Change of Heart (Change of Heart #1)
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...more
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Once you get past a wobbly first few pages, forgive minor plotting issues, and just sorta... sit back and let this book happen to your face?
AMAZEBALLS CRAZY-GO-NUTS BAJARPANTI AND ASSPLODINGLY HAAAAAAWWWWWWWT.
[gag reflex on the "aaaawww" in "hawt"]
One passage in particular gave me a raging boner for an hour, ehrmergherd you gaiz, srrrssly, I cannot even.
Some people dislike the tropes so deftly deployed in this one, but not me. No ma'am.
Well... whatever. But not this time!
I went through ha ...more
I read this book because of the raving reviews. People loved the story and they were particularly praising about the world building. And now I wonder: did we even read the same book?
Because, yes: the author tried to set up a new world ...more
Hi, my name is Jenni Lea and I'm a Calmes Crack Whore. It's been 5 minutes since my last Calmes. I tried to stop once but I almost died from lack of oxygen as my panic attack from thinking I would never get to read those addicting words took over.
Now I don't fight it. I just wallow in the goodness that is The Mary Freaking Calmes; flipping the bird to all those "friends" who want to "help" me kick the habit. Fuck them and their interventions!
Me and my fellow crack hos will be in the van, partaki ...more
This review will be Tarzan talking.
Jin is an unmated reah.
That means, he is destined to be the mate of one single semel.
That means, he is looked for by all tribes to be paired with its leader.
That means, he is respected and adored.
Yet everybody wants him dead.
Ah, I forgot, because he’s the reah.
Yet he hides himself because he thinks they won’t accept him.
Ah, I forgot, because he’s the reah.
Yet he is not respected.
Ah, I forgot, because he’s ...more
“My mate is a man, and therefore I can be no other than gay.
"Don't judge a book by its cover" has never been so true until I read this book after looking over it more than ten times. Shame on me because Change of Heart is amazing. The chemistry between Jin and Logan is palpable and exploding. Mary Calmes started this one off very well, she introduced me to this fascinating world with panthers and hierarchy. I love them. I love these big cats like my chocolate xD
“I love you" I sighed,...more
I just want to say about this book….OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!
This was fun, exciting, hot hot hot like i have not read in a book in a while and MM and panther shifters, and trauma, past abuse and wonderful world building. I enjoyed myself so much reading this, I can’t even wipe the smile off my face!!
Did I mention the sex was hot? Well it’s red hot, it’s panties on fire hot! It’s my hands are absolutely glued to my kindle hawwwt!!!!
There, i got it out, now I feel bet ...more
(I'm not re-rating, though. I liked it in 2011.)
MM romance and shifters was an amazing combination. This book had action and everything a paranormal one should have. It was very well written, although some times it felt strange. It was cute and Jin and Logan were sweethearts.
I like once in a while reading about possessive males and dominance showings.
I ended up liking other characters, too, and I saw some very potential couples in them... ...more
I recently complained there weren't enough rules in some book I read (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...). This book has taught me that there is such a thing as too many rules too. A quick and dirty word search shows that there are roughly 50 discussions of laws and rules in here. The reason there is so much talk abo ...more
I'm not going to be bringing anything new with this review. I will say however that despite this story embodying classic, standard Calmes plotlines and characters (but with different names and settings) it really works well in the paranormal world.
The absurdity and plot holes can easily be explained away with the destined mates trope. Claiming and possessiveness and Logan going alpha on Jin's ass are all acceptable. Spontaneous sex whenever and wherever is absolutely guaranteed, and just lends t ...more
With all of the awesome Mary bits in between.
I hadn't a clue what was happening most of the time and I don't know who was who and what was what but it has a Jory (Jin) and a Sam (Logan) and Jory (Jin) being stupid and thinking he is not good enough or good at all for Sam (Logan) and Sam (Logan) being straight and falling head over heels in love with Jory (Jin) at first sight. Classic MC. Full of awesome.
