Devotion (Forbes Mates, #1) by Grace Duncan ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

DevotionLGTitle: Devotion (Forbes Mates, #1)

Author: Grace Duncan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/11/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


Forbes Mates: Book One

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.

My View:

First of all, if you don’t like your characters acting like spoiled brats, you will want to steer clear of Devotion. However, if you like to see your spoiled brat characters, grow into their own and find maturity and love, then Devotion is the book for you.

I won’t sugar-coat it. I thought I was going to hate this book. Early on I wanted to bitch-slap Finley and knock Tanner upside his virtual head.

I have sat on this review for a few days. My immediate reaction to the plot was less than kind. Mostly because of the immaturity of the actions of Finley.

I liked Tanner well enough. Maybe that is why I didn’t like Finley much. He is so conflicted about Finley it isn’t even funny. He knows Finn is his fated mate, and they are best friends, but he is reluctant to mate so young. Instead of trying to understand each others point of views, they make some pretty misguided decisions. Tanner clams up and doesn’t want to share his fears.

Finley offers an ultimatum and immediately runs away from home. After running off across the country in the middle of the night, he takes up with the first gay shifter he finds. He basically ignores all attempts by Tanner to communicate and eventually comes as close to cheating as his body will let him. Then he wonders why Tanner isn’t hot to follow him. Seriously? That is so not the way to get your love to see you as adult enough to mate.

Timeline-wise, of course, Tanner can not come after him due to the full moon, but that that is not taken into account by Finley. Instead he whines to anyone who will listen in order to get equally misguided validation.

Once Tanner does finally make the grand gesture Finley is all but demanding, everything is forgiven on both sides and sex ensues.

Okay, so my reaction is still not the most positive. I have a hard time thinking of Finley as soon-to-be-alpha-mate potential. He is a kid, and he acts like it, which completely validates Tanner’s worries that Finley is too young to mate. Tanner’s reasons for worrying about mating are a bit weak in their own right, especially once they are addressed by his parents. It left me questioning a bit.

By the end of the story, however, both Tanner and Finley had gained a level of maturity they both greatly needed. They each had their moments of epiphany in regards to their mate and gave everything they had to get to them. We were able to feel their connection to each other. We were able to feel their pain at being apart, even while Finley was being an idiot.

My overall impression of this story is that is was a decent setup for the world and the pack in general. Duncan was very thorough in setting up her wolf shifter mythos and her characters’ back stories. I don’t want that to get lost in all of this. While I didn’t like the main characters in this story very much, she managed to suck me in despite myself. She managed to keep me turning page after page. She made me interested in what is next.

Jamie’s story is next. I have mixed feelings about Jamie, thanks to his actions toward Finley. However, the sneak peak at the end of Devotion did hook me in a bit.


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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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