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Highland Healer: Highland Talents, Book 1 | [Willa Blair]

Highland Healer: Highland Talents, Book 1

Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and he never expected to meet a woman like Aileanna Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal? Aileanna Shaw has a healing touch - and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she's kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war or the prize of his heart?
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Publisher's Summary

He needs her for his clan. He wants her for himself. Can he have both?

Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and he never expected to meet a woman like Aileanna Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?

Aileanna Shaw has a healing touch - and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she's kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war or the prize of his heart?

While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileanna. And Aileanna must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who needs her talent but wants her love.

©2013 Linda Williams (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A captivating hero and heroine and a deft plot make this a must-[listen] historical romance." (New York Times best-selling author Rebecca York)

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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 03-15-14
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 03-15-14 Member Since 2014

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers ~~

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    "No Surprises."

    I actually liked the “talented healer” storyline of this book. The Heroine, Aileanna, is a strong woman who has the power to heal and is sought after by other clans because of her ability. The Hero, Toran, is a powerful Laird who not only notices Aileanna’s “talent” but her beauty. Although I found this story and the characters interesting it unfortunately is low on excitement and high on predictability. It had glimpses of adventure throughout the book but lacked an inspiring impact.

    If you like simple highland romances without surprises (or many twists and turns) then you will probably enjoy this book.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN 01-13-15
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    "A Highland tale from a talented debut novelist"
    Any additional comments?

    About the Story: HE NEEDS HER FOR HIS CLAN.

    HE WANTS HER FOR HIMSELF.

    CAN HE HAVE BOTH?

    Torn Lathan never expected to become laird, and ne er expected to meet a woman like Aileana Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people heed, but Torn cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?

    Aileana Shaw has a healing touch – and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she’s kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war, or the prize of his heart?

    While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileana. And Aileana must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who need her talent, but want her love.

    My Thoughts: So pleasantly surprised! For a first novel, it was very, very good and I look forward with eagerness to continue the series. Her full development of its main characters and secondary ones only enrich the telling. She writes with rare finesse setting scenes of action and suspense creating more than just a romance. Inner character conflicts of both the hero and heroine and how they deal with them add a multi-level reader interest.

    The narration, itself, by Derek Perkins was well done. Although Mr. Perkins chose a rough-type voice for the Laird, it put me off slightly at the beginning of the tale. The voice sounded harsh for the Laird. As the story moved forward it didn’t seem to bother me. Even though I didn’t particularly like the voice chosen, he carried the story well, continuing to engage me with his own voice and dialog of the other characters.

    I like the magic and paranormal woven into the story. I also like the sincerity of the heroine when she is ready to heal even those who are cruel and are not looking out for her welfare.

    The author has left enough threads that need to be taken up in another story additionally leaving the reader with total satisfaction with the outcome of this tale.

    About the Author: Willa Blair is the award-wining author of Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling Scottish historical paranormal romance and a contributor to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog. Her popular Highland Talents series, set in a pivotal point in Scottish history, is filled with men in kilts, psi talents, and plenty of spice. Available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, the first three titles will soon be joined by more novels of adventure and romance.

    About the Narrator: A native of the United Kingdom, Derek Perkins has narrated nearly two hundred titles to date in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and business.

    In 2014 he received two AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named by the magazine as a 2014 Best Voice in its Biography & History category and he was nominated for a Best Voice, Fiction & Fantasy Award by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences 2014 Voice Arts Awards.

    His audiobook narration skills are augmented by knowledge of three foreign languages, experience of traveling the globe, and a facility with accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J M Richey 12-09-14
    J M Richey 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WASTE OF TIME"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It took forever! I kept waiting for the story to pick up the pace, something, towards the end anything to move the book along.


    Has Highland Healer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s performance?

    Wow. Did a good job with pronunciations.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Healer?

    Unabridged is always better


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Marske Mooresville, NC USA 04-26-14
    Megan Marske Mooresville, NC USA 04-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable!"
    If you could sum up Highland Healer in three words, what would they be?

    Hot, real, interesting!


    Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

    A big thumbs up on the narration, all the characters were so distinct! Very enjoyable to listen to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kornelia Greenwood, IN, United States 03-09-14
    Kornelia Greenwood, IN, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's written well, fluent and never boring


    What other book might you compare Highland Healer to and why?

    None, it's a book on its own


    What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sexy voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It spellbound me


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it, it was spellbinding, fluently written never dull. At times the heroine seems Whitney, but then she turns around and is as strong as the rock of Gibraltar.
    I'm honest, I listened to the book via audible. Com. I can't wait till she gets more audibles out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    H. Caselton 05-18-14
    H. Caselton 05-18-14

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    "Very suprised about this one."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    90 percent of his book is very good, but the ending is very very disapointing.
    The writer should never have ended this book this way. I know she want us to buy
    other books, but I have to really think this one over. Oh by the way Willa Blair I own
    over 300 books, so I think I can make these statements. I hope you don't do this
    to every book you write. HC.


    What other book might you compare Highland Healer to and why?

    None


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s performance?

    Great narrator.


    Did Highland Healer inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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