Title: Change of Heart
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 8, 2009
Genre(s): M/M paranormal, shifter
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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.
I first read this book in 2014 before I was such a die-hard Mary fan.
It’s safe to say I didn’t like this book very much. But…. it’s 2018 now, my favorite author is Mary, and I’ve read 1000 MM books since then. And now…. I absolutely LOVED this!
This book is so very Mary, and this time around the crazy shifter law didn’t bother me that much at all.
Jin is the martyr hero in this story. A rare reah werepanther. It’s not the werepanther part that is rare, but the reah part. Apparently Jin is the only male reah alive. Reahs are usually only female, and the perfect fit for a semel, the head of a tribe of werepanthers.
If a semel can find his reah, who is also his true mate, the semel is blessed beyond words. Almost no one has ever seen a reah, let alone a semel with his true mate reah.
Jin is on the run with his best friend Crane ever since his old pack kicked him out. But other werepanthers can sense he is a reah, so everyone wants to bring him to their semel to see if he is their true mate.
And that’s how Jin finds himself faced with Logan Church, head of the Mafdet tribe. And despite Jin never wanting a mate, it is obvious this semel is his true mate. But Jin doesn’t know what to do with this instant family, and with Logan’s attention and love…
This book had all the ingredients of a great Mary shifter story. We have the martyr MC, who is loved by everyone, but doesn’t see his own worth at all. And we have the alpha male who yells MINE a lot, but who is also sweet and loving.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.