Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Changeling Dawn by Dani Harper



Shadow and moonlight merge beneath her bare feet, 
the forest floor blurring as she flees the dogs and torches. Werewolf, monster -- those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them. 


Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska. 


An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a secretive research center -- as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own 

My Review:

In this third installment of the Changeling series, we meet Kenzie McLeod, the youngest of the McLeod Pack.  Kenzie remembers her first lynch mob that was determined to destroy changelings in Scotland as if it was yesterday, instead of hundreds of years ago.  But because of this, she is on a mission to destroy the bigotry she knows exists and will blow up when changelings are finally revealed to the world.  This is the only reason she went to Alaska.  But it is there that she meets Josh, a human with the gift to detect changelings.  When they have to work together to help a little changeling girl still in wolf form, they start discovering an attraction that can’t be resisted.  But as with all things, nothing comes easy.  Will they be able to survive the coming storm without being pulled apart?

Oh where to start?  First, I loved this book, and I did do a little bit of yelling at the end… And all just because the book ended.  It ended with a lot of hope, and excitement, but it still ended.  I’m hoping that there will be more coming soon from this series. 

So, Kenzie is an interesting character.  Still haunted by the past, she is trying to save future changelings from having the same experience as herself when she was a child.  She is strong, persevering woman who can’t seem to trust humans.  When she comes across Josh, she is pulled in two very different directions: desire and fear.  Desire to be with him, to love him, and the fear that he is human and he will turn on her. 

Josh is a great character.  Not only is he patient for Kenzie, but he also is quite accepting.  He is openly curious about changelings, but he doesn’t even push for the info.  He waits, always waiting, until he finally shows a bit of alpha in him and takes charge of what he wants.  Also, Josh is a great character because he too has witness horrors.  After 9/11, he enlisted and spent years in Afghanistan seeing horror after horror. 

And then there was little Anya.  She was more prevelant in the story than I was first expecting.  She is a resilient little girl who learns about trust, hope, and the success of planning don’t always  work the way we think it will. 

This book provides more background about the McLeod family.  With Birkie, James, Conor, Zoe and Jill, we get to see what has happened since we last read the books.  Babies are born, families are started, and the biggest surprise is at the end. 

I think out of all of the books so far, I liked this one the best.  I mean, who wouldn’t.  Tall, dark and handsome human meets beautiful changeling.  Throw in a kid and have both adults with haunted pasts that won’t let them go (or they are unwilling to let go).  Overall, this is a great read, and I highly recommend this book. 

***Adult Content:  Not appropriate for all readers.***

Happy Reading!


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