First post of the year! It should probably have been about the year that has past and what my hopes and dreams are for 2019, but I’ve just listened to Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. I read this back in 2014, and I remember being a little uncomfortable, but now I saw it as an audiobook in the library catalogue, one of very few M/M books available, and I figured I can ‘re-read’ just for the fun of it.
I’m torn. I like Mary Calmes, I’ve read many Mary Calmes books throughout the years, and you know what you’re getting into. I love the A Matter of Time books – Jory is one of my favourite characters for when I’m longing for those not-really-believable-but-yet-funny-and-quite-hot reads, but Change of Heart? I don’t know.
Jin is a werepanther, and he’s a reah which means he is to mate with the leader of a tribe. The only problem is that he’s a guy and the reah is supposed to be a woman. He was beaten and thrown out of his tribe because of what he is and has spent the last eight or so years running.
I have no problem with there being a lot of ‘My Mate‘ and ‘Mine‘ when in the destined-mate trope but here it was almost all we got from Logan, the alpha who is Jin’s mate. And when there is a lot of ‘Mine‘ and sex instead of communication, I lose interest.
So…I still love Calmes, I’ll continue to read her books whenever I feel like it, but I think I’ll leave Jin and Logan to their destiny…again. But, it’s a new take on shifter stories or at least lots of new words to explain pack/pride/tribe life.
Looking for shifter reads, check these out.
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.