Title: Changeling Dream
Author: Dani Harper
Series: Changeling, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Brava (Imprint of Kensington)
Date Published: July 1st, 2011
Source: ARC (Provided by Publicist)
In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It’s almost as if he’s alive…
Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.
After reading Changeling Moon, I was excited to see where this new world would go and who the next Macleod, James, would find as a mate. James is a heartbroken and very devoted man. But that devotion has cost him a large amount of years after his wife and unborn child passed away in a tragic accident he blamed himself for.
But when Jillian comes along, he finds it very hard to stay away from her. Soon he’s coming around her more and more often. But she’s a little spitfire and doesn’t come around to him quite so easily. His wolf, on the other hand, she is well acquainted with and attached to.
I liked the romance between James and Jillian. However, kind of like the previous book, I felt it was pretty gradual and flowed nicely in the beginning, but then it kind of peaks all of a sudden, and everything between them is a little too serious all at once. I get that their story has to fit into one book, but I wish it was a little more gradual throughout the entire story.
But James was a character I loved. I just felt for him. Despite some mistakes he makes, I couldn’t help but understand why he does what he does, and really root for him to pull it all together in the end. Jillian, on the other hand, was not my favorite heroine. I just found her a bit too standoffish and, I guess maybe a little too independent and un-trusting. She’s just constantly pushing back, even when it doesn’t make sense for her to.
The other thing I would absolutely love to see in future books from this series would be more of a larger, maybe paranormal, villain. Although we do have some conflict in this book, and Changeling Moon, it’s sort of the type of conflict you would find in a Contemporary Romantic Suspense novel, than a Paranormal Romance novel. So I’d love for that to evolve into something bigger.
Overall it was a good story and a sweet romance. I loved that Connor got a POV still even though this wasn’t his book, and overall I just like that it looks like old characters won’t be pushed to the background like a lot of PNR books do sometimes. So that’s good. I’m really hoping one of the twin’s books are next! :]