I’ve never hidden the fact that in the realm of paranormal romances, I’m a shifter girl, not a fang banger. In the romance realm, I am also a lover of all things Highlander and let me just interject, what a wonderful time it is to be a lover of the Highlanders! A HIGHLANDER’S OBSESSION is the best of both worlds. Set in modern times, there is a definite throwback feel when exploring the mores of the castle/bed and breakfast inhabitants. In fact, Creighton Matheson is the laird of the land. He’s the first born son in an area that places huge value on first born sons but there is also a curse settled on these fellas, and it never ends well. As I mentioned, this is a shifter book but I am not going to spoil the exact type, I want you to be just as surprised as I was when I figured it out. I will say, I’ve only ever read this specific type of shifter once before but I fully intend to replenish my library with books of this ilk.
Paisley Munro is visiting Scotland with her feisty and pink haired Grandmother to attend the funeral of a distant relative. Paisley has a special talent that has caused her equal amounts of satisfaction and pain over the years. She’s very careful who she shares her innate abilities with for many of those around her, people that should love and protect her, shun her and try to enhance their own financial gain from her talents. Paisley discovered her talent at the tender age of twelve. Once she told her parents she could communicate with animals, they immediately called her crazy and put her in every form of therapy possible. Unable to live like that, Paisley moved in with her Wicca loving Gram – they’ve been inseparable ever since. Paisley is engaged to a horrible specimen of a fella named Alex; she will do good to rid herself of that leech, she just needs a burly and mysterious Highlander to show her the way.
The gist of the story is that both Creighton and Paisley have secrets they hold close to the vest. Immediately smitten in a way only shifters can understand, Creighton knows Paisley is the one for him…as in The One. Paisley is a wee bit tougher nut to crack. To call her skittish would be the biggest understatement of the century. Sure, Creighton is determined but he has to really step up his “woo” game to win her over. Let’s not forget, while all of this wooing is going on, Creighton is dealing with an influx of bad and mysterious trouble on his land and Paisley is trying to figure out if and how Scotland figures into her future. Paisley is a very strong willed character but she has been burned so many times by people she’s given her heart to, it’s completely understandable that the crazy magical things happening in her new environment have knocked her back on her heels.
Death defying suspense, kidnappings, family loyalty, misunderstandings, ghosts and sassy Grams team up to keep this book a real page turner. Add in some seriously hot sex, a hefty dose of ex-jealousy and some good old fashioned Alpha Grovel and you have a very entertaining read. This is the first book in a series and that’s a very good thing. Creighton has some brothers that need some lovin’ too!
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