Title: Patience (Forbes Mates #2)
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 7th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 230 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with and same-sex versions downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end of semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.
Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.
Jamie has no idea what a shifter mate bite will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt together for answers while working together on a case for Chad. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.
When Jamie Ryan goes through a forced shift and cannot return to his human state, he’s caught in the city with no real way to get out of sight. Just when he is about to be caught by animal control Jamie is saved by his destined mate, Chad Sutton. Chad’s an ex police officer and current private investigator and he realizes that his new “dog” is more than meets the eye. Chad takes Jamie (dubbed “Murray” the dog) home with him and the two bond quickly.
Once Jamie is able to return to human he explains to Chad about destined mates. I love that Chad is so chill about the whole thing. He is just immediately on board and there isn’t any teeth gnashing or putting it off because “werewolves” don’t exist. Chad accepts the proof in front of his eyes and settles in to their relationship quickly.
It’s hard for the two, because there aren’t any records in the United States about having a human destined mate, so the two work together to solve the mysteries they need to in order to be together.
Side Note: Someone needs to find the Alpha Prime and kick him in the nuts. Seriously. In. The. Nuts.
Told in both men’s POV, it does have a couple of points when the flow slows, but it eventually picks up pace soon enough. This is a sweet, low-angst series that’s really enjoyable to immerse myself in. I like the world-building, the characters, and the hot sexy times.
The kiss was soft, slow, and said so much. Jamie let his worries and fears out, his budding feelings and fledgling dreams, putting all of it into the kiss and the care of his mate. The emotions he got back from Chad took his breath away.
When they broke apart, their eyes met, Chad’s wide. “Mate,” he whispered in awe.
Jamie swallowed and nodded, reaching up and cupping Chad’s face. “Mate.”
I enjoyed this installment in the Forbes Mates series and look forward to more to come. I also liked that like in Devotion, the epilogue sets up the next couple in the series. I can’t wait for that story!