Honored Vow (Change of Heart, #3)
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Honored Vow (Change of Heart #3)

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Jin Rayne is still growing into his frightening new powers as a nekhene cat and his place as reah of Logan Church’s tribe when he learns that a sepat, an honor challenge, has been called. Logan, who has never wanted to do anything but lead his small-town tribe, must travel around the world to Mongolia and fight to become the most powerful leader in the werepanther world.

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Paperback, 1st Edition, 290 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 20th 2011)
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Mirka
Finished...I cannot stop crying...the end was so beautiful and bittersweet at the same time...this is hands down my favorite shifter book...the love I have for all those characters...gah...it was magical...next one, pretty please??
Jessie Potts
Final Book for Jin and Logan

Ok for those of your freaking out about the title, while it may be the last (for now) for Jin and Logan it won't be the last for their world. The next book/s will focus on Domin and those who followed him.

On a side warning note this book is brutal. I mean Jin's story was always edgy and mixed with violence, but Mary Calmes takes it to a whole new level so if you're not ok with skinning, beatings, limbs being ripped off and Jin being whipped then don't even bother pick...more
Macky
I can honestly say that the Change Of Heart series has just got better and better as its progressed. This one started with a shock horror moment that not only had my heart pumping but almost broke it in two. Then when I had just come down from that heart stopping moment I was immediately sent head first without a safety helmet into a story filled with delicious intrigues, deception, treachery and twists and turns that had me glued to every intense minute of it!

OMG!! My heart took beating after...more
Gina
Lord have mercy I love this series!! This series has managed to keep my excitement level high through 3 books! I haven’t done a damn thing except go to work and read this series. I didn’t want to take a minute away from my reading time! I can go to the gym after!!

This book starts with shocking violence and absolute heartbreak, my mind and heart were filled with sadness. And just when I think things were going to quiet down, it immediately picks up speed again and I Logan is forced into an honor...more
Fiona Goodman
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Michelle Fredette
First off, let me start by saying I really liked the first book. Loved it even. In the second book, there were character and plot issues that annoyed me, felt overdone, but I was okay with because she seemed to set up nicely for a third book. In addition, I always try to find a positive in anything I read, and I really tried for this book. But, boy was I wrong.

I got this book the day it came out, excited about where the story would be going and who she would decide to write about next. By the fi...more
MsMiz (Tina)
There is strength in Honored Vow that I did not feel in the first two books. It is less chaotic than number 2 and the writing feels more cohesive. The storyline is good even if there are moments where you are looking at the previous page going, did I miss something? (really only one spot towards the end) This book has advanced the series very well and I will be interested to see if we get more of Jin and Logan. I was surprised at the end and happy all the same. The character growth was big, even...more
Serena Yates
What an amazing continuation of this extraordinary series! The first book was great, the second only deepened my admiration for the world building and the direction the story took, but this third volume – let me tell you, this story will stay with me for a very long time. I thought Jin and Logan had a hard time in the second book, but things in this round get impossibly worse.

The werepanther society we got our first glimpses of in the second book unfolds further and the picture that emerges is...more
Heather♥
This is definitely one of my favorite series and I can't get enough of Jin and Logan. The first couple of paragraphs into this book almost gave me a heart attack because of Crane and just like that I was completely immersed in the story. The tension and angst steadily increased and there were times I was afraid to read more because of everything our beloved characters were having to endure (starting with Crane). It was beautiful to see how much the tribe cared about Jin and how strong the bond w...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I felt like this was a worthy addition to the series. I had a rough start in the beginning but it wasn't long before I got drawn into the story and didn't want to put it down.

This one revolves around Jin and Logan having to partake in a series of challenges to see whether Logan or another semel will become semel-aten, the tribe leader of Sobek, and basically the highest of all semels. In the process, Jin and Logan deal with the consequences of being apart, Jin has a hard time controlling his new...more
Kelsi Coffman
I guess when I read all the reviews for this book, I thought it wouldn't be all that bad. I guess I should stop believing what I read on goodreads, because time and again, I get excited to start something and it turns out that it's all not very good.

