Book InfoKindle EditionExpected publication: August 19th 2014 by Loveswept (first published August 18th 2014)ASIN B00ILX9WC0edition language Englishother editions (1)Source:Netgalley EARCBook Buy LinksAmazon
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.
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!
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