Title: Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Published: June 20th, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance, Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
Men don’t cry. My daddy taught me that. Men don’t cry because they don’t have the time to cry.
I must not have been a man yet because I cried. I bowed my head and cried.
Firstly, let me just say I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’ve tried my fair share of new adult shifter romances and I’ve always ended up DNFing them. But this!! this book was a real surprised and now it’s one of my all-time favourite books.
“I want to court your son.”
“What does that mean?” she asked.
“It means I want to provide for him to prove my worth,” Joe said. “And then, once he agrees to be mine, I’ll mount him and then bite him and everyone will see that we belong to each other.”
The writing was not the best and I daresay juvenile in most parts but it strangely works? It really worked in favour of the book. I don’t know if it was intentional; given how the main character is or if that’s just the author’s writing style. I haven’t read any of the author’s other works to know for sure. In the end, I think the writing made the book so much more enjoyable to read.
I googled “what to do when your future werewolf mate/boyfriend/best friend courts you and brings you a dead rabbit.” First, there was a lot of porn. Then I found a recipe for Maltese rabbit stew. It was delicious. The stew, not the porn. The porn was weird.
The novel is both character and plot driven. All the characters are likeable and have distinctive personalities. Ox, the main character is a simple and loveable boy/man, the way he sees the world is so pure and sweet and everything good. I loved how he interacted with all the characters, especially his love interest, Joe and his friend-brother-father, Gordo.
“Carter?” Gordo asked. “Who is he? I want to meet him. In my office so I can scare the shit out of him. Goddammit, Ox. You better be using fucking condoms.”
The villain was both likeable and unlikeable at the same time. As in I loved to hate him and hate that I love him, cause he’s pretty horrible.
Also, there’s asexual representation! It wasn’t said explicitly but there was a short conversation between Ox and one of the characters which implicated that they might me ace and it made me so freaking happy. That same character is getting their own book and it’s been confirmed that they are asexual and now I’m even more excited to continue with the series.
The book was heartwrenching and heartwarming in all the right places. Hilarious and serious at the same time and I lived for everything the book had to offer. From men crying and showing platonic affections for each other to the beautiful friendships/family forged.
“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”
Read this if you want:
- Men who cry
- Men hugging
- Casual talk of sexuality
- Badass women
- Cute blonde boys
- Badass werewolf pack who love each other very, very much.
Overall, this was just the best book ever even if the writing wasn’t perfect. It was everything I didn’t know I needed.
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