Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis

Happy Release Day!

A Highlander's Obsession
by Vonnie Davis

Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Pub Date   Aug 19 2014

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.

Kathie's Review:

This was my first Vonnie Davis book. It won't be my last. I'm fond of shifter stories, and these bears are a handful. I quite liked how Ms. Davis created her world and kept to the rules she created. 

Paisley can hear animals. I've always thought that would be a really cool "super power" but I can see how it could be a hard thing, too. She's quite shocked when she hears a human mind for the first time. She figures that's it, she's finally gone totally nuts. 

Creighton, on the other hand, is NOT going to like this pretty woman. Not at all, well, maybe just a little. Well, maybe just a lot. 

At one point I was really annoyed. The bears can use their magic to erase human memories. Creighton does so, and I was ready to put the book down and walk away. Fortunately, it came back to bite his furry buns...hard. Good!

Effie, Paisley's grandmother, is something else. Her hair is pink and she wears colors to compliment it. And pelican baffies...slippers. She's a riot, for sure. I think she needs her own HEA at some point. She's going to enliven the Scottish Highlands.

There's a mystery here, too, and it was enjoyable seeing everything fall into place. A bit scary when the climax came, wondering who was going to survive. 

A great start to a new series. I look forward to reading more. On a side note, Ms. Davis' agent is someone I went to high school with. Dawn Dowdle...small world!
Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read A Highlander's Obsession

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