Title: Changing Hearts
Changing Hearts Marilu Mann "Book 2 in the Lusting Wild series." It just got hotter on the bayou. Louisiana has never been this steamy When injured shapeshifter Malcolm, an Alpha running for his life, meets Cajun faith-healer Joie, their fates collide. Human to his wolf, she prefers dealing with the animals because animals love you unconditionally. Malcolm believes love is for weaklings and he can t afford to be weak. Hunted by his own Pack and having to face his own demons, he doesn t have time to cater to the sensitive feelings of a human female. Or the lust boiling between them. Still there s something about "this" female that turns him inside out. Can Joie tame this predator in bed and out?
Author: Marilu Mann
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Changing Times, Changing Focus, Changing Perspective, Changing Paths
Series: Lusting Wild
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Changing Times, Changing Focus, Changing Perspective, Changing Paths
Published: Nov 7 2008
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
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Malcolm Slade ran away from a challenge in his pack and now he is on the run. As the Alpha, he can’t show weakness or cowardice and he did that when he ran. When his injuries cause him to stop and he blacks out, he is found by a faith healer Joie and her god mother. Joie is drawn to the wold she is helping to heal but she doesn’t know that the wolf is really a shapeshifter. Once Slade gets better and leaves he finds himself drawn back to Joie for reasons he can’t explain. He knows he should move on before his pack finds him but he can’t seem to make himself leave.
When I found out who the hero of this book was I didn’t think I would like it at all. Not only was he the villain in the first book of the series, he did some pretty awful things in general that made him a complete jerk. I didn’t think that Mann would be able to redeem him but I was pleasantly surprised. I did find that some of his actions from the first book weren’t addressed, like when he had random innocent humans killed and the rape he ordered. We learn why he acted the way he did but it’s never really addressed and I would have liked to see his justification to Joie as to why he did those things.
Slade doesn’t go from villain to good-guy hero quickly. It takes time for him to get used to the way Joie and her godmother treat him before he starts to realize what he has been missing. Not to mention the attraction he feels for Joie makes him want to be a better man. Or at least pretend until he can get her into bed. But his pretending eventually becomes reality and he is able to learn and grow as a person. There is also a plot with his old pack that I could have one without. I know it had to be done to close that circle but the ending just felt like it took too long. I enjoyed the book but it just felt like there was too many extra things going on at the end that weren’t needed.
This is the second book in the Lusting Wild series and while it can be read as a stand alone since the back story is explained, I would recommend reading the series in order. Although you will like Slade better if you don’t read the first book cause he isn’t very nice in it.