About this book:
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.
Release Date: 20th June, 2016.
What I think?
This book is easily one of the best MM books I’ve read, hell it’s one of the best books I’ve read, without any title to the category. I possibly couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it, because I just keep reading it whenever I feel like reading something good.
Klune’s writing is just different– magical, and yet so simple. I haven’t read anyone who writes like he does, and that is something to be said. This entire book, from the beginning to the end was something of a different experience. Something you definitely should read to know.
“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.”
Ox’s father left him when he was just 12 year old. But before he left, he told Ox that he wasn’t good for anything, and that life was gonna shit on him, but that he should take it like a man. To say that it fucks him up would be an understatement. But don’t make a mistake, this is not a sob story.
Instead of letting that break him down, Ox makes that his definition, and strives to be a better person. I’m talking the making a broken baby werewolf his best-friend and helping him heal, taking care of his single mother, protecting said baby werewolf until he grew up, and then falling in love with him, and waiting for him when a now full grown alpha werewolf went looking for revenge, and then accepting him kind.
He is easily one of the best, absolutely best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Every single time that I read this book, I fall a little more in love with Ox that I had been before.
I wasn’t very good with Internet stuff, so I googled “what to do when your future werewolf mate/boyfriend/best friend courts you and brings you a dead rabbit.
Allow me to introduce Joe. When we meet him, he’s just a 10 year old boy, who hadn’t spoken in a year after he had been kidnapped and tortured by a really evil man. But when he meets Ox, he instantly makes him his best-friend and gifts him his wooden wolf (it has some seriously important meaning to it). He accepts a socially awkward Ox, and not only falls in love with him, but also makes Ox love himself.
So yeah, this is that kind of book.
The events in this book occur over the span of a decade, so we can vividly see as the two of them grow up, from an innocent friendship to a beautiful tale of love.
What makes this book beyond amazing for me—
- Klune’s writing style. It was witty, humorous and appropriately serious when the situation called. It flowed like water it was so smooth. Because it was a first for me, I was really impressed by it. He kept it simple, without any flair of overly complicated language, and that ladies and gentlemen is the key to success.
- Ox and Joe’s relationship. The fact that the author did not make it just about meeting and falling in love. The fact that the author made it about why they fell in love.
- The lack of completely unnecessary drama. Forced conflicts are a huge turn off for me, but you couldn’t find one in this one if you combed through it with a microscope. Yes there were conflicts, some pretty big ones, but nothing that made it seem like “meh the book would be better without it”.
- How different it was from the general “cute”ness of the entire MM genre. The fact that most MM books are ridiculously sweet makes me not read them a lot. This one’s obviously an exception.
- The characters of Ox and Joe. They were such kind, smart and beautifully wounded characters. Both of them were absolutely perfect and anyone who says otherwise needs to get their morals checked, because babe there be something wrong with yah.
This is one book I would really really recommend, because really, haven’t I already said enough?
Joe said my name like the preacher spoke about God.Reverent, filled with awe. Terror and adoration.
About this author:
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)