Series: Green Creek #1
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Format: Kindle Edition
Length: 400 pages
Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆
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.
I read this thanks to a friend of mine and I loved it!
It’s the perfect mixture of funny and interesting. The plot develops gradually, at the beginning it’s all just cute scenes between werewolves and their human and then there’s plot and you just can’t stop reading
I’ve stayed up until 4 am with this book and I regret nothing.
He’s my baby and no one can ever hurt him, ever. He had a shit dad and no friends but he still worked hard, he loved his mom and he was kind. We are so used to characters having to be hard against the world because of everything they have to deal with but Ox just became kind and I love him for that. He saw that his mom was struggling and went to look for a job even though he himself was just a kid, he saw a little kid in the middle of the road and decided to amuse him and listen to his ranting, letting him climb all over. He was left behind by his boyfriend after losing so much and he still decided to rebuild his family.
Joe had so much happen to him, he was always trying to do the right thing and sometimes it didn’t go so well. He went through so much since he was young, and then when he had retreated fully into himself he found Ox, a literal ray of sunshine made specially for him.
You smelled like my home, Ox. I’d forgotten what that was like
And he deserves happiness, but he’s also still fighting to get better, he’s traumatized and deals with that every day, I love how he can still be soft and smile around his loved ones. Then His worst fears come true and he realized that he can’t protect his family, not really, not until he eradicates this evil so he makes a decision by himself. I’m not saying he was right but I totally understand why he did it.
I love her and everything she did. She gave everything she had to raise Ox and accepted all the weird things that came along as part of life. She was also super sweet when Ox came out to her. It was obvious she was going to die, she was too perfect, but I loved her all the same.
MY MOTHER said, “What a strange world we live in.” And then she laughed.
Gordo had just lost his mate and his family, he was dealing with stuff, yet, he saw a little kid and a stressed single mom and decided that he’s help as much as he could. Let’s be real, little 14-year-old Ox probably was more a hindrance than an asset in the shop, having to be taught everything and unable to handle heavy things, but we never see any of that, because Gordo never made him feel like that. He was the brother/father that Ox needed and he always tried to do what was best for him, even going as far as re-joining the pack when he saw Ox was serious about them.
I want to know more about him. He was Ox’s first friend but we didn’t see that many interactions after they come back, which is understandable since Ox had kids his age now but I wanna know more about him and his relationship with Gordo.
I know I’ll get that in Ravensong but I CAN’T WAIT
He was awesome, the perfect balance between supportive brother/friend and annoying little shit. He made me laugh a lot with his inappropriate comments
Confused asexual doesn’t get why this cute wolf is constantly looking at him and failing at making conversation. Someone help him. He is great, I love him with carter as the perfect brotherly duo, the both of them teasing Joe and Ox is a gift.
“Dude,” Kelly said. “You didn’t build a pack. You built a harem.”
“Kelly!” Carter yelped. “Mom is in his harem!”
Kelly paled. “Oh my god. And Mark.”
“Working your way through the whole family, eh, Ox?” Carter said. “You kissed me first and it couldn’t quench your insatiable thirst for Bennett.”
I didn’t expect to like Robbie tbh, maybe because I love Joe and knew he’d stir up trouble with Ox, maybe because he was sent by the vague yet menacing government agency. Then he turned out to be a lost puppy looking for love and I couldn’t resist.
He was a really good alpha and without any of the toxic masculinity that usually comes with it, he loved his wife and kids and his brother, and he was happy to train the next alpha in line. This was another obvious death for me, the mentor always dies, but it was interesting that just before passing he was trying to make Ox the next alpha, I’d have loved to have a little look into his head and see just how much he knew of the events that followed.
Elizabeth was a free spirit yet always at home, she tried to give her children their space and waited for them to come to her while being a constant presence in their lives. She loved her family and made the effort of making every new person feel like they fit in from the first time they visited.
The shop’ boys
Chris, Rico and Tanner were a good counter-point for the craziness of magic and werewolves and I’m sure both Gordo and Ox relied on that. They were mundane even when brought into the pack
“Where’s the thing we need to kill?” Tanner growled, eyes darting around the room.
“I know karate,” Chris said. “I took it for three months when I was ten.”
“I have a hammer,” Rico said.
“Jesus Christ,” I muttered.
“I told you guys, I’m a witch. I’m not a Jedi.”
I fucking love them
She was a really important character for the growth of both Ox and the pack. Ox because she was the first to show him he could be desired, he could be loved in more than a familial way and I think that helped Ox love himself a little bit more. For the pack because she grounded them a bit more, she’s realistic and still has friends on the outside of the pack, she reminds them that there’s a world past the werewolf-craziness and I’m sure that they need that reminder some days.
“I’m not… good. At things.”
She said, “That’s not true at all.”
And I was seduced.
The part where Joe goes to ask permission to court Ox and everything goes wrong, with the Bennetts listening in outside the window and dying of laughter. This author is a genius on making me laugh and this is one of my favorites. I mean:
“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.”
HE SAID THAT TO OX’S MOTHER. My poor disaster baby alpha doesn’t know what he’s doing.
However I also love that, even if he’s made his decision and never will forget about Ox he insists that Ox has to decide for himself, that he’ll never push him. And this is remarked once again after they left and came back, he knew that there was a chance Ox had moved on and he was ready to just let him go. Consent is important even when we are talking about soul mates.
That’s what life is, Ox. Choices. The choices we make shape what we’ll become.
Ox had a shitty dad, and that left him with self-esteem issues; that’s not something I loved, what I did love was how much every other character took care of reminding him how valuable he was, how good and brave and giving he was, and how wrong his father was.
But I swear to god, if you choose me, I will make sure that you know the weight of your worth every day for the rest of our lives
At the same time, I loved how Ox took care of Joe, it wasn’t even sexual he just listened to him and hang out with him and his family.
The different kinds of love that were still equally important. This is most clear on the bonds Joe and Gordo have with Ox
Gordo had felt like a warm fire, then the pulse, the pull with Joe felt like the sun.
But we also see it when Ox is left with half the pack during those three years and he manges to thrive still. They all love each other and maybe it wasn’t the same as brothers but friendship sometimes is stronger than that and sometimes your family can be your mate’s mom and uncle, your ex-girlfriend, your work buddies and a werewolf spy sent to keep you in check.
The beginning was rough, it felt more like an outline or a first draft, things were happening fast and important conversations happened without much of a build-up. I could see how it was setting up the stage but it was too in your face.
I’ll admit it was weird that the main paring met when one of them was 15 and the other was 10, they don’t get together until much later, when they are both of proper age but it felt a bit weird to know that they were supposed to be together on the future when the first thing Joe did was climb Ox like a tree in a totally innocent way.
We didn’t say it. We didn’t have to. We both knew what it was. It was just easier to be awkward about it. Because we were men.
I ground my teeth as I bit back words I knew would hurt. That was the danger with knowing and loving others. You always knew things about them to throw back in their faces.
Sometimes, when your heart gets so full, it takes away your voice and all you can do is hold on for dear life.
Joe said my name like the preacher spoke about God. Reverent, filled with awe. Terror and adoration.