I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Green Creek #4
Published by BOATK Books on October 13, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Gay, LGBT, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters, Supernatural, Urban, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves, Witches
Source: The Author
In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.
Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.
But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.
Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.
What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.
And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.
To say that I was excited for Brothersong would be the biggest understatement of the year. It was my most anticipated book for 2020 (made even worse by the fact that it was actually originally supposed to be published last year). So, needless to say, I was hyped for this book.
When an opportunity arose to have early access (via the Klunatics – Fans of TJ Klune Facebook group – a fun place everyone should check out, I love the discussions there even though I tend to lurk rather than get involved) I pretty much jumped at the chance. I was champing at the bit to finally be able to read this book. I got stuck in straight away and tore through it in a couple of hours (I’m a fast reader heh).
However, I wanted to re-read before writing this review and I also wanted to re-read all the books from the beginning so I could finally put my thoughts into some kind of order and give this amazing series the attention it deserves. I tried before but found it really hard to get the words out – it was just too much. I often struggle to write reviews for the books/series I most adore – it just seems to be harder for me.
Now, a bit of background before I delve into the meat of the review. This book is the fourth (and final *sobs*) book in the Green Creek series. Each previous entry became firm favourites and the characters have come to mean a great deal to me, especially the main pairings: Ox and Joe in Wolfsong, Gordo and Mark in Ravensong, and Robbie and Kelly in Heartsong. Now, it is Carter’s turn to shine.
At the end of Heartsong, Carter came to a shocking realisation (for him if not to those around him) that he was mated to Gavin, the timber wolf who has been his shadow since Ravensong, and was shocked to discover that Gavin was the son of their sworn enemy Robert Livingstone – which also meant that Gavin was the secret brother of Gordo.
He had no time to process this information before his mate was snatched from him, as Gavin left with the now en-wolfed Robert Livingstone, in order to save the pack. Carter set off at the end of the last book on his own to track Gavin down, breaking his ties to the pack and his brother Kelly’s heart.
Determined to find Gavin and return him to the fold, Carter has a long and arduous journey. He always just seems to just out of reach but eventually Carter catches a lucky break and comes face-to-face with the man who has become his world. But the beast that was once Robert Livingstone will not let go of his son so easily and Carter could end up losing Gavin before he has a chance to show him just how important he is…
My review is going to be pretty short and sweet – I don’t want to give too much away since the book itself isn’t out until next month and I don’t want to be that person who accidentally spoils it for someone else (even the quote I’ve selected below is from Heartsong – awesome of me huh?) 😉
Going in, I knew that that this book would have a lot of ends to tie up and so I expected the plot to be more at the forefront. To some extent, I was correct. There was a lot of plot to unpack, so the romance between Carter and Gavin did get… not pushed exactly, more nudged to the side at times. However, there was still plenty of interaction between the two which made my shipper heart very happy indeed.
Although I would say that Heartsong is still my favourite of the series (and Robbie and Kelly are my OTP) I did love Carter and Gavin, both together and separately.
Carter is just… Carter. He is an amazingly selfless individual that takes the whole weight of the world on his shoulders and cares more about others than he does himself. Gavin is such a sweetheart – he is a smol bean and I just wanted to protect him at all costs. He really made this book for me and I loved him and Carter together.
There was so much going on in this book and there was never a dull moment. The beginning of the book was tense and I had no idea how it was all going to play out. The ending I actually kinda saw coming but not because it was predictable – it just felt like a natural conclusion.
The only minor criticism I have is that I would have liked just a little bit more time devoted to Carter and Gavin. I felt that their burgeoning relationship could have been fleshed out just a tad more. I loved what we got but I was left just wanting moar!! But that is just a small thing – I’m hoping maybe for a novella or short story after the events of this book – that would be very nice indeed. 😉
to sum up
This book was overall just about everything I wanted it to be and more. Although I will always be hopeful for more content, if this is the absolute end I am pretty good with how everything unfolded and where everyone ended up. This is T.J. Klune so there was some tragedy and angst to be had but it was, as always, balanced out with a truckload of humour.
These characters genuinely feel like a family; they banter with one another, gripe at each other, fight and make up and just plain love each other. It’s rare to see books with so much love thrown about around. I’m not just talking romantic love – familial love plays a huge role in this series as does the love shared between friends. I would love my own Bennett pack – they are just a bunch of good people, willing to go to the ends of the earth for their own people, their ‘pack’.
I’m going to really miss this series but I know I will return to it again and again. I will never quite be able to let it go.