Published by Dreamspinner Press on June 20, 2016
Genres: Adult, Family, Fantasy, M/M, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller
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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 little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little 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 little 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.
5 Huge Candy Canes and Pinecones and Epic and Awesome Stars!!!
“Red,” he said quietly. “Your eyes are red.”
I’m struggling with words to write a review that would make this book justice. I probably can’t come up with them. This was awesome, OMG, so awesome. From beginning to end, this book captured my heart. I used to be a huge paranormal reader, not sure why I stopped reading paranormal on a regular basis, but I probably need to rectify that. But this book, man, this book, was pure amazingness.
“Mom! Mom. You have to smell him! It’s like… like… I don’t even know what it’s like! I was walking in the woods to scope out our territory so I could be like Dad and then it was like… whoa. And then he was all standing there and he didn’t see me at first because I’m getting so good at hunting. I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and it was him and it was all kaboom! I don’t even know! I don’t even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it’s all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.”
It’s such a simple, yet complex story. And such simple, yet complex characters. I had an idea about the general theme of werewolves and such, but I really didn’t know much about the plot, or the story.
“And I’ve been waiting,” Joe said. “For him to look at me like I looked at him. And he finally did. He finally did. And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it stays like that. Because I want him for always.”
I loved all of these characters, a lot. The sense of family, the homo-eroticism of it all. And how they interacted with each other. So character driven, and so full of fun, heartbreak, and love, so much love.
So he pressed his forehead against mine and breathed me in and there was that sun, okay? That sun between us, that bond that burned and burned and burned because he’d given it to me. Because he’d chosen me. And I got to choose him back.
He was beautiful because he was Joe. He was beautiful because he was mine.
And Ox. Ox. Ox. And Joe. Joe. Joe.
There was never anyone such as him before. From that little boy on the road, to the teenager with red eyes, to the hardened man who stood before me at the house at the end of the lane and said the same words he’d said to me all those years before. There was never one like him. And he was mine.
That’s what life is, Ox. Choices. The choices we make shape what we’ll become. For a long time, Joe’s choices were taken from him. And then they were ruled by fear. But you came along and he made his own choice. So yes. I could have stopped him. I could have told him to wait. I could have told him no. But I didn’t because he chose. He chose you, Ox.”
This is such an epic story, not just a love story, an epic story overall that spans many years. And well, it was just perfection. I don’t think I can’t say anything else because, again, I have no words. This is my first TJ Klune read and it definitely won’t be my last. This one game me all the feels, and then some. Top favorite this year. Can’t wait for Ravensong!
He said, “Oh my god.”
He said, “Ox.”
He said, “Ox, can you feel it? This is—I can’t believe we—after all this time we—”
He said, “Ox.”
He said, “Mate.”
The wolf snarled, “Mine.”