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Head Over Tail

Series: Ridgeville , Book 4.0
By: Celia Kyle | Other books by Celia Kyle
Published By: Summerhouse Publishing
Published: Oct 07, 2012
ISBN # 9781301788071
Word Count: 37,000
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Categories: Romance>Paranormal/Horror Romance>Werewolves/Shifter Romance>Rubenesque


Head Over Tail (Ridgeville) by Celia Kyle - Romance>Paranormal/Horror

Being kidnapped sucks…but then you find your mate…

Maddy Lane did not enjoy the whole “being kidnapped” thing. Then her knight in tight leather showed up to rescue her lioness-y ass and he turned out to be her O-M-G mate. Rawr. Sure, she’s a Sensitive. And, yeah, Sensitives are usually pushovers. But Maddy has been getting “badass” lessons and she’s got no problem telling her hotter-than-hell mate where he can shove his orders and domineering attitude. Of course, it’d be a lot easier to be growly with him if he wasn’t so damn sexy.

Ricker Croft, council tracker and ferocious tiger, can’t figure out what to do with his deliciously curvy mate. She’s a study in contradictions and he never did well in school. As a Sensitive, Maddy is supposed to be sweet, pliant, most importantly, his. She sure as hell wasn’t supposed to be a vicious she-cat who sliced and diced a man attempting rape. And she shouldn’t have disregarded a direct order from a more dominant shifter. Even more, the words “get the steel rod out of your ass” should have never passed her tempting lips.

Ricker knows that mating doesn’t equate to love, but he’s going to do his damndest to convince the woman who holds his heart that she can’t live without him. Even if it means turning his life upside down and embarrassing himself in the process.

Part of the "Ridgeville" series:

1. He Ain't Lion
1.5. You're Lion
2. Ball of Furry
3. Head Over Tail
4. Fierce in Fur
5. Deuces Wild
Reader Rating:   4.3 starstarstarstarstar (21 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   lipliplipliplip
“Backbones are like assholes. Everyone’s got one. You just have to find yours. The backbone, not the asshole. I’m assuming you know where you asshole is. If not, we have bigger problems.” – Maya Josephs, Prima of the Ridgeville Pride, who swears ta god that she will slap her last name on her unborn twins’ birth certificates if her mate doesn’t marry her soon.

Maddy Lane’s kidnappers had been all about kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning.

She was not a kung-fu hi-ya! kind of gal and tended to lean toward run-and-hide.

Now, a ton of minutes post-kidnapping, she’d decided that being abducted was not an enjoyable experience and she really needed to learn how to wield a judo chop.

She kinda figured the kidnapping adventure needed to come to an end. Any time. She was totally ready. In all the romance novels she’d read, the heroine would be spirited away by evil-doers and then rescued before anything bad could happen to the poor, defenseless waif.

She hadn’t been rescued…not that she’d been missing all that long.

But still. Bad stuff had happened.

She tongued her lower lip, wincing when the muscle encountered the oozing wound that would make it hard to smile for a while. Her head throbbed to the hella fast beat of her heart. One of the assholes in the SUV was the cause of both discomforts and she’d love the chance to repay him.

Eventually. When she gathered enough nerve to fight them. Which would probably be never, but a girl could hope.

Maddy twisted her arms, rubbed her wrists against her bindings and searched for any give in the material. Snippets of pain from the movements registered, but she couldn’t worry about those feelings. Not when her life was at stake. Because, really, she wanted to do the whole “living” thing a little longer.

The SUV took a sharp left and she was thrown against one of the men. A piercing ache erupted in her chest and a small whimper escaped without conscious thought.

Okay, she could add bruised or broken ribs to her list of injuries. Lovely.

The man she leaned against didn’t respond to the sudden additional weight. But, as low as the sound had been, it caught the attention of one of the other males.

A beefy hand wrapped around her upper arm, yanking her upright once again. “Hey, pretty. Shut it. We don’t need no shit from the boss’ kitten, got it?”

She squeezed her eyes shut as the prickle of tears gathered behind her lids. She willed the moisture to recede. There was no way she’d let the men see her cry.

The male released her and she stifled another sound, a deep groan that had built in her chest as he’d held her tight. The palm had been covering a bruise, nothing more, but that additional ache just piled on with the others in her body.

Maddy felt like a bruise from head to toe and back again. Sure, she figured they’d tried to be easy with the whole “sneak in and grab her” thing, but she’d been asleep when they came for her. And when she slept, she forgot to be afraid.

She hadn’t heard them outside her home, disabling her alarm. Or when they’d picked the lock on her back door. Or when they’d crept through her house. Or when they’d secreted into her bedroom.

No, it wasn’t until that first brush of a foreign breath on her skin that she knew her space had been breached and she’d awoken a tad…upset.

That wasn’t even right. Upset was a word her parents used. Angry maybe? Pissed worked even better. Okay, fucking enraged.

And they hadn’t been expecting that reaction. Hell, if push came to shove, Maddy hadn’t been expecting it either. She was a cower-er by nature…

Well, they’d woken her and then they’d had to deal with her. More importantly, they had to deal with Maddy’s lioness. The cat had been less than pleased with all the males crowding her space.