Mary Calmes does an all right job of creating a history and back story, however her ability to actually mold the romance into it all was, I felt, a half ass attempt. I dunno, I guess I was expecting some plot, but really, it was all just a really bad...more
pbj
2.5 rounded up to three because Mary Calmes is a really good writer. I always enjoy her style, it is fluid and evocative. Her plotting and characterizations leave something to be desired for me.
Jin isn't as big of a Mary-Sue in this installment of the series, but he is starting to uncomfortably resemble Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake - all powerful, irresistible, seemingly smart while constantly doing stupid things which put friends and lovers at great risk.

Turns out the werepanther world is...more
J
The breadth and depth of the werepanther world and culture that Mary Calmes has created is truly amazing. The characters that live within this culture are fascinating and the events and experiences they go through draw you in. This book (the third in the series) continues the story of Logan and Jin, as their love, passion, and devotion for each other grow deeper and stronger in the face of politics, intrigue, and new challenges and circumstances. This series is not just about Logan and Jin, howe...more
❧Gwen❤❦
OOOOOOO MY GAWD!!!OKAY THAT ONE WAS THE BEST ONE....

"♥..FREAKING REALLY LIKE THIS SERIES AND ALMOST EVERYBODY IN THIS MAGICAL WORLD...OMG... I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!!!! .SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLL DOMINS STORY IS NEXT!!!!"
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Alyosha
Oh dear. To be honest I'm not usually very good with melodrama and the third part of Change of Heart blazed drama, unbelievable situations, high feelings and extreme characters. If you enjoyed the first two parts of the series you will love the third.

Logan and Jin's palpable love was my favorite aspect of the story.

2.25 stars
Shelley
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Jade

Jin (look at those eyes!)[Logan below]:

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This book is an emotional ride that you don't necessarily want to continue riding, but written such as you will not give a damn because you're too engaged to do otherwise. If a reader keeps in mind that these characters are not simply human but large predatory cats as well then a lot of what goes on makes so much sense and the standard for what's okay and what's not is changed-not enough that the reader cannot empathize with the MC's but enough to allow dif...more
Vicktor Alexander
10 Stars....

I want to give this book 10 stars.

Every page I turned the book got better and that's not an exaggeration, that is truth. This book, this story and Mary's writing oozes, leaks and throbs with perfection, with genius.

I don't think anyone more than me pleaded, begged, cajoled, blackmailed, whined, and prayed for a third book in Mary's werepanther series. I had fallen so in love with Jin and Logan in Change of Heart, at the time seeing myself in Jin and my deceased fiance, Christopher, i...more
❂ Endless
I liked the story. I liked the conclusion of the series.

What I did not like was the way it was written.

Trying to explain what's going to happen versus showing what's happening was extremely tiresome. So maybe the author wanted to tell us a whole lot of details before anything happened and wanted to build the anticipation. But to do it every single time for everything just killed the book for me. There was no sense of anticipation, i knew everything before hand. The book actually felt overly bu...more
Mountie
Finished this last night. I think it was the strongest of the three books in this series. I was completely invested in the world, the characters and the story the author presented. I liked the ideas in this series a lot. It was ambitious, fitting this huge world into three e-novel length books. Each of the three stories deserved a regular 350-400 page book. Because there is so much stuffed into a smaller format than the ideas deserve, there had to be a lot more time spent inside Jin's mind so we...more
Amy Lane
Oh, I was so pleased with this one. Jin learns (the hard way) but he learns, and he regrets and he learns some more. His love for Logan is unconditional, and he trusts in ways that are terrifying and true. Logan and Jin are SO hot together--and so VERY VERY the duality of good men and their anguished beasts. This was an amazing book, and an awesome series, and Mary Calmes is doing it as good as or better than any of the het PNR writers, and this book just proves that her skill, her craft, and he...more
Edina Rose
3.5 stars

Am I the only one who is not happy with the end? (view spoiler). The end was really anticlimactic for me. I thought: "all this for that?”

