“Rock Star Baby” Bad Oak Boys #1 hooked me in; shifters, romance and mpreg. Yes, you read that right, it hooked me in. When I heard there was a sequel I had to read it, I wanted more! I thought if you tell a story in one novel, you tell a completely different story in the next, right? Well, sometimes not. “Alpha Shaman” had everything that drew me into the first book. More so, maybe. We had that character that needed some major groveling and redeeming, coupled with Josh, the brother of Ryan, and it's the perfect recipe...Or so I thought. My only quibbles with this installment is that it read like the first: the formula seems to be the same. Did I enjoy it? Yes, I thought it was good, better than good, even. But what I really wanted was more of the MPREG aspect that seems to be expected from the series. I want more of the feels and romance and less of the angst and distance that came with both novels. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the romance and the redeeming.
Bad Oak Boys, 2
The world isn’t ready for a rock star werewolf, but Josh Oakley can’t stop biology. When his brother sends sexy wolf shaman Gerwulf to help him, instinct is too mild a word for how he feels. Gerwulf calls to his animal in a way that defies logic.
Gerwulf knows Josh is his mate the moment they meet, but he doesn’t like guys and he doesn’t intend to bond with anyone. He’ll help the musician control his wolf, but getting too close isn’t his intention. Besides, he wouldn’t know what to do with a man in his bed.
Of course, shifters can’t dodge fate—a crisis forces Josh and Gerwulf to accept their connection just in time to save Forst Pack from an old enemy. When biology ties them together beyond even a mating bond, will they be able to move past their fear and into a future that holds more than they ever expected?
Be Warned: m/m sex, MPREG
Josh needed to taste Gerwulf, right the fuck now. He’d gone from confusion over his intense attraction to this wolf and straight into need. It felt right to desire this man. It felt like that unattainable connection he’d been searching for, all through the years of writing love songs and fucking random men and women on the road. “I’m going to kiss you, Gerwulf. You don’t get to say no.” His wolf growled, wanting him to get on with it. Mate.
Gerwulf stared at him, eyes dark as old whiskey. “You shouldn’t be doing this, especially not now. Your instinct to shift is confusing your libido.” He reached out and grabbed Josh’s arms, pressing his fingers into his skin as if he was afraid Josh was going to take off.
Confusing me? As if. I’m not the one hanging on for dear life. This guy is mine, even if he doesn’t realize it yet. Josh let himself enjoy the pain of the Shaman’s grip. He hadn’t expected to feel attraction like this, ever. Hell, he hadn’t expected to shift into a wolfeither, but the moment Gerwulf showed up at his door, his desire for both things had grown stronger and stronger. “Your hands tell me a different story, Gerwulf.” He moved in and pressed his aching cock right into the Shaman’s hip. The man was built solid. Josh ground against him, desperate to feel a response.
“We shouldn’t be doing this,” Gerwulf said, voice cracking on the last word. His fingers flexed on Josh’s biceps. A minute tremble told Josh the Shaman wasn’t as unaffected as he tried to appear. Instead of pushing him away, Gerwulf pulled him closer.
Josh smiled, all teeth. “I’m going to shift, I promise you, but you need to let me in first.” He inhaled, savoring the warm spice scent that drifted from Gerwulf’s skin. “You smell fucking fantastic.” He leaned in and put his lips on Gerwulf’s neck. God, he wanted to bite him. Was this what it had been like for his brother? Maybe being a wolf wouldn’t be so bad.
Gerwulf trembled and dug his fingers into Josh’s arms. “I’m a Shaman. I’ll be Forst Pack’s Alpha-Shaman someday. Your wolf recognizes my power. That’s all this is.”
My cock recognizes your extreme sexiness. Josh laughed, going along with Gerwulf’s delusion that he was doing this because of some paranormal status woo-woo. “Yeah, whatever.”
Gerwulf opened his legs slightly, slotting them together more closely. “You don’t understand what’s happening.” He sounded disturbed.
Josh forced himself to lean back. He wanted to take a bite out of this man, God help him, but he didn’t want to hurt him. “You’ve never been with a guy before, have you?”
“What?” Gerwulf’s eyes widened, and he shook his head. “How did you know that?” He moved his hands to Josh’s wrists, trapping his arms against his flanks, as if that would hold him off. “Not that it matters. That’s not what this is about.”
“Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as you think.” Josh leaned in again, nosing along Gerwulf’s jaw. He took his time. This particular moment would never happen again. “We have the same plumbing. The same needs.” He wanted their first kiss to be explosive. He shoved down the niggling worry in his mind that told him he’d forgotten something extremely important. His wolf was happy. His dick was happy. Gerwulf wasn’t pulling away. What could be wrong? He’d deal with the shifting problem later. “It doesn’t have to mean anything, Gerwulf. It’s not like we’re getting married.”
“You have no idea what kind of fire you’re playing with,” Gerwulf said, hips jerking slightly. His erection, still trapped in his pants, slid across Josh’s nude cock, making them both moan.
“You’re playing with the same flame, Shaman,” Josh said, once he’d gotten control of his voice back. His dick had never before been so hard just from light foreplay.
Gerwulf flushed. “Nothing about this is normal.”
Josh groaned. “You’re sexy and hot. This is perfectly normal. You may not have fucked a man before, but I have. I’m bi and totally fine with it.” He paused. “Don’t worry. I won’t hurt you. I don’t want to scare you off.”
“For Christ’s sake.” Gerwulf let out an explosive breath. “This has everything to do with you being a wolf, Josh. Listen to me.” He shook Josh slightly. “I’m an Alpha-Shaman. You’re a Beta. Our wolves are confusing power and status with sex.”
Josh blinked, trying to force his arousal-soaked brain to function. “You think I want you because you’re a Shaman?” He chuckled. “No.”
“Yes,” Gerwulf insisted.
His mouth says one thing, but his body says another. Josh wrestled with himself. He would not force Gerwulf to do anything he truly didn’t want to do, despite what he’d said. But I want one good kiss before I step away.
“Fuck this.” He leaned in and kissed Gerwulf. Immediately, the Shaman opened his mouth, letting Josh’s tongue inside. “Christ, you taste like the forest,” Josh said, shuddering. He suckled Gerwulf’s bottom lip, then dove in again. “I can’t get enough of you.” His mind felt white-hot and crazy, with his wolf howling and growling. His cock was so stiff it hurt. He wanted to take Gerwulf up against the wall. He wanted to bite him and mark him and not look back.
Josh Oakley is now the lead singer in his rock band The Bad Oak Boy’s. He’s taken over the position for his brother Ryan for the rest of the current tour. As far as Josh knew he was human, unlike his brother Ryan who discovered he was mate and co-leader to the Forst Pack’s Leader Bardulf. Apparently, not every sibling will be able to change into his animal, the ones that do normally have to meet their true mate before they get an inkling they’ll be able to change. And then he starts having the weirdest dreams, more like nightmares and when he wakes up there is always “dog” hair in his bed! When Shaman-Heir Gerwulf gets the news he was needed to help an adult whose wolf is trying to make an appearance with no mate in sight and he’s never changed before, he is understandably very nervous. He’s not very well liked in the pack because of his parents and the fact that he was an asshole when he was a teenager. To make matters worse he’s being sent to help the co-leader’s brother Josh who he humiliated himself in front of when he was sixteen! When Josh answers his door Gerwulf can hardly believe it, they’re mates! He’s devastated because he’s straight, he’s never had these feelings for anyone other than women. Josh doesn’t care, he’s known he was bi-sexual since he was a teenager. When he gets a whiff of Gerwulf he can’t believe his instant reaction to him and it means that his brother was right, when you come across your mate you know instantly who they are! It takes Josh quite a while to convince Gerwulf that it’s perfectly fine for two men to be mates. When Gerwulf’s mentor comes up missing, they have to leave the tour and return to pack lands to help search for him. This is when Gerwulf and Josh discover that Gerwulf is in fact an Alpha Shaman, the strongest Shaman there can ever be and he realises he will need every bit of his new-found strength. It is whilst they are fighting for their lives that everyone discovers that Gerwulf is pregnant through the magic gifted to him when his mentor died. I must say I enjoyed Alpha Shaman a lot more that I thought I would as I’ve never read an m-preg book before! The only disappointing thing about this book is that you don’t actually go through the entire birth scene. I wanted to at least read about a male giving birth! If you’ve never read an m-preg book before then The Bad Oak Boys is definitely the series to start with.
