Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Series: Forbes Mates #1
Heroes: Tanner Pearce/Finley Cooper
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Will Tanner realize he’s wrong and claim his mate before Finley’s devotion is gone?
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.
Review: Let me start by saying – YAY a new shifter series by a new (to me) author!
Tanner is the alpha-to-be for his pack, 23 when he meets Finley, a 16 year-old, new member of his pack. They know instantly that they are mates, and the chemistry between them is explosive.
In the shifter world, Tanner and the young Finley could be expected to immediately mate one another (finding one’s mate is an amazing gift after all). Tanner feels that Finley is too young and wants to wait until he’s at least “legal” in the eyes of human law.
Though he hates the wait, Finley agrees and the two “date” for two years. When his 18th birthday comes and goes without moving forward in the mating process, Finley gets mad and tries to get even. He goes out to clubs, tries to seduce Tanner, does everything he can to convince him that he’s old enough to know his own heart.
Tanner has had a bad experience with young mates later regretting their decision, and has some hang-ups about the way he’s meant to claim Finley as alpha-heir. So he resists. And resists. And resists. Until Finley can’t take it any more and throws out an ultimatum: I’m going away and finding someone else to mate if you don’t come after me and claim me.
Well… Tanner doesn’t take that news very well, but still doesn’t claim him. It takes an emergency with Finley for him to come to his senses and go after his mate.
When they finally do come together it’s magical –literally! – and well worth the wait!
I really, really loved this book. It was awesome! I had some gripes – sure – but mostly I devoured this from start to finish.
The smexy times were super hot. Finley was a hoot! I loved that they spent time in their wolf forms (so many shifter stories only pay lip service to their other sides), and I loved that they were shifters first and humans second.
Both families and the grandparents (grandpaw!) were hysterical, and I really enjoyed their interactions and input.
What I didn’t love was the amount of time spent waffling. Why can’t I claim him later? But I want him now… but he’s too young… but I want him now… but he’ll be disappointed later… but he wants it now… There was a LOT of this and too much in my opinion.
I also didn’t love the time spent with Jamie. (Jamie is a shifter out in Oregon who agrees to date Finley for a bit, and who ultimately forces Tanner to see the light of day). It felt very close to cheating – and that is not my thing at all. But… everyone was appropriately contrite afterwards and it did kick Tanner in the butt – finally!
I thought the ending was amazing! I loved that take on the bonding process – it’s a surprise – but it was awesome!
All I can say is that I’ve found a new shifter series and a new author to follow! I can’t wait for Jamie’s story next!
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*