Patience (Belen’s Review)

Title: Patience (Forbes Mates #2)
Author: Grace R. Duncan and Chistopher Boucher (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 26th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 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.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried when I realized the original narrator for Devotion wasn’t returning to voice Patience. But I needn’t have worried because I am in love with the narration for this novel!

WOW. Chistopher Boucher’s narration of Patience was phenomenal! He knocks this out of the park with great character voices, emotional nuance, fantastic pacing and timing, and a great flow. This was such an absolute pleasure to listen to.

I love the destined mate trope, and it’s done so well here. There’s a bit of the comedy in that when Jamie Ryan initially meets his destined mate, it’s when he’s literally stuck in his wolf form. Chad Sutton, to his credit, takes it all in stride, helps out a clearly not-just-a-dog, and winds up finding everything he ever wanted.

I love that Chad is so chill about the whole thing and 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.

Told in a dual POV, this is a sweet and sexy series that’s really enjoyable to immerse myself in. I like the world-building and the characters – but Chistopher Boucher definitely knocked this up a notch.

While Patience is my favorite book in the Forbes Mates series, I really enjoyed reading the whole series and I’m looking forward to revisiting the Forbes pack through the audiobooks.

I am desperately hoping Chistopher Boucher will return to narrate Acceptance – because his character voice for Quincy is awesome with that sexy purr!


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Audio copy of Patience (Forbes Mates #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future