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- ASIN : B01HKJZOC2
- Publisher : Dreamspinner Press; Translation ed. edition (November 8, 2009)
- Publication date : November 8, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1477 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,451 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cons: everything is repetitive. I imagine the first ten pages of the book were the most interesting for me. After that it's just following Jin's self pity and contradicting actions and hearing Logan's verbal claims on his mate. All the characters are shallow and their actions don't match their thoughts. The universe itself has already been done by other authors so I can't even give much credit to that. The sex scenes, although hot at first, were overdone. By the end of the book every other scene was sex with only little change. I felt as though there was very little character development that we could see and what changes happened were because the author states that they had. I'd pay $5 for a regular novel with no problem but this was something I'd be disappointed to read even finding it for free somewhere as an amateur work.
Pros: Calmes writing isn't bad on the word by word level and it was properly edited. The cover art is nice which was probably the reason I even looked at the page in the first place. All over this book was physically done with a lot of care. The characters seemed like they had a lot of potential and their personalities were interesting, I just wished I'd seen more done with that.
I read this whole book to give it a fair review but I'm sorry to say I don't plan on buying the rest of the series. The next book seems like it's much of the same and 200 pages is enough of Jin's self pity and Logan forcing his mate to do what he wants him to for me.
Jin is a lovable person, just wishing to be safe and not hurt others in the process of living his life. He has a genetic quirk that means he may one day meet his one true mate, but he's afraid of what it means to be tied down with one person all his life as his kind don't normally have life long bonds. You'll root for this main character and cast of friends.
My issue with this book is something you either REALLY mind or you don't. If I had to name it using just one word I think "destiny" might help out but it's not just it.. Reading PNR books you are usually presented with a lot of situations in which people are "destined" to be together and so their attraction is either OTT or there's this "click" between them they can't shut off and here they are - a couple. While I CAN accept that in PNR books to some extent I don't like it. Heck, the MC in this book doesn't like the idea of being stuck with someone because that's how the "laws of attraction" works so why should I?
Jin Rayne is a werepanther but he's not just ANY werepanther, he is destined to mate with a pack leader (there's a special name for that "destined job"). That's is quite bizarre considering he is male and pack leaders is male "job". What kind of pack leader would want a man for a mate? Jin does his best to avoid any pack leader not only to NOT stumble upon his destined mate but also because he has a certain appeal because of his special "destiny" that makes him likeable to right around anyone who meets him (human or shifter). Though it's nice having most of everyone on your side it felt a bit "staged" and very "fake". While Jin was trying his best to stay in the side lines, wherever he goes people just want him to stay and almost worship his strange appeal. When meeting other shifters with other "destinies" (other "jobs") it become a little unbearable for me. I understand that shifters are not a real thing.. but I would like the story at least to feel realistic somehow. Alas, it wasn't.
The obsession with Jin's "destiny" was beyond annoying. He is this rear thing everyone wants to snatch. But since HE is the only one who knows the "old rules" he keeps explaining it to everyone - why they CAN'T have him and why HE has to choose his mate. 20% in and I was not only bored with learning the special pack "jobs" (mostly destined ones) I was annoyed that people's acts were NOT their own. They behaved through those roles with instinct and at times without knowing why they are doing what they are doing...
An example needs to be made.. I know.. okay, so there's the job of a "protector" to a pack. Jin meets this guy who is a protector to a pack leader (the one who is going to be Jin's mate, only one knowing that is whomever read the synopsis ;)) when he meets Jin he wants to know who is mate is and if he doesn't have one (which it seems to be so because he isn't marked and because he doesn't smell mated or something like that..) he INSTANTLY becomes overly protective of him. He doesn't know who he is but he wants him to meet his pack leader (to determine if he is his destined mate) and even though he is suspicious about him (saying he is mated, yet he isn't) he is still protective of him. SAY WHAT? Jin, naturally, knows why because he knows what his destiny "job" makes him out to be, and he instantly realizes the "job" this shifter has which helps him determine the guy's behaviour.
Are you confused yet? I am.. I was reading this book and thinking to myself - WTF man? Even animals have more brain to DECIDE how they want to act. Yeah they can be ruled by instinct at times, but they are free beings. It's not like that in this book AT ALL. Everyone's behaviour felt so damn OTT (and mostly unreal).
As I said at the beginning of my review, if you don't mind the whole "destiny" concept you might really like this one. It's quite unique and I think it's going to deal with interesting issues later on. But for me, who switched my main focus from PNR to "regular" contemporary romance I have little patience for something that takes away from the realism of a couple.
Tags: Paranormal MM Romance
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Myself I really liked the book. It's has the theme of the shifter world, but instead with were-panthers and regular shifter panthers. The were-panters being the only ones who can shift partially, thats Jin and Logan.
I found the world Mary Calmes built for panthers fasinating and dud, of course they would have they own subculture than that of a wolf or any other shifter. Each shifter has their own heriarchy and set of rules. I wondered if this is what confused most readers, plus a whole new glossary of words than that of the wolf packs.
I did find having so many characters and their station within their world a bit confusing and keeping up with Jin's emotions and lack of trust added to the frustration then what was normal for a reah. I believe that's due to the fact that no one ever heard of a male reah and that made Jin even more special. Well except his father and tribe. To them Jin being born a male reah was probably like looking at the devil to them. It's never happened before.
What I don't get with some readers is that this is a fantasy world and Mary Calmes's the writer who can built and created it. Fantasy is not like real world stuff and the writer can be as creative in deveopling something different.
I hope with the rest of the books I get a better understanding of this new shifter world just like I had to when I was first introduced to werewolves. So, yeah, I really liked the book and as on reviewer mentioned sort of like Jory and Sam's personalities.
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Jin was the cause of my disappointment. For someone who was so rare and special, he came across as indecisive and.......selfish.
I may have a change of heart myself when I read book 2 as I'm curious to see whether he steps-up and be the person he is so capable of being, we shall see.....
Logan seemed to be in permanent emotional pain, which annoyed me a bit, since Jin seemed to be coping so much easier with it all and he was the one who was most likely to die if something happened. Now the Logan of about the 90% mark? Now that is a character I would have loved to see throughout the book. He was fun, and seemed to love teasing Jin--which I loved.
I would be interested in continuing the series to see what else these two and the pack get up to.
Much like an Omega in Wolf culture, the Reah is special in a pack. Special enough that Jin is the only male Reah in existence. Every semel wants to meet their Reah and Logan Church is no different. The way in which Logan embraces Jin, despite not being gay beforehand is incredibly refreshing. Jin struggles for other reasons - fear of losing himself, fear of being treated the way his family treated him when he came out as gay and as a Reah, fear of giving in, relaxing and being let down. It's a beautiful story, very very steamy and sexy and a fabulous read. As soon as I'd finished reading it, I ordered the follow-up story (not necessary to enjoy this one).
Buy it - it's flippin brilliant!