A Highlander's Obsession [NOOK Book]

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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.
 
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 ...
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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.
 
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.

Praise for A Highlander’s Obsession
 
“Sexy, magical, and full of hot, kilted men! The perfect romantic read!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye
 
“An altogether fun read . . . Davis throws in lots of Scots to give texture.”Library Journal

“While I enjoy all sub-genres of romance, A Highlander’s Obsession, Ms. Davis’s funny, sexy, and suspenseful new paranormal romance has shot to the top of my list!”—Dixie Lee Brown, author of the Trust No One series
 
“Brilliant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, A Highlander’s Obsession belongs on the keeper shelf to enjoy again and again, right next to all of Vonnie Davis’s fabulous stories! Get ready to fall in love. Creighton Matteson has just skyrocketed to the top of my all-time favorite romance heroes list! I can’t wait for the other books in this series. Kudos to Ms. Davis for creating this memorable paranormal romance.”—AJ Nuest, author of The Golden Key Chronicles
 
“Sexy and funny with characters that walk straight into your heart . . . Vonnie Davis will have you rushing to turn the pages until the very last word. Scots, kilts, and bears, oh my!”—Sarah Grimm, author of the Black Phoenix series
 
“Vonnie Davis delivers a sexy paranormal romance to tickle your funny bone and leave you sighing.”—Mackenzie Crowne
 
A Highlander’s Obsession is one of those stories you never want to end, a sizzling romance packed with a hot kilted hero, an ancient curse, and the magical beauty of the Highlands. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I cursed. Don’t miss this delightful escape from ‘real’ life!”—Maeve Greyson, author of A Highlander in Her Past
 
“Charming, sexy, and full of surprises: A Highlander’s Obsession is all this and more. Add it to your ‘must-read’ list. Warning: You’re going to fall in love with Creighton and his clan.”—Amie Louellen, author of Ten Reasons Not to Date a Cop

“Where to begin? Where. To. Begin . . . From start to finish, conflict to resolution, this was sheer brilliance.”—Kelly Moran, author of The Dysfunctional Test
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804179300
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Series: Highlander's Beloved
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 6,143
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Loved but too short

    I loved the characters in this book especially Gram. My only complaint is that it was too short and the stories were not developed enough. We didn't get a chance to get to know Malcolm so how could we understand and dislike his behavior. Whar about Alex. Why did he come to Scotland? Too many questions. But still I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    A Highland shape shifter, an American animal communicator, an ec

    A Highland shape shifter, an American animal communicator, an eccentric grandmother - all add up to one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a very long time. 

    Vonnie Davis' A Highlander's Obsession, the first book in her new A Highlander's Beloved series, is just one of the most perfect stories. It doesn't hurt that the bear shifters have brogues and wear kilts, that there's a bit of mystery and suspense, some steamy love scenes, a great deal of laughter. Yes, this is a book that I highly recommend for anyone who's looking for that perfect alpha hero and a heroine with spunk.

    From the moment when Paisley Munroe arrives at the airport in Scotland with her gram, I began chuckling. Yes, gram is the one who wants to lift the kilts and see what's underneath. I adore this pink haired, pink pelican slipper-wearing, iconoclast. She's a wonderful contrast to Paisley who seems to have to live life a bit more seriously, but at the same time adoring her gram, Effie Iverson Munro.

    When the two kilt-wearing hunks turn out to be the welcoming committee, I was sold. Then we find that they're bear shifters. Well, burly guys who get a bit hairy. Quite fine with me. Once we meet Creighton Matheson, the eldest son and laird, well, I found a new book boyfriend for sure!

    Yes, I was totally lost in Davis' story and began asking my cat if the bear that tumbled our bird feeder might be a little more than just an ursine friend. (My cat meowed and sniffed, but I was rather hoping that a bear might have travelled over from the Highlands.)

    Paisley's gram inherited property from her uncle, Angus Iverson, that adjoins that of the Mathesons. There are rumors that developers and oil speculators may be coming at the American's invitation. Are gram and Paisley going to upset the bear's Highland refuge? Is someone trying to blacken their name? What is going on?

    Meanwhile, Paisley is engaged to a veterinarian she works for, and seems quite ashamed of her natural ability to communicate with animals. Oh right, shifters are animals too, aren't they... Yes, the situations that Davis sets up are both hilarious and at times heartrending.

