Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Bookish Thoughts: A Highlander's Passion by Vonnie Davis

Kenzie Denune pedaled the bicycle harder, her thighs burning from the exertion. ~ Opening of A Highlander's Passion



A Highlander's Passion by Vonnie Davis
Loveswept, 2015
Romance (Paranormal); 300 pgs

After finishing A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis, I was ready to jump right into A Highlander's Passion, the second book in the trilogy. This novel focused on Creighton's brother, Bryce, the youngest of the three Matheson brothers. A Higlander's Passion takes place not too long after the events of A Highlander's Obsession, some of the events in the first book leading up to what happens in the this second book.  Even so, this novel can be read as a stand alone.

Bryce is a bear-shifter like his brothers. He is also the father to an adorable little girl who desperately wants a new mother.  And not just any new mother.  She wants Kenzie Denune to be her mother. It isn't such a giant leap really. Kenzie and Bryce had been best friends growing up and they became lovers after the death of Bryce's wife. Kenzie has loved Bryce since they were children, and when he spurned her first for his wife and then again because he couldn't let go of his dead wife's memory, she swore she would never give him another chance.

Kenzie has only just lost her husband, a loss she is more grateful for than not. Her husband was a terrible man, beating her throughout the course of their marriage. Bryce blames himself, believing that if he'd not been too afraid to commit to Kenzie, she would not have found solace in another man's arms, especially one that mistreated her.  He has his work cut out for him if he wants to win her back.  He knows now she is the love of his life.

Kenzie learns early on in A Higlander's Passion more about her abilities as a witch, powers that came into being the last time her husband beat her. She blames herself for his death, believing a muttered curse was the cause.  Effie, an elderly American, who had inherited the Scottish manor she now lives in, takes Kenzie under her wing, revealing she, too, is a witch, the head of the coven, in fact, a coven assigned to protect the weak and innocent.

Kenzie's world--and life--are threatened when an evil bigger than any she has ever known seeks her out to use her for his own gain.  Bryce is determined to protect her at all costs just as she is determined to live.  Everything she has known or thought she knew about who she is becomes a question mark the more she learns.

Vonnie Davis continues to write with humor and wit in this second installment in this series, although this book comes with some very heavy issues. The author does not gloss over the subject of domestic violence and the grief that comes with a miscarriage.   There are two scenes in particular that stood out for me above all the rest in the book--the scene at the lake with the white roses and then a scene shortly after Kenzie lashes out at Bryce physically.  The author handled both of those scenes was with compassion and thoughtfulness.

A Highlander's Passion was quite an entertaining read, exciting and action-packed. I admit Bryce had to win me over along with Kenzie given his past behavior, but it was clear he was devoted to her.  I am eager to read the next book in the series and find out more about the middle brother.  And perhaps spend more time with Effie, who continues to be a favorite character of mine.

Rating: * (Good +)

You can learn more about Vonnie Davis and her books on the author's website

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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13 comments:

  1. A bear-shifter? I think that's the first time I've heard that! Now I'm curious :)
    I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm in the mood for a good love story.

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    1. Iliana - There are a surprising number of different type of animals people shift into out there if you know where to look. :-) I think this series is the first I've read that focused on bear shifters.

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  2. I've not read anything about a bear-shifter too. I'm glad you're enjoying this series, Wendy! :)

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    1. Melody - It's a fun series so far. I am curious to see what she'll do with the other brother's story.

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  3. Oh my, those darned Highlanders! A bear-shifter and kilts!

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    1. Jenclair - Haha! It creates an interesting image in one's mind.

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  4. Wow, an unusual premise for a story. Sounds like a standard women's lit romance, then it has a bear-shifter highlander! It seems to work for you since you are on book 2. Hope you enjoy the rest of this series.

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    1. Rita - I enjoy a good shape shifter book now and then. :-)

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  5. Despite the mention of a bear-shifter I'm afraid this doesn't really appeal to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it though and hope you'll enjoy the next one just as much.

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    1. Tracy - The genre doesn't appeal to everyone, I know. I don't think I could make a steady diet of it, but I do enjoy the books when I read them.

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  6. I love a good highlander romance and how fun that this is a paranormal too. I'll have to keep these in mind for the summer time. They sound like fun beach reads.

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  7. I need to add this author's books to my TBR list as I can just tell from your reviews that I would enjoy them. Sounds good to me!!

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