Ravensong (Green Creek #2)

Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune: Review by Lost in a Book for @BMBR

Ravensong (Green Creek, #2)

Blurb:

Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

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4.5 Stars

PackPackPackPack

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I may have damaged some ear drums in my squealing excitement following the news that Ravensong was in the works. Mark and Gordo had so much angst, anger, and longing going on in Wolfsong that I just knew their journey would be hard. However, this is TJ we’re dealing with, so hard is an understatement for the mountains Mark and Gordo have to climb to find a bit of peace.

So many feels.

It kicked my ass.

My face leaked.

It hurt. So. Good.

Ravensong is intense, fast paced, and gruesome. It doesn’t let up until the end.

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Mark and Gordo were everything to each other once upon a time. We get a glimpse of the love and then heartbreak between them as they’re separated. The anger left in its wake is almost tangible and long lasting. With everything going on in Green Creek and Gordo being the Bennett’s witch again, Mark and Gordo have to put aside their differences for the sake of the pack. Slowly, cracks start to develop in their hardened walls and the journey to each other is painful but satisfying to “watch.”

Wolfsong continues to be my #1 but this isn’t too far behind. We don’t get the overly emotional displays that we had from Joe and Ox. The life stages are different and the men are hardened by tragedy and betrayal. I went through the whole read knowing it wouldn’t be as lovey dovey or swoon worthy and I was right… until 2 sentences proceeded to melt my heart and make me giddy. Side note: The early days when Mark was *wooing* Gordo had be grinning like a fool.

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Although this book highlighted the relationship between Mark and Gordo finding their way to coupledom, it’s so much more. The Pack is a major element and their growth towards cohesion and being battle ready takes center stage. I have major heart eyes for all the characters, the family they’ve built, and the strength each possesses no matter their species. With being such a serious book, there are many opportunities to take a much needed breath with the crazy antics and conversations that pop up. I’m excited to see how these relationships evolve throughout the series.

Ready for one hell of a rollercoaster ride with the Bennett’s? Grab your blanket, glass(es) of wine, and a bottle of antacids. Definitely recommended.

P.S. It wouldn’t hurt to revisit Wolfsong as a refresher before diving in because it references things that we *should* know already but may not remember.

P.P.S. I’m ready for Kelly and Robbie. Like, yesterday. 😍😍😍

P.P.P.S(is this even a thing?). I’m ready for Carter’s story tomorrow (Too soon?). Please and Thank you.

Copy provided for honest review.

Wolfsong

5 Stars

Joe. Ox. The Bennetts. Pack.

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I LOVE this book to pieces. I could read it over and over and probably never get bored. Alright, maybe that’s a bit cheesy but my love knows no bounds. I’ve been meaning to do a reread and decided to do an audio “read” instead. This is a super heavy read mixed with much joy, hope, and humor. Joe and Ox just make me happy whether it’s candy canes, and epic, and awesome or walking into walls when Ox’s attractions become fully realized. I love the pure love they have for each other that started in its simplest form and grew into something impossibly beautiful.

I’m not sure why I didn’t write a full review for this when I initially read it but I’ll skip out on that now since there have been some amazing reviews already written.

This was narrated by Kirt Graves. When I listened to the sample, I was hesitant. Sometimes you dig a voice, sometimes you don’t and I didn’t when I heard the sample. I was worried because this is an 18+ hour book and that’s practically marriage proposal level commitment and I almost became a runaway bride. But, I decided to give it a shot because I needed more Joe and Ox in my life and I’m really glad I did. The voice grew on me pretty quickly. The voice of Joe as a young boy is exactly how I imagined it when he first ran into Ox. The sweetness, wonder, and awe of Joe’s feels for Ox came through in this narration. The 18+ hours flew by, I’m practically married to Kirk Graves at this point, and I got to spend time with Joe and Ox. *wink*

In lieu of wedding gifts, the bride and groom(I’ll speak for him) recommend that you listen to the audio. (Yep, can’t hide my crazy)

Obviously recommended.

At First Sight Books 1 & 2

I read the first book in this series back in August and just finished up book two today. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t always write a full review on each book I read and this is certainly the case for this series. Too many books to read and review… not enough time and all that jazz.

*Read in August*

4 Stars
Soooooooo… I seriously died laughing so many times while reading this book. Full on laughs. I really enjoyed it for the most part. I had to skip through some of Paul’s inner and verbal monologues because holy hell can homeboy ramble with this best of them. I’m really looking forward to Sandy’s story because (s)he is hella fierce and divalicious. Enough said.

4.5ish Stars

You guys!!! This book should come with a warning. Seriously. Maybe something that warns against all liquids, food, and operating heavy machinery while reading/listening to this book. I don’t think I’ve *ever* laughed as hard while listening/reading a book like I did for this one. I was driving along the interstate, listening to this audio, happily sipping my Starbucks while driving my daughter to the zoo and holyyyyy-shit, the opening scene almost caused me to drive off the road while simultaneously spitting coffee all over my car and a tad up my nose. *burn* I’m not even being dramatic, it was that funny and that dangerous. That’s pretty much what all my notes are about too.

So funny

Funny AF

Straight up tears from laughing so hard

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Let’s talk audio. The narration by Michael Lesley was AMAZING. I didn’t partake for the first *smh* but I LOVE the life he breathed into the main and secondary characters. It was the first time I wanted to turn on the audio to hear a scene I had just read. (I do a hybrid of kindle & audio) So. Good.

All my fan-girling aside, I had heart eyes for Helena/Sandy & Darren. I was dying a slow death just waiting for them to finally make a freaking move’. That’s where the “ish” in my rating comes in. It could swing to 5 stars or head down to 4.25 stars depending on what I focus on. I really like slow burn but I felt like I had blue balls (figuratively speaking, of course) for 90% of the story. Seriously 90% because they didn’t really kiss until right about then. It was cruel and unusual punishment to have that much scorching chemistry between characters and then nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. A sexless, kissless, touchless desert for much of the book. *pouting* Don’t worry, the “blue balls” were eventually rectified by Sandy and Darren but goodnessssss, patience isn’t my virtue.

The humor is OTT and might not be for everyone. But I hope you give it a try and get ready for some laughs. Definitely recommend this series.