    My only complaint about this book is that I wanted to read more. Yes, I'll be counting the days until the next book in this series is released. Vonnie Davis is now on my must-read list for her witty commentary, compassionate and fun protagonists, and an engrossing page-turner.

    (I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.)

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

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    ~ 4.5 Beloved Stars ~ A delightful magical tail full of humor an

    ~ 4.5 Beloved Stars ~ A delightful magical tail full of humor and sweet romance

    ARC A Highlander’s Obsession

    A Highlander’s Obsession is book one in a Highlander’s Beloved series by Vonnie Davis. I can’t believe how much fun this read was for me. Ms. Davis has created a delightful magical tail full of humor and sweet romance. We get kilted Scotsmen and shifters in the Highlands. Who can resist a sexy Scottish shifter in a kilt?

    Paisley Munro, human with a gift for talking to animals, but when she goes to Scotland for a funeral she hears a distinct humans thoughts. Crighton Matheson, Laird of the clan and bear shape-shifter. He cares about his clan and family, very protective of what is his, and loyal. All alpha sexy shifter. 

    A Highlander’s Obsession is filled with humor, emotion, magic and sweet romance, the plot is simple, but interesting. I was captivated by the very first sentence and could not put the book down tell the end. What caught my attention was the humor in this book. I was pleasantly surprised that their was so much humor built into this lovely sweet romance. The author does a marvelous job setting the scene and giving the readers a real feel of the sights and country of Scotland. The twists and turns keep the reader engaged and entertained. 

    The characters are just delightful in this story. Even the secondary characters where enjoyable and I can’t forget about the brothers, they are something. Effie, my god she was a hoot. I could picture her so clearly and the things she say’s had me ROFL. She does have a touch of the mystical in her, buried in a caring sweet package that wants to see her only grand-daughter happy. I loved Effie! Paisley was amusing. I did go back and forth in liking her or not. It all had to do with her back and forth in being the strong feisty women or the wilting lily who faint at too much information overload. How can she have such a hard time accepting these things when she herself has a gift? Crighton was attractive. I enjoyed his protective instincts towards his clan and Paisley. I loved how his romantic passionate side came out. The romance between Crighton and Paisley was sweet and I enjoyed the banter between them. Once these two get together their love making is hot and steamy. 

    A Highlander’s Obsession is a fun read with sexy bear shifters, kilted heroes, and magic all set in the Highlands of Scotland. This is one read not to miss especially if you love bear shifters. I am looking forward to more Highland magic!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy free of charge from Random House Publishing - Loveswept with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    True love needs no words in this riveting paranormal romance whe

    True love needs no words in this riveting paranormal romance when animal communicator, Paisley Munro shares a simmering attraction to Creighton Matheson. This fascinating story has lots of intriguing elements and charming characters to keep the reader well entertained. Lots of humor and passion adds spice to the story while the author’s fantastical origin of the Highland bears and the Matheson curse adds lots of depth to the story.  Once I started reading, I had to turn every page until I had read every last word, not to mention the sexy highlanders in kilts who shift into bears and I can’t wait to read the next two books in this charming trilogy.
    4 ½ STARS 
    See my full review at: The Jeep Diva .com

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

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    At first I thought it was a historical because of the cover (whi

    At first I thought it was a historical because of the cover (which I love) but it's a PNR contemporary. I love shape-shifters and I LOVE highlanders so I had to read it. I enjoyed this book. Creighton Matheson is Laird to the clan of shape-shifter bears that have roamed that area of Scotland for centuries. Paisley Munro has come to Scotland to accompany her Gram for the reading of a will. Paisley is an animal communicator. Upon meeting Creighton she hears his thoughts and faints at his feet. Creighton knows Paisley's the one, now to make Paisley his when both their lives are shrouded in secrets. Creighton is one hot alpa male probably one of the most alpha I've read in a while. I loved every minute of him. I like Paisley but she spent most of the book an emotional wreck. Most of which I understood and made sense but sometimes I just wanted ti shake her. 
    I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I loved the secondary characters. This book will make you laugh, cry and sigh. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    Paisley's grandmother is the one who's always believed in her ev

