Forbidden Devotion (Paranormal Hunger #1) by Lee Colgin

Werewolves and vampires don't get along, but Sinclair is a vampire determined to get his specialized PhD even if the school is deep in werewolf territory. When Sinclair and the kind-hearted Alpha Mitchel fall for each other they have to overcome there own biases as well as that of their families to be together.

From the blurb for Forbidden Devotion:

Young heir Sinclair Davis is the only vampire at a werewolf university. Surrounded by a pack of unwelcoming shifters, his first meeting with their alpha ends in blood.

Alpha wolf Mitchel Edgehill is furious when the university sends a vampire to be housed among his pack. But what can he do? The paperwork's been signed. They'll have to find a way to coexist.

As violence escalates between species, the uneasy truce between Sinclair and Mitchel turns amorous. Though desire burns between them, their union is forbidden.

When the pair attend a peace conference, a terrorist group attacks, and Sinclair is kidnapped. Can the alpha wolf work with vampires to save him, or will war break out after all?


Forbidden Devotion is an enemies to lovers MM urban fantasy in a college setting. It's the first of a series but can be read as a standalone with its own HEA and no cliffhanger. This book was previously published as Forbidden Bond by Lee Colgin. It's been revised and re-edited though the love story remains unchanged.

SNik's Review:

First in series (Paranormal Hunger). Paranormal. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Werewolves and vampires don’t get along, and Borson college is deep in werewolf territory, but Sinclair desperately wants to do his PhD there, even though he would be the first vampire to attend. 
Sinclair’s first meeting with Alpha Mitchel doesn’t go well, but over time they form a friendship realizing that neither are what they expected from their species' adversarial history. 

Good world building describing the historical issues werewolves and vampires have had, with a cinnamon roll alpha eventually falling for the intellectual and sweet vampire. I enjoyed every interaction between Mitchel and Sinclair, they communicate honestly with each other and fought for their relationship to overcome past prejudices. 

A supportive secondary cast is appreciated so there was fairly little angst with a little action at the end and a very swoony HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Angel's Review:

When I first read this description, I was a bit wary that this would be primarily focused on the war between vampires and werewolves, and the relationship would either happen too fast or not really be focused on at all. I was really happy that Lee proved me wrong! And I was soo happy that I took a chance and  read this book.

Sinclair is a scholar. He wants to study more of the history between vampires and werewolves and hopefully, in doing that, he will be able to help prevent another war from breaking out. The place where he can do that is Borson. Borson has a large library and an extensive collection of literature and not to mention all of the history he can learn by attending that campus. The problem? It's in werewolf territory. He won't just be passing them by, he'll be living with them and attending school with them. Sinclair is determined to go. Despite his parents' apprehensions, he knows he has to attend, he needs to. 

Upon his arrival he quickly realized that the werewolves did not want him there, however, over time he not only stands up to them but also earns their support and respect. Sinclair also can't help but fall for  Mitchel, the alpha that's in charge of all of the students on campus. Sinclair never thought he would fall for a werewolf, but sometimes fate has other things in mind. 

Mitchel has been the alpha of Borson's students for years, he's getting older. Each year that goes by he realizes how lonely he's getting, he loves being an alpha but he's missing something. He never expected that what he was missing was a not quite dead vampire who's willing to stay out in the sun just to help him. 

I have read other books by Lee Colgin previously that I have really enjoyed. This one was just as good as those, if not better. The pacing was excellent, the relationship between Sinclair and Mitchel didn't happen right away, at first they started out as enemies. Then overtime they got to know one another and they learned that each other's species weren't as bad as what they had been taught. Sinclair had to earn the trust and respect of the pack which I really appreciated.

 I frankly dislike when plot lines are quickly developed or when relationships between characters develop too soon and are underdeveloped. Whether the relationship be platonic or romantic. But that did not happen here. 

Mitchel was such a sweet and caring alpha, he genuinely loved being an alpha for the college kids. He valued them and they valued and respected him.  He also was the first to make an effort with Sinclair.  Sinclair's character was witty, smart, flirty, kind, stubborn, and snarky at times. He just wanted to belong. 

The slow burn! Oh it was soo good, at times I just wanted them to get together but I'm so glad the author prolonged that happening. I enjoyed seeing other characters having their own personalities and having a purpose for being apart of the story. 

For those wondering if there was any action scenes, I can tell you there were! And that, let me tell you was really well done. There were a couple spicy scenes toward the end of the book but I think they helped the storyline along. They weren't just there for no reason. 

Something I found really unique to this book was how Lee incorporated the chapters of Supernatural Times Reporter. I thought that was so great and special to this story, I really enjoyed it. I'm excited for Nathan's story, I'm going to go dive into it right now! 

'It was hard not to admire Sinclair's beauty when they were this close. His clear pale skin, flushed cheeks, button nose. His pink tongue as it darted out to wet plush lips. That golden hair gleaming in the sunlight. The play of muscle beneath excess layers of clothes. He was just Mitchel's type.' 

(Disclaimer! Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down!.)

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