Changeling Dream (Changeling Series #2)

Changeling Dream (Changeling Series #2)

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by Dani Harper

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An absolutely fantastic read." -Joyfully Reviewed

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. . .

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An absolutely fantastic read." -Joyfully Reviewed

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. . .

Powerful and uplifting. . ." -The Romance Studio (Five hearts)

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.

"A remarkable story of belonging, need and passion." -Coffee Time Romance (Five cups)

"Make room on the keeper shelf-Dani Harper is definitely an author to watch." —Kate Douglas

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Publishers Weekly
Harper's Changeling series gains steam with this contemplative follow-up to June's Changeling Moon. Shape-shifter James Macleod retreated into his wolven state after a madman injured him and killed his pregnant wife. Thirty years later, the madman is now an old man with Alzheimer's who sends his son to find James and finish him off. Meanwhile, James's long-buried humanity begins to resurface when he scents veterinarian Jillian Descharme, who encounters him in wolf form while hiking and is surprised by their quiet emotional connection. The small suspense plot never removes the focus from James and Jillian. Harper's evocative writing of a man who coexists with his wolf is by far the book's best and most romantic aspect; more difficult for both Jillian and the reader is James's uncertainty and avoidance of commitment while he tries to remember how to be human. (July)
The Romance Studio
“Powerful and uplifting.” (5 out of 5 hearts)
Joyfully Reviewed
"An absolutely fantastic read."
Coffee Time Romance
“A remarkable story of belonging, need and passion.” (5 out of 5 cups)

