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.
This was the second time that I read Wolfsong and it was as good the second time!
It’s still worth 6 howling/singing stars !!!!
I just took yet many notes and quotes while rereading the book and I will share some with you.
This book simply gutted me yet again. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions… And as I was buddy reading it, I can’t wait to hear the reactions of my buddy reader!
When I read it years ago, I hesitated for a very long time before reading Wolfsong. I had never read M/M romance and did not feel drawn to it. But the reviews from my friends kept coming and coming. All more enthusiastic than the others. So I put my big girl panties on and…fell in love head over heel with this gorgeous story.
This book is about love in all its complexities and variations. The love of a mother for his child, the love of a young Ox for his mom wanting to care for her because he was the man now that his Daddy left them.
It was the love of non-blood related brothers with Rico, Chris, Tanner and Gordo at Gordo’s garage. A love and connection between hard working guys so deep they had each other’s back when things went south. They helped a slower Ox with schoolwork.
It was the love of an adopted family: The Bennets. So tight with each other, needing to touch the members of their “pack”. Ready to do anything to ease the suffering of one of them. Ready to move to help little Joe recover after the horror that happened to him.
It was the love of friendship, the love of lovers…
If love could have a name it would be Ox.
“You’ll meet someone,” she said, suddenly fierce. “You’ll see. A girl or a boy and they’ll worship the ground you walk on because you deserve to be treasured. And I’ll be there to say I told you so because you’ve earned it. If anyone in this world has earned it, it’s you.”
Ox so big, too slow always feeling inadequate, not enough but holding everyone together because he simply was Ox. He was different. He was more.
Always helping and caring and putting others before him. And he broke my heart at least a hundred times (go see the quotes in the second part if you want to understand why).
“You think you hide, Ox, but you give so much away. The expressions on your face. The breaths you take. Your heartbeat.” “I try not to.” “I know, but I can’t figure out why. Why do you hide?”
This book is also about healing someone. When Joe saw Ox for the first time it was like the world had colors once more. Joe felt safe, alive because Ox smelled like “all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome” and then it was like “kaboom”. Joe was ten and Ox was sixteen when they met. Joe was like a little tornado and held onto Ox like you would hold a life raft.
And when Gordo gave Ox a job, when the Bennet welcomed Ox in their family he began healing as well.
It’s also about being a man. What does truly being an Alpha mean.
It’s about many things really….
TJ Klune writing is exceptional.
With short sentences he says so much and can convey so many feelings. I never would have believed at the time that I would love a M/M romance so much and yet I consider this book one of the best books I’ve ever read.
In retrospect, I can say that TJ Klune paved the way for my love of M/M romance!
Years after, it remains an extraordinary read filled with very,very loveable and extraordinary characters. Full of vibrant colors and rich with the sounds and smell of the Oregon’s forest. Bursting with joy, love, loss, grief, courage and hope.
Thanks for reading