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[Book Review] Heartsong by TJ Klune

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, LGBTQIA+ Romance, M M Romance
Series: Green Creek #3
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUTAll Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine.

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed?

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.

 

My Review:
I am convinced TJ Klune has a PhD in destroying people’s hearts and ripping out their souls.

I love his books so much and Heartsong gave me all the feels one comes to expect of a TJ Klune book. The story starts off with mild feels and escalates as quickly as a rocket taking off. There is an overwhelming crescendo of feelings and emotions and why Mr. Klune? why do you torture your readers and characters?!. And so, I’ve renamed this book Heartbreak – alternative names are Heartcrush, Hearttorn, and Heartache.

I adored the beginning. The more I learned about Robbie, the more adorable and precious he became. He’s such a sweet person and it’s sad he hasn’t been able to find a place to belong for the longest time. His backstory is perhaps the most interesting out of all the characters. He has never taken anything – home, food, shelter, love – for granted. Finding himself and who he’s meant to – deserves to – be was the ultimate internal conflict.

There was a fair amount of danger and mystery throughout – well balanced in it’s execution. Robbie is a sweetheart but loyal to a fault. I think this is because he desires to hold on to whatever place he’s trying to call home. But when things start to not make sense and his place/roll comes into question everything just goes downhill from there.

At first I thought the beginning was Robbie’s time before he is first sent to the Bennett pack. Instead, the story begins some time after the end of Ravensong. Confusing and shocking but remarkable storytelling when you take in the book as a whole. During the time we don’t see I wished we could have seen the cute things that had taken place. Yet I understand why we are told then shown those parts. It would have otherwise disrupted the tone and intensity of the story. We are in Robbie’s head for the entire story.

It’s painful watching Robbie struggle with what he feels he knows is true and what others are saying is true. And then the big battle scene which turned me into a puddle of emotions for the heroes and disgusted by the antagonists. This was a new level of horror for fictional bad guys – I could not even! I didn’t expect the high emotions, the heavy tension or the angst even though I was warned that this book was nothing but sadness and despair.

Heartsong  was a lot to take in. I loved Robbie and Kelly’s relationship. Poor Rico and I still love his crooked sense of humor. And Ox continues to be the most wonderful character.

Something bigger and more epic is being set up in this book. Brothersong is going to be the emotional end of us all. I’m super excited for it but at the same time so not read for this series to end.


More Green Creek (My Reviews)

Book 1 – Wolfsong
Book 2 – Ravensong

More by TJ Klune (My Reviews)

The Lightning-Struck Heart
A Destiny of Dragons
The Consumption of Magic
A Wish Upon the Stars

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