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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 heAs 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....

Title : Change of Heart
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ISBN : 9781615812349
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Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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Change of Heart Reviews

  • Julio Genao
    2019-06-08 00:58

    Listen.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 half a bottle of Eros with this puppy before all was said and done to All Who Quite Obviously Needed Things To Be Said And Done To.Jeez, another boner just for casually referring to that one scene in a stupid little review.The meet-cute? Good.The ratcheting sexual tension? Oh, very good, yes.The inevitable Climax of events unfolding like the Merciless Pounding of the......leading to, the... um......torrential Release of... of the......*trails-off huskily*brb

  • Gigi
    2019-06-04 07:58

    Perfect comfort re-read Feb 2017 gonna do all 5 books again!Yeah! And it only took me 3 years to read! Loved it! On to the sequel...Loved it!!

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-06-04 05:20

    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, partaking in our next fix of some good ole Mary.Ahhh. Life is good.

  • Mel
    2019-06-15 03:04

    Jin is a panther shifter who has been on the run for over eight years. At age 16 he was beaten by his own tribe and left for dead because he was an abomination. See: Jin is a reah, a destined mate to a tribe leader, but they're not supposed to be male... or gay... 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 in where there are such things as panther shifters. But throwing around old Egyptian mythology doesn't cut it. We didn't really know anything about the world, the game, the rules or the players. I was left with a lot of questions. What are the characteristics of a shifter in both human and animal form? What about things like heightened senses, strength, longevity? Are there other supernatural creatures? Also: what are the rules within a panther tribe? What makes someone a leader, teacher or enforcer? And what about the rules of conduct between panther tribes? Are there turf wars? Is there animosity? What about people who don't have a tribe? Seriously: did I miss a prologue or something? If you want to create a new world, do so, don't come up with bits and pieces without further elaboration, especially if those bits and pieces aren't consistent throughout the story! A reah is really important and has a holy status. Yet everybody wants him dead. A reah can only be destined to one person. Yet everyone wants to give it a shot. A reah is the perfect fit for a semel. Yet there is fear of not being accepted. It's no fun playing a game if the rules keep changing! Oh yes: The Rules. There was some talk about The Rules. It seemed like some kind of shifter's Bible, but again: there was no further elaboration. Only that it was really, really important, yet only a handful of people seemed to actually know something about The Rules, the tribe leader not being one of them! When world building is lacking or inconsistent, it's no longer a story setting but an excuse for plot devices. Another obvious plot device was the main character's -let's just call it- sudden fits of narcolepsy. Whenever Jin did something wrong, it was because he was dead tired. He managed to keep his secret for eight years, but one tired night and he blows his cover? Moreover: I didn’t really understand he was tired until I was told that he was tired. I didn’t see it though. I didn’t notice any signs that could lead up to Jin being so worn out that he could possibly slip up. This happened throughout the book. It was a lot of telling not showing.Same with the emotions within the main character or dynamics between characters. The dialogs felt stilted. I just didn’t feel the emotion, the love, the angst. All of the above made it really hard for me to enjoy the story. I couldn't connect with Jin. I know he was a good looking guy (since he stipulated that point himself, on multiple occasions) but I just couldn't help imagining a whimpering girl. I got that he had issues, but he acted like a selfish jerk most of the time. Spending a lazy afternoon at your house after being kidnapped? Not telling anyone where you are? Being angry because your lover is protecting you the only way he knows how? Finding it strange that your lover flips out, after you bring another man to your bedroom and ditch your lover's clothes for the other man's? Seriously! The only characters with some potential were Koren and Domin. I was more interested in their possible romance (even if it came totally out of left field...) than I was in the love between the main couple, which felt cliché and, again: I wasn't feeling it. Writing a 'destined mate' kind of love story without losing the tension or the angst and while still making it believable is no small feat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. With this book, it just didn't. All in all: Change of Heart was a huge let down for me. I can't give it more than 2 stars.

