A Change of Heart Novel
Jin Church is back where he started, alone, wandering, and uncertain of his path. It's not by choice but by circumstance, as he remembers he's a werepanther...but not much else. He knows one thing for sure - he needs to find the beautiful blond man who haunts his dreams.
Logan Church is trapped in a living hell. His mate is missing, his tribe is falling apart, and he's estranged from the son he loves with all his heart. His world is unraveling without his mate by his side, and he has no one to blame but himself.
If Jin can regain his memory and Logan can overcome the threats to his leadership, then perhaps they can resume their lives. The question is: Is that what they want? Back to the same house, the same tribe, the same troubles? They can choose from various roads leading to their future...or they can forge their own path.
©2015 Mary Calmes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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"A final? chapter to the Change of Heart series"
I so far have listened to all the previous books, they are enjoyable m/m romances with a dash of action and modern fantasy (of sorts) thrown in which is a good mix on its own.
I always liked weres and gay werepanthers were a must read / listen for someone who is fascinated by big cats.
First of all, I would not recommend starting with this volume as the characters and history will be rather puzzling without any prior knowledge.
Thus, to the book from the standpoint of someone knowing the others (and if you don't, do try Change of Heart, it is a fun listen!):
The story picks up five years after Crucible of Fate, so be prepared for quite a few things having happened in the meantime. And be prepared to start worrying like mad what could have thrown Jin into his current situation, on his own, memory lost and taken in by some other tribe.
The book takes its time to keep you guessing and that is definitely good for suspense.
Not spoiling anything, things look quite a lot better again after a while, but be prepared for some very hard hits just when things seemed to be going well again.
Feeling rather invested in the characters, I admit I found many of the turns of the plot rather painful, Forging the future hits the reader hard, maybe too hard.
Characters we came to know show aspects of themselves we hoped they overcame and again, we do get reminded of what a harsh world the werepanthers live in.
How the story develops is not per se implausible or out of character, but it is in some cases pretty much things going the worst way possible.
Listening to the end did make me kinda wish for the next sentence being "it was all just a dream!", but that it is not.
The plot overall relies a lot on the drama and unlike the first book, where everything ends for the better, this time, some things don't.
One downside is that the action ends up, like in the previous book, be more buildup than resolution, it all seems to go for a big epic clash and then things diffuse...
I would have preferred the series to get a more lighthearted, adventury last chapter, more adversity from outside, more loyalty from within, more action and a bit less of a dark mood.
Sean Crisden still delivers a nice narration, but I have to subtract points for some vocie inconsistencies, it is weird if a character is voiced that differently in some cases, especially Danny seems weird now.
Still, it is a decent book, maybe not one I will have as much fun revisiting as the others though.
Awesome. Sexy. Suspenseful.
When Jin and Logan are reunited.
Yes - I love him! This was comparable to the other wonderful work he has done.
This shifter story has bite!
This had it all: action, romance, betrayal, hot sex...I think it's by far the best of the series - and that's saying something as I absolutely LOVE this series.
Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
I was both terribly excited and horribly nervous about this story. I love Jin and Logan and the blurb for this did not a good portent make. But, ultimately, I had unshakeable faith in Mary that she wouldn't let me down or leave me without a HEA. (Spoiler: I was right.)
I don't understand why they keep messing with Jin. As Crane points out:
“They keep testing you, and for what reason, I do not know. There may be no limit to your power, but certainly, why would we want to push you and find out?”
I liked the fact that in the end you know the "bad guys" are all ruined. That they'll all, with the exception of Russ who will be killed quickly in the first challenge, have to live with their actions in misery and hopelessness. Death is too quick for those motherfuckers. The best revenge is they will stew in it for the rest of their lives.
I just loved every part of this. It worked for me in every way. Mary Calmes knocked it out of the park.
"Disappointed! Author ruins series!!"
Sure, for those who have read the series they'll probably want to read this but for me it's the narrator that I listened to the audio for. I really enjoy listening to Sean read, he's excellent.