    Paisley's grandmother is the one who's always believed in her even though she can communicate with animals and her own parents thought she was crazy. When Gram must make a trip to Scotland for her distant relative's funeral, of course Paisley will accompany her, When they arrive, they check in at the bed and breakfast and meet the handsome Matheson family. When Paisley thinks she sees a bear, they try to convince her that bears are extinct in Scotland. Little does she know, that bear just may be her true mate shifter, Creighton Matheson. Creighton tries to keep his secrets, but Paisley is keeping one of her own from him. Will they find out each other's secrets before Paisley and her Gram have to go back to the States? Will it matter if they do?
    I was most pleasantly surprised with A Highlander's Obsession. The storyline is unique, the hero and heroine, adorable, and the supporting characters essential to this great story. I loved the combination of the hero being an alpha highlander and a shape-shifter. It was fun, sexy, and grabbed my attention right away. The intrigue added depth to the story, along with the intense alpha attitude of the hero, and the strong feminine sparks from the heroine. If the characters had gotten along right away, it wouldn't have been half as much fun! I loved A Highlander's Obsession and I very much look forward to more in this series!

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    Paisley has always found it hard to tell anyone about her abilit

    Paisley has always found it hard to tell anyone about her ability to communicate with animals. She has been rejected in the past for letting some know of her gift. She loves her job as a veterinarian assistant and how her gift comes in handy. She goes on a trip to Scotland with her grandmother for a funeral. When she gets there she gets a surprise as the animals near seem to know her and where waiting on her. To add to the surprise she sees bears even when everyone tells her there is none. Then she hears an animals thoughts coming from Creighton the sexy highlander who she meets. Creighton is a shapeshifter who doesn't want Paisley and her grandmother to tear apart his land. He doesn't trust them but he senses something different about her. She may be the one to break the curse he carries. There is no denying they want each to her they just have to work on a few issues like their trust, open up about their gifts and the fact she has a fiance back home. Secrets could tear them apart and they may never have a chance unless they learn to trust each other.

    Creighton at first seems like a moody man. He is actually very caring and sweet. With his niece you see how gentle he can be. he is also very protective of his people and those he cares for. Sexy is one thing he is for sure. Paisley has some problems. She is afraid to let anyone down and afraid to let people in. She would rather be pushed around than hurt someones feelings. She can have a huge temper at times. She seems like the perfect mate for a shapeshifter. I will say I love her grandmother so much and she reminds me of what my own grandmother was like.

    Raise you hand if you like hot sexy Scotsman. Raise you hand if you love a great shifter story. If you raised your hand to either one of these you will love this book. I loved how Paisley even if she is attracted to Creighton she still doesn't just dump her fiance. She does try her best to hold on to something she shouldn't. A place full of shifters and they are for the most part great people. they believe in treated people right and don't put up with people being mistreated. This book has a good plot that not only deals with shape shifters but other magic as well. I enjoyed every bit of it. You get to see both Paisley and Creighton and what makes them tick. they have all sorts of problems but somehow still power through them. There is hot scenes, danger scenes and even several scenes that will make you laugh. I eagerly look forward to more in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Wonderful read!!

    Very entertaining romance read with a lot of humor and a touch of mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Paisley Munro found out at the age of 13 she could somehow commu

    Paisley Munro found out at the age of 13 she could somehow communicate with animals.  After her parents disapproval Paisley she goes to live with her grandmother, Effie.  She finds her purpose in life by using her so-called gift as a veterinary assistant for her fiance who is trying to exploit her gift.    

    Creighton Matheson is the sexy leader of the Matheson clan of bear shifters and his family owns Matheson Lodge where Paisley and her grandmother are staying while visiting Scotland for a relatives funeral and reading of his will.  Paisley is startled when she hears an owl tell her she is the one they have all been waiting for and then she hears Creightons thoughts - is she losing her mind, now she hears peoples thoughts also?  Creighton is wary because Effie stands to inherit the land that his clan of bears live on and rumor has it she intends to sell it.  But he cannot deny his instant attraction and obsession to Paisley.  Can he trust her and can he make her leave a man who obviously does not lover her or desire her they way he does?

