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Changeling Dream Paperback – July 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758265166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758265166
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mythical, magical, memorable ... Dani Harper writes Paranormal Fantasy that will keep you up all night!

Currently, Dani's bringing ancient faery legends into modern-day America with her GRIM SERIES. Book 1, STORM WARRIOR, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Book Two of the Grim Series is STORM BOUND. Book Three, STORM WARNED, launches March 31st and is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. All can be purchased as Kindle ebooks, paperbacks and audiobooks.

Are you a die-hard werewolf fan? Meet Dani's unique take on shapeshifters: the Macleod family! Book 1, CHANGELING MOON, was chosen as a 2012 RITA Award Finalist in Paranormal Romance, by Romance Writers of America. CHANGELING DREAM & CHANGELING DAWN followed. FIRST BITE, a Dark Wolf Story that introduces a whole new world of 'Changelings' to love, released in 2013.

To find out more about Dani and her books, please visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com or stop by her Fan page at https://www.facebook.com/Dani.Harper.Fan.Page

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Format: Paperback
Set in Dunvegan, the same cozy town in Southern Ontario where the first book in the series, Changeling Moon, took place, Changeling Dream is James Macleod's story. After 30 years of being trapped in wolfen form, Connor's estranged brother rises to humanity when a vaguely familiar new face, Jillian Descharme, comes to town. James has never met Jillian before but recognizes her somehow--he knows her from the soul--but comes to realize the person he really doesn't recognize is himself--neither as wolf, nor man.

The storyline with the mysterious connection between Jillian and James is compelling but everything else was a disappointment for me. I didn't totally love the first book, but wanted to give this second book a try because the "lost brother" story intrigued me; however, I didn't enjoy it at all. Typically with series, I am particularly fond of later installments because of the recurring characters, but even with the reprise of Zoe and the Macleods, I felt pretty much nothing.

The main characters, for one, I had a huge problem with. James's guilt over a family tragedy 30 years ago has given him an overactive sense of responsibility, which is why he overcompensates by desperately trying to keep Dr. Descharme out of danger. This would be a great alpha male quality, but it was written so simply and choppily that it actually makes him rather stalkerish... showing up in her bedroom in the middle of the night, visiting her at work every day, coming to her rescue at every possible moment. Yeesh. And then there's Jillian, who just may win the "Least likable romance heroine" award. Described as feisty and independent, this girl's maddeningly sensitive, and an irritatingly raging feminist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucy (Moonlight Gleam) on July 22, 2011
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After the murder of his wife and unborn child, James Macleod isolates himself from everyone he knows, and has been living as a wolf ever since. Thirty years later, James is drawn back to his home town for reasons unknown to him at first, something that may give him a reason to become human again...

Jillian Descharme has been hired by Connor Macleod as he is in desperate need of another vet around the office. She accepts the position and moves across the country to a small town in Northern Canada. The town's residents befriend her shortly after her arrival, creating many new friends. Although Jillian seems to be enjoying the experience, there is a secret she has not revealed to anyone. Emotionally, Jillian is broken, she was attacked when she was just a young girl and not by one, but by several men. Jillian recalls seeing a white wolf with blue eyes appeared that night just after the attack, the wolf had saved her life. When the morning arrived and someone found her, the wolf was nowhere to be found.

Over the years Jillian would see the wolf in her dreams whenever she began to stress, hearing him tell her that he's there with her, calming her instantly. Jillian hopes that she encounters the wolf again someday, to confirm her sanity, to feed her obsession, and just to see it again one last time...

Changeling Dream is book two in the Changeling series, following Changeling Moon. Just when you think the series cannot get any better, Changeling Dream proves the theory wrong. Readers will be overwhelmed with emotion by these two broken characters, especially once they encounter one another. Dani Harper illustrates each of their vulnerabilities by detailing background stories of the characters, and revealing their connection to one another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bendingthespine on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love it when an author has a series that flows from one book to the next, but still moves forward with the story while introducing new characters. Dani Harper does just that in Changeling Dream.

In so many paranormal Romance novels the two main characters have no history together yet within the first few chapters they are slapped together and having sex for no reason. This is not the case in Changeling Dream. Jillian and James (main characters and love interest) separately have a past that only the other can heal, and even though James doesn't remember it he has saved Jillian once before. Don't get me wrong they have their HOT moments and when it happens you are so ready for it...

Something I truly enjoyed was that the author didn't make one character stronger than the other, even though James is a changeling he needs Jillian just as much as she needs him. Another character that really stuck out was Birkie. Birkie is James' brothers receptionist and long time family friend. She works with Jillian and soon becomes her best friend. Birkie provided a lot of laugh out loud moments. I loved her character.

My only problem with Changeling Dream was that I wanted more in the villain department. It felt very lacking there. Other than that I loved this one. Though this is the second book in the series, Changeling Dream could easily stand on its own.

Happy Reading,
Rebecca
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YzhaBella's BookShelf on August 5, 2011
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Oh James! Such a lost and tortured soul! Running from the past, head-on into a future he has never imagined! After losing his wife (and almost himself) to murder, James has forsaken his human self to run with the wolves. For decades, he has confined himself to a world of intellectual simplicity and a total lack of human emotion. So deeply immersed in the wild, it's uncertain whether those of his family will ever see James in his human skin again.

Fresh out of college, all alone, broke and desperately seeking the future she's been dreaming about, Jillian Deshcarme figures she's got nothing to lose when she agrees to move half way across the country to Northern Alberta. Little did Jillian know, she's just set out on the adventure of a lifetime; headed on a straight path into the unexpected and about to learn so much more about herself, and the world around her, than she has ever imagined possible. Though broken and still on the mend from a tragic event, Jillian's soul is not yet shattered. A sheer determination to move beyond her misfortune leaves her with an extraordinary strength of will and character that many could only dream of achieving. Oh, she still has the scars, both physical and emotional, but Jillian also has a selflessness, compassion, and intense work ethic that makes her the perfect fit to help those who need it at Dunvegan's Veterinary Clinic. Even the stray that so unexpectedly turns up...

Readers will adore the people of Dunvegan and root for James and Jillian at every turn. In my recent review of Changeling Moon (found here), I commented on Harper's writing abilities and with this second installment in the Changeling Series, Dani does not disappoint.
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