A Fire cracker question! So much is disappointing, it's beyond belief that she's so ruined some lovely characters. In this Peter Church and Ruslan Church have been turned into monsters, cruel and vicious. So, so wrong! In the earlier books Peter struggles with misunderstandings of Jin and Logan's relationship but he is close to Jin, very much so and depends on Jin throughout the later stories to hold things together.
Ruslan simply wanted to have a normal life in the earlier book/s and Jin helped him achieve that, Russ was not an evil character and poor Koren-what has Mary done! Koren has been fun, sweet and a little bit mixed up sexually but he has always been Logan and Jin's, always aiding them and friends with Crane, Domin, and the rest, not once was there a falling out, but now Mary has completely scrapped this character and shattered the other characters, too. This is the most horrific end to a series ever, in fact, I think Mary should go back and do another ending to this series, she needs to completely re-work her plot on this and bring back some sensitivity to the book as she had in the earlier stories! She completely lost me in this one. She upset and enraged me so much.
Sean always reads so well, his voice is so modular and soothing as he reads, even during the most horrible parts. It was Sean that held me to the audio of this story.
No! It disappointed me too much.
Mary Calmes need to write another book to the series as she completely botched this one!
I've almost always like this writer work and this was no different I enjoy this book and look forward to more work like this
"And ending to one of the best shifter series"
If u loved the series this book is a must read. But you should read or listen to the rest first since it can not stand alone and even the latest book in this series where the MCs are Dom and Yuri and not Jin and Logan have to be read first to really get the full story and the "rigthness" of this ending to the series. Loved the series - have a solid place in my top ten and if u like shifter series then u will enjoy this one. And sean crisden is one of the best of the narrators in m/m romance department.
I love this book, I wanted to know about Jin and how the family fell apart. Now they came back to be stronger. Love it
"Ties together the Change of Heart theme nicely"
When I first started listening to this series I was not so sure about it. I wasn't so keen on the idea of the shifter sub-genre, particularly within the m/m romance arena - one too many bad werewolf books I suppose. Ultimately though, I was won over for a couple of reasons.
One - I liked the fact that the idea of a per-destined mate was addressed within the narrative - the absurdity of it, the problems and pitfalls of such a thing, and especially the idea of the removal of individual choice and identity that the very concept kneecaps.
Two - in spite of the fact that there does tend to be some hmmm, heavy-handed repetition of salient points at times - I really enjoy Mary Calmes writing style, world building and most especially character building. Simply put, I fell in love not only with the two main characters, but with the entire cast of characters. I wanted to be a part of Logan's pack. *laugh*
Every book in this series has had moments I loved and moments that ... not so much. It has been awesome to see the characters develop, change, grow, stumble and fall, fail, connect, disconnect, and ultimately either thrive or shrivel away. I love that this book fit perfectly within the series, and the story arches, but 5 books in, it was not just more of the same.
Some characters are not at all where I expected them to be, and others are exactly where I wanted and expected them. I love that in the plot of this book we get to circle back to that earliest theme of how having a predestined mate shapes, and doesn't shape Logan and Jin's relationship, and I love that I still get to discover things in this world, fall in love all over again with a whole cast of characters and the world they live in.
I will say, not super jazzed with the treatment of fathers as a rule within this series, but that is a totally personal thing.
I have listened to this series over and over again, and will be happy to add this latest (and possibly last?) book to the rotation. If you like the series, then this book is a good addition. If you haven't read the series ... don't start here ... there is too much history that goes into the fabric of this world, these characters, and ultimately this plot.
"love love love this book"
this story is a testament of true love and passion. the stories about Jin who forgets who he is. with the help of another tribe he discovers who he is where is from , that's where the Love Story begins.
"Great book and Great Voice"
Love Mary Calmes books. Really liked the narration by Sean.
Great voice and did a fantastic job with the different characters.
Will be listening to other books that Sean does.
"loved it "
loved it so much that it left me wanting Another book.Where I could find out who end up being leading the tribe.I really enjoyed it.
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