Changeling Dawn by Dani Harper
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Publishing Date: December 27, 2011
Paperback: 316 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Shadow and moonlight merge beneath her bare feet,
the forest floor blurring as she flees the dogs and torches. Werewolf, monster — those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them.
Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.
An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a secretive research center — as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own…
Kenzie Macloud is an archeologist on a mission to prove that Changelings and humans once lived together peacefully. When she arrives at her dig site in Alaska, one of the first people she meets is the local Fish and Wildlife Officer, Josh Talarkoteen. Kenzie can’t understand why her inner wolf is so interested in Josh – he’s human. Kenzie has a hard time trusting humans. A childhood trauma left her running from deadly human hunters.
Josh has some issues of his own. A former army pilot in Afghanistan, Josh suffers from flashbacks and PTS. But he can’t get the beautiful spitfire out of his thoughts and keeps finding excuses to visit the reclusive Kenzie. Especially when Kenzie calls him to help with an abandoned wolf pup, who turns out not to be just a wolf.
Now Kenzie and Josh are trying to find out what has happened to Anya’s mother and what has traumatized the little changeling; and they need to find out before someone else comes looking for the little pup that got away.
This was a great story and I really enjoyed the dynamic of Josh and Kenzie. Added in there was poor little Anya who was so scared by the strangers grabbing her mother and trying to take her away that she stayed in wolf form for most of the story. We also got be meet Kenzie’s brothers for a bit of the story; two of whom were the heros of the first two books in the series, Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream.
Not really a spoiler, but I would only say that it was a bit silly trying to be coy in the beginning of the story about the social climbing, money grubbing ex-boyfriend of Kenzie who shows up out of the blue, so desperate to rekindle things with Kenzie. A little too desperate really, almost to the point of psychotic. It was sooooo obvious that he was going to have something to do with everything bad that was going on (classic literary and movie “bad guy” plot) Ms. Harper should have just outed him from the get go. It really wasn’t such a mystery to solve. Just my opinion.
This is the third book in the series, and I am going to add the first two books to my ever growing TBR list.
Kenzie laughed. “So, I’ve been good and finished all my shopping. Do I get to go to the museum now?”
The museum, the moon, anywhere you want to go. “I don’t know—I think I should inspect what you bought and make sure it’s suitable.”
She clutched the lingerie bag to her in mock horror. Maybe not so mock…He grinned. “Okay, we’ll head out to the museum. And afterward we’re going to dinner. I’m starving.”
“You’re in a food court—how is that possible?”
“I’m a fan of real food, remember? Beside, I made reservations for us at a great place.”
“Reservations is such a strong word. Sounds an awful lot like a date. Which you will remember, I said I’m not doing with you.”
“You did say that. But that was before we bonded over shopping.”
“This was not true shopping. You consulted while I purchased necessary supplies. I’m not dating you.”
“Is that your final answer? Because you’re forcing me to pull out the big guns.”
“What big guns?”
“I have a new phone number on speed dial that you might find interesting.” He rattled it off and her mouth dropped open.
“Where the hell did you get that?”
“It’s not hard. You said your brother’s a veterinarian just like Stanton—and there aren’t many animal doctors in your little hometown. Two, to be exact, and they both work at the same clinic. I’ll just bet Dr. Connor Macleod would love to hear how you turned down a date with a good-looking veteran who has a respectable government job and owns his own house. You know how family works—you’ll never hear the end of it from your big brother. Maybe you’ll get lucky and he’ll tell your other three big brothers and they’ll all gang up on you. Not to mention your big sister.”
She folded her arms then and her chin came up. “I don’t care. Go ahead and call him. I’m not going out with you.”
“And then of course, there’s Mom and Dad, the sisters-in-law, great aunt, family friends…all of them wanting their little Mackenzie to be happy.”
“I am happy, dammit.” She looked like she was starting to sweat.
In slow motion, he pulled out his cell phone and poised his finger over a button…
“Okay, okay, you win. One—just one—date. But that’s all.” She didn’t look at Josh, just stalked off toward the nearest exit. “Do you get all your dates by blackmail?”
“Nope,” he said cheerily as he easily kept pace with her. “Only the ones that matter.”