Blurb: 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.
Review: Along with the standard blurb, this book came with the claim that is is along the lines of Jennifer Ashley and Shelley Laurenston, so I had a whole lot of expectations from this book. Didn’t even come close. Sorry, but if you are going to compare a book about shifters to some of the top authors in the genre, you better be ready compete. If not, you are just insulting those authors and their level of talent.
One of the things that makes those two authors so great at what they do is by giving you these stunningly dynamic and rich characters set in truly unique worlds. The characters in this book are none of those things. Paisley comes across as a completely ignorant and stupid woman that has the maturity level of a 12 year old. I didn’t like her at all. Creighton is a guy that has spent his life pretty much doing whatever and getting whatever so he has no need to consider that someone may have a brain in their head or an opinion, so that when he finally crosses someone that challenges that worldview, his solution is to basically throw a temper tantrum. Again, didn’t like what I was getting.
The story is your typical highlander story that thinks it can get away with a lack of world and character building by tossing an apparently hot guy into a kilt with a little shifter thrown in to attempt to make it look original. What little there was beyond that was pretty cheesy rather than romantic.
I guess I’ve just come to expect an awful lot of certain types of books, especially if you are going to toss out big names in the genre. This didn’t even come close to the expectations it established in using those names for comparison. Even if I took away those expectations, this was only an okay book because there was absolutely nothing that was all that interesting or unique about it.