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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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. She only comes off as cold, pigheaded, and can just never cooperate, so the fact that she ends up "falling" for James is not only uncharacteristic, but also unbelievable. Even though she has her own demons, I felt no sympathy for her whatsoever, and found most of her points of argument very trivial and illogical. 80% of the book is her talking to herself (she talks to herself more than she talks to other characters... what the fack?) and apprehending over a stagnant relationship. It isn't just the attitude I found distasteful, it was everything.

And then we need to talk about the so-called romance itself. All it is is terribly angsty, with no formidable foundation or realistic expectation... and yet Jillian and James are absolutely soul mates. She doesn't even like the guy one minute, then is yearning for his touch and affection the next. Finger. Down. Throat. Now.

I literally had to keep asking myself why I was bothering to finish this book. I found it painfully boring, annoying, and although not completely unreadable, something I mostly skimmed--particularly for the last half (aka the part where everything happens).

Pros: Captivating premise about dreams and guardian wolves

Cons: James is suffocating and dislikable // Jillian is inflexible and dislikable // Unrealistic, tiring "relationship" // Messy, inconclusive story // Terrible climax

Love: "James was very much like the river. Calm and steady on the surface, but somehow [Jillian had] been drawn in and captured by the deep current beneath. Would she escape? And did she really want to?"

Verdict: "The lycanthropic and mystical aspects of Changeling Dream were enough to hold my attention, but I definitely had to grit my teeth through this one. James's story was nice to read, but the exasperating rising action, a messy, premature climax, and ridiculous insta-romance between him and Jillian had me rolling my eyes."

Rating: 3 out of 10 hearts (2 stars): Not a fan; I don't recommend this book.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by FSB Media in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Leyane!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 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. Jillian and James together heal their wounds and overcome their fears. Changeling Dream takes a slightly more serious tone, addressing strong subject matter such as rape and depression.

My favorite element in Changeling Dream is how secondary characters in Changeling Moon came forward, playing important roles in Changeling Dream. I also enjoyed that more supernatural abilities as well as new characters are presented in this novel. The story focuses on James, Connor's older brother who lost his way when everything that mattered to him was taken away many years ago. Jillian and James are connected, finally being able to heal when they meet again.

Dani Harper should be commended for her wonderful imagination with this captivating series, having one story flow smoothly to the next. I can definitely say that I am looking forward to the next installment of this series, Changeling Dawn, releasing January 2012. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy Paranormal Romance and shapeshifter tales.

5/5 - Must read! Highly Recommended!

*Disclaimer: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2011
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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
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. Once again, readers will encounter a realistic and endearing cast of characters from within a super exciting reading adventure that will leave you fully satisfied.

While Changeling Dream differs in that the romance between the protagonists is not the center piece but rather a significant contribution, the romantic encounters are just as hot and exciting and the emotions will still set your heart to fluttering, just the same. To further explain, while Changeling Moon was mostly focused on the development of a relationship between Zoey and Connor, I feel the centerpiece of Changeling Dream was James' difficult and emotional journey and his developing relationship with Jillian, a significant and powerful contribution to the whole.

Harper's talent will keep readers intrigued, excited and content while her passion for the paranormal and an impressively vivid imagination will keep readers coming back for more. It's time to make some space and clear the dust because I guarantee many will find the Changeling Series worthy of the highly coveted real estate on the "keeper" shelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
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In Changeling Dream, Dr. Jillian Descharme is a vet who dreams of working with wild animals ~ like the white wolf who'd saved her when she was a teenager. When she gets a call offering her a dream job in Northern Canada ~ and some of it with wild animals ~ she's floored, and skeptical. It's gotta be too good to be true. But when she arrives at the North Star Animal Clinic, it's really that great ~ a dream job. And while she's out walking the paths close by, she see a white wolf...HER white wolf? And then there's James Macleod.

James Macleod has spent the last 30 years as the white wolf ~ after his wife and unborn child were murdered, and he was wounded, he submerged himself into his wolf so wholly he'd almost lost the man...until the wolf couldn't stay away from Jillian. The wolf kept taking him to her..........it wanted her ~ and James, the man, wanted her, enough to return to being human again and claim her.........

I LOVED this book ~ it's actually book 2 in the series, but that didn't bother me a bit, as the story is totally stand alone and a wonderful story! I loved reading about Jillian's struggle with her doubts, with her self awareness...made the story so much more real for me, and James was just a great hero ~ while he's suffered so much pain and loss, he looked at Jillian and saw what such a young woman had overcome to become the strong, powerful woman she was and it made him stronger ~ and I love a hero who is strong enough to learn from the heroine. Dani Harper has built a great community of Changelings here, and believe me, I'm off to get book 1 ~ the focus seems more like a family than a pack, but I loved the feel that they were all there for each other in times of need, and all did whatever it took when one was hurting.

