Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ARC Review: Acceptance (Forbes Mates 3) by Grace R. Duncan

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

Dani's rating:

I loved the first two books in the series and wanted to like Acceptance more than I did.

We first meet Quincy in book 2. He is a jaguar shifter hiding from his powerful "alpha" father. His fated mate is Miles, a wolf shifter and doctor. Miles is bisexual, so he would have been happy with either a male or female mate, but he wasn't expecting an interspecies mate.

Miles isn't unhappy though, far from it. He falls for Quincy hard and fast, and Quincy returns those feelings, even though he's on the run and doesn't want to put Miles in danger.

I liked the tenderness between Quincy and Miles. They get to know each other and really put some effort into making their relationship work. Loner Quincy even starts to bond with the wolf pack and participates in "dog piles" with Miles and the other two couples, who are all friends.

However, I thought there was too much focus on the mystery/suspense plot: Who is after Quincy? Is his father involved? How is he being tracked? I got bored with all the action, which involved violence, healing from said violence, and hiding. There was something jumpy about the prose, and the story just didn't keep my attention.

There was also a big time jump between the end of the book and the epilogue, which was OTT sweet. I don't think every HEA needs to include kids.

If you enjoyed the other Forbes Mates books, give this one a whirl. I do not recommend reading Acceptance as a standalone.

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