The mind may forget, but the heart remembers… A Forces of Nature novel.
As Hayden and Josh journey through rituals - and intimacies - that will knit their souls for life, passion and anger flares, revealing a powerful secret. In a different world, they might have been friends. Now, face to face after five years, the bitterness in Hayden’s eyes fills Josh with regret for what could have been - should have been.
As Hayden and Josh journey through rituals - and intimacies - that will knit their souls for life, passion and anger flares, revealing a powerful secret. The truth about a long-ago sharing of hearts, bodies and souls that ended in tragedy.
©2010 Cooper Davis (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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I have to admit that this story was not what I expected. It was so much more. I love the entire concept of mates for life. I wish that human beings were created that way, but alas, I have to read my mm books to get my mate-lust sated.
Between carefully placed flashback sequences, we get a clearer understanding of the love that exists between Joshua and Hayden. Both alpha males and heir apparent for both of their packs. Something happens that sends Hayden to prison. In the present, Hayden, once an awkward, but confident, and highly intelligent man, is now angry, resentful, and hateful. The love he felt for Joshua seems to have dissipated and he's lost his way.... well, I guess you can probably figure out that they are each other's destinies. But, the only way for Hayden to overcome his anger, is to remember his past. Once he does, it's all about forgiveness, love, and allowing time to heal old wounds. I have to say that of all the mate theme books, this one transcended the entire concept. I have to admit, there is one scene that I just could NOT take. I had to fast forward through. So, be forewarned that there is a scene that, while I'm sure was essential for us to understand the full extent of the love between these two men, it was too much for me to bare. Regardless, this book confirmed my faith in the love of one's mate, and I am eager to read more by this author. Wonderful read. Credit or no. It's a must-get.
Hayden and Josh are shifters and mates. Hayden doesn’t believe Josh is gay and thinks he is, in fact, taunting him. In actuality Josh is trying to find a way to get closer. When the two finally do get together in a passionate clench the chemistry is amazing, it turns out they are mates, and their love is deep and profound… but not for long. Trouble has followed them home and they are subject to the most atrocious violence you can imagine (because it’s important to know and this is a possible trigger– rape and beating almost to death) leaving Hayden in a hospital with a spotty memory and a jail sentence.
There is much more to that night than Hayden knows and after years in jail it’s time for him to find out the truth. The problem is can he handle the truth? Or more importantly can their relationship handle the truth?
In the end, Hayden does remember… but is it too late and can they overcome the horror?
This is a hard story to read. If you have any triggers around rape this will spike them. The violence is severe and the rape scenes are difficult to read. In addition, the separation and the reason behind the separation is also hard to read… these boys suffer – a lot – before they can come together again.
I thought the way the story was told, through a series of flash backs, was nicely done. Sometimes it was a bit clunky, but for the most part it worked.
Because it was a shifter story, the insta-love thing worked – though I was perplexed by Josh’s actions in the beginning of the story. I don’t think that was ever explained to my satisfaction, but it was a small blip.
I really enjoyed their time together and the subsequent reunion, but I wished for more of them together, happy, settled and at peace. This is listed as “Force of nature book 1” but I’m not sure there is any more to this series written or in the works.
I give the story 4 of 5 stars, I really enjoyed it.
Brock Thompson is the narrator and this is the first I’ve heard of him. He does a solid job. His voice is nice and rumbly, which I appreciate for the characters, but he does no variation whatsoever. In fact, most of the story is told fairly monotone. Even the rape scenes or passionate scenes are pretty flat.
It’s not hard to listen to (that puts it over a 2) but there is no real spark or imagination to his narration so that keeps it at a 3 of 5 stars.
I wouldn’t avoid this narrator but I definitely wouldn’t seek him out.
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