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Changeling Series, #2
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Changeling Dream 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1981 a lunatic killed his pregnant wife Evelyn and severely injured shapeshifter James Macleod. Though he healed physically, James has never shifted back into human form since the assault. A white wolf saved Veterinarian Jillian Descharme from a near deadly attack. When she told people about her hero, everyone ridicules her tale. Three decades ago, she accepted a job in Dunvegan, Alberta. Whether she resides in Canada or the States; Jillian still dreams of her rescuer. The crazy person who killed his family sends his adult son to complete the job only half done. At the same time James recognizes the smell of Jillian who he saved years ago nearby. As the white wolf and the human hiker connect, he begins the first step in regaining the humanity that was lost by the attack. The second Changeling werewolf romance (see Changeling Moon) is a super thriller due to the strong lead couple, the obsessed dying yet predatory father and his indoctrinated son, and the Northern Albertan location. James' duality is brilliantly depicted as the wolf has dominated the human essence for thirty years; while his defense mechanism of avoiding commitment in order to keep people he cares about safe enhances the drama. He makes the tale fresh. Harriet Klausner
Blue21 More than 1 year ago
It was brilliant and serious page turner. I love James and his mate fall in love with each other.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
Another great story from Dani Harper. I just love her characters and the way they interact with each other. I can't wait to read the third book in the series.
Future_Scribe More than 1 year ago
The book is big on emotional development. It's big on traditional story telling. The writing is a bit long winded but like other traditional stories you don't notice how wordy it is until you're done. This isn't an action packed roller coaster ride. It isn't so much sex you have to search for the plot. A solid good read from an author who has her mechanics together. Will read more of her books as I think she will only get better.
MoonlightGleam More than 1 year ago
After the murder of his wife and unborn child, James Macleod isolates himself from everyone he knows, and has been living as a wolf ever since. Thirty years later, James is drawn back to his home town for reasons unknown to him at first, something that may give him a reason to become human again. Jillian Descharme has been hired by Connor Macleod as he is in desperate need of another vet around the office. She accepts the position and moves across the country to a small town in Northern Canada. The town's residents befriend her shortly after her arrival, creating many new friends. Although Jillian seems to be enjoying the experience, there is a secret she has not revealed to anyone. Emotionally, Jillian is broken, she was attacked when she was just a young girl and not by one, but by several men. Jillian recalls seeing a white wolf with blue eyes appeared that night just after the attack, the wolf had saved her life. When the morning arrived and someone found her, the wolf was nowhere to be found. Over the years Jillian would see the wolf in her dreams whenever she began to stress, hearing him tell her that he's there with her, calming her instantly. Jillian hopes that she encounters the wolf again someday, to confirm her sanity, to feed her obsession, and just to see it again one last time. Changeling Dream is book two in the Changeling series, following Changeling Moon. Just when you think the series cannot get any better, Changeling Dream proves the theory wrong. Readers will be overwhelmed with emotion by these two broken characters, especially once they encounter one another. Dani Harper illustrates each of their vulnerabilities by detailing background stories of the characters, and revealing their connection to one another. Jillian and James together heal their wounds and overcome their fears. Changeling Dream takes a slightly more serious tone, addressing strong subject matter such as rape and depression. My favorite element in Changeling Dream is how secondary characters in Changeling Moon came forward, playing important roles in Changeling Dream. I also enjoyed that more supernatural abilities as well as new characters are presented in this novel. The story focuses on James, Connor's older brother who lost his way when everything that mattered to him was taken away many years ago. Jillian and James are connected, finally being able to heal when they meet again. Dani Harper should be commended for her wonderful imagination with this captivating series, having one story flow smoothly to the next. I can definitely say that I am looking forward to the next installment of this series, Changeling Dawn, releasing January 2012. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy Paranormal Romance and shapeshifter tales. 5/5 - Must read! Highly Recommended!
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
