Using "male" and "female" instead of "man" and "woman" is A Thing in shifter romances and it always weirds me out.
"Ryan studied the two females. The plump brunette, Dawn, was as short as Taryn, and strength seemed to radiate from her. This female was a born alpha. He also sensed that she was a cougar shifter. The dark, curvy female, Madisyn, had the sharpest eyes he’d ever seen."