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Guest Review: Changeling Dream by Dani Harper

Posted September 1, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Changeling Dream (Changeling #2) by Dani Harper.

In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It’s almost as if he’s alive…

Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.

Thirty years ago someone who was trying to kill werewolves shot and killed James Macleod’s pregnant wife. When he realized that she was in trouble James came running and he too was shot. He wanted to die with the thought that his dear wife and baby were gone but the wolf inside James realized his intent and took over. James stayed in wolf form, healed and stayed that way. That’s right he stayed a wolf for 30 years and hadn’t once changed back to human. At one point during his time as the wolf he had helped a woman in eastern Canada when she was being attacked and stayed by her until someone came to her rescue.

The woman who was attacked was Jillian Descharme. She is now a vet and is asked by Connor Macleod if she will come work with him in his clinic in Alberta. Jillian has nothing to lose and heads to western Canada. She has dreamed of the white wolf that saved her life 14 years earlier but when she sees him again in Alberta she’s pretty sure she’s hallucinating. She’d been told for so many years that the wolf was never really there and that it was something she’d made up in her mind to help her cope with the trauma that she went through that now she actually believes that the wolf if a figment of her imagination.

James finally becomes human again – though he doesn’t want to stay that way. But he’s drawn to Jillian and knows that the wolf and Jillian have some sort of connection – though he doesn’t know what at first. He wants to stay in his wolf form but he also wants to be with Jillian – how can he do both?

This story was right up my alley. We had shapeshifters that actually shifter quite a bit in the story which I love. We had a emotionally scarred hero which is something I also love. The path that James had to take physically but mostly emotionally to get to where he could wrap his mind around his feelings for Jillian was quite well done. He had a hard time dealing with his desire to be near her – especially feeling that he would get her killed as he had his wife because of the fact that he was a changeling.

The couple in this book spend a lot of time apart and I wasn’t a big fan of that – but the story as whole was done well so I had to overlook that part of it in the end. Jillian and James were so good for each other and I loved seeing them finally become a couple.

This was a good paranormal story that I recommend. You don’t have to read book one to read this one, just fyi.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Series:

Changeling MoonChangeling Dream

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This book is available from Brava. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Guest Review: Changeling Moon by Dani Harper

Posted August 30, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Changeling Moon (Changeling #1) by Dani Harper

He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything—until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.

As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw. . .and ultimate evil.

Zoey is the new newspaper editor in town. After covering a meeting she heads out to her truck during a sleet storm. Unfortunately for her the locks on her truck are frozen shut and her cell phone is inside the car. Things take a decided turn for the worse when Zoey is attacked by a huge silver wolf. She manages to hold her own and even hurt the wolf a bit but she still gets bitten.

Connor is a vet and is on his way home when his Changeling “farsight” aka precognition kicks in and he sees the whole scene with the crazed wolf and Zoey. He heads to her rescue and runs off the wolf. Since Connor knows that being bitten by a Changeling will result into turning into one he’s anxious to prevent the effects of the bite by administering silver nitrate. Unfortunately it doesn’t work due to a couple of extenuating circumstances.

While Connor tries to take care of Zoey he gets closer to her – he’s very attracted to her, yes, but his inner wolf is saying, “MINE!” A few times the wolf almost makes it to the surface but Connor manages to avoid revealing his animal nature until he chooses to tell Zoey all the details. Zoey herself feels a strong attraction to Connor but it’s not just sexual as they become friends and realize that they have a great time being together and just talking.

Changeling Moon showed a world where “werewolves” can be both born and made and that there were a few other magical beings out in the world that Connor and his pack didn’t know about.

I liked Zoey and Connor a lot – both together and separately. I think they fit each other quite well and was happy to see that it didn’t take the entire book to get the two together. Yes, there was the issue of Connor’s wolf that needed to be revealed but for the most part it was a pretty smooth romance. Of course there was the problem with the evil wolf that wouldn’t give up on his chance to order Zoey around and gave Connor an opportunity to save his woman. I didn’t care for that part all that much but it was I guess there had to be some angst in there. 🙂

The book was cute and had some good parts to it. I liked it enough to start the next book in the series, Changeling Dream, and so far it’s proving to be quite good.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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This book is available from Brava. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

What I Read Last Week

Posted August 29, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

Howdoo!
How are you this fine Monday? I’m doing well. It’s been hot like the sun here this past week (it’s gotten as high as 111 F) and it doesn’t look like there’s an end to it so I’m just trying to stay indoors as much as possible.
The kids had a good week as school and they both like their teachers and their classes which is a bonus! Hopefully the teacher love will continue! lol
I still didn’t get a picture of my oldest – she’s always in such a hurry in the mornings that she can’t be bothered to stand still for two second so that dear old mom can click. Soon – I swear I’ll tie her down if I have too. lol
Update: I finally got her picture this morning. You can tell how thrilled she was! lol  

 

