January 19, 2010

The Evolution of the Cougar

Posted by Helen Hardt

In 1999, two Canadian women who fancied younger men founded a website called Cougardate.com. The nephew of one of the women said the two ladies were like cougars in search of small defenseless animals. Thus, "Cougars" were born!

The term gained popularity in 2001 book when Valerie Gibson published a book called Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men. Since then, movies, books, a tv show, and even a reality show have explored the subject of cougars and their "cubs."

So that's the purpose of this blog, ladies -- to celebrate the cougar! Here's a sneak peek at my Cougar Club release, The Cowboy and the Cougar, available at Aspen Mountain Press.


A hot time with a gorgeous youngcowboy is just what the doctor ordered for forty-year-old Holly Taylor. But after a night of amazing passion, she leaves discreetly. Life has other plans for her at the moment.

After the best sex of his life, single father Jack Sherwood isn’t ready to give up his mystery woman. When he runs into her several months later, he’s relentless in his pursuit, and he doesn’t care a whit about their eleven year age difference.

Holly’s life has taken a new course since her first meeting with Jack, and she’s convinced she’s not what he and his adorable son need. Can her new friends at The Cougar Club persuade her to stop running? Or will she lose the best thing to ever happen to her?


"I don't think I'm going home tonight," she said. "I think I feel like a room. A suite maybe. A jacuzzi suite."

The cowboy's full lips curved into a grin, and his fingers tensed on her forearm. "Are you asking for company?"

Holly's heart fluttered, but she steadied herself despite the two martinis. She wasn't drunk. It took more than two drinks to get her tipsy. All signals from the man said go. She hadn't had sex in a while. Damn, had it been two years now?

She was forty. Forty and alone, with no one to hold her and comfort her as she cried about what was to come.

She didn't have to be alone tonight.

Tonight, she could escape, albeit temporarily, and make love to a hot younger man. If he were willing, which he seemed to be.

She pushed her empty martini glass toward the bartender, and then covered his hand which still warmed her arm. His hands were as beautifully formed as the rest of him. Long thick fingers that would feel really good in lots of places. The soft hair on his knuckles tickled her.

Why not get straight to the point? She met his dark gaze. "If I were asking for company, would you be up for it?"


Lizzie said...

Not only is this book hot, Helen, it has heart.


Book Junkie II said...


I just finished this last weekend! It was great!!! I am actually reviewing today on my blog! This was the second book I have read with an older woman, younger man! And I loved it, fantastic job!


Sam Cheever said...

Hey Helen!

Thanks for the information and the excerpt! The book is wonderful!

Helen Hardt said...

Brande, I'm so glad you liked the story! Authors love to hear that ;). Hi, Sam and Lizzie!

Kaye Manro said...

Okay, commenting for Helen. Hey, I hope it works now. Love this blog!

I think you fixed it girls.


Kaye Manro said...

Yea! It worked!

Kaily Hart said...

Just stopped back to check if I could post. Great concept for a blog. Is cougar an age thing or is it a mental state ;) ?

Helen Hardt said...

Hi Kaily, thanks for coming back! That's a good question. I've heard that over 40 makes you a cougar, but really it's more important that the man be at least seven years younger than the woman. So a woman in her thirties could definitely be a cougar ;). We should research that so we can give you a more definite answer.