  • P
    2019-06-15 02:19

    “My mate is a man, and therefore I can be no other than gay.Jin"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 xDLogan“I love you" I sighed, unable to keep the smile from my face,leaning back and looking at him through heavy-lidded eyes. "I really do"."I know", he grunted, very pleased with himself. “You can’t live without me. I’m like cheese.” Jin is a complex character. I liked the way he thinks of himself, he had run for so long, he has no idea what happens in his life until he meets Logan. Logan is the semel of his tribe, he protects his peopla and all he wants is somebody to be with him. So when he catch Jin's eye, he can't and won't let him go, no matter how hard Jin fights against this attraction.“You belong only to me, and it’s just going to be me, forever, holding you like this.”I loved the family drama. Jin was kicked out from his tribe when he was young because he was gay. It wouldn't be so cruel, if his father didn't do this to him. My heart broke for what he has been through. And I was grateful to see Logan going crazy for this man, he was like a control freak when they first met and after that, he's very much tender and caring for his mate. Oh ! My poor heart.This book is extremely sweet and I can't deny that this is one of the good reads I've ever had this year.This song is fit for this book.

  • Sheziss
    2019-05-28 05:25

    One of my first books in the m/m genre.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. Why?Ah, I forgot, because he’s the reah.Yet he hides himself because he thinks they won’t accept him. Why?Ah, I forgot, because he’s the reah.Yet he is not respected.Why?Ah, I forgot, because he’s the reah.Does it make sense?I think the premise is good. It works for Nalini Singh. But it feels wrong here. Logan only knows one word:It’s… exhausting.And the author is the WHOLE time explaining The Rules. Really, I paid more attention to Physiopathology classes at 8 a.m. last year.I felt as if I was listening to lectures. I don’t escape classes to go into other classes. Because it seemed I had to study it for some kind of exam, due to the number of times The Rules were repeated.Talking about The Rules… listening to Mike Myers introducing his Things is by far more interesting and has more logic.Logan is a shallow creature, but Jin is annoyingly annoying. If he does something wrong it’s because he’s tired. So please, forgive the pilot when he crashes planes because he’s tired. Everybody makes mistakes, but ALL of them with the excuse of being tired?All in all, I was really shocked I found more holes than material here.

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2019-06-02 02:01

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I like the beginning*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱Second re-read: 08.12.2017Don't ask. I don't know. I seriously HATE the insta-love that is soooo damn INSTA (like 2 days), BUT I adore the animalistic side of things. And man, I really do love the first... 12% (?) or 20% of the book. But why I decided to re-read yet again? I have no clue. I guess I'm just tired of trying to find any new interesting books to read, but all I end up is disappointed...Re-read: 23.05.2017Why the hell did I re-read this? I'll tell you why: I'm sick and tired looking for books only to get disappointed, so why not read books I know I won't get disappointed in? It's not that this book is great, because it isn't. But it's good, and have a strong potential to be great. My main problem is, of course, the insta-love. I hate insta-love. But as far as the story goes, it's actually kinda good. The plot about finding acceptance, love and safety, to find a home, somewhere to belong. It's good. And I also like Jin and Logan's connection. I do, but I still hate how fast the connection became. First read review:Damn, it could've been so damn good...Thank god for SheReadsALot's review, or else I would have been so damn lost. This book really had potential! Fuck, I really loved the beginning, but then, of course, there had to be insta-love. And if you know me, then you know I hate insta-love. I felt like Logan Church (32) and Jinnai ‘Jin’ Rayne (24) didn't actually know each other, specially not personally. So you can understand that I'm kinda pissed that so much potential got wasted. So there's three things I definitely didn't like:→ That damn insta-love. (view spoiler)[Took them two days for the L word to be told. (hide spoiler)]→ Jin's father and Jin's old tribe didn't get (view spoiler)[punished for what they did to him (hide spoiler)]→ Too little depth and actionOverall, it's was good, then it was alright and then I got bored. I wanted more from the book, more from the characters and when I didn't get it, I was kinda disappointed. I did like Logan's possessiveness though. Don't know if I'll continue the series...“It was surprising to hear it from his lips, my plain, ordinary name spoken as it never had been before, with awe, lite it was sacred, like treasure. Like I was treasure.”Quick basic facts:Genre: - (Adult) Paranormal Romance (M/M)Series: - Series, Book OneLove triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Favorite character? - Logan Church.Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Unsure.Would I recommend this book/series? - Unsure.Will I read this again in the future? - No.Rating - First half: 3.5 stars, second half: 2.5 stars | overall: 2.5/3 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Shin Mon Thway
    2019-06-05 05:10