Hell, she didn’t remember most of what happened between waking in her bedroom with a man looking down at her and sitting in the SUV. Obviously, it hadn’t been pretty.

Maddy took as deep a breath as she dared, pain in her chest flourishing with the move. She needed to stay calm and figure out where her life had gone to hell.

And the quickest way to do that was tap into the wonderful powers she hated and put them to use. Her abilities were the source of her life’s hardships, but they had their uses.

True, being a Sensitive meant she could do more than a “normal” shifter. She could sense turmoil in the pride, soothe others in need and glean knowledge that shifters may want to keep hidden.

Guess how many lions, hell shifters, avoided her?

All of them.

Ding, ding, ding… Johnny, tell her what she’s won!

When shifters weren’t taunting and being mean to her, they were keeping their distance, afraid she’d somehow lay some voodoo smack-down on them.

Well, except Maya. The pride Prima had a knack for cutting through B.S. and had a habit of telling the other cats to get the fuck over themselves.

Maddy wanted to be her when she grew up.

Sensitives were needed, essential, but they were also the physically weakest of the cats which left her at the mercy of the others. True, the Prima had put an end to all that, but the fear lingered.

Damn her fear. She really needed to find her backbone like Maya had told her.

Backbones are like assholes…

Fuck it. She’d find it later. For now, she needed the metaphysical “lay of the land”.

One last breath and she let her consciousness float. Honestly, that was the only way to explain it… She just drifted in her head, the two halves of her mind twining in the cool darkness, picking and poking at one another until they twirled together and became one.
Reader Reviews (13)
Submitted By: sarahd123 on Jan 13, 2015
I love books about protective shifters. this book is right up my alley. there is plenty of humor to go around and the story line holds up all the way to the end. very good book. had a hard time putting it down.
Submitted By: dovi on Jan 28, 2014
It was a bit too OTT for me. The author tried too much, instead of coming across as witty and funny, it as just annoying. All the mental conversation the heroine had was not as funny as am sure the author intended, if she tones it back a bit i might read her other books but quite frankly, she does not do it for me. Eve langlais is much better at delivering this kind of witty dialogue.
Submitted By: moccha29 on Jan 16, 2014
I absolutely love this series. You get heat, snark and humour all in one book. Just so entertaining
Submitted By: collinsclan2000 on Sep 4, 2013
Enjoyed this beginning of this book and got lost in the story action. Just wish it would have continued. Story had great momentum and then just...ends. Characters are likable and hatable. Wish the backstory development on these two was more. Humor is good through this book the main character 'isms get a little tired and over shadow these two really good characters. Of all the books so far these two had some serious potential for an incredible storyline. Still quite enjoyable
Submitted By: oshyne on Aug 30, 2013
can't get enough of this author, love her books and her writing style, hero all hunky with that slight possessiveness goin' on is sexy as hell and the heroine funny, strong and knows how to reign in a dominant male when he needs it, read her series: alpha marked, knight protectors, tresora and now Ridgeville, just brought book 4,5 and 6 in the series and gonna read after this review. Can't wait for the other books in the other series I mentioned....
Submitted By: Gladys_Marie on Jan 24, 2013
I just finished this story. It is the best so far in the series, and that is saying a lot because this series ROCKS! Love the sassy heroines and the hunky heros. However, this story focused more on the development between the main characters and allowed for a very deep connection to develop between them. WOW!
Submitted By: hollins89 on Jan 17, 2013
The books just keep getting better, and with this book in the series, the author starts adding little personal quotes at the start of each chapter which are hilarious on their own. Add in the witty and often profane dialogue along with a healthy dose of smoking sex, and the recipe is highly enjoyable and worth reading.
Submitted By: pascoea on Jan 14, 2013
Sweet romance, the characters were fun to read. Good dynamics overall
Submitted By: tickledpink49 on Jan 8, 2013
Overall Enjoyment: 3 - This series always brings a smile to my face. Strong romance story filled with interesting characters. Alpha males meeting their match in sassy females.
Submitted By: Isabelle on Jan 3, 2013
Great! This series always leaves you wanting more. Once again the author's humor was seen throughout the book. Maddy has grown as a character in the last three books and finally becomes a "bad ass." Ricker is a Council tracker; can he be any more alpha male? The perfect pair to balance each other out.
Submitted By: mkeefe on Nov 5, 2012
Who doesn't get all feminine when a male decides to get all alpha? That Prima should teach classes in the real world. I'm already quoting her to my kids. Hilarious at times, mind boggling at others. Some questions left unanswered. Really need to get that sequel out fast. Brute and Elise? Really? I look forward to that! Don't forget Grayson!
Submitted By: PianoACS on Nov 4, 2012
A nice balance between action and finding the hero and heroine alone time. A stong hero learns not to take advantage of a strong but scard heroine, and the fun times that come after! So a great book!
Submitted By: blueisland23 on Oct 22, 2012
This is the 3rd story in the Ridgeville series. I enjoyed this story and series. The characters are interesting, the dialog is snarky and the story line is entertaining. This series is really fun!

Head Over Tail

By: Celia Kyle