Title: Forgiveness (Forbes Mates #4)
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 27th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 was a really good read. I have not read any of the previous books in this series but I will say that this was a really good read. I also liked the fact that this book could be read as a standalone. There were previous characters from the books before this one but it was not confusing because Grace gave some background on the characters and their relationships so the reader was not lost if they had never read another book in the series.
Eric has been in his wolf form for many years. What led him to turn and run away is where this story really begins. He had a chosen mate at an early age and thought that they would be together forever. So when that did not turn out that way and when he felt the bond broken, this is what led him to run and not look back. Or at least not until his goddess, Diana came to him and told him that it was time for him to go home and return to his human form.
At first Eric was not convinced that this was the right thing to do but when he does finally return and Tanner, his best friend, is the one to greet him he knows that coming home is the right thing to do. When he realizes just how long he was gone, Eric truly is stunned. Not only because of how long he had been gone but because now Tanner is the alpha and he is mated to his destined mate, a male. So Eric had more then a few shocks upon his return.
Nothing was more shocking then finding his own destined mate just days after his return and the fact that his destined mate is a male as well. Shocked but not disappointed because Eric knew he was bisexual but shocked because he never told anyone about this including his best friend.
When Ben comes to work for a new pack as their accountant, his only hope is that they will accept him. He never expected to walk in and immediately meet his destined mate and for them to be a male as well. To say that Ben is happy is an understatement. The only problem is upon first meeting it seems that Eric may reject him without even getting to know him. This truly hurts Ben.
After some coaxing on Tanner’s part with Eric, Eric agrees to give Ben a chance and to help Ben understand why he will need some time.
Can a man that has been hurt so badly in the past, finally move forward and accept his new future? Will Ben be able to be patient with Eric and understand that time is what Eric really needs and trust?
This was a good read. It is somewhat emotional and it is a slow building romance but it was well worth the wait for these two men. Grace did an incredible job on this book. I also like that she gave background on other supporting characters because I did not feel like I was lost when it came to them. This was a great read and I look forward to more books by Grace in the future.