F*ck Forgiveness by BA Tortuga

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F*ck Forgiveness by BA Tortuga
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When reformed shifter Danny comes back to Texas as part of his twelve-step program, Declan couldn’t be less interested in forgiving him. Declan thinks Danny got scared when he left five years ago, and has labeled his ex a coward. When he finds out the truth, though, Dec sets about letting Danny know he’s welcome to come home anytime.

Daniel is in recovery and as part of his twelve steps he is told he must return to Texas and see Declan, make peace with the past. Daniel knew what he’d done was unforgivable, but being made to confront his mate, forced to see Declan again was more than Daniel thought he could bear. Can they find their way through and move forward from here?

I really enjoyed this short story. I found it quite a different view on the usual “we are mates” werewolf style of story. I was pleased how angry Declan was initially with the whole situation – and even more pleased that once he really understood everything Daniel had been through, and the protectiveness that drove him – that anger of Declan’s turned away from Daniel and toward the people it really should have been aimed at.

There was quite a bit of hurt/comfort in this story and I thought that was a lovely contrast to the rougher, more wolf-based aspects of this story. The M/M sex is steamy hot, but to some degree that love and sex takes a back seat to the plot. I felt that really gave me the sense that the story was well rounded. It didn’t feel like a story about sex with a bit of plot thrown in – rather a story with a good, strong plot with a bit of sex thrown in. I really enjoyed that.

Danny’s character could have been a little better defined I thought. Because his thought processes and memories had been messed up a bit from his “treatment” and reconditioning it initially made his character a bit difficult for me to get a handle on it. Declan’s viewpoint helped me get a bit of clarity on that and I adored the happy ending. Despite the short length of the story – and I would have loved it had the story been longer and gone into more details! – I felt this was really a well-rounded story and I greatly enjoyed it.

A well paced short story with interesting characters and definitely a hook for future installments. A lovely M/M with plenty of plot and heart. Recommended.

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