coming from there.

“I’ll do that.” Her fingers closed over his to gently pull the pendant away. The spark was instantaneous.

He smiled down on her. “Good. I’ll catch you two around. Bye, Shawna.”


Damian glided away. She swallowed hard at his retreating back. The way the normally baggy scrub top outlined his broad shoulders and somehow managed to accentuate his slender waist sent a shiver down her spine every single time she studied him. Whew!

“Bye, Damian!” Ashlee called next to her. Wide-eyed, she turned to Shawna. In a low voice, she sang, “Ooh, I’ma tell.”

Shawna’s gaze cut to her. “What are you gonna tell?”

“That boy has got it hot for you.”

He did. She’d never admit to it out loud, though. “No, he doesn’t.”

“Girl, please. And you know he loves him some black women.”

“He does?” Now that was news.

“Listen to what I’m telling you. That boy loves him some black women.”

Something to ponder, indeed. Shawna said, “He’s pretty good looking too, huh?”

Ashlee nodded. “Ain’t that the truth.” They started walking toward the main entrance together before she spoke again. “You gonna do something about him?”

“Nah.” She shook her head. “He’s too young. At least five years or so younger than us. Just a baby.”

“Yeah, but them young ones got stamina.”

Shawna stopped moving to stare at her friend. They both smirked at each other before they started to laugh…


“It’s not often that authors successfully infuse humor into their short stories. But Ms. Carney has done it wonderfully. There were time when not only did I laugh out loud while reading How to Tame a Cougar, but I laughed so hard I snorted…How to Tame a Cougar does a great job of meshing a lot of different themes in a fresh and entertaining way. My only complaint is that it was not longer. This is a story that I would happily recommend to anyone and will soon be joining the select few on my keeper shelf.” 5 Stars, T.S. Peters, Just Erotic Romance Reviews

“How to Tame a Cougar was a fun, quick read that made me want to see Shawna accept the love Damian has to offer regardless of their ages.” 4 Kisses, Sheila, Two Lips Reviews

“HOW TO TAME A COUGAR was a great story. The attraction between Shawna and Damian was red hot, even when Shawna was reluctant to act on it. The scenes where Damian is flirting with Shawna were very sensual, and even kind of funny at times. Shawna’s best friend was hilarious, and so well written that you can almost see her in your mind. All in all, HOW TO TAME A COUGAR was excellent!” 5 Ribbons, Noelle, Romance Junkies

“How to Tame a Cougar is not your typical May/December story. Ms. Carney is a true wizard of the written word, weaving a tale that had me feeling the characters’ dreams and emotions and then laughing until my sides hurt…Talk about laughing until you cry. I know I did right from the first page…I found How To Tame a Cougar to be not only a sexy, hot story but one that is hilarious also. I know I’ll be rereading this short again and again. Kudos Ms. Carney for another winner.” 4 Cherries, Hibiscus, Whipped Cream Erotic Reviews