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)
I want to start off by saying that despite all the flaws this book has, I did enjoy it. It had a nice idea of a story and the sex scenes were very well put together. However, this does not excuse the flaws.
Fist things first, the narrator was not fantastic. He reminded me of Fozzy from the Muppets in some cases. The voices he used for the different characters were just... off. I could not in any way take Logan seriously because he was given this deep unrealistic voice that sounded like he was trying to cover up the fact that he smoked.
Second, the point of Jin being this super special snowflake and was ultra rare, was DRIVEN HOME EVERY OTHER SENTENCE! I swear by the middle of the book I was sick to death of hearing about how this kid was a reah. I know the main plot point of this book was him being a reah, but we get it after the first twelve times. The next 108 times of driving this home is stupid. It's like the author thought we wouldn't remember or something. The reah point is not the only thing driven home. Points are beaten to death over and over again, until their effectiveness is gone.
Third, the way the gay subject is brought up just bothers me. This might be because I'm a lesbian and have studied sexuality just a little bit, but Logan just becoming gay is not realistic. I'm a little disappointed in the author for not taken the time to understand and research male sexuality. And yes, I get it. This book was meant for the boylove/yaoi girl crowed but that's not an excuse for lazy writing. Logan could have every well have been straight and Jin was his one exception. Why couldn't he be bisexual? And the idea that it was a specific obstacle for Jin was really pointless with all the sex they had, not to mention that they keep saying that Logan and Jin can feel each other's emotions, because he's a reah!
Over all, the weak points of the book were a bit too much for me to give this any higher then two stars. I could have been a lot better.
First and for most, this is a pure unadulterated FLUFF. It's a hot story about two guys getting in on against a background of supernatural fun. It even means to raise the complex issue of the nature of sexuality and the specter of homophobia and family expectations. However, that being said, this story is FLUFF! If you want more than that a more complicated look at these issues - go look elsewhere. But if you want a bit of hot, guilty little pleasure - have at.
My one MAJOR issue with this is the reader. He's not bad but he reads these really hot sex as if he was stating a list of facts. Still, he's not bad. I'd give a listen to the free preview and decide whether he bugs you or not. If you anything like me, you'll be a little annoyed at first and then get used to it.
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.
I really enjoyed this story and would like to see much more like it. I liked the timbre of the narrator's voice, however I felt he read most of this much too fast. Some of the action scenes called for excitement and fast reading, however it sounded like he just wanted to get the reading over with unfortunately. For that reason only, I did not give the full 5 star rating.
reading with a coffee in my hands
Okay I really enjoy this writer and like the book. The narrator? His main character is okay but the best friend Crane? He sounds like a Muppet!! The voices actually make the humor funnier but I admit I have not gotten to a sex scene yet. Not sure if I will be able to listen! I have already read it in ebook form so I know the story but I will say if you have an extra credit go ahead and listen. If you do not, read the book first!
It was nice to read about shifters in another form than werewolves, if for nothing else than diversity.
I liked the way the main character was special, powerful and yet vulnerable and with flaws that he realized along the way.
Only reason the performance is 'only' four stars is because the girls (as with a great many male narrators) sound silly, and the best friend sound (as another reviewer has commented) like a muppet. It might be a little disturbing in the beginning but after a while it becomes fades to the back ground. Sean Crisden is a lovely narrator in all other aspects; I loved his voice and the reading pace. It is one of my favourite night time books.
Wouldn't know. I haven't seen the print version.
I think I liked Caine a lot. Just didn't like the goofy voice he was portrayed with. But I am a sucker for loyal best friends.
Since I listened to the audio version of this book and am wondering how much that affected my experience.
It was a good book. I heard many people say they cried. It takes a lot to make me cry, and I admit, I was sad. It leaves me wondering if, had I read it myself and the voices in my head as I read were my own, I might have felt the trauma more deeply. As it was, one thing I was not in love with was the odd voice the reader used to portray Caine. To my ear, he sounded a little too goofy, and I had a hard time taking him seriously.
But I did enjoy the book, and I will definitely read the other two in the series, so thank you, Mary, for a great read
I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.
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.
I've just listened to this a 2nd time and I'm still in love with the characters!
Sean Crisden is my all time favorite narrator!!!
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.
This title was my debut to both Mary Calmes and the narator Sean Crisden. Off the bat I was blown away by the narators enthusiastic performance, in stiches in the funny bits on edge in the action and enraptured by the sexy scenes. He really made the characters live for me, I even got used to the nasal voice of Jin's best frient Crane. The story itself is a wonderful M/M shapeshifter romance with a twist. Not particularly original, however excellently written and engaging to the very last moment. Listening to this will have you running to buy her other works.
"A fresh and interesting shapeshifter story"
I normally avoid books written in the first person but this story was a wonderful exception to the rule. The characters are well rounded, interesting, and believable. Jin is a were-panther who doesn't want anything to do with the were-panther society after he was thrown out of his own pack, along with his childhood friend Crane. Circumstances beyond his control change that and he copes with humor and pragmatism.
Calmes is an inventive and imaginative writer and I am looking forward to the continuation of this series.Well, pretty much any other books from her :).
"Change of Heart"
This has to be my favourite book this year. I feel in love with all of the very well written characters. I have listened to it a thousand time and do not tire of it. The friendships and loves that unfold are great. It makes you wish you had relationships like them.
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