Author: Dani Harper
Series: CHANGELING SERIES
Plot Type: SMR
Ratings: V4; S4; H3
Publisher and Titles: Kensington
Changeling Moon (5/2011)
Changeling Dream (6/2011)
Changeling Dawn (12/2012)
Changeling Shadow (tentatively scheduled for 2014)
Changelings are unknown to mortals, so they generally live close to wilderness areas where they can run and hunt freely, undetected by humans. They follow the two primary laws of the Changeling world: Never harm a human, and never turn a human against his or her will.
The series follows the four Macleod brothers (Connor, James, and twins Cully and Devon) and their sister (Kenzie) as each one finds, woos, and beds his or her soul mate. There is an older sister (Carly), but she has already found her mate by the time the series begins. All of the mates are human—at least they start out that way.
Changelings are not dependent on the full moon and can shift into their wolf forms at will. When they shift from human to wolf, their clothing passes into another dimension, and when they shift back, they are fully clothed. (It's magic, people—just go with the flow.) The series theme, which plays constantly in the background, is that humans are on the verge of finding out that Changelings exist and that the consequences of that discovery will be devastating to the Changelings.
Here are the romantic couples for each book:
> Vivian Arendt: GRANITE LAKE WOLVES (SMR—V3, S4, H2)
> Jennifer Ashley: SHIFTERS UNBOUND (SMR—V3, S4, H3)
> Cynthia Eden: Never Cry Wolf (SMR—V4, S4, H2)
> Susan Sizemore: PRIMES (SMR—V4, S4, H2)
> Terry Spear: WOLF SERIES (SMR—V4, S4, H2-3)To find more series featuring werewolves, click HERE to go to my CREATURE SEARCH page. Scroll down to the section titled "WEREWOLVES AND OTHER SHIFTERS" and click on any pink-link series title.
BOOK 1: Changeling Moon
The plot follows Zoey and Connor as their romance moves along the usual rough and rocky road until they reach their HEA. The villain is the rogue Changeling who bit Zoey in the first scene as he continues to wreak havoc among the mortals. A secondary villain is a reporter for a paranormal newspaper who has read reports of past werewolf sightings in the area and is determined to out the pack. Click HERE to read an excerpt from Changeling Moon (scroll down about half-way to find the excerpt).
After all these years, the wolf is still strongly in charge, and that presents a few problems when James is attracted to Connor's new assistant vet, Jillian. When Jillian was a teenager (15 years ago), she was raped and beaten as she jogged in the woods, and James's wolf saved her life by chasing the thugs away. She has dreamed of the wolf ever since and credits him for helping her regain her sanity after her traumatic experience. Now, Jillian is dreaming of the wolf again every night and doesn't know why. Well, we know why, don't we?
The plot follows the romance, which includes LOTS of angst-filled interior monologues—mostly by James—as he tries to balance his wolf and human halves and fights his feelings for Jillian because he believes that hanging around with him will get her killed—just like his wife. The villain is a deranged human man who hates werewolves with a passion. Click HERE to read an excerpt from Changeling Dream (scroll down about half-way to find the excerpt).
BOOK 3: Changeling Dawn
As Kenzie is driving through the Alaskan back country on her way to her dig, she stops to help a good-looking male motorist with car trouble. Josh Talarkoteen is an officer for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and as one of the Tahltan people who have always had an affinity for wolves, he immediately recognizes that Kenzie is a shape shifter. He also recognizes that he has a powerful attraction to her. Josh is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD episodes that manifest themselves in hallucinations of a little girl who died while Josh was transporting her from a bombing scene. The story is told in the third person, shifting between Kenzie's and Josh's POV. The couple's romance is complicated by the fact that Kenzie's obnoxious ex-lover, Nate Richardson, shows up looking to rekindle their relationship.
When Kenzie discovers a young wolf cub in the woods near her camp, she contacts Josh for assistance, and their romance begins. Although Kenzie recognizes her attraction to Josh, she fights it because he is human. In the meantime, Josh's hallucinations of the little Afghan girl become more and more frequent and he begins to fear for his sanity. The plot follows the romance as it intertwines with the secondary (slightly stereotypical) plot in which a secretive and sinister human organization imprisons werewolves for experimental purposes. Eventually, Kenzie is put in danger in the requisite showdown scene, and Josh must rescue her, thus proving his worthiness as a mate.
This is another typical romance in which two emotionally damaged lead characters travel down a rocky road to their HEA, stumbling all the way. The good guys are flawlessly honorable and the bad guys are rotten to the core, with all characters being fairly one-dimensional and minimally developed. The humans-experiment-on-shifters plot line is a familiar one with just a slight twist or two to make it slightly different from the rest. If you enjoy traditional werewolf romances, you'll probably enjoy this series, but if you're looking for something new and different, this one is not for you. Click HERE to read an excerpt from Changeling Dawn (scroll down about half-way to find the excerpt).