I hope to see more of the characters from this town get stories!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
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Thirty years ago, a deranged mad man shot James and Evelyn Macleod, killing Evelyn and their unborn child and seriously wounding James and leaving him for dead.
James blamed himself for not adequately protecting his family and disappeared for decades.
Years later, Dr. Jillian Descharme, DVM, hadn't graduated from veterinary college for very long. Despite her diminutive size and pixie-cut blond hair, Jillian could tackle any animal problem, large or small, with ease and uncanny natural ability. She longed to secure a full time veterinary position due to mounting bills, especially her student loans. Jillian had had a feeling a change was coming. She had been visited in her dreams, on several nights, by the huge white wolf with sapphire blue eyes that seemed to penetrate her very soul. Jillian was never afraid--on the contrary, she felt safe and relaxed enough to sleep soundly when he appeared. Out of the blue, Jillian receives a call with the offer of a full time position at a veterinary clinic, but it's on the opposite side of the country in Dunvegan, Alberta! What a change that would be, indeed! After pondering a bit, Jillian makes a deal for a six-month trial at the North Star Animal Hospital, that happens to be run by none other than the overworked, Dr. Connor Macleod, James' Brother and his staff, including the very intuitive office manager, Birkie Peterson. Jillian's natural flair for working with animals amazes and pleases both humans and four-legged clientele alike. On her days off, Jillian, with camera in hand, sets out to explore the magnificent countryside and discovers Elk Point, which has several sets of wolf tracks and is introduced to the white wolf of her dreams! Jillian is unafraid and slightly injured from a tumble in the dusky darkness of the forest path, the white wolf, sensing her pain, curls up beside her, licking her wounds and shielding her from the nighttime with his massive body. Upon waking the following morning, she sadly discovers the wolf is gone. Jillian wonders if it was only a dream brought on by exhaustion and imagination. While heading back down the trail to the animal hospital and her living quarters, she bumps into Douglas Harrison and his dog Buster and excitedly relays the tale of seeing the white wolf. Frowning, while backing away from this wild woman and her explanation of the confrontation, Douglas exits the trail quickly as horrid memories rear their ugly reminders within him. After the strange meeting, Jillian wonders if there is anyone she will be able to regale the story of her beloved white wolf to, and perhaps figure out its relationship to a horrible crime committed against her, so many years ago. She thinks the
White wolf may have helped her heal inside and out.
You will be drawn like a magnet to steel to the unfolding story, as you are introduced to Bill and Jessie Watson, Connor's wife, Zoey and more of the Macleod clan. You will feel as if you know this special couple, so much in love that it hurts at times, and will be waiting, like I am for a sequel.
One thing is for certain--I will never gaze upon "Lilies of the Valley" the same again!
Nancy L. Narma
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
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James Macleod is a changeling (werewolf) who lost his pregnant wife 30 years ago when unknown assailants broke into their home, shooting and killing her and wounding him. James was not home at the time, and by the time he got there it was too late, a fact that haunts him. In order to deal with the loss, James assumes his wolf form and stays that way for 30 years.

Jillian Descharme is a young, up and coming vet, recruited by Connor Maclead to join his practice in northern Canada, she agrees to a six month trial period and takes off to start a new life. As a young girl, Jillian was attacked, and a great white wolf with blue eyes saved her life. Whenever she is stressed, she dreams of the wolf and he calms her. James is Connor's brother and has been watching over him all these years, when Jillian arrives at the vet office; James is aware she is there and is immediately pulled to watch over her as well. These two damaged people meet, and together must try to find a way to mend their broken souls.

James is such a broken man that you can't help to give your heart to him. He is, of course, a fine looking man - Jillian refers to him as a Viking. Jillian has her share of issues but is a strong woman none the less; she has been able to overcome her past and doesn't take any crap from anyone. Both of these characters are written well and you cheer for them from the beginning. Old friends from Changeling Moon reappear, some in cameo roles and some as pivotal roles in the plot. Along the way, the mystery of who killed James' wife and why unfolds, giving you just enough information to keep you on your toes.

I enjoyed Changeling Moon, but enjoyed this book much more. James' vulnerability seeps right into the pages and you just want to reach through and hold him. He wouldn't let you, of course, but you will try. Jillian is such a brave young woman and is fiercely loyal when it comes to her feelings about her white wolf. I ran the gambit of emotions while reading this book, there was the same humor the author brought to the previous book, but underlying that was a deep sense of sadness for Jillian and James. I have to admit there was one point when I got choked up.

