Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Grace R Duncan
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.
Ms. Duncan’s Devotion, is the first book in her new series, Forbes Mates. This shifter story is sure to bring the author many new fans, as she has a way of pulling the readers into the world she has created, and leaving them wanting more when the story ends.
Tanner realizes that Finley is his mate from the first moment they meet. There is a problem however; Finley is only sixteen, to young by both shifter and human standards. The men take the two years before Finley reaches eighteen to get to know more about each other. When Finley finally reaches eighteen he is ready to officially become Tanner’s mate but what he does not see coming is Tanner’s hesitation.
Tanner is worried that mating Finley now before he has a chance to really experience life will lead to disaster later. This fear ends up having worse consequences than what Tanner saw coming.
I really liked that Ms. Duncan did not have Tanner and Finley falling at each other from the beginning just because of the mate pull. I could understand Tanner’s hesitation in the beginning as the age difference could cause legal problems in the human world. What I had problem with is the way Tanner acted after Finley turned eighteen. While it was easy to understand why Tanner is scared, it drove me a little crazy that he kept forgetting the rare mate connection that he had with Finley. I was all for the way Finley handled the situation but feared for him later in the story when Tanner believes Finley has forsaken him.
Of course there are a variety of twists in this story that not only keep the story hopping, but also keep the reader flipping the pages to see just what will happen next. I loved that Ms. Duncan took a well-used sub-genre and gave it a breath of fresh air. I am looking forward to the next story in this series, especially as one of the mates supposed to be human.
I believe this is my first story by Ms. Duncan, but after reading Devotion, it will not be my last.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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