4 stars adult - 18+ Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Fated Mates Gay Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series pining PTSD Shifter

Release Day Review: Forgiveness (Forbes Mates #4) by Grace R. Duncan

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Ben’s love can help Eric find the forgiveness he needs… if Eric can accept it.

Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly.

Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance.

When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life?


This is such a great series!


I adore this “world”. It follows the classic shifter “rules” but has this element of “real” to it that makes it feel a bit more authentic without removing the shine of the magic that comes with being able to shift.


The characters are very well developed and I really appreciate seeing the same characters interact with one another as the series proceeds.


In this case I thought Eric was a little annoying in his insistence to resist Ben when clearly everything in his vicinity is showing him that Ben is nothing like his first “mate” – but…. I was glad to see Ben and Eric together for the story rather than fighting their attraction apart.


The chemistry and tenderness these two share was really great and I loved them as a couple.


Highly recommended to fans of the author and the series and though I think you could easily read this as a standalone I think it is MUCH better as part of the series in order.


4.25 of 5 stars


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