“Dani Harper's latest, CHANGELING DAWN, is a spellbinding tale paranormal readers will love. Fans of the Macloed series will be glad to know the series is still going strong with the next incredible installment.
Kenzie Macleod knows the importance of family, but she also knows the value of working alone. That's why despite her ever growing family, she is heading to Alaska to start her next archaeological dig on her own. On the way, she meets Fish and Game office Josh Talarkoteen. Kenzie is doing her best to not be distracted by the gorgeous man, mainly because she wants nothing to do with a human. Kenzie is a Changeling, an entity that can switch from human to wolf form in a matter of moments. She doesn't see any future with a human despite her growing feelings towards him. Yet, Josh won't give up so easily. He knows what Kenzie is and doesn't feel such a minor thing should come between them. When they both discover a young changeling child on her own, the search is on to find her family. While it may bring Josh and Kenzie closer together, it will also bring them closer to danger.
CHANGELING DAWN does take some time to pick up. The novel starts out somewhat slow and takes a while to get to the point. What really drove this point home for me is that a few times I felt there was some unnecessary detail, which would sometimes bog down the story. I also had a little difficulty getting up to speed with the family and premise of the series since I haven't read the previous installments. As the book progressed, it easily came together to make a great novel, but some readers might find it advantageous to read the first novels in the series before continuing with CHANGELING DAWN.
Kenzie was a difficult character to warm up to. Her character was awfully stubborn and really she has little excitement for life. By the end of the novel you come to appreciate the growth of her dark sided character, but again, it did take some time to become accustom to. Her romance with Josh really starts off one-sided because she is completely closed off to new relationships. Yet if there was one person who could turn that around, it would be her leading man, Josh. He was really rather charming and a fun character. He's the kind of contemporary hero that tries his best to be the macho guy, even though his heroine is a super human chick. You couldn't help but love his thoughtfulness and sweet nature. At the same time, there was an appealing aspect of his character that was intriguing because he was very determined and wouldn't give up on Kenzie without a fight.
CHANGELING DAWN certainly picks up in the middle of the novel. By then, Ms Harper has established a very interesting storyline with different plot points that affect a great cast of characters. What readers can really appreciate is the back story and emotional depth Ms Harper gives her characters. It may not be obvious at first glance, by these characters have strong inner demons to battle and that complexity is a great addition to the journey in CHANGELING DAWN. It not only increases the drama of the story, but it adds much to the readers' attachment to the characters. It also has a quaint cast of secondary characters to keep you entertained. Most become an intricate part of the story, while others will be familiar to fans of the series.
It may have a few problems, but CHANGELING DAWN by Dani Harper is an exciting paranormal read. Not to forget the fact that it's a very sexy read too with lead characters that have stunning chemistry. Ms Harper has a established a great series that fans can easily become hooked on with intense characters and complex drama. It's apparent with the latest installment that the Macleod series is still going strong. Dani Harper has combined all the best elements to make an entertaining paranormal novel in CHANGELING DAWN.
Originally posted at The Romance Reviews”