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A Highlander’s Obsession: Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy # 1 by Vonnie Davis with Excerpt & Giveaway

A Highlander’s Obsession:  Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy # 1 by Vonnie Davis with Excerpt & Giveaway

Thank you for stopping in for my review and excerpt for A Highlander’s Obsession by Vonnie Davis.  Please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win  a$25.00 eGift Card Bookseller of Choice and Loveswept Tote/Mug.

Book Review:

I can’t actually believe just how much FUN this title was to read: combining kilted Scotsmen and shifters in the Highlands of Scotland, wrapping it all around a tale of destined romance and adding an all-bark-no-bite bluster to the hero and Vonnie Davis has brought a lovely story.

Paisley and her Gran, Effie are heading to Scotland for a relative’s funeral.  What neither know is that this is a destined journey for Paisley: her ability to communicate with animals make her a perfect veterinary assistant, but have her socially withdrawn and a bit insecure. In fact, her fiancé when she heads off is overbearing and overwhelming, and the break from that train wreck of a relationship is exactly what Paisley needs.

Arriving in Scotland, Davis manages to set the scene to give readers a real feel of the sights and country, and when Paisley first encounters Creighton, by fainting dead away, this starts the series of twists and  turns that will intrigue and entertain.  For Creighton is most worried about his clan: Paisley’s inheritance of the old castle and lands will impact his people as they are used to the freedom to wander and shift at will in the remote area.

Effie is clever and funny, with a touch of the mystical behind her, all buried in a caring, sweet package that simply wants to see Paisley happy.  Paisley has moments where everything becomes too much, and it almost appears as if it will break her, but she soon finds her own strength and confidence, and learns to become more confident because of her gift, not in spite of it.  And Creighton, how could you not adore Creighton? Laird of his clan, and a bear-shifter, he has some very blustery moments that are based in his frustration and insecurities where his feelings for Paisley are concerned.  Protective, loyal and oh so sexy, his determination to get and win her, and possibly reverse the centuries-old curse on his clan all combine together to make him a formidable hero.

A fun and unique read with bear (not wolf) shifters, kilted heroes, magic and fantasy all in the Highlands of Scotland. Throw in the happy ending and it is a not to be missed story!

A Highlander’s Obsession:  Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy # 1 by Vonnie Davis with Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: A Highlander's Obsession
Author: Vonnie Davis
Genre: Shifters
Published by: Loveswept
Format:eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 268
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About the Book:

In the vein of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories, Vonnie Davis introduces two wandering souls who discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel. 

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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Excerpt

She turned her head toward him, their lips nearly touching. Her sky-blue eyes regarded him behind those glasses that never stayed where they belonged. Long dark blonde lashes, like delicate feathers, fanned her cheeks when she blinked those mesmerizing eyes. Slowly her eyes darkened to the shade of heather on the Highlands in springtime. Heaven help him, he was gazing into the soul of his mate. He ground his back molars. She has a fiancé back in Virginia. I’ll do well to remember that—if I can.

Something about this lass enticed him, and her appeal was stronger than any other woman’s. For the first time in his life, he wanted something he could never have if she returned to America.

“I don’t know what to make of you, Creighton Matheson.” A wrinkle buckled between her eyebrows and he yearned to kiss it away.

He wrapped an arm around her waist and drew her back against his groin, ignoring his cock’s immediate reaction. “Perhaps we need to work harder at becoming friends, then. We’ve gotten off to a rocky start. I didna mean to insult ye in any way.” No doubt he should remove his arm from her, but it felt too good holding her close. Perhaps if he kept talking, she wouldna notice. “What tale would ye like Ronan to tell next?”

“Well, on the way here from the airport, he said there was a story about how bears became extinct in Scotland.” As she spoke, her hand covered his and pried it from her waist.

For some reason, her movement pleased him. He never cared for a woman who was too easy to get. A man loved the chase, after all. “Ronan.” His gaze stayed locked on hers as he spoke. “Our American guest would like to hear the myth about the bears and the Vikings.” He slipped his arm around her again and snuggled that appealing arse of hers to his groin.

The room grew quiet as eyes turned toward them. A few eyebrows arched at Paisley’s proximity to him. None of them would dare say anything. Nay, none of them would dare remark on a woman obviously in the protection of his attentions.

Ronan was the experienced storyteller of the clan. “Aye, the Viking story.” He glanced around the room. “Who’s up for the hearin’ of our favorite legend?” Several voiced their approval and the wee ones clapped. Earnan, their great uncle, pounded his cane on the floor.

As the wind howled and icy rain pelted the windows, the fire crackled and popped behind Ronan. “Aye, ’tis no fit time to be out and about as night closes in around us. ’Tis best ye stay here in the walls of our ancient castle, drink yer tipple and honor our ancestors with pride.” Ronan raised his glass in a mock toast as he spoke.

Creighton leaned over her shoulder to whisper in her ear. The sweet fruity essence of her smell wrapped itself around his senses. He inhaled deeply. He wanted to remember her scent forever.

She scowled at him over her shoulder. “Did you just sniff me?”

He fought to suppress a smile. “Aye, lassie, I did. What is that sweet perfume ye wear so well?”

“It’s body lotion. Cherry blossom. Now, stop invading my space.” Her arched eyebrow issued an order, or a challenge, and it stirred his loins even more than her nearness. He’d never cared much for timid women. Nay, spark and sass were more to his liking.

 

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About Vonnie Davis

Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.

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