As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe.
Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn't want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them. But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won't give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.
©2009 Mary Calmes (P)2009 Dreamspinner Press
"With secondary characters that are just as strongly written and a story that runs smoothly this engrossing story will keep the reader’s attention till the very last page." (Rainbow-Reviews.com)
This book was largely very well written. There were just a few points that I thought didn't come across quite right but for the most part I thought this book was great from a writing perspective and would definitely read or listen to another book by this author. Or even a sequel if she'd like to tell the story of some of the lesser characters or continue the story of the principles.
The narrator was just okay for me. I respect the narrators greatly as I would imagine it's a very difficult job to get the character voices and narrating style down. However, this narrator seemed to be just a bit too focused on developing a different voice for each character and let's be frank there are quite a few in this book. As someone else stated the character of Crane, in particular, just didn't come across as well as I'm sure the narrator hoped. Also I felt his focus on the different character voices made it difficult for him to develop a good style and some parts come across as rushed or not sounding quite right to my ear.
Overall, though, I would definitely recommend this book. I'm already listening to it again.
Say something about yourself!
I would recommend this to others who love this kind of story, because it is such a wonderfully romantic and sexy read.
The moment when Jin and Logan first meet each other's eyes! Impact! What a memorable moment.
Jin--Sean makes Jin so real, you almost feel like you are in the story with Jin.
Crane is also another character I love. He's funny and real, too.
Sean Crisden is now my favourite performer, he's great.
My extreme reaction is that I love it and now have both audiobook and book, I also have the sequels "Trusted Bond" and "Honored Vow". They are both brilliant.
Mary Calmes is on my book list for continuing to read.
One of my favorites. This was actually one of the first audiobooks that I listened to (I am just now writing the review) and it is still one that I can go back to and re-listen to it consistently.
There are a lot of memorable moments in this story, but probably the one that stands out the most to me personally is when Jin and Logan met for the first time. Even through reading or listening to the story you could feel the tension between the two of them. It was palpable and easy to really immerse yourself into that situation and feel the things that the characters are feeling.
The voices of the characters is a big one for me. I love listening to the deep voice he has for Logan (Kind of have a thing for deep voices) and hearing the expressions of the characters themselves as the way that they should be said.
Absolutely. And I did. Multiple times.
The lore behind the whole Change of Heart series is phenomenal. Mary Calmes definitely did her research when it came to the lore behind the Werepanther world. I have read this series a couple times now and it is still one of my favorites.
This truly was a struggle to finish. From the narrator's pronunciations, his voice, everything about it I hate it! I just absolutely hate it. I first purchased this as a Kindle book and it was great! When I saw it was on for audible, I was so excited and then I started listening, from the Fozzie Bear voice to the pronunciation of Ma'at as Mot....awful
I really enjoyed this story about a were panther who was beaten and kicked out of his tribe at 16 because he was gay. The story was interesting, fun to read, and I highly recommend.
Omg first i love shifter books , this book was beautifu, where have you been all my life i enjoy this book a lot. Jin is a gay werepanther and a rare one at that, his special and powerful and there is Logan Church his mate the Alpha. All the character in this book was great and the narrator Sean Crisden was awesome i highly recommend it 5 star
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Another great tale of love that must be fought for, trusted in, and held on too tightly. Ms. Calmes is amazing at creating a lovely tale of men who deserve and fight like hell to hold on to their love for one another. Mr. Crisden did an excellent job of bringing Jin and Logan to life for me.
The only thing I usually get annoyed with in Ms. Calmes stories is how affectionate or touchy feely the main character (in this story it's Jin) is with women he comes across. In almost all of her stories it's the same. And although I appreciate the kindness and beautiful heart her main characters have, the touchy feely stuff with the females (especially those he's just met) is a bit much for me. It's not as bad as it is in some of her stories and other than that, this story was a wonderful few hours of entertainment.
I won't be listening to book 2 and 3 because for some odd reason a narrator who is not Sean Crisden (and is completely wrong for the characters I've grown to care about) does the narration and I'm not just disappointed because I desperately wanted to listen to book 2 and 3 but I'm baffled as to why a switch was done seeing as Sean Crisden did an excellent job in this stories and his voice is Jin and Logan. I just purchased book 4 because Mr. Crisden is narrating it. yay!
This is a wonderful story and a perfect beginning to a very good shifter series. I love the details and backstory for this particular shifter world.
This is the best shifter series I have read. Mary Cakmes L'ange series is also great as is Rack and Ruin if you like suspense M/M shifter tales.
The story is great and listening to it is mostly enjoyable except for any distinct voices the narrator tried. Crane's voice is just awful and painful to listen to. Some of the interactions with Logan are disappointing because the narrator clearly didn't pre-read so he would say things loudly he was supposed to whisper or say things with no inflection that had great details about the way it should be have been said (like it should have been growled or yelled or seductively purred, etc.). I prefer no special voices if they are going to be distracting.
Jin is a fantastic character. He is very enthusiastic and snarky and just plain difficult and stubborn at times. I love his frustration over being claimed but also his loyalty to Logan despite his feelings of giving up on his freedom. I also love his relationship to his lifelong best friend Crane. Jin is just a cool character.
This is a terrific novel and worth a read and listen. You will HATE the narrator if you have ever read the book, but he will just irritate you at times otherwise. His enactment of Crane is truly terrible, but everything else is pretty well done. I have heard him on other novels and he has done much better. I wish there were a way he could redo those sections of this book.
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