Audiobook Review: Debut Novel by Historical Romance Author Willa Blair — HIGHLAND HEALER

“Willa Blair delivers sizzling romance and adventure.” Rebecca York, NYT bestselling author

The Romance Reviews: 5 Stars, Top Pick!  “Stealing a woman’s heart has never been so dangerous…This story is action-packed and full of twists and turns that will keep readers on their toes. It is fast-paced and has a sweet romance that will warm your heart. Well written and full of imagination, this story is a must read for historical romance fans!”  Reviewed by Katie Cody

Satin Sheets Romance Review of “Highland Healer” by Willa Blair – Strong secondary characters, including a mentor, a maternal healer, and Toran’s jealous former lover, Coira, and intense lines such as:'”What should I do with so beautiful, so valuable, a prize?” he murmured, almost to himself. His deep blue gaze ensnared Aileana as completely as his hands.’ make this a rich, enjoyable read. 

cover9-199x300Title: Highland Healer, Highland Talents, book 1
Author: Willa Blair
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: Scottish Highlands, 1516
Published By: the Wild Rose Press, Raery Rose 1st edition
Published Date: October 1, 2012
Pages: 330

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Listening Length: 9 hours, 44 minutes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: March 3, 2014




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.

image-e1380776935664About 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.

Romance Titles Derek Perkins has narrated.

A Wicked Pursuit, A Breconridge BrothersNovel Isabella Bradford Audible Studios
Captured by a Laird Margaret Mallory Audible Studios
Highland Healer Willa Blair Tantor Audio
Highland Seer Willa Blair Tantor Audio
Knight of Desire Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
Knight of Passion Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
Knight of Pleasure Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
Reclaimed (A Highland Historical Trilogy) Kerrigan Byrne Audible Studios
The Chieftain (Return of the Highlanders #4) Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
The Cthulhu Encryption, A Romance of Piracy Brian Stableford Tantor Audio
The Guardian (Return of the Highlanders #1) Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
The Legend of the Highland Dragon Isabel Cooper Tantor Audio
The Sinner (Return of the Highlanders #2) Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders #3) Margaret Mallory Tantor Audio
To Love a Highlander Sue-Ellen Wellfonder Tantor Audio
Unleashed Kerrigan Byrne Audible Studios

He works from a professionally equipped WhisperRoom™ home studio running Pro Tools. He is a member of the Audiobook Publishers Association and SAG-AFTRA.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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