Thirty years ago, a deranged mad man shot James and Evelyn Macleod, killing Evelyn and their unborn child and seriously wounding James and leaving him for dead. James blamed himself for not adequately protecting his family and disappeared for decades. Years later, Dr. Jillian Descharme, DVM, hadn't graduated from veterinary college for very long. Despite her diminutive size and pixie-cut blond hair, Jillian could tackle any animal problem, large or small, with ease and uncanny natural ability. She longed to secure a full time veterinary position due to mounting bills, especially her student loans. Jillian had had a feeling a change was coming. She had been visited in her dreams, on several nights, by the huge white wolf with sapphire blue eyes that seemed to penetrate her very soul. Jillian was never afraid-on the contrary, she felt safe and relaxed enough to sleep soundly when he appeared. Out of the blue, Jillian receives a call with the offer of a full time position at a veterinary clinic, but it's on the opposite side of the country in Dunvegan, Alberta! What a change that would be, indeed! After pondering a bit, Jillian makes a deal for a six-month trial at the North Star Animal Hospital, that happens to be run by none other than the overworked, Dr. Connor Macleod, James' Brother and his staff, including the very intuitive office manager, Birkie Peterson. Jillian's natural flair for working with animals amazes and pleases both humans and four-legged clientele alike. On her days off, Jillian, with camera in hand, sets out to explore the magnificent countryside and discovers Elk Point, which has several sets of wolf tracks and is introduced to the white wolf of her dreams! Jillian is unafraid and slightly injured from a tumble in the dusky darkness of the forest path, the white wolf, sensing her pain, curls up beside her, licking her wounds and shielding her from the nighttime with his massive body. Upon waking the following morning, she sadly discovers the wolf is gone. Jillian wonders if it was only a dream brought on by exhaustion and imagination. While heading back down the trail to the animal hospital and her living quarters, she bumps into Douglas Harrison and his dog Buster and excitedly relays the tale of seeing the white wolf. Frowning, while backing away from this wild woman and her explanation of the confrontation, Douglas exits the trail quickly as horrid memories rear their ugly reminders within him. After the strange meeting, Jillian wonders if there is anyone she will be able to regale the story of her beloved white wolf to, and perhaps figure out its relationship to a horrible crime committed against her, so many years ago. She thinks the White wolf may have helped her heal inside and out. You will be drawn like a magnet to steel to the unfolding story, as you are introduced to Bill and Jessie Watson, Connor's wife, Zoey and more of the Macleod clan. You will feel as if you know this special couple, so much in love that it hurts at times, and will be waiting, like I am for a sequel. One thing is for certain-I will never gaze upon "Lilies of the Valley" the same again! Nancy L. Narma
buriedbybooks More than 1 year ago
This one surprised me by how much I liked it. It's sort of like a Rip Van Winkle werewolf story, which is unusual by itself. But it's also set in Canada, which I found a bit refreshing, too. Dani Harper has a strong voice, something I always appreciate. There's nothing worse than picking up a book that reads just like every other book out there, but thankfully that wasn't the case here. James has spent the last 30 years in wolf form, eschewing his human half as a way to escape the grief of losing his wife and unborn child in a horrific act of violence. It's not until Jillian, a new vet at his brother's clinic, arrives that he has any interest in slowly returning to life as a human. And once he does, he discovers that time felt differently in wolf form, and the world is far different from the one he left. Jillian is a victim of a violent assault, but she's used the experience to make herself strong. Her only concession to weakness is dreaming about a white wolf, something that brings her comfort and a feeling of safety. She gets a bit of a shock, though, when she discovers after her move to a new vet clinic that her dream wolf is 100% real. And not a normal wolf at all. My main problems with the book were in the very end. The largest problem for me was that James never really found the time to tell Jillian who and what he was. He plans a life with her, but won't tell her the truth? She only finds out when there's no other option but to tell her. And even then, it's not James who reveals what he is, but his family. I also found the whole terminology thing (Changeling) to be a bit hokey and awkward-capitalized throughout the text, no less. But it wasn't disruptive enough to really annoy me. Book history: Dani Harper has been totally upfront about this being a reworked version of an older title, Heart of the Winter Wolf. You can read the whys and hows on her webiste. Cover critique: I can't figure out what is up with this cover, but it looks like Photoshop gone terribly wrong. Is that her back?...but then we have the necklace. And her head looks almost Exorcist twisted. It's definitely not a sexy cover. My Grade: B+ FTC: review copy courtesy of the publisher
TSteiner More than 1 year ago
Jillian Descharme has a painful past. With a little help from a savior, she is able to move past the pain and move on. She is now a veterinarian, and truly enjoys her job. With a new life and changes ahead of her, this strong woman takes on many new and exciting challenges. Though there is one she can do without, one that takes on the form of a Viking warrior. James Macleod knows sorrow and pain. For thirty years, he has run fast and far from it. Back then he lost everything he loved, his wife and unborn child. He may know sorrow and pain, but in all those years he has never dealt with it. James is reluctant to heal, but it is time. His wolf is ready to move on and with a lot of help, he will. Jillian's past comes back in a surprising way. Years before, after an attack, she is saved by a beautiful white wolf. Well over a decade later, the wolf is back.but how? James is a Changeling, but for the last thirty years he has been living his life completely as a wolf. He is drawn back home and to a blonde beauty. He just can't seem to understand why. "Changeling Dreams" is a book of healing. The injury is very old and it takes most of the book to fix it. The story is slow and steady, but in a good way. The healing is believable. There is no wonder drug or epic mind shattering revelation and WHAM James is all better. There are no quick fixes and that is what makes the journey so heartwarming. This storyline is what makes "Changeling Dream" different from your normal fast paced, sex filled paranormal read. Ms. Harper is dealing with feelings and emotions on a different level. She wrote a believable plot and was consistent and meticulous in regards to James' healing. I enjoyed that I was able to tag along with him.