    This is my very first book of Mary Calmes and I’ve been dying to read this series for forever. But you all know .. as usual, too little time to read all the books. Anyhow, started this book and I was very happy with it. 😊😊😊Jin is a male Reah and he’s first in his kind in the history. Reahs are the true mates of Semel which is the tribe leader of panther-shifters. He had been branded an abomination and thrown out of his own tribe for him being a male Reah and he’s been running away avoiding Semels ever since. But things turned out really different when he got to Chicago and met his true mate. He’s afraid to be thrown away again, to be left, unloved and branded abomination. But this Semel is different and he’s not going to give up. Will Jin trust his true mate enough to stay and be a worthy Reah he’s destined to be?Logan is one of the tribe leaders of panther-shifters in Chicago. And unexpectedly, he met his true mate, Reah, while he’s planning to marry another person. And to make things more complicated, he’s straight and his fated Reah is a man. And his mate won’t believe that he loves him and wants to protect and cherish him for the rest of their lives. He must convince Jin to accept that their destinies are intertwined and inseparable and he also needs to teach Jin not only to love but also accept to be loved.This shifters world Mary Calmes created is really interesting and has lots of potential. This is mostly only Jin’s POV story and he plays the most part in the story. This is the battle of love, trust, bonds and families. And the sex, Mmmmmmm, their fated mate sex is really hot. 😏 Love, love, loveeed it! ❤️ I really like when the smut is mixed with half shifted shifters who are dominant, macho and sexy. 😘 There are five books in the series and I really can’t wait to read other books in the series. I’m happy that Jin finally accepted to be Logan’s mate and they have a HFN now. And I’m eager to read what more will happen between these two in the future.4 sexy panther stars🐆⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Emma Sea
    2019-06-10 05:15

    so . . . sometimes you shouldn't ever try to go back. Re-read four years later; what a load of drek *face palm*Shockingly terrible.(I'm not re-rating, though. I liked it in 2011.)

  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    2019-06-16 09:20

    This book has been on and off my TR shelf since I don't remember. I'm glad I finally decided to read it.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...The book had me captivated from page one, I read it in one sitting and I'm right away on to book 2.

  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    2019-05-23 04:59

    AMAZON FREEBIE!!!! 7/12/17

  • Gina
    2019-06-08 04:58

    2nd reading 7/30/16 Still loving it!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 better! Now that I am done screaming in glee for this book i will say it wasn’t perfect. There was what I can only call insta-love for lack of a better word. Jin is a panther shifter and a reah, which in this story is a rare and much sought out mate for a semel (tribe leader). Panthers born a Reah are special and rare, and never male, so when Jin comes of age and finds discovers he is a reah and gay, he father and his tribe beat him to near death and leave him on the side of road. Jin’s best friend Crane stays by is side and together the set off to find a life and peace. Jin and Crane never stay in one place very long, worried about being discovered Jin is always fearful, alert, he does not want to be discovered that is a Reah. Now this is fantasy of course and you have to keep that in mind when you read this book. I enjoyed the world building in this, I can’t wait to read the other books and learn more. What I loved about this world so far were the customs, the rules regarding the tribes and everyone place in their tribe. The leader of this tribe is Logan, and he definitely your uber alpha, hear me roar sorta guy. But in his defense his overwhelming love and devotion to Jin nearly had me in tears, OMG!! And Jin, with his loneliness, past abuse and yearning to belong someplace is heartbreaking. Now is this reality? No of course not, are the characters a little to good to be true? Well, yes I suppose so. But despite these niggling thoughts this book took me a ride that had me squealing in delight and texting my friend Macky because I simply couldn’t contain myself. I had to tell someone how happy I was! OMG OMG OMG!!Yes you see what I did? OMG’s at the beginning AND at the end! My GR friends that know me and my reviews know that is pretty much all I need to say to let you know how I felt.*sigh*

