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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

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"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." (

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  • Cristin
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 12-01-10

Great idea but...

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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • S.
  • Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-08-10

Great story

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hilary
  • East Lansing, MI, United States
  • 05-01-11

I should have read it.

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating and Unique Shifter World

Jin is a werepanther who was exiled from his tribe for being a gay Reah. A reah is a mate to a semel, which is the leader of a tribe of werepanthers. They are usually female.

Logan church is the Semel of his tribe and when he meets Jin he knows they’re meant to be mates even though he has never been with a man and his family considers mating with a man an abomination.

There is a lot of drama surrounding this mating. Jin doesn’t trust Logan’s affections are more than his pheromones forcing his hand. Logan’s family doesn’t want Logan to forsake a woman as a mate for a man, no matter how special that man may be. The other tribes want Jin for their own. Jin’s tribe wants him killed. Lots of drama.

In the end there will be bloodshed and tears, but we get a HEA.


Mary’s shifter universe is not like any other out there. It’s rich, complex, and wonderful.

Jin is a character who you love, but also want to strangle. He’s constantly in trouble and he give Logan the run of his life.

What I loved about this book (and the series) is that there are so many other stories involved in this one. We get to see Logan and Jin’s love story primarily, but we also get to see Jin’s personal growth as he comes into his full powers. He actually gets to give the ultimate “fuck you” to the other tribes in the world as he becomes the most powerful cat of all.

Jin and Logan are very like Sam and Jory. Jin does all this stuff that gets him into trouble and Logan has a hard time adjusting to all the wildness that is Jin. But, like Sam, Logan can’t help but be captivated and like Jory, Jin needs someone to keep him grounded.

Then we get Crane and his story, Logan’s friend Yuri and his story and those of several other secondary characters.

If you haven’t yet explored Logan and Jin’s world – you absolutely must!

Highly recommended to all shifter fans and those of Epic Dramas.


Sean Crisden took on a daunting task with this series! First, Mary has given us an entire new world with many strange names and customs and pronunciations. Second, OMG there are about a million “main” characters in the series and they all play important roles – both male and female! Third, these books are LONG and very involved.

I think, as the series grew, Sean’s comfort with the words and the characters improved, but he’s still WONDERFUL right from the start! I didn’t love the voice he chose for Crane, but it grew on me and I think he improved it as he went along. (It sounds kind of like a muppet when I first heard it!) I also think Logan was a bit cartoonish at the first, but got normalized as the series progresses.

What impressed me the most was the absolute width and breadth of all the characters Sean is able to pull out and switch back and forth from without any difficulty! He’s told me in interviews that he doesn’t stop and start with each new character but instead just reads each linearly and switches his voice as he goes! Impressive!

If you’re a Mary fan you’ve undoubtedly read this series, if you haven’t listened I highly encourage you to because it adds this other element, another way to appreciate her series, that is truly remarkable. If you’ve not read this series, but you’re a shifter romance fan, you’ve got to give this a try! It’s unique, very complex and Sean Crisden absolutely does it right!

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I love this series

If you could sum up Change of Heart in three words, what would they be?

I loved this series. I am not into all the shifting stuff, but I fell in love with this series! I love the characters, love Jin and fall in love with all the characters as the series continue

What other book might you compare Change of Heart to and why?

The warder series, by Mary Calmes and Wake me Up by Cardeno C. (mates series)

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

The voices, one of my favorite narrators

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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  • Jaime
  • Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • 01-13-12

Interesting reaction

Would you consider the audio edition of Change of Heart to be better than the print version?

Wouldn't know. I haven't seen the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

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

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great book great author! Funny narator?

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!

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An absolutely fantastic and original story.

Where does Change of Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Change of Heart?

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.

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

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. And I did. Multiple times.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Campy but good read. Give at least ten minutes.

Overall I had a fun time with this story. It is quiet over the top in its story line. The characters are fairly one dimensional but I at least got a good laugh out of the situation. I wanted to finish it so that says something. As for the performance he is generally a good performer but one of his voices (Crane) was a little much at the beginning but again by the end it caused me to laugh several times so it can't be that bad.

Honestly I almost stopped it in the first five minutes but I must say that if you can get past the first ten minutes the rest of the story has some fun parts.

If you enjoy campy B romance stories you will at least find some enjoyment out of the silliness of the story and dialogue.

I'm not sure if I'm over selling or under selling this story so I will just conclude with the facts that the story moves at a decent pace and is generally easy to listen to without much effort and it gave me several chuckles and at least one really hot scene. For those reasons it gets three stars.

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  • Kathy
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 04-18-12

Change of Heart ***Don't stop, keep going**

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to others who love this kind of story, because it is such a wonderfully romantic and sexy read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Change of Heart?

The moment when Jin and Logan first meet each other's eyes! Impact! What a memorable moment.

Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

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.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

Mary Calmes is on my book list for continuing to read.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • osionide
  • 06-09-11


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.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-21-15


I love this story and the sequels. The writing is lovely as is the narration. The story has real depth and the characters are likeable.

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  • Patty-London
  • 04-14-13

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 :).

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  • Mrs Carol Ann Higham
  • 06-22-10

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.