After years in the military, Wulfgang Marrok has had enough. He wants nothing more than to settle down into quiet normalcy and live out his life. Unfortunately, the moment he meets his music history professor, “normal” and “quiet” disintegrate beneath a sudden metaphysical connection he didn’t think was possible. His mother is a werewolf, but he didn’t inherit her abilities… until now.
Silas River desperately needs a break from life as Bad Oak’s drummer, so he dons a disguise and heads to a sleepy little town to teach music. Of course, life always fouls up the beat: the moment his fated mate walks into his classroom, his dormant wolf side wakes up and demands attention.
For shifters, instinct trumps solitude. Werewolf politics and violent enemies trump peace. Can Silas and Wulfgang’s new bond survive murder and a loss so deep that Silas almost destroys himself trying to soothe the pain?
This is the third book in the series and it’s best read in order.
Silas is the drummer in the band and a cousin, so he knows he “might” become a werewolf at any time and that this is exponentially faster if he meets his mate. He needs a break from the werewolf craziness so he goes to Maine to teach for a summer – in disguise!- and is shocked to find more shifter craziness in the remote woods.
Wulfgang is the non-shifting son of a shifter and his mate who went crazy and damaged the pack then left in exile. He’s back because his mother can’t stay away from the draw of the pack and he’s trying to finish his degree. He’s immediately attracted to the professor of his music theory class but he can’t quite figure out what is “strange” about him nor can he understand why the bullies of his childhood won’t leave him alone. But he’s military trained now and won’t back down and he won’t let Silas get away with any secrets, either.
THIS IS WONDERFUL! I love this series so much! Book one blew me away. (https://openskyebookreviews.com/rock-star-baby-bad-oak-boys-1-by-erin-m-leaf/) It’s fun, sexy, has fantastic world-building and a sweet romance that really satisfies on all levels. Book two wasn’t as great, but was still pretty awesome,(https://openskyebookreviews.com/alpha-shaman-bad-oak-boys-2-by-erin-m-leaf/) but this one either surpasses book one or ties it in it’s ability to draw the reader in and keep them captivated from start to finish.
Silas is a strong Alpha character with a lovely sensitive side. Wulfgang is a bit younger but also strong and a great partner for Silas.
There is a moment of true heart breaking sadness that will bring tears to your eyes, but the end is so beautiful and goes a long way toward making it better. If I have any complaints about this book it’s that Wulfgang and Silas could have really used some more time after the tragedy to really work through the issue – I’m not sure I felt the pain as fully as I could have from Wulfgang’s perspective.
All in all it was a wonderful part three to the series and I can’t wait for book four!
4.5 of 5 stars
Reviewed by Morgan