  • Susan
    2019-06-03 03:18

    4.25 starsI 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.------------------------------This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • LenaLena
    2019-06-15 07:25

    I'll have to read more shifter books, I guess, because I am really, really not getting the ones I've read so far. And I'm not getting why this one is so popular, in particular.I recently complained there weren't enough rules in some book I read ( 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 about the rules of pantherhood is because they drive some major plot developments. Especially the fact that no one seems to know the fucking rules, not even the people leading these tribes. Yet, we live and we die by these rules. That we are not familiar with. So deadly mistakes are made. Imagine that. In fact, Jin seems to be the only one that knows the rules. And I am starting to suspect he's making them up on the fly as they get more and more complicated. Never mind the fact that half the damn rules don't make any sense in the first place. Why would you even have a 'sons of Horus' rule that pits 5 panthers against 1 to settle a dispute? Who were the founding fathers of this particular Constitution and what were they smoking? Jin is annoying in his waffling. And does Logan say anything in this book that isn't a variation of: 'You are / He is MINE'? Seriously, the man might as well stick with grunting and pointing at his crotch.

  • Josy
    2019-05-20 06:02

    Well, that's surprising! I loved the hell out of this book and honestly? I didn't expect that. I thought I would like it but to enjoy it so much that I was able to completely ignore the tiny flaws in the writing and the narration, and the obvious similarity to other MCs written by Mary Calmes? I didn't see that coming. Seems like I can deal with overly possessive alpha-males and instant-love better when shifters are involved.

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-06-07 08:56

    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 to the overall yumminess of this preposterous setup. Because really?? Anywhere else this would be a big no-no.So yes, Calmes is a certain kind of crack. Everyone knows this. And everyone knows that you either love and accept it for what it is, or you know it just isn't for you. Well, the majority of the time it's for me. And it certainly doesn't hurt that this was freakin hot, if a bit overdone (Yes, I put my own self in the corner. For shame!) My brain is still reeling from all the new words/terms/world building, but in the grand scheme of things, that matters little. Again - enjoyable, predictable, combustible.Good fun with Meags as we delved into this craziness!

  • Melissa
    2019-06-06 08:05

    12-17-17 Review:I don't have much to say that's new. The story gets shorter and shorter with each re-read because I skip all the weird, still, or stupid parts I don't care for. At its base, the story is a good one. :)3-28-17 Review:I've read this book (and series) so many times I can't tell you. And because I've read it so often I skip the parts I don't care about. Those who read Mary Calmes know she has a very specific style of writing, and it works for this series. Shifters are unique and have different rules and lives, so it just makes sense that Logan and Jin have this instant connection and love. Mary's writing does have some annoyances for me and this book is no different: the constant interruption of people mid-sentence; the "knowing" what the other person is thinking; using "wanna" instead of "want to" (boy is that annoying!); the obsession that people have over Jin (or Jory or whoever) can be over the top at times, and I roll my eyes waaaaay too much. And now that I've started this re-read I can't just stop at book 1. Here we go!!!