I'm hoping this is not the end of the Maclead family; I need to find out about the rest of the siblings. You don't have to read the first book to read this one, there are references to the characters, but this can definitely stand on it's on. I recommend this book to anyone who likes big stoic Vikings, smart strong women and a little bit of magic.
4 1/2 stars

Reviewed for the Paranormal Romance Guild as a member of the review team
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
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This one surprised me by how much I liked it. It's sort of like a Rip Van Winkle werewolf story, which is unusual by itself. But it's also set in Canada, which I found a bit refreshing, too.

Dani Harper has a strong voice, something I always appreciate. There's nothing worse than picking up a book that reads just like every other book out there, but thankfully that wasn't the case here.

James has spent the last 30 years in wolf form, eschewing his human half as a way to escape the grief of losing his wife and unborn child in a horrific act of violence. It's not until Jillian, a new vet at his brother's clinic, arrives that he has any interest in slowly returning to life as a human. And once he does, he discovers that time felt differently in wolf form, and the world is far different from the one he left.

Jillian is a victim of a violent assault, but she's used the experience to make herself strong. Her only concession to weakness is dreaming about a white wolf, something that brings her comfort and a feeling of safety. She gets a bit of a shock, though, when she discovers after her move to a new vet clinic that her dream wolf is 100% real. And not a normal wolf at all.

My main problem with the book was that James never really found the time to tell Jillian who and what he was. He plans a life with her, but won't tell her the truth? She only finds out when there's no other option but to tell her. And even then, it's not James who reveals what he is, but his family.

I also found the whole terminology thing (Changeling) to be a bit hokey and awkward--capitalized throughout the text, no less. But it wasn't disruptive enough to really annoy me.

Book history: Dani Harper has been totally upfront about this being a reworked version of an older title, Heart of the Winter Wolf. You can read the whys and hows on her website.

Cover critique: I can't figure out what is up with this cover, but it looks like Photoshop gone terribly wrong. Is that her back?...but then we have the necklace. And her head looks almost Exorcist twisted. It's definitely not a sexy cover.

My Grade: B+
FTC: review copy courtesy of the publisher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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With a clan of strikingly attractive werewolves, a touch of magic, and deeply emotional characters, Changeling Dream is a really good read. As Changeling Dream is book 2, I was familiar with the Changelings (werewolves) and their pack, so it was a bit easier to get into the main story line. This book focused on James Macleod, the older brother of Connor, and a werewolf who had lost everything that mattered to him. James had been shot twice, and his mate and unborn child murdered, causing James to live as a wolf for over 30 years. However, when new veterinarian Jillian moves to town, James is ready to try to live as a human again.
I was much more emotionally involved in Changeling Dream, I really felt for James and his tragic past. I easily understood why James would want to live as a wolf and not have to deal with tough emotions and circumstances, and I found that I was fully drawn into this story. I could understand where Jillian had issues, but sometimes I felt that she was overly mean to James. I did like Jillian though, and I really like how all the characters are so easy to relate to. I was very happy to meet Birkie, she was mentioned in the first book (Changeling Moon), but was a strong character in Changeling Dream.
What I like the most about this series, is Dani Harper's ability to take the supernatural (werewolves, psychics, etc...) and make them so easy to understand. Sometimes, the supernatural worlds can get over complicated, but not in the Changeling series. This series is pretty solidly a shifter series, but there are humans with that something more. Birkie, for instance, has some magical ability, and it is very intriguing.
The emotional pull of Changeling Dream was beautiful, and I enjoyed it a little bit more than the first book. I would say that each book can easily stand on it's own. If you read Changeling Dream before Changeling Moon, I don't think you would be confused or lost. The Changeling series is a wonderful werewolf series, fans of paranormal romance will easily enjoy Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream. I do love the characters and the Macleod clan, and I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
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Ok, you might as well just buy the next one now. This series is a lot of fun and I loved most every minute of it.

The reason I say "most" every minute is because when I started it I was really disappointed to find it was not a continuation of Zoey's adventures. I expected something more on the lines of the Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton or the the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn where one follows the life of the main charactor(s). I didn't realize that the Dani Harper series was going to change the main charactor in each book.

However, that disappointment disappeared almost immediately. Jillian came alive in the first chapter and I enjoyed her story just as much as I did Zoey's. I also liked finding out how Zoey's life was going as a background to Jillian's story.

I highly recommend this book, along with the first one and the third, because, yes, I have read them all! So when is the next one coming out?

EDIT: I was very disappointed when doing a search for other books by Dani Harper to find that this same story was published in 2007 as "Heart of the Winter Wolf". I find no mention in "Changeling Dream" or on the Amazon discription of the book identifying it as being previously published under a different title and find this unsettling. I don't mind that the book has been republished under a different title but not having that information in the description of the book on Amazon or at least in the title page part of "Changeling Dream" is, in my opinion, deceitful. For that reason I have removed two of the original five stars I rated this book.
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