Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Forbidden Mate
Author: Toni Griffin
Series: Holland Brothers #4
Heroes: Patrick Holland/Jake Richmond
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 205 Pages
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Release Date: July 5, 2014
Available at: Mischief Corner Books, LLC, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Finding his mate should have been Patrick Holland’s greatest day, instead it turned into a nightmare with one phone call. His mate didn’t want him. His heart broke, but at sixteen he was too young to do anything. The next ten years—ten long years— of Patrick’s life are spent at odds with his mate. Split by forces he can’t comprehend and a long line of misunderstandings, Patrick doubts he’ll ever get the man he’s both loved and hated.
Jake Richmond never expected to come home from Uni to find the youngest Holland brother was his mate. Knowing the news might uplift his still grieving father, Jake shares the news only to have his young mate threatened. Jake does the only thing he can think of, protect Patrick. The next ten years are nothing but torture for Jake as he watches his mate grow into a remarkable young man.
They say time heals all wounds, but how much time?
Please note: FM has been reedited, and expanded by about 50,000 words.
I read the updated and extended version, never read the original, so I can’t compare the two to see what changes (besides length) were made to the original book. What I can say is that this story is full on, non-stop angst. I am a proud angst-whore, but it was almost too much for me. That’s really saying something.
Jake and Patrick are werewolves and destined mates. They’ve know each other most of Patrick’s life (he is six years younger than Jake) as Jake is best friend to Patrick’s older soon-to-be-alpha brother, Alex. Herein lays the beginning of the problems for these two. One: Jake was a whore-hound and slept with anything that moved, male or female, and Alex knew it. He always warned Jake to steer clear of his younger brothers. Two: Jake’s dad is a homophobic ass-wipe who threatens to hurt Patrick if Jake dared to claim a male mate.
Jake’s dad is a piece of work. He is literally losing his mind and completely unstable. He has no qualms about destroying his son’s mate to get what he wants. The man is seriously one of the worst villains I’ve read about in quite some time. Jake is smart to heed his warnings at first, but I so wanted to shake some sense into that man after he let it drag on and on and on. Your best friend is son of the alpha, he will be alpha himself, and has many others who will ensure that Patrick is safe and Jake’s father is neutralized. He doesn’t do it…not for ten years. Let me repeat that…TEN YEARS he denied his mate.
Here’s my issue with the ten years. One: it took up over half the book for Jake and Patrick to get onto the same page. Year after year after year they just hurt each other and denied each other. Same story, different situations, same results. That lasted way too long for me, book-wise, and I think I could have accepted the ten years, but the story itself could have moved forward with less detail on the same “you’re mine-denied-you’re mine-denied” theme over and over again.
Once Jake mans-up and admits the truth, it was a little anti-climatic. I was hoping for some major revelations and tears of joys and resultant relief, but instead, it was kind of bleh. After three- fourths of the book being why, why, why, and finally getting the answer, Patrick needs “time”? Didn’t buy it. Fortunately, that was short lived and FINALLY we get a little action between these two. Took forever, but the first sex scene was a scorcher.
So yeah, it was my kind of book as I love paranormal and angst, but I would have preferred that the boys settled the issue sooner in the book and not waited until almost the end. I would have enjoyed it more had I got to spend some time with them when they weren’t so broken and sad. But still, it kept my attention and I enjoyed myself so yeah, I liked it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*