Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Forgiving Thayne (True Mates book 2) Audiobook by JR Loveless Narrated by Derrick McClain

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Nicholas Cartwright has done everything in his power to forget that night six months ago in Senaka, when his true mate rejected him, leaving him shattered and disillusioned. Burying himself in his work, he pushes himself to the point of exhaustion while finding the touch of another unbearable. Suddenly his mate needs his help, and he may be asking for more than Nicholas can find it in himself to give.

Thayne Whitedove has always been a wanderer, spending his days on the road and his nights wrapped in the arms of whatever random hookup he meets, until a fateful mistake sends him rushing for the comforts of home. To his utter dismay, the only way to correct his error in judgment is to accept the one thing he’s never wanted… his mate. Thayne must decide whether to keep running or to stay and fight for Nick’s forgiveness.

(from previous site)

This is the sequel to Chasing Seth and it pretty much takes up right where that left off. Namely, Seth is settling in with his mate and Nick has just met Thayne (his mate) and been rejected by him.

Thayne carries lots of guilt and secrets, mostly about Created Ones and Mates. He absolutely doesn’t want a Mate, doesn’t think he deserves happiness, but isn’t in a position to stop the events that force him and Nick together.

Nick carries a bit of guilt himself over his involvement in making Taggart, a Created One, but is mostly excited about having a Mate and dumbfounded and hurt by Thayne’s continual refusal to complete the mating bond.

Danger chases Thayne and arrives at Senaka’s doorstep, forcing Thayne to reveal secrets and forcing him to complete the mating bond in order to save himself and others.

Nick, despite EVERY reason to turn his back on Thayne, agrees to help for the sake of the pack and his mate to complete the bond.

Once mated, the pair move back to California to join Nick’s pack, but Thayne continues to act like an a**hole and the two are as miserable in California as they were in Wyoming.

The danger is still present and in fact has followed them to California, forcing Thayne and Nick into close quarters which does much to bring them into a more real mating, but it takes violence and near death to make them realize how important they are to one another.

This is somewhat hard to rate and review because on the one hand I really liked the story. I thought the hurdles were somewhat realistic, the danger well plotted and the shifter world interesting and mulit-faceted.

On the other hand I thought the main hurdle: Thayne not wanting a Mate was way over-played. It didn’t make sense for him to continue to hang on this argument when over and over and over he was shown how a Mate is a good thing and not something to weaken you or cause you to be “enslaved”.

Nick acts like a door-mat the entire time, and this drove me bonkers. He should have booted Thayne out the door right from day one. I get that it goes against his mating instincts and his desire to help the pack, but Thayne does not make it easy to help him. Even when Nick gives up practically EVERYTHING to Thayne in order to help him, Thayne continues to act like a total prick-douche-bag and I, for one, wanted to punch him in the nuts!

The ending was very satisfying if a little rushed, and though I was happy to see the HEA for these boys I didn’t fully buy it. Sure, they have the Mating chemistry to pave the way and that covers a lot of romantic ground, but even with all those pheromones Thayne managed to be a big ole jerk to Nick, so I didn’t quite buy his immediate 180 from enemy to love.

Overall, if you enjoyed Chasing Seth you will definitely want to read this – Seth and Kasey play a big role in this book and this is more or less an extension of their story, too. If you like shifter romances this will satisfy but be patient. It’s a long book filled with a lot of (in my opinion) prolonged angst that doesn’t move the story forward but only serves to make Thayne look bad.

I liked it and give it a 3.5 of 5 hearts.


Derrick McClain did a really nice job with the narration. He tries to differentiate the voices and I really liked his version of Thayne’s voice. Overall he added to the enjoyment of this book and I’d recommend listening!

4.5 of 5 hearts

Overall 4 of 5 hearts



Double Up by Vanessa North

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double upBlurb

Knowing he’s loved can make any man fly.

Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.

Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.

Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.


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Ben injured himself during a wakeboarding exhibition. He had a tremendously difficult recovery, making him reluctant to have the surgery needed to make him physically whole again. He makes do in life working for his best friend and sometimes f*ck-buddy at a boat shop where he meets Davey.

Davey is a poor-little-rich-boy who is trying to re-connect with his homophobic family through wakeboarding. Yes, that seems weird, but it works. The little brother is heavily involved in wakeboarding and by becoming involved in the sport himself, Davey can get a back-door way in to his brother’s without upsetting the really hateful step-dad.

At first glance, this looks like a light-hearted book about a slightly older guy from the wrong side of the tracks meeting and sexing a misunderstood younger guy with lots of money while participating in a unique and sexy extreme sport. And it is. But it’s also more.

There are deeper layers to this book with some surprising emotion and topical issues. The subtle way the feelings and issues are handled is really nice. There’s definitely angst but this isn’t an angsty book. Instead, it’s mostly a fun, frolicking book that is fleshed out with some angst to add weight and dimension.

Eddie is a great character full of flamboyance but with a spine of steel. He tells Davey there is a difference between being a jock and an athlete and Eddie is an athlete. Tina is another great character who divorces her wife after having a sex change (she was Timothy pre-surgery) who flirts with the bi-sexual pageant queen at the wakeboard exhibition. Ridley, Davey’s brother, is 13 going on 30 and I really liked how he helped to pull the family together.

Some books are like cotton candy: fluffy, fun, forgettable. Some are like oatmeal: heavy, thick and really stick to your ribs (and in your brain). This is like a nice heavy bread: weighty enough to give you pause and make you think a little bit, but light enough not to drown you in a sea of sodden Kleenex.

I really, really liked this book and recommend it. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more works by this author.

I give it a 4 of 5 hearts.