As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he's running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn't worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love.
Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men—even men like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and whose piercing eyes fill her with longing. Her life's purpose is to help others. However, dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul—and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame.
Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by Loveswept
This book has me torn in two. There were parts that I enjoyed immensely and others that had me letting out a heavy breath wishing that things had gone a little differently
First off, I liked Bryce and Kenzie. Bryce’s blunt honesty about his feelings for Kenzie was refreshing. He never stumbled once when telling her how much she meant to him and what he saw as their future together. There were times when I felt that he pushed too hard considering what Kenzie had been through, but when he realized that he’d gone just a bit too far he did step back to give her breathing room. After what Kenzie had gone through with her now deceased husband would have shattered any woman and while she was still quite vulnerable and working through all that had happened, she had a strength of will that didn’t allow her to simply sit back and allow it all to overwhelm her. She picked herself, and the pieces of her life, up and worked to move forward.
Since Bryce and Kenzie’s story is a second chance one they already have a lot of history together and the love between them is already there, but there is also quite a bit of hurt feelings that need to get dealt with and few big secrets that finally surface. As far as the secrets coming to light, I thought they were very well done. The scene with the roses in particular (Sorry, no spoilers though I wish I could go into it more) had me tearing up. And the way that Bryce learns about what the reality of Kenzie’s marriage to Duncan was really like was done well. And while there were times when I thought Kenzie should have stood firmer against Bryce, I felt that she still held her ground when it really mattered and was honest about her fears when it came to them having a future together.
My biggest issue comes with the dark forces that are coming for Kenzie. As far as the story as to why Kenzie is the target, I thought that part was well crafted and is one of my favorite parts of the story. The story was believable and I loved that it was Effie (Paisley’s grandmother) who got to tell it as well as have Fiona (Bryce’s mother) add on to it. And while there is a sense of urgency and concern over what is heading their way, it also felt a little...muted. Everyone is concerned for Kenzie’s safety and Kenzie is concerned over theirs, but attention to certain detauks that I would deem important didn’t happen and that’s where things went a bit sideways for me. It does move the story along and to it’s conclusion, but it was too convenient for me.
Overall: Outside of my ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ issue, this was an enjoyable read. There are a lot of humorous moments and tear jerking ones throughout the story and I absolutely ADORE Effie and Colleen and I’m looking forward to reading Ronan’s book when it comes out. I will say that while you could probably read this as a standalone, I would highly suggest you read A Highlander’s Obsession first.
~ I received an ARC copy from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Vonnie Davis is an award-winning, international author who writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance, often with strong elements of suspense. She likens herself to a croissant: warm, crusty, wrinkled, a tad flaky—and best served with strong coffee.
Vonnie’s heroes are always that delightful blend of alpha male with a chewy beta center. And her heroines? Her heroines are feisty females, who take life’s adversities and turn them into advantages. The settings for her stories range from the gulf side of Florida to the Scottish Highlands to the Wild West to her favorite city, Paris. Yet the home-base for each plot resides within the reader’s heart, where the hope of everlasting love dwells.