Highlander’s Beloved # 2
By: Vonnie Davis
Releasing April 7th, 2015
Two of the wildest hearts in Scotland fight for their destiny in this searing-hot romance, sure to be devoured by fans of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories.
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 who’s 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.
Sudden movement caught her attention, and she looked out of the windows again. A large spotted cat with a short, dark-tipped tail formed in front of the thicket behind the house. Heavens, the tan-and-silver-speckled animal had practically materialized in front of her as if from thin air. Kenzie swallowed a nervous lump in her throat and struggled to control the internal trembling that was causing her organs to bandy about.
The lynx stared at her with piercing, haunting blue eyes. Elusive, sometimes invisible, and always mysterious—or so Scottish lore proclaimed—the vanishing cats were believed keepers of deep secrets and hidden knowledge. Legends of the animal, whispered to children at bedtime, were vague and murky depending on who told the story. Yet here she was looking at a lynx this verra minute.
Its heavily tufted ears tipped in Kenzie’s direction. Look deep within yourself, young witch, to see what is hidden. There is much kindness in your heart. Infinite power.
Kenzie wheezed air into lungs paralyzed with astonishment and weakened from last night’s curing of Paden’s asthma.
“I just heard you gasp, Sparrow. Is Paws out there? He seems to appear this time of day.”
Her gaze was locked on the creature who’d just spoken to her. Spoken, as if he had the power of speech, just like a human. “Did . . . did ye say ‘Paws’?”
Effie cleared her throat. “The lynx. I call him Paws for lack of a better name. His feet are terribly big compared to Mittens’—that’s the gray and white kitten who likes to hide upstairs in my bedroom.” China clattered when she set her cup and saucer on the table and stood. “Welcome the being’s presence, my young Wiccan sister. Accept him.”
The smell of baby powder grew stronger as Effie stood next to her. “The lynx can help nurture your Wiccan abilities and center your psychic senses. For our coven, these unusual cats can also be guardians. I have one back in Virginia, who hides in the woods on my little farm. She protects me on my long walks. I call her Bluebell because of her striking eyes.” The pink-haired woman linked her skinny arm with Kenzie’s. “The shifters have their white owls. We have the lynx.”
Lynxes. Witches. Psychic abilities. God help me. Have I lost me senses?
|Author Vonnie Davis|
Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.
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