The whole tribe thing is confusing and all the Russian names makes it even more ...more
3 Stars - started well, kind of sweet, but I wasn't really hooked
A fairly entertaining novel, but also a complicated shifter world. Both good and bad, but I wasn't commited to these characters. Too rushed perhaps? ~ ...Although overall quite okay.
Jin Rayne is a shifter (wewpanther) who prefer to avoid all were-tribe's. He wants to live free from the traditions and now he works at a restaurant in Reno to where he and his good fr ...more
**** 4 growly MINE stars ****
Were-panthers? Sure, why the heck not?
This one surprised me, it was actually very good! The story was kinda ridiculous and stereotypical for shifter stories, but then I'm not looking for reality when I'm reading a shifter book.
There was a pretty big glossary to learn as well, like "Semel - leader" and "Reah - true mate of a Semel", and they are so frequently used that I could use the book as a drinking game and be smashed by the end of chapter three or something. A ...more
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and would definitely recommend this book.
So I’m not quite sure if I mess a book before this one, ‘cause the book goes straight to the point while teaching a lot of things about a culture, well… shifters, panther shifters that I’m still trying to get my fingers into… they are related to some greek and Egyptian miths, oh! And I’m also pretty much sure that the author has a thing for mangas, given ...more
If written right, the journey of finding and claiming a mate can be wonderful (for example Psy-Changeling series, which I totally love). But here, it feels like it is forced, there is no budding romance. It's like, you're my mate, accept it, I mark you, you belong to me, blah blah... It's completely boring. ...more
That was my mistake. I truly enjoyed this story from start to finish and look forward to reading more work by Mary Calmes. I absolutely loved the main characters - Jin and Logan - and hope there are ...more
Okay, that's it for me. But hey, my curiosity's been satisfied.
Decided to have a reread after I found out my good buddy Gina was reading this and had reminded me how hot it was!
OMG, the sexual tension in this rockets! The love scenes are hot, hot, hot and Jin and Logan are true soul mates. Yeah, its insta love and sometimes jin can seem a bit too good to be true but that's the nature of most of Mary's characters and personally I love her formula so you either take that on board or you don't. There's plenty conflict, angst, soul sear ...more
For some strange reason, I’m finding it really difficult to decide how I feel about this book. On one hand, this novel was basically an amalgamation of all of my favourite book tropes. This was a paranormal story; an m/m romance; a shifter tale, incorporating shifter lore which was wildly unique (if somewhat confusing at times); a story of destined mates (with a MAJOR Mine!Mine!Mine! feel) – all of this just screams “Meags!!”
Weirdly though, something didn’t quite work for me in the way th ...more
This one was about Jin and Logan. They are big cat shifters (yummy). Now the whole storyline is too much fo ...more
Okay so in the end after like a one year break, I tried this book again and damn IT HIT THE SPOT...Granted I had just read a TERRIBLE book, and I HAVE developed a taste for Mary Calmes this year, especially Acrobat LOVE YOU DREO!!! So this time around things were a bit more *ahem* lubricated for me.
So Jin is a werepanther and a "reah" a VERY rare shifter that is meant to be the mate of a semel. Semels are the chiefs of the werepanther tribes, and are also ALWAYS males. This was a proble ...more
I'm afraid of going for another of her books.
This was different but I loved every word.
First there is Logan AKA Logeen he is the Semel Panther (Alpha male of the pack, king, leader what ever you want to call him) of the tribe. Believe me he is all alpha there is no question.
Then there is Jin he is the Reah (now that means he is a true mate of the Semel but not just any semel. He was born for a specific semel. Reahs are very special they are very hard to find and if a semel is mated to a reah he gets a new t ...more
I've been resisting reading this because I tend to not read a lot of MM PNR. If this is what I've been missing I obviously need to expand my net because I got sucked right into this world and these characters.
Tortured hero. Check. Alpha mate. Check. Tight friendships. Check. Unique world-bu ...more
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"I know", he grunted, very pleased with himself. “You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.”