    This book has everything - shape shifters, ghosts, ancient curse, highland legends, sex, humor, and mystery.  Read and let yourself laugh, cry, swoon, and your imagination wander.

    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    Vonnie Davis is now one of my new authors. She nailed it with th

    Vonnie Davis is now one of my new authors. She nailed it with this book. I love my Highlanders and this is good enough to join them. There are some braw men, ladies who need rescuing and the bears after the men shift due to a curse. There are a couple of turns to the plot with an ex fiancée and a drug problem. Creighton is floored when he meets Paisley and her Aunt Effie. They have lots of moments and a shooting to complete their lives. I had a hard time walking away from this story. If you like clans and Highlanders, women with problems and shifters you will love this book too. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    Full of magic and romance, A Highlander's Obsession was a lovely

    Full of magic and romance, A Highlander's Obsession was a lovely read. I liked this book. It was an enjoyable romance.

    Paisley was a good heroine. She started out as a hesitant character whose issues with rejection made her a doormat with her idiotic fiance. But, as the book went on, she grew more confident and became a much better character. My only real complaint about her was that her trust issues made her a bit frustrating, with her tendency to either run away or assume the worst. Otherwise, I liked her.

    Creighton was also great. He was very loyal and protective of those he cared about, be it the people in his clan, or the woman he loved. However, he had an unfortunate tendency to bluster, where he would yell a lot but not actually say anything. It made me want to sit him down and explain how communication works. But, he could be sweet when he wanted to be and he was an overall likable hero.

    The romance was lovely. A bit frustrating with Paisley's fight or flight response to a relationship and Creighton's need to learn how to talk instead of command, but overall, I thought they were good together. They both simply accepted each other as they were and they definitely had chemistry.

    The plot was well paced and I was kept interested, though not totally hooked, the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

    A Highlander's Obsession was a wonderful read that I quite enjoyed. With the delightful mix of magic and romance, this book was great. It wasn't perfect, but I still liked it. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    Read on July 11, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition Expected pub

    Read on July 11, 2014




    Book Info 
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    Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Loveswept (first published August 18th 2014)
    ASIN B00ILX9WC0
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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    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.




    My Thoughts








    As a young child of 12 Paisley became aware of her talent to communicate with animals, rather than supporting their child her parents accused her of lying and being crazy leading to her going to live with her grandmother permanently.




    Having grown up with the loving support of her grandmother Effie Paisley turned her gift into a career as a veterinary assistant, although it made her happy she felt the need to have a family which in turn prompted her to become engaged to a man who never saw her as a person but rather as a ticket to riches by capitalizing on her talent.




    Paisley Munro finds herself on a journey to Scotland with her grandmother Effie, who has come for a relatives funeral and reading of his will as Effie is due to inherit according to the late Angus’s lawyer.




    Upon arriving in Scotland Paisley and her grandmother are driven to their lodging by two of the Matheson brothers and once there she is surprised to find herself able to hear the thoughts of Laird Creighton Matheson, the eldest son.




    The events that unfold from that point on include the bonding moments that come about as Paisley helps Creighton deliver a mare of her twin foals, the passionate attraction that develops between the two no matter how much they try to fight it’s pull, the revealing of a family curse that may soon mean the end of Creighton’s life, unveiling of the resident family ghosts and several plots that involve drugs as well as the kidnapping and rescue of Effie.




    By the time we get to the end of this story all the secrets that abound are revealed and Creighton and Paisley find that the truths they share have made their bond deepen, as does the love they both felt for one another which has only grown the longer they are together.




    I am a fan of shape-shifters, and like others who have pointed out their own enjoyment of having the main animal that the characters change into as bears,this paranormal twist makes for a nice change.




    Everyone deserves to be shown acceptance for who they are, believe you me Creighton Matheson does a first rate job of it many times over and he melts the readers heart as much as Paisley's with his sweetly poetic words as well as his actions.








    I also particularly loved the fact that the stormy relationship with Creighton and Paisley was full of give and take on both their parts, his sweetly romantic side was nicely offset with the possessiveness that dominated most of their interactions. I also enjoyed the fact that Paisley finally allowed herself to emerge from the shell that she had created very early to keep herself from being made fun of, it was so fantastic for her to be around people that actually thought her talent made her special rather than a freak of nature!




    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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