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Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Changeling Moon


Title: Changeling Moon
Author: Dani Harper
Page Count: 369 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me


Synopsis: He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything — until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.

As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw … and ultimate evil.
*****

I picked up this book for Kindle when it was $1.99 back in January (NEWS FLASH- IT IS AGAIN) and I'm happy I did- it had been on my to-read list for awhile and the sale price made buying it a no-brainer.  I enjoyed the book as much as I thought I would, but for surprisingly different reasons.

The setting of the book is the small village of Dunvegan in northern Canada, conveniently sharing a name with a famous castle/town in Scotland.  Life is quiet and simple for the most part, and Zoey Tyler has moved there for a simpler life as the editor of a small town paper and nothing more.  The sparks fly between her and town veterinarian Dr. Connor MacLeod, and it seems like all is right with her world.

At least, all would be right, except Dunvegan is home to a deeply rooted changeling pack, with its own generational conflicts, infighting, drama- everything that goes along with what is essentially a huge extended family.  There are elders of sorts whose thoughts and behaviors are more in line with their beast, and their actions and recklessness threaten to expose the pack to the human world.  There's a neat side plot involving tabloids and the circus that erupts around sensational stories that adds an interesting dynamic to the story.   Dunvegan is removed enough from bigger cities and more populated areas that the changeling pack can run around relatively free from the risk of exposure- when the media juggernaut rolls into town it completely disrupts the lives of everyone in the town on pretty much every level.

Zoey and Connor's attraction has a lot of obstacles to overcome- she gets a crash course in the supernatural community of Dunvegan and as it turns out, she has some supernatural secrets of her own, which thankfully are not the ones you'd expect.  As the only non-psychic member of a celebrity psychic family, Zoey completely understands why people would want to stay under the radar and not face constant scrutiny.  All too often heroines are in possession of some ability that they had no awareness of until they make the beast with two backs with the hero- in this case, Zoey's abilities were the result of her being attacked by one of the crazier people in the pack, and everyone recognized that it wasn't something Zoey chose for herself.  Connor has to get Zoey ready to be a changeling, whether Zoey wants that or note.

The small town setting and vivid details of the story were totally the high points and what set this book apart.  Connor isn't a snarly alpha male barking out orders or leading a commando squad or any of the things that seem to pop up a lot in paranormal romance.  He has a busy veterinary practice and is a professional bachelor, the likeable guy that lives next door.  His relationship with Zoey was fun to read about in the sense that it was a welcoming of Zoey into the community.  I was definitely invested in the series by the end of this first installment and am definitely on board to read the rest of the books.

 
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