Monday, March 16, 2015

Paranormal Romance Review ~ A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION by Vonnie Davis

A Highlander’s Obsession (Highlander’s Beloved, #1)
by: Vonnie Davis
Series: Highlander’s Beloved
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Source: Personal Purchase

A teenage girl, brutally murdered and left in a trash dumpster; a young man, killed in a firebombing attack; a soccer mom, shot in the living room of her home; vicious thugs whose job is to protect a suspected criminal. Just another week on rotation for LAPD detective Joel Jovanic...until he uncovers a connection between the disturbing series of vicious crimes and Annabelle Giordano, who is in the temporary custody of his soulmate, Claudia Rose.

Annabelle is a troubled and traumatized teen who suffered the tragic loss of her mother and later witnessed the brutal murder of a beloved mentor. Neglected by a father who scarcely acknowledges her existence, it’s little wonder the girl makes some disastrous life choices.

But she has one staunch ally in Claudia, a highly regarded forensic graphologist who digs into the darkest of human secrets through the study of handwriting. When Annabelle involves herself with a questionable tattoo artist she re-opens a door to the grim side of life and goes down a path that could get her killed. A distraught Claudia will do anything to save her, even if it means jeopardizing her relationship with Jovanic.

When you're a sucker for a Scottish man in a kilt and the odd shape-shifter, discovering a series that features both is no bad thing.  And never has a title been more apt, because A Highlander's Obsession is exactly what we get; Creighton Matheson is an intense, protective man, who wears his heart on his sleeve and is nothing but honest...most of the time.

"Ye'd do well to be afraid of me, for I want ye naked, beneath me like I've never desired another woman before."

When American, Paisley Munro and her Gran, Effie, arrive at Matheson Lodge for a family funeral, the last thing Paisley expects is to be attracted to the Laird. But she is and it's not long before they discover each other has secrets. And with a superb chemistry, their story is filled with fight, lust, emotion and some laugh-out-loud humour.

"Are you shy? What's wrong, big guy? Afraid to show me your Scottish bagpipe?"

There were elements of this book I loved and those I loved less so.  The storyline is great, it has momentum and introduces us to a plethora of characters with their own stories to be told.  But as much as I was cheering Creighton and Paisley on, equally they frustrated with her flitting from feisty and stubborn to a bit of a cry-baby and he being overly possessive; granted he's alpha in both human and shifter form, but his possessive nature was a touch off-putting at times.

Vonnie Davis is a new author to me and, once I had gotten my head around the written Scottish dialect which at first read a little more Irish to me, I liked her style and found it a well-paced, enjoyable paranormal romantic read.  And with Bryce's story set up nicely, I look forward to seeing what lies in store.

**Personal purchase**

Rating: 3.5

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