Review: “Forgiveness” by Grace R. Duncan

TITLE: Forgiveness
AUTHOR: Grace R. Duncan
SERIES: Forbes Mates
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Shapeshifter
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback


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?

It’s a very very hard 3 OptimuMM for me…

When it comes to werewolf MM, I’m a goner. I love it when the main character can’t control his desires, and he just must act upon his instinct. Well, unfortunately, this is not of that type of werewolf shifter book.

This book was all syrup. My eyes are hurting for all those eye rolls. It was an uncharacteristically slow read because nothing was really going on.

The book, in general, had a good narration but the dialog was superficial, boring, and sorry, but repetitive.
Eric, after his chosen mate Kim broke their bond, he went wolf for 9 years. He was hurting. But then Goddess Diana guides him back to his human form, telling him is time to go back. He’s hesitant, and he doesn’t really think that he has anything waiting for him.
But it just so happens, that not only his best friend Tanner is the new alpha of the pack, but the next day his destined mate turns up around the corner, so to speak. Eric was hiding his bisexuality from everyone because he knew his family (aka McDush) would never accept him.

Ben aka Jesus as his mother calls him, decided to move into this new pack to get away from her strict Catholic doctrines. She sees his wolf as a demon. (BTW mom is a destined mate to the father, ikr?!). But he fears that the new pack will not accept him because of his Mexican heritage. The insta-attraction is there, fangs, claws and bonners.

One would think they get right at it and seal the deal. Well, this book is not about that. You will have to read 70% of the book to finally get the chance to read Eric claiming his mate. The dancing around is annoying. You would think you’re back with Victorians… holding hands, forehead kisses, caresses. And trust me, I’m a big fan of all of that, but not on this scale.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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