Apparently the next book will be about Domin, the new "homme fort". I'm wondering if there will be a Jory-like lead character in this book. It's what I'm always looking for when I read a Mary Calmes' book. I gue...more
Amanda
4 stars

Wow. Just...wow.

I've pretty much let this series consume my life the past few days and to be honest, it was nice getting back into a book(s) by Mary Calmes. However, I did not realize how different these are compared to her newer books...and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Don't get me wrong. I am a hardcore Mary Calmes fan. She could write two sentences on a restaurant napkin covered in mustard stains and I'd buy it from her. I'm also a big shifter fan soooo Mary and shifters together...more
Bleu
I loved the story of Logan and Jin as fated mates in the first book but the subplots in the second and third books took off to directions that frustrated me to no end.

The world revolved around shifter tribes but nothing uniquely spectacular was really built into it. A lot of the power-plays, roles, scenes and dialogues did not make sense to me and were often contradictory. The concept of reah stood out the most and it was the most significant role in the story, the catalyst that set things in mo...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I am happily surprised. I was so disappointed with the second book of the series that I had almost given up on the series, but this last book was so much better.

The plot revolves around Jin trying to master his nekhene power and his mate and friends facing all kinds of external dangers. I think in the first part this was especially Logan's book and in the second part it became the tribe's book. Jin seemed more a spectator or commentator than the protagonist, because he was totally overwhelmed by...more
Adara
God, I love this pair. Logan's dominance is stunning, and his need for Jin moreso. Watching them grow together through all that they've endured was a treasure. And ye gods, did this one run them through the wringer. It was a touch slow in the early parts when their history and laws were being repeated in conversation (necessary if you haven't read the last two in a while or don't read the books in order, but Gods! why would you do that??), but once that was over and we get to the sepat, it was b...more
SueM
Whenever a series come to the end, particularly one where I have loved and re-read the previous books, I have a love-hate relationship with the last novel. I really want to read it immediatedly so I learn what happens, but I don't want to read it either, as it will mean the end of the series... So... I finally got around to reading the last book featuring Jin and Logan.

My thoughts... Well, it didn't let me down at all; there are plot twists and character developments that I didn't see coming, p...more
Snowtulip
I admit it took me awhile to want to read this book because the second book was so difficult on so many levels. I'm glad I finally did. The pacing of this story was so much better for me than the previous installments, yes there is still a lot of melodrama, but at least it was consistent ;) As with the other books, you get a lot of history regarding the werepanthers and this time you see some potential to change that history. The main reason that I liked this book so much more than the previous...more
Seren Dipity
I absolutely LOVED it! I was a bit afraid of the "being apart" thing - that I didn't enjoy so much in book 2 but there was no need to worry. The author made us feel the love and found ways to keep them together throughout the book. It was so great! I read it all in one night! I devoured it! I just can't believe it is the last one. I hope it's not!!!

Little minus though: there was even more rules and titles, and it could be confusing. I kind of went with the flow, not trying to get it all perfectl...more
Lidia
I'm always happy when I read a book of Calmes, because stories are rich, complex, intriguing, sweet, cruel. And I feel that everything is so "right".
As honored vow that draws us and involves us in this beautiful and bloody adventure with Jin and Logan. I cried and suffered reading but I also felt surrounded by so much sweetness. Love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, lashes and caresses. Because in Honored Vow , the world of werepanther is not a fantasy world but concrete and beast. The extraordi...more
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Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becomi...more
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“Don’t do that? This is your sage advice?”
“Yeah.” He burped and blew it out the side of his mouth. “Sorry, the burritos we had for lunch are kinda comin’ back on me.”
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“You have to live, Jin, and know that I've never been prouder of anything than being the owner of your heart.” 6 likes
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