  • Wendy
    2019-05-28 08:12

    I just cant helpt it....Mary Calmes' books are like crack to me. Once I start reading I just can't stop. I know they are ott at times and I know that one of the characters is usually so fucking perfect and loved which makes it all really unbelievable, but I just love this stuff !!! Worms for me every single time. Hopefully it will stay that way..since I have a lot more of her books to read.This one was about Jin and Logan. They are big cat shifters (yummy). Now the whole storyline is too much for me to explain. Too many details, rules and names, so I will keep it simple.Jin and Logan are true mates...destined to be together. Now in this book, that is something that is pretty rare. A Semel (leader of the pack) finding his true mate (his rea) is extremely rare. What's also very rare is the fact that Jin is a Rea. He is the only male one known off..since they are always females, because the Semels are always male. That makes things very complicated. Jin was trown out of his own pack when he was 16 because he was a male rea, the pack and his father almost killed him. He and his best friend have been living from one place to the next because they don't want to be part of a pack. Once a Semel sees a real rea, he wants to claim her (or in this case his) as his own. It doesn't matter if they are true mates...they just cant helpt themselves. A Rea is just wanted by everybody...kind of like a magical being. So as you can see, things are a little dangerous for Jin. He really tries to nice the fact that he is a Rea, for his own safety. Ofcourse everybody is gonna find out and Jin comes face to face with multiple of which is Logan...his true mate.Logan is supposed to be mated with a woman within a couple of days. She is not his true mate ofcourse, but since finding your true mate, your rea, is so rare, Semels chooce a mate themselves. This is important for their pack but also, because without a mate, their bloedline cant continue.Once Logan sees Jin...all best are off. For him it doesn't even matter that his rea if a man. From here on the story continues. They will have to overcome all shorts of shit. One off those those things is also Jin insecurity about being someones mate an being a part of a pack.I loved this story, I loved the world they lived in, the shifters, the pack, the steam. Mary did an awesome job describing everything. I will defenately be reading more books of this series. 4-4,5 stars from me

  • Tara♥
    2019-05-27 05:58

    Followed by: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 confusing but I'm just going to go with it and pretend I know what's happening.

  • Ingela
    2019-06-16 01:59

    Written July 29, 20133 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 friend Crane fled from Chicago. But Jin has a special ability and is coveted by all the pack leader, he is perfect and coveted mate - if only he were a woman.In Reno, there are three competing tribe leader and one of them is the mighty Logan Church. Will he choose a handsome young guy to be his mate for life?“It was surprising to hear it from his lips, my plain, ordinary name spoken as it never had been before, with awe, lite it was sacred, like treasure. Like I was treasure.” ***********************************************I feel this started out good but then it became more and more unrealistic and forced. Although it's PNR, I want to accept a little of what is happening. It is hard to decide how to judge this one. I read with pleasure, didn't skim but still felt it wasn't more than okay = 3,5 stars from me.Botton line; These panther shifters are quite interesting, they love to steam and it's a pretty cute story with some suspense. Maybe, just maybe, I continue with the series.I LIKE - nice, steamy and kind of sweet!

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-06-12 05:24

    This is not your standard fluffy Mates romance - this shifter story has bite.See, here's the thing. Usually, most shapeshifter stories drive me nuts and I get super hyper critical. There are only a few that I really like. (view spoiler)[Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series and Patricia Briggs "Mercy Thompson" series to name two. (hide spoiler)]That being said, I loved the werepanther world Calmes has built. I really liked the story, even though I felt like the lore wasn't super fleshed out and there were a couple of little problems and issues, BUT my enjoyment trumped any niggling points by far.This is not a fluffy romance either, and it's not your typical "we're mates let's fuck!" shifter story, either. There's some deeper stuff happening, Jin's past isn't for the faint of heart (some of the scenes are downright brutal), and just because Jin and Logan recognize each other as "Mates" doesn't mean everything is smooth sailing.Look, I'm not going to lie...Mary Calmes just does it for me. The insta-love, the sarcasm, the humor, the pain in the ass all works for me. The alpha / dominant who's also able to let his lover be himself hits all my tingly spots.Sure, it's not going to be for everyone but, for me, it was a super enjoyable read and for those who love Calmes' work, I don't think they'll be disappointed to try the series.I love Sean Crisden's narration. That does not mean I am blind to it's flaws or faults. The first time I listened to this book I thought he made Crane sound like a Muppet, Domin sound like a bad weird D-movie actor, and Logan sound like Christian Bale's version of Batman. It was still a REALLY good listen, but I was surprised by some of the voices used.The second time I listened I liked Crane and Logan more, and now that I listen to this story almost every single month (Yeah, yeah...what can I say? It's become a favorite of mine in so many more ways than I can explain to you.) it's funny, but when I listen now I absolutely love the character voices for Crane and Logan (I still hate and cringe every time Domin is voiced), and I always feel something's missing when Jeff Gelder narrates books two and three. I'm weird, I know.So considering I've listened to this audio book a dozen times (by this publication date - wait a month and it'll be more) - I cannot express my love enough for it.I LOVE THIS STORY!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book ReviewsRead: 09/2014, 10/2014, 11/2014, 12/2014, 01/2015, 02/2015, 03/2015, 04/2015, 05/2015, 06/2015, 07/2015, 08/2015, 02/2016, 03/2016, 06/2016, 08/2016, 10/2016, 04/2017["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2019-06-09 04:20