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Zita: Book 2 of Dani Harper's Changeling series really holds its own. With the same excellent writing and realistic, snappy dialogue, Harper engages you and draws you into the world of the Macleod pack and life in the Canadian north. Jillian and James come together and the sparks fly right from the start. Jillian is a survivor with a true horror in her past. She's pushed herself beyond that, but the psyche is not easily healed. James has baggage like you wouldn't believe, but he also has strong family ties and a solid base that allows him to reenter the human world. In the end, Harper manages to tie all the loose ends together and give Jillian and James the ending you definitely find yourself rooting for. Well done, Dani Harper! I can only hope that more stories about the Macleod pack are brewing in that talented brain.
crazy4peanutbutter More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The characters are great. It was well written, with engaging, interesting characters. The plot was fast moving and interesting. I never got bored, I never felt like it was dragging and the story was a PLEASURE to read. This is what reading should be! Turning from page to page, completely invested in the characters and feeling like you're right there, experiencing things through their eyes. This is a great series. If your not already reading it you need to start now. Ms. Harper is an awesome writer and world builder. Buy this book now!! Received ARC copy L.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Set in Dunvegan, the same cozy town in Southern Ontario where the first book in the series, Changeling Moon, took place, Changeling Dream is James Macleod's story. After 30 years of being trapped in wolfen form, Connor's estranged brother rises to humanity when a vaguely familiar new face, Jillian Descharme, comes to town. James has never met Jillian before but recognizes her somehow—he knows her from the soul—but comes to realize the person he really doesn't recognize is himself—neither as wolf, nor man. The storyline with the mysterious connection between Jillian and James is compelling but everything else was a disappointment for me. I didn't totally love the first book, but wanted to give this second book a try because the "lost brother" story intrigued me; however, I didn't enjoy it at all. Typically with series, I am particularly fond of later installments because of the recurring characters, but even with the reprise of Zoe and the Macleods, I felt pretty much nothing. The main characters, for one, I had a huge problem with. James's guilt over a family tragedy 30 years ago has given him an overactive sense of responsibility, which is why he overcompensates by desperately trying to keep Dr. Descharme out of danger. This would be a great alpha male quality, but it was written so simply and choppily that it actually makes him rather stalkerish... showing up in her bedroom in the middle of the night, visiting her at work every day, coming to her rescue at every possible moment. Yeesh. And then there's Jillian, who just may win the "Least likable romance heroine" award. Described as feisty and independent, this girl's maddeningly sensitive, and an irritatingly raging feminist. She only comes off as cold, pigheaded, and can just never cooperate, so the fact that she ends up "falling" for James is not only uncharacteristic, but also unbelievable. Even though she has her own demons, I felt no sympathy for her whatsoever, and found most of her points of argument very trivial and illogical. 80% of the book is her talking to herself (she talks to herself more than she talks to other characters... what the f*ck?) and apprehending over a stagnant relationship. It isn't just the attitude I found distasteful, it was everything. And then we need to talk about the so-called romance itself. All it is is terribly angsty, with no formidable foundation or realistic expectation... and yet Jillian and James are absolutely soul mates. She doesn't even like the guy one minute, then is yearning for his touch and affection the next. Finger. Down. Throat. Now. I literally had to keep asking myself why I was bothering to finish this book. I found it painfully boring, annoying, and although not completely unreadable, something I mostly skimmed—particularly for the last half (aka the part where everything happens).  Pros: Captivating premise about dreams and guardian wolves Cons: James is suffocating and dislikable // Jillian is inflexible and dislikable // Unrealistic, tiring "relationship" // Messy, inconclusive story // Terrible climax Love: "James was very much like the river. Calm and steady on the surface, but somehow [Jillian had] been drawn in and captured by the deep current beneath. Would she escape? And did she really want to?" Verdict: "The lycanthropic and mystical aspects of Changeling Dream were enough to hold my attention, but I definitely had to grit my teeth through this one. James's story was nice to read, but the exasperating rising action, a messy, premature climax, and ridiculous insta-romance between him and Jillian had me rolling my eyes." Rating: 3 out of 10 hearts (2 stars): Not a fan; I don't recommend this book. Source: Complimentary copy provided by FSB Media in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Leyane!).
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