Friday, July 8, 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.

Jewel's rating:

​While I did enjoy Acceptance, it's predecessor​, Patience​ was more my speed. ​Patience focused ​a whole lot ​on mythology, which I always love. Acceptance, however, had a major political focus, and I am so burned out on politics (even fictitious politics) that my enjoyment did take a hit​ here.​

Quincy has been in hiding, for months, because the pressure to take over his father's position in the Pride was becoming too much. Quincy has never wanted that responsibility but his father does not seem to understand, and the methods being used to bring Quincy around are becoming unbearable. Finding out that he had a destined mate, in the middle of all the running, both made things more difficult and more bearable.

Miles is the Forbes Pack doctor. He's a bit lonely, but his life is fulfilling. When he was a teenager, he came out to his parents as being bisexual, but they didn't take it well, and Miles ended up leaving the pack. Thankfully, though, he didn't have to make his way with no support. His pack's Alpha made arrangements for school to be taken care of and a place to stay. After graduating medical school, Miles made his way to the east coast and to the Forbes Pack.

I looked forward to Miles' and Quincy's story ever since they encountered each other in Patience,​ and I saw the sexual tension they both exuded. And their smexytimes were quite hot in Acceptance, so no disappointments, there. I liked that they were very give and take and that Miles was able to help so much with Quincy's predicament. In fact, Quincy had the help and backing of the Forbes Pack in resolving his conflict.

And, as many things tend to be, things are not as they first appear. Conspiracies are vast and a touch over the top and there is risk of an inter-species war if things aren't handled just right. Gotta love politics.

My other ​major beef with Acceptance was the epilogue. If you like your epilogues to take place many years in the future and heavily feature offspring, then you'll undoubtedly like it. Personally, though, I would have preferred seeing Miles and Quincy honeymoon in Japan.


ARC of Acceptance was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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