    **** 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. Also, "mine" or "MINE!" and "mate" were pretty frequent too. The Semel, leader, the typical Alpha was all growling "Mine. My mate. My Reah. MINE!" in every other sentence.I couldn't care less. Sean Crisden did a great job narrating this and I believe my enjoyment of it is hugely due to his narration. He did all the different voices for the characters so there were no question about who were doing the talking and all the different names for everything was easy to learn. (view spoiler)[ Can I have a growling Crisden for Christmas? (hide spoiler)]So, a big yes to were-panthers!I am one happy p-- kitty.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-06-05 05:12

    One of my favorite genres is shape-shifters. Especially rare ones (or considered rare in the story). This book caught my attention because that is exactly what Jin is. A rare black panther instead of a golden panther. You get captured in the story. You don’t want to put the book down right from the start, it just sucks you in. The writing can get quite descriptive about just ordinary things (which I love because it makes you feel as if you are living the story) and the sex scenes seem to fit the book instead of take it over or ruin it, which earns a point from me. If you like a good shifter story with insta-mates (whether they’re gay or not), this is the story for you.

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-06-12 07:04

    I know that it's almost mandatory to start your review with a "wtf did I just read?!" in the romance/taboo genre, but "wtf did I read here?!". After 2 beers it did get better, in the sense that I couldn't stop laughing at the telenovela madness, but I think I need to snort some to really get into it.Okay, that's it for me. But hey, my curiosity's been satisfied.

  • Brendy
    2019-06-19 05:15

    After reading some review about this one, I was expecting a whole caveman behavior from part of the guy… but actually it wasn’t quite like that.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 that Semel sounds a lot like seme from yaoi manga terminology… but that’s a different thing.Okay, so we have Jinnai, AKA: JinA very spirited guy, that only purpose in life is to living it at its fullest and as independent as he could be…rejecting any romantic ideas, given that are considered by him like tying himself and his life to the whim of someone else… that coming of course, because he happens to be the Reah( that kind of reminds me to Dark Elves), meaning that he has come to this world to be the mate of someone else… but not anyone else… NO!! his mate would be the Semel, the alpha of a wereshifters tribe/pack, ergo he’ll become in some kind of queen ( as a manner of speaking) of that said tribe/pack. But given that he is a male, and the semels only come as males, he’ll have to endure the rejection and punishment of his very own family and his “so called loved ones”, since a very early age… being this the cause of his passionate independence…until he comes across withLogan ChurchA semel of a shifter’s pack that won’t be at all immune to Jin’s charms, but that he’ll have to prove to Jin that what he feel s is the real thing and not just a biological response to Jin being the reah, which will come difficult to prove, given that every single semel Jin has met, were like…So Logan comes to understand very well the whole concept of, if you want something badly, you better work harder for it”I need you to understand that I’m strong enough for you to lean on because you haven’t had that in a very long time, you need to depend on me, trust my love, and know that it’s not going to break or change. I need you to surrender so you’ll know that I can protect you from anything”The funny thing, I think, comes with ”You’re a man and you’re my mate; therefore from now on , I’m gay.”Not sure what to get from this.[image error]They go through a lot of things, but surely they alsodo have a lot of fun as well<, ahem… guessing they are the half of each other for a reason, right? ”I’ve never had a lover like you…whatever I do, you take and scream for more”They DID have a hell of a lot of fun, that I was worried that the author would describe their fun in animal form… I was setting myself on animal planet mode in case that would happen!!! Seriously!!”I know who I am, and I know who I love, and I know where I belong””My reah, my mate… I didn’t give you my heart…you are my heart”

