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 accept 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.
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Hours later, Quincy lay on the banks of a wide stream, exhausted. He’d run, just like he had in Washington, but the clarity he sought eluded him. No amount of giving his cat control had helped this time.
Nothing made sense. His father had never shied away from laying claim to his actions. In all the years he’d known the man, he’d never seen Aubrey Archer shun responsibility before. For as much of an asshole as he could be, he’d taken duty and his own warped sense of honor seriously.
Quincy didn’t understand the surprise at Miles’s species either, unless those reporting didn’t know Miles was a wolf or simply didn’t tell his father. It still felt off to him, and that, as much as anything, frustrated him. He didn’t like puzzles, not like that.
He smelled them before he heard them. Quincy was proud of them despite himself. He didn’t bother getting up, simply stayed put, sure they’d come to him. They surprised him, though. He’d only smelled the first two. But when five wolves cleared the tree line, approached him, then lay down with him, he really was impressed.
He couldn’t tell them apart very easily by sight. The solid black wolf he guessed was Finley. He knew his own mate—would recognize Miles’s scent instantly anywhere. The white-looking wolf had to be Jamie. But he wasn’t positive which was Tanner and which was Chad and wasn’t familiar enough with their scents either.
Until Chad chased a lightning bug across the grass.
Quincy snorted and, if he’d been human, would have laughed.
Jamie lay down and put his paws over his eyes, the action clearly saying, I don’t know him!
Finley chuffed and tackled Jamie, and then the two of them started rolling around and play-fighting. Tanner shook his head and stretched out on the other side of Quincy from Miles.
It was an odd sensation to be surrounded like that. As a cat, he rarely spent time around others. He’d certainly never have considered spending time with the pride like he was with the wolves. He had to admit, it felt good. He knew he couldn’t do it all the time. He’d need his solitude. But he found he was liking the feeling of belonging to the group.
He laid his head on his paws, watching Jamie and Finley play even as Chad still chased the lightning bugs around. He looked over at Miles, then tilted his head toward Jamie and Finley. Miles gave him a wolf-grin and nodded. He looked at Tanner and got the same reply.
Quincy got to his feet and crouched, slinking along the grass silently. He paused, waiting for just the right moment, tail twitching and watching as they rolled and nipped at each other. Reminding himself to keep his claws sheathed, he leaped, landing just past Finley’s snout and pushing Jamie over. They rolled together for a few feet. Finley barked and chased after them, jumping onto Quincy’s back. Quincy wiggled out from under him and batted at Finley’s flank. Jamie chuffed, jumping up and nipping at Quincy’s tail. Quincy turned around, batting at Jamie this time, when Finley jumped onto his back.
Quincy flopped down in surrender. To his surprise, Jamie dropped next to him and Finley by their heads. Chad came back from his bug-chasing, and a moment later, all six of them were in what Quincy could only call… a dog pile.
He closed his eyes, letting himself enjoy it. He’d always known he hadn’t belonged to the jaguars the same way everyone else did. He’d always had a different attitude, a different feeling about what was right and comfortable.
He guessed he figured out where he really belonged. He wasn’t about to admit it to all of them—at least for a while, anyway. Miles, yes, but not the others. He did have an image to maintain, after all.
But Quincy knew he was home. He just had to keep that home safe.
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5 out of 5 stars
Acceptance is the third book in the Forbes Mates series by Grace Duncan. I would highly recommend reading this series in order as characters from the previous two books feature extensively in this book.
We previously met Miles and Quincy in the last book, where it was discovered that they are Destined Mates, and that Quincy is a Jaguar shifter. Previously the Wolves thought they were the only shifters around but now know that it's been hidden from them for ages.
Wolf shifters and Jaguar shifters have very different ways of living. This is the first obstacle in the way of Miles and Quincy and their bond. The second obstacle happens to be Quincy, himself. Hiding from his father because he doesn't want to be the next leader of their clan, Quincy has gotten very used to being alone. He doesn't want to tie himself to anyone when he's not sure what his family would do to a mate from another species, let alone another male shifter. To top it off most jaguar shifters, due to their solitary nature, do not believe in Destined Mates. Of course neither does Quincy even after meeting and feeling that bond start to form with Miles.
Miles is not going to give up on the possibility of Quincy accepting their bond. He's going to roll with the punches and hope that Quincy finally realizes that they are met for each other. After a series of events tosses them in very close contact again, Quincy realizes that he really is Miles' mate and he works on a way to make things okay for them to be together.
I have to say that Acceptance is probably my favorite of the series so far. Miles and Quincy are fantastic characters, there's a strong storyline which gets them together at all the right moments, and pulls in the previous two couples from the series as more than just secondary characters. The way Quincy basically melts into accepting the mating with Miles is one of the best parts of the books. And the way things resolve with Quincy's father was kind of the icing on the story-cake. There are some cute moments when they're all shifted that made me laugh out loud. There are also very sweet moments with Miles and Quincy along with the hot smexiness of their bond.
Acceptance and the rest of the Forbes Mates series are fantastic examples of the PNR genre within M/M books. I highly recommend the entire series, and particularly Acceptance as must reads if you love sexy shifters with a great storyline.
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.