Title: Devotion (Forbes Mates #1)
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 11th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 stars out of 5
Will Tanner realize he’s wrong and claim his mate before Finley’s devotion is gone?
Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he’s already agreed to wait until he’s eighteen. But now his birthday has come and gone—and his mate has a new set of excuses. Finley doesn’t understand it any more than his wolf does, and he’s beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake.
Tanner Pearce wants nothing more than to claim his mate, but he worries that Finley is too young. Tanner will never forget what happened when his best friend mated at Finley’s age, only to have that mate end up feeling trapped and breaking their bond. While rare, it can happen, and the fallout Tanner witnessed as his best friend tried to deal with the break has haunted him for years.
When Finley finally has enough, he threatens to find someone who will claim him if Tanner doesn’t, and Tanner realizes he needs to come to terms with his fears or risk losing his mate forever.
I have to say this started off very shaky for me. It’s complete miscommunication between characters – of the kind where one simple conversation – ONE – would have cleared everything up and set an entirely different tone to the story.
I didn’t like that for almost half of the story the two main characters, Tanner and Finley, are separated, it just made me crazy. Although their separation does give the opportunity to meet another wolf (Jamie) who will be the main character for book #2.
Once Tanner and Finley are reunited though, the sexy times begin, and I have one word for you: KNOTTING. There are some smoking hot sexy times that practically scorch the page!
I liked that the story is told from both Tanner and Finley’s points of view. I even liked the epilogue is from Jamie’s. I enjoyed the world-building, the character chemistry, and the mythology behind their mating bond.
Bottom Line: The writing, characters and flow was good enough for me to overlook the miscommunication and separation in the beginning and enjoy the rest of the story. I’m looking forward to more in the series!