  • Meags
    2019-06-01 03:19

    3 StarsFor 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 that I had hoped. Or maybe that’s just it? My expectations were through the roof, and only a rare few books ever actually reach my expectations when they are quite this lofty. So perhaps it was me? Perhaps I was simply in the wrong mood? Either way, I’m not truly complaining – clearly, as I gave this a 3 Star rating (although, there were moments when a 2 star rating was seriously weighing on my mind).My main issues lie within the use of the tropes that I adore so much (strange that). I felt the whole mates relationship was way too artificial. The constant use of lines like, “you belong to me/you are mine,” got old quick. I felt all these (usually) romantic proclamations and physical demonstrations, that are the main reason I read and love PNR, were over-used here, ultimately diminishing their impact on me as a reader. It also doesn’t help that, at semi-regular intervals throughout this story, I had a difficult time curbing my urge to smack Jin and/or Logan into next week. Jin’s personality simply grated on me, especially once he had meet Logan, before which I was all up on team Jin. I just couldn’t relate to his decision making thereafter. (view spoiler)[His constant “running away” and need for space, did my head in, probably because it was an ongoing theme instead of one simple scene. I also found the final “conflict” ridiculous. Firstly, we were inundated with tribal rules and regulations, and then it was all just brushed aside during the fight pit scene (because I stand by my belief that Jin CHEATED by entering the pit to help Logan – I don’t care if there was a throwaway line later that claimed only Jin could enter the pit because he, at one point prior, had been meant to enter anyway). Secondly, I was annoyed by Jin and his little week long sook-fest over Logan’s “betrayal.” Betrayal, my ass! Logan did what I would have done – protect the one you love from (perceived) certain death! (hide spoiler)]Also – don’t hit me – too much sex! The first two scenes were smoking hot, but then I found myself skimming, or I’d get to the end of a sex scene and be all, “oh thank god that’s done, let’s have more story,” but, BAM, 2 pages later there was another sex scene. I’m feeling blasphemous. I love sex scenes; I’m a total perv! But still, I feel how I feel. Anyway, if you’ve read all of this, you may be thinking, “why did this bitch rate this 3 stars when she has so many damn issues with it?” Well, my friends, I still love the book-crack appeal of a good flufftastic Mary Calmes story. It was so easy to read. It had an addictive quality to it; I smashed it out in under 24 hours. I still liked the story as a whole, and I see the potential for these characters, main and side alike, to draw me into their world to an obsessive degree. I simply want more. Another great BR with R.

  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    2019-06-08 01:13

    I'm so bummed I put off reading this for so long! It was so different than what I expected. I had this idea that Jin was sort of a weak more feminine shifter whose mate would be this big tall alpha male who was bossy and demanding. It was not like that at all! Jin was a great character - though I think he should have had more care for Logan at points I could understand what he was fighting against. Logan was pretty amazing - and, though alpha, he was clearly in love. I thought the sex scenes were super hot. It was an overwhelmingly wonderful package and I cannot wait to read the sequels!

  • Ami
    2019-06-15 05:02

    After being highly entertained by "A Matter of Time", this book left me cold. The love story is cliché and forgettable. I think what irks me the most is the concept of "you're my mate" thing. 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. AND ALL THOSE BABY'S!!! DEAR GOD!!! *rolls eyes to the ceiling trying not to vomit*

  • Amanda
    2019-05-31 05:17

    I'm always wary of new-to-me authors, particularly lately, when I seem to be growing much more particular about my reading material. So (due in part to the low scores here on Goodreads) I put off reading this book. It has sat on my TBR list for quite a while, waiting to be cracked open and devoured. 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 many more stories to come in this world.

  • Em
    2019-06-10 09:01

    This is the first book I've read by Mary Calmes and I really enjoyed it. I thought the tension created between Logan and Jin was amazing and really hot. I loved the fact that Logan wasn't going to take no for an answer and didn't back off for one moment. Jin was his mate and that's all there was to it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and would definitely recommend this book.