Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Green’s Hill Werewolves, Vol. 1
SERIES: Little Goddess
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 322 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017
In the world of the Little Goddess
Teague Sullivan and Jack Barnes work in the dangerous gray area between the natural and supernatural worlds, helping people who get separated from the safety of Green’s Hill find their way home. Teague’s in the game for redemption—but Jack’s in the game for Teague.
Teague is damaged, haunted, and about the loneliest man Jack has ever met, but Jack sees beyond Teague’s scars and gruffness to the kindness and bravery underneath. Teague is pretty sure Jack’s a green idealist—a scarred old dog like Teague will never be good enough for a sweet young pup like his Jacky.
When Jack is injured, the two hunters are sucked into the paranormal world they’ve been defending. Teague must reevaluate everything he’s believed about their relationship. While Teague is sorting out his life both with Jacky and as a member of Green’s Hill, Katy steps into the mix. She’s loved Teague since she was a child, and that love has only gotten stronger now that they’ve survived into adulthood. Teague Sullivan, who has lived “without” since he was born, is suddenly given all the things that make live worth living “with.” Does Teague have the courage to reach for two lovers and a place on Green’s Hill?
For the first time in print: Yearning, Waiting, Reaching, and Changing.
Oh Teague, you dumb motherfucker!! Oh Amy Lane, you brilliant author!!
I am a huge fan of Amy’s Little Goddess series, and I have absolutely loved re-reading all of the books as she has re-released them. The Green’s Hill Werewolves books, originally published as a series of six short books, are being re-published by DSP Publication as two books, more in line with the re-published Little Goddess books. I read these when they were originally published, then had a sneak peak six months ago, so this is really my third time through. I love that, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the fucked up Teague, the annoying Jack, and the sweet Katy.
In case anyone reading this review isn’t familiar with the Little Goddess books, they follow the life of a young woman named Cory, as she discovers this whole hidden world of magic, not too far from Sacramento. She is eventually led to Green’s Hill, a commune of sorts, for people of the paranormal persuasion. After much drama and adventure, Cory becomes bonded to Green and Bracken, both elves, and Nicky, a bird shifter. The foursome defend the hill and it’s inhabitants throughout the main series of Little Goddess books, with the help of many other characters. Among those characters, is Teague.
Teague begins life as a human, the son of a sadistic asshole, who tracks down and kills werewolves. Teague is abused, starved, beaten, and raped. We see all of this through flashbacks or in conversations, but it is so hard to see. Teague is eventually rescued by Green, and shown that he has been fighting for the wrong side. Teague sees the light, certainly, but he is so fucked up in his head that he doesn’t see the good in himself. Green brings him Jack, hoping that the two will save each other.
Jack is also a human, from a fairly affluent family, whose sister got caught up in some bad shit, was nearly saved by Green’s family, only to meet a sad end. Jack is a very unhappy young man, and Green takes him to Teague hoping the two can become partners in work, and possibly love. Jack is young and fairly unfocused, but willing to step up and help Teague as a fighting pair for Green. We see the possibility of love between them, but Teague is just too stubborn to let Jack in. This all changes when the two are sent on a mission to find a female werewolf named Katy who has gone missing.
Kate also starts as a human, but after becoming addicted to drugs, is rescued by one of Green’s people and becomes a werewolf. She knows Teague from the neighborhood, and has had a crush on him for years, but her drug addiction was too overpowering… She is nabbed by a very bad man, but by the time Teague and Jack track her down, she’s pretty much saved herself, since she was captured around the time of the full moon, when werewolves are at their strongest. But a bad thing happens. She’s confused while in her wolf form, doesn’t realize Teague is trying to save her, and attacks. Jack jumps in front of Teague, trying to save him, and is nearly killed by Katy. Teague manages to keep him alive long enough to get him to Green’s Hill, where Green is able to save him. Katy is also rescued and brought to the hill, where Teague gets her to bite him, making all three of them werewolves.
Whew. Still with me? All of that is to explain how the three are now werewolves, living on the hill, but not yet bonded in love. Because Teague is a dumb motherfucker and can’t see what’s right in front of him! So part of this story is Teague working through his issues and bonding with Jack and Katy. Teague is damaged inside and out, and has lots to deal with. Jack is stupid at times and does more damage than good fairly often. Katy is the light counterpoint to the two men, even though she has her own issues. Part of the story is also dealing with things happening on the hill. These things are also covered in the last Little Goddess book, but we see it from Teague’s point of view this time. Bad shit is going down with some rogue werewolves, and Teague and Jack get caught up in the mess. Jack making things worse, as he tends to do!
Holy crap, this is a long review…..
Anywho. Teague settles in to life on Green’s Hill, bonds with Cory in a non-romantic way, seeing her as the leader he needs to follow. Jack fucks things up, Katy calms everyone one. Bad shit happens, good shit happens, but lots of angst and drama goes on. Teague is really fucked up, did I mention that? Well he is. And I love him dearly. Jack is a little shit who I wanted to strangle. Katy is just sort of there. I liked her as a method for settling her men, but she kind of gets lost in the background, as this is really about Teague and how fucked up he is.
So yes. Excellent book, excellent fucked up character, excellent redemption story, and excellent writing. I can’t even imagine what goes on in Amy’s head to come up with this. I got teary-eyed a couple of time seeing Teague’s past. I laughed at times, particularly as Teague and Jack fuck like rabbits in the back of a car while Cory and Bracken desperately drive back to the hill. Their choice as werewolves is “fight it or fuck it” and they chose fuck it! Boy did they…. I hated to see Teague struggle so hard to accept love, and by the end of this first volume, things are just barely settled for the threesome. But there is another volume and more crap to come!
While this book does have girl bits in it, Katy does participate in the sex, it is certainly more m/m than m/m/f. More of the sex scenes involve the two men than the three of them. But Katy brings a lovely emotional part to the threesome, a softness that Teague needs.
You could read this one without having read the main series, but you’d probably be a little bit lost. I highly recommend reading all of the Little Goddess books if you are in to paranormal or urban fantasy stories. They are absolutely fantastic.
I loved this book, I love this series, and I love this author!