Tor. (Green Creek, Bk. 1). Jul. 2023. 528p. ISBN 9781250890313. $29.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Ox Matheson’s father repeatedly told him he was nothing growing up, and Ox believed it. Then, at 16, Ox meets the Bennett family, and immediately 10-year-old Joe Bennett latches onto Ox. The Bennetts quickly welcome Ox into their family, only for Ox to discover they are a pack of shapeshifting wolves. Years later, the Bennett pack is broken by a violent wolf who had previously kidnapped and tortured Joe. Joe and some of the Bennett pack leave to hunt down this rogue wolf, and Ox feels betrayed at being left behind. After three years of futile searching, Joe returns home to Ox, who has somehow created a pack of his own despite remaining human. Both Joe and Ox will need to learn to forgive and compromise to make their love and their packs stronger than ever.
VERDICT The first in the popular “Green Creek” tetralogy, reissued by Tor, pairs Ox, steady as a rock, with Joe, a tornado plagued by a demon from his past. Their contrasting natures and a pack split generate lots of tension between Joe and Ox and the members of their respective packs, for an exciting start to the series.
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