Author: JR Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A True Mates Novel
Nicholas Cartwright has done everything in his power to forget that night six months ago in Senaka, when his true mate rejected him, leaving him shattered and disillusioned. Burying himself in his work, he pushes himself to the point of exhaustion while finding the touch of another unbearable. Suddenly his mate needs his help, and he may be asking for more than Nicholas can find it in himself to give.
Thayne Whitedove has always been a wanderer, spending his days on the road and his nights wrapped in the arms of whatever random hookup he meets, until a fateful mistake sends him rushing for the comforts of home. To his utter dismay, the only way to correct his error in judgment is to accept the one thing he’s never wanted… his mate. Thayne must decide whether to keep running or to stay and fight for Nick’s forgiveness.
It has been a while since I read book one in the Fated Mates series from JR Loveless, Chasing Seth. While it isn’t required to enjoy Forgiving Thayne, I am a backstory girl and wanted to remind myself of everything that happened in book one before starting book two, so I read both of them. I am not going to review Chasing Seth here because I did a very quick read, but I do recommend that if you want a rich reading experience, you read both books back to back.
Forgiving Thayne focuses on the relationship between Seth’s best friend Nick, and Kasey’s brother Thayne. They are mates. If you read Chasing Seth, you know there is a bit of animosity between them, however. Forgiving Thayne starts off by filling in some of those gaps. Then it takes you on a heart-wrenching emotional ride. Thayne and Nick get their happily every after, this is a romance after all, but they work for it… hard.
Thayne lives his life as a drifter, mired in guilt and feelings of inadequacy. Add to that a deep-seated fear of needing someone and tying himself and his emotional well-being to another person/shifter, and you have one messed up dude with serious commitment issues. Enter his fated mate… and watch the roller coaster begin.
That isn’t to say this book was perfect. Few are. I had some issues with the backstory. I may just need to take a closer look at Chasing Seth, but the timeline seemed a bit incongruous to me. I don’t know how Nick was a constantly traveling work-a-holic with a wolf business partner while also nursing Seth back to health and keeping Seth from knowing about his own pack. Also, the story of the turning of Taggart in Thayne did not match with the same story in Seth. That may be explained away because of who was telling the story in each, however. One answer from Chasing Seth I would have liked to have is why Thayne is “worse than [Kasey] about white people and the Created,” but I don’t know how relevant that would have been to the story as it was told.
I enjoyed Forgiving Thayne. Loveless presented Thayne’s fears without making Thayne seem weak because of them. She let us know just how much Thayne’s rejection broke Nick. She was also able to give us two minor characters that need their own HEAs without making them seemed forced for the sake of future stories. I will be waiting for Cole and Ryan’s stories.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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