Sometimes I write characters that fight me. It’s difficult to get out of them what their likes and dislikes are, what music they might listen to, and even sometimes I struggle with the way they dress.
Not in Patience. Before I’d even fully conceived of the plot, Chad’s personality was firmly in my head. He had distinct likes, especially about music and movies, and I just sort of had to go along for the ride. One of these is that he’s a huge 80s fanboy. Like, if it’s from the 80s, he probably likes it. Especially music.
You’d think this would make it easier to build a playlist, right? Well, I confess to being a fan of 80s music, too, and so my collection of 80s music includes… hundreds of songs (no, I’m not kidding). I got so lost, I ended up spending an entire afternoon paring down the options and I still ended up with something like 135 songs on the full playlist.
Seriously, not kidding.
I like to put together the playlist I have for each book over on YouTube. I’ve had more than a few people tell me they like to be able to listen to it while they read or just like to see what might have inspired me. Clearly, I couldn’t put my entire playlist on YouTube. Okay, I could, but there’d be so many, it’d be unwieldy.
So, I did put together a shorter list. Along with his love of 80s songs, Chad also likes to quote them and throughout the book, I have twelve separate songs that Chad quotes (albeit paraphrased, because I do not want to get into a copyright fight) or refers to in some way.
You can see the playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz7oGWHL9LPIPCN2BEP2QY95Qh_ANH8QP
Do be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour. Twelve of those posts feature Chad’s references as clues along with an answer to another post’s clue with an excerpt!
Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with and same-sex versions downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end of semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.
Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.
Jamie has no idea what a shifter’s mate bite will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt together for answers while working together on a case for Chad. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.
Review by Elaine White
Book – Patience (Forbes Mates #2)
Author – Grace R. Duncan
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 230
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read; few mistakes
Would I read it again – Yes!!
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Again, just as book 1 in this series, this book was a total triumph.
I genuinely loved seeing Jamie again, though I wasn’t too keen on him in the previous book. That all made sense by the Epilogue of book 1, so I was intrigued as to how I’d feel about him in his own book. I wasn’t disappointed. He went from flirtatious, pushy and brash to a one eighty switch of nervous, jealous and scared, with a hint of his feisty personality to boot.
To me, Jamie is more insecure than the previous book, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. He opens up more around Chad, revealing that softer layer and being most honest about his pain and hesitations. In return, Chad accepts what he knows, feels and sees easily, which didn’t really seem strange at all, even before we get the explanation of his history.
Chad was a great mate. The way they met and the way Chad went along with it was brilliant. To see him bonding with Murray, the “dog”, was adorable and really gave me a sense of how lonely he was, but also allowed them to form a real bond, without ever really knowing each other. The entire idea of Jamie being stuck as a “dog” was original and brilliant! It gave them bonding time without pressure or expectation, but also gave a glimpse into the human world, after we’d spent all the previous book in the shifter world. It also gave us time to appreciate just how vulnerable and scared Jamie really is, in terms of finding his destined mate.
The first half the book is really funny. The dog thing and the way Chad and Jamie are with each other, all had me smiling or giggling to myself in glee. Later, the second half becomes more serious and more about their fears, as they navigate this unknown world of a wolf and human mate.
I have very few complaints, but what I did notice was a theme in the series:
- both books have an almost identical conversation about knotting and pregnancy, after sex.
- the use of sayings that is very unusual: example, “end-all, be-all”. The real saying is “the be-all and end-all”. Just like the word “shittered” was used in book 1, which I’ve never heard before. It may be a dialect/regional/US thing, but either way, the instances were a little odd and disconcerting.
- the epilogues introduce the couple that will be the MC’s of the next book, while staying true to the current story.
The travelling was a little repetitive and made the story flag a little. It began with a good pace, keeping me entertained and glued to my reading until around the 50% mark, where the travelling became very same-y and then picked up again at the 70% mark, to return to the strong, well planned pace.
Going back to the positives, there is such good detail about everything that’s important – the medical information, the scenery, the travelling and the library. Everything was very well thought out. Again, I really loved the detail and the use of Gods that were identifiable in the shifter history, using them as a basis for the “fates” that are usually left unnamed, but responsible for mate bonds.
I really loved it. There were one or two small things that didn’t work, as mentioned above, but overall it was a fantastic read and I’ll be pre-ordering every book still to come in this series. I can’t wait to read Miles’ story, in the next book.
Grace R. Duncan has just become an instant-buy for me.
“Jamie let his worries and fears out, his budding feelings and fledgling dreams, putting all of it into the kiss and the care of his mate. The emotions he got back from Chad took his breath away.
When they broke apart, their eyes met, Chad’s wide. “Mate,” he whispered in awe.
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many
of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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