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.
I was really excited about this book because Gordo was one of my favorite characters from book one and I’m a huge fan of second chance romances. This had the same unique storytelling style of book one but it was a bit darker. Gordo and Mark are very different people than Ox and Joe and there’s no sweetness, no innocence left in either of them.
This book is told entirely from Gordo’s pov. The story overlaps with the events of the end of Wolfsong. We see the guys leaving and we learn what happened while they were gone. It jumps around from these events to events from Gordo’s childhood. We learn how he became the pack witch, now he learned his magic and we see the horrible things that shaped his childhood. We also see how he and Mark became friends and then fell in love. The constant time jumps at the beginning should have been a mess and for any other author they probably would have been. For this story and the vibe of it (& of Wolfsong) it totally worked. I was never confused and it all felt cohesive.
The story then proceeds to current day and the events that happen in this book. There is a lot of story. A lot. It’s pretty fast paced and action filled. I think the overall plot line takes up the majority of the story. The thing that kept this from being a 5 star for me was that the romance is not as much a part of the story as I would have liked. Really though, this book is about Gordo’s development. It’s about him finally finding a measure of peace in his life. Gordo has been hurt repeatedly by both his family and the pack and my heart broke for him in more than one place. The road for him and Mark is hard. Harder than it needs to be in places because Gordo can’t get out of his own way. I never felt that he should just get it over it though. I think I would have held on to my anger as long as he did if I’d been through so much. Their story is not so much a romance as a love story but by the end they find their way back to each other.
I don’t want to say much about the overall plot because there is little that can be said without spoilers. Things develop with the Omegas and with the overall politics of the werewolf world. A lot of people are not happy with the power that Joe and Ox have with their rag tag pack. The gang’s all here and they were some of the best scenes. The overall feel of this book was dark and sad and I needed the laugh out loud moments that Chris, Tanner and Rico provided. We see a lot of everyone from book one. Even Thomas was a big part through Gordo’s memories.
This one ends much like the first book did. The main events come to a resolution and the group are happy for the moment. They know though that they have another hurdle coming. The set up for the next book is fantastic. I can’t wait. Like seriously, it can’t come soon enough.
This book can not be read as a standalone. I’m not generally a re-reader but I almost wish I had re-read Wolfsong. Or at least the last few chapters. It would have helped with the beginning of this book. It’s not mandatory though. After the first few pages you realize what’s going on time wise (well, if you’ve read my review you will know before you start and you’ll be all good)
Anyways……a really, really good read. Not quite as magical as book one was for me but still very enjoyable.
Published July 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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