Series: Forbes Mates #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: March 27, 2018
Length: 224 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Ben's love can help Eric find the forgiveness he needs... if Eric can accept it.
Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly.
Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance.
When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life?
From the first line.. I was sold. It felt so kind and sweet.
My heart cries when I read about a lost one...Eric is a lost one... lonely... deliberately because
he disappeared nine years ago as a wolf and hasn't shifted back to human until now.
Heading back home to Pittsburgh to his best friend Tanner, now alpha of the pack, Eric has to learn again to be human.
Ben deeply hurt by his own mother who refuses to acknowledge the wolf in him and his bisexuality, causes him to flee to another pack in Pittsburgh hoping they will accept him.
When Ben and Eric meet, they know... only both are not ready at all.
It's always impressive to see how mates or pack members are so in tuned. How they feel, smell, and hear each other. And for mates how, they naturally fit together.
Eric struggles heavily with the hurt caused by an earlier relationship. He doesn’t think he can ever trust again. At some point I couldn't hear the name of that person anymore it was a bit too much. Ben struggles throughout with the deep-rooted feeling he will never be good enough.
They have to work hard to get strong and stay strong, but they get help from the most beautiful creature.
The journey shows us how deeply hurt wolves try to find a way to each other.
It was a slow burn. Both men had sweet personalities even at the moments when I had trouble accepting some boundaries. All the friends who surrounded them were well written. We get a deeper look into their different interrelationships.
The story is written in a sweet, considerate, positive, and emotional way, with a lot of love exposed.
I love stories with wolf pack. They have an unconditional bond I wish people had.
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