Book Reviews

Trusted Bond (Change of Heart 2) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-October-2011

Book Blurb

Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he’s supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment’s notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story. Jin wants to trust Logan, but that desire will be put to the test both by a rival tribe leader and by a startling revelation about Jin's existence. At stake is Jin's life and his place in the tribe. If he's going to survive to see Logan again, he'll have to release his fear and freely accept the bond, for only then can he truly trust.


Book Review

I loved this novel as much as the first book. It has not just continued elements of world building, but a captivating and quite tense plotline. Both Jin and Logan go through hell, and quite a bit of (much needed) growth and there are enough loose ends to make me hope for a further installment. What more could I want?

Where much of the world building in book 1 was around the rules within a werepanther tribe and how a semel (leader) and his reah (true mate) should live together, most of the revelations in this book were around the larger werepanther society and its history. The same gradual reveal that fascinated me so much in the first book was used here and I loved the additional pieces of Ancient Egyptian mythology added here.

Jin is a very strong man, but he is a bit slow in some respects. He annoyed me a little in the beginning, but then, his situation is so unique and different, that his lack of 'perfect adaptation to his new life' should not have been a surprise. And he makes up for it in bunches with the way he grows and deals with all the new obstacles thrown at him.

Logan continues to be a little less approachable, mainly because we never 'hear' from him so to speak (the story is still told entirely from Jin's point of view). But we do have his actions to judge him by, and those are unequivocally supportive and very loving.

If you liked the first book, you will love this second one as much as I did. If you're curious about a truly different shifter society and are looking for some fascinating mythology to go with it, go for it (but I do recommend you read Change of Heart first). And if you like stories with hot men and hotter sex, this one is a no-brainer.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 282 pages/91717 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-December-2010
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $19.99 audiobook
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