The fam headed to a friends house for a get together this weekend. Judy used to live a few houses down from me for years but then moved to Iowa. She stayed there a year or so and when she moved back she moved about 2 hours away. Much closer than Iowa but still not as close as on the same street! I’ve hardly seen her since she’s been back, which sucks. We went and had a great time on Saturday night. Where she lives is considered living in the country but it’s gorgeous there. Rolling hills and open land and it was lovely. We were on her back deck when we got to see a mama deer and her 2 babies. We went for a walk about an hour or so after I took the picture and we ended up seeing the whole family – mama, daddy and 4 babies – so pretty!  The whole family had a great time and hopefully we’ll head there again soon.
I read a bit this week. I’m really behind on my netgalley and Book Binge reading and need to get my butt in gear. There are just too many distractions! lol Also, I know the month isn’t over yet but I realized that I’ve only bought 3 books the whole month and I spent very little money – one book was .99, one was 1.99 and the other 5.95 – bargain! Yay me! I’ve really been trying to read from my TBR and get those books read – it’s not easy holding myself back lol.
So what did I read?
First for the week was One Night in London: The Truth About the Duke by Caroline Linden. This was (kind of) an attached book to the novella I Love the Earl. The story is about a 3rd son who has stood by his father’s side through thick and thin – even when his two older brothers were off doing their own thing. The brothers find out after their father’s death that he may have been a polygamist. He was married before and never actually got a divorce – so will the sons inherit and will Edward’s oldest brother really become a Duke? That’s what starts the story off but not really the whole focus of the book. The focus is on Edward as he tries to quell the horrible (yet true) rumors going around London and helping a woman try to find her niece who has disappeared. I liked the romance quite a lot but I have to say that I was disappointed in not getting more info about the Duke and what exactly happened. So yes, some the truth about the Duke comes out, but not all. It was a cute book and I’ll read the next when it’s released to see if the truth comes out in that book…but I have a feeling we’ll have to wait until book 3 to discover it. 3 out of 5
Next was Jennifer’s Garden by Dianne Venetta. The story about a woman who is trying to get married before her mother dies and is creating a beautiful garden to get married in. But she finds herself doubting her decision to marry Aurelio when she starts falling for the Landscape architect, Jackson. You can read my review here. 3 out of 5
Changeling Moon by Dani Harper was a book I read for the Book Binge. It’s about Connor Macleod who is a changeling aka shapeshifter who is a vet in Alberta, Canada. He ends up saving Zoey’s life one night when she is attacked by a rabid changeling. The story is about their romance as well as keeping Zoey from harm when the wolf comes back to finish what he started. 3 out of 5
Changeling Dream by Dani Harper is the next book in the Changeling series. This book was about James Macleod who survived the shooting that killed his pregnant wife. He turns to a wolf and stays that way for 30 years. Now he’s back in Alberta and learning how to be a human again – but he’s only doing it because he’s so drawn to his brother Connor’s new Vet that he has on staff. He tries to stay away so that he doesn’t put her in danger but eventually the pair come together. I liked this book much more than book one. I love scarred heroes (emotionally scarred) and this one was good. The pair was apart for a lot of the book but it was still really good. 4 out of 5 (also read for The Book Binge)  
Am I the only one that was freaked out by this cover? I thought at first that the woman was turning herself inside out until I realized that she just had her necklace hanging down her back! lol Freaky!
Annabelle, the American by Lavinia Kent was my next read. This is book 3 in the Real Duchesses of London series and I’m loving it. The newest cartoon comes out and shows Annabelle’s husband, Thomas, standing with a second family. The story has Thomas revealing secrets and the couple falling in love. The novella’s in this series are all connected so I recommend starting with book 1. This story, like the others had a great little romance in it and it was a great read. 4 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Betweens Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton. This story was about a bartender who had worked at the same place for 10 years. The work included bartending but it also allowed the bartenders to have sex trysts in the back storage room. Levi loved his work and the fact that he was satisfied sexually so many times a weekend. His family HATES his job and his sexual exploits and aren’t afraid to let him know. Levi grew up Mormon and though he loves his family he hates meeting for holidays as they seem to attack him every time. The thought is that they understand that he’s gay but they want him to live a celibate life as acting on his sexual urges is a sin. Levi meets Jaime when he goes for a massage to help a muscle problem he’s been having. Jaime was sexually abused as a child and can’t even stand to be touched. The story revolves around Levi and Jaime falling in love, Jaime coming to terms with his past and also falling in love and Levi’s family pseudo acceptance of Levi’s relationship with Jaime. It was a great book! I really hated the way that Levi’s family treated his homosexuality but it was understandable given their Mormon upbringing. The romance with Levi and Jaime was slow and steady and in my mind that’s exactly how it should have been given Jaime’s past. I definitely recommend this one. 4.5 out of 5
Wild & Steamy by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles and Carolyn Crane was my last read of the week.
Meljean’s story, The Blushing Bounder, was set in the steampunk world of her Iron Seas novels. This was Edward Newberry’s story (you’ll remember he was Mina Wentworth’s constable assistant) and was about him and his wife, who hates him. It takes a murder outside the couple’s flat to get the two together. As usual Meljean’s world was awesome and the romance was good too.
Vixen was Jill Myles’s story about a were-fox who is being protected from hunters by two cat shifters. Miko wants them both but doesn’t want to choose between them. The men, Jeremiah and Sam have no problem working together however. The story was cute – more a happy for now than a true HEA.
Kitten-tiger and the Monk by Carolyn Crane was a story set in her Disillusionist world. Sophia is searching for the Monk so that he can zing her and disillusion her and save her from herself. She can erase peoples memory (only going back a day) and when searching for the Monk runs into her old love who she betrayed and abandoned. The pair have many issues but they still love each other and decide to stay together. Sophia and Robert were messed up, both of them but really they were perfect for each other. Definitely a sign of a good writer when they can make me want an HEA for two people I don’t really care for. lol
The book as a whole 4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Happy Reading!