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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bound By Nature by Cooper Davis

Bound By Nature: A Forces of Nature Novel by Cooper Davis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Other: M/M, Voyeurism, Violence
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

The mind may forget, but the heart remembers…

A Forces of Nature novel.

It doesn’t take Hayden Garrett’s college degree to figure out why Officer Josh Peterson is the last man alive he wants to face. Not because of the council’s harebrained idea to broker peace between their clans.

It’s the sweaty palms that prove Hayden never got over his embarrassing attraction to his alpha rival. Mate with him? Nothing fills Hayden with more desire—or dread. Josh doesn’t have a gay hair in his fur. At least not one he owns up to.

Despite Josh’s reputation for being a connoisseur of female flesh, he’s always cared about Hayden. 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…

Can two alpha rivals fall in love? What if one feels betrayed by the other?

Hayden Garrett has been attracted to Josh Peterson for a very long time. The main problem with the attraction is Josh is not gay. Hayden also feels that Josh makes fun of him every time they are around each other. When Hayden is home for a break from college, Josh talks him into spending time together first as wolves out running and playing. After changing back Hayden and Josh share a kiss, or at least that is all Hayden remembers. That same night something horrible happens to Hayden and Josh.

This story goes back and forth between the present time and the night five years ago that things went so horribly wrong for the two men. The only negative to this story is the going back and forth is rather confusing. The story itself is very good and Ms. Cooper really made me feel for both Hayden and Josh. Hayden cannot remember everything that happened five years ago and is very bitter since he thinks Josh betrayed him by testifying in Court that Hayden was driving drunk and killed someone, leading to Hayden spending time in jail. I could also feel Josh’s frustration in trying to get Hayden to remember what happened and all that he endured five years ago. Josh is also hurt by the anger he feels coming from Hayden, when he knows the truth that they are mated.

Ms. Cooper has told a good story with Hayden and Josh. She makes you feel compassion for her characters and all they go through together in the past and what they go through in the present to work their way back to each other. I recommend Bound By Nature for fans of m/m and paranormal works.

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