"The longer he stood there, the more agitated his wolf became. Josh didn’t feel like just another pack member. He felt like the other half of his soul. Which, shit. That’s bad. Very, very bad." As I mentioned at the end of my review for 'Rock Star Baby', I jumped immediately into this second book in a series I'm finding fascinating. I liked Josh so much as Ryan's little brother, and I couldn't wait to see how much havoc he was going to bring to Gerwulf's new, peaceful Shaman-Heir lifestyle. *cackles* Josh and the guys are doing a tour without Ryan, as he's at home with his son, Fenris, and his mate. It's a good thing for Josh to be the frontman and show everyone what he's capable of. Unfortunately, Josh's dormant shifter genes are coming to the forefront, and they mostly have to do with Gerwulf, his mate. Gerwulf has spent the past three years training and living in seclusion with the pack's Alpha-Shaman, trying desperately to prove to the pack that he regrets being that obnoxious, arrogant jerk he used to be. Gerwulf can't exactly explain that most of that attitude came from how he was raised, so instead he's trying to work on being a better person. Now, if he can just let his past and the fear he carries from it go, he'll be much better off. “Look. We’re mated. You made the choice to accept me. To accept your position in Forst Pack. It’s all good. Don’t let your past destroy what you’ve created.” He paused. “What we’ve created together.” 'Alpha Shaman' was so exciting and incredibly fascinating. The Forst pack was being targeted by a very old enemy, one Ralf, the Alpha-Shaman, thought long gone. Instead, she returned and took Ralf's life, leaving Gerwulf unprepared for his new role as Shaman. To defeat this threat it took all of Josh and Gerwulf's combined abilities as Beta and Shaman, respectively, to defeat this witch on the psychic and physical plane, rescuing many of her victims in the end. It's definite. I'm totally, 100 percent hooked on the 'Bad Oak Boys' series. Josh and Gerwulf were fabulous together, and again, I'm really enjoying the way the author is writing the mpreg portions of the stories. Definitely the most realistic of any in this trope that I have read so far. I can't wait to jump into Silas's story next. DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Evernight Publishing for the purpose of a review. Additional Information Format ebook Length Novel, 56260 words Heat Level Publication Date 30-December-2015 Price $5.99 ebook Buy Link http://www.evernightpublishing.com/alpha-shaman-by-erin-m-leaf/ Connect with Us Connect to Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow our blog !--> Contact via Email Rainbow Book Reviews Coming Soon Dreamspinner Press Books Where Dreams Come True... A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House 2) by Jaime Reese After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him...
Josh thinks that he is human, although he is aware of the werewolf gene in his family. However, when he starts having strange dreams and shedding fur, he admits he might be in trouble. He rings Ryan (his brother) who sends out a Shaman who will help him. When Josh and Gerwulf first meet, the wolves both agree that they have found their mates, although the human halves still need convincing. Evil is on the way though, so they may not have as much time as they would like. This is the first of the Bad Oak Boys that I have read, although I didn't feel that it negatively impacted my enjoyment in any way. ALPHA SHAMAN is full of action, romance, and yes, even grief. I could understand Gerwulf's hang ups from his past, and I liked how he worked through them, with Josh's help. Josh and Gerwulf are both excellent characters, well-rounded and with their own quirks. I have enjoyed this story, and am now looking forward to reading Rock Star Baby, which is book one in this series. - See more at: http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=20370#sthash.By4mmWbd.dpuf
I have been looking forward to this book since the day that I finished Bad Oak Boys #1, Rock Star Baby. That booked hooked me into the Shifter Mpreg trope, the author, Erin M. Leaf did such a wonderful job with it that she gained a fan with me. So anyways on with Alpha Shaman, long awaited and worth the wait, this book did not disappoint me in the least and it actually ratcheted up my respect for this author. On one hand we have a character that is new to shifting and is freaking out over it, that would be Josh. Then on the other hand we have an experienced shifter that has been training as Shaman for the pack, that would be Gerwulf. Oh yes Gerwulf is also straight and has no interest in doing anything with Josh even though his wolf recognizes Josh as his mate when they first meet. This book has it all, we have an angsty character pairing, a character attempting to bring harm to the Forst pack, magic, amazing sex (whew) and of course the romance and Mpreg. The intense story starts as soon as you open the cover and runs the whole of the story. We learn more about the characters as the story progresses, I really like this, instead of learning about the characters in an info dump style the author uses a more natural pace, one that keeps the pace of the book realistic and believable. Speaking about pacing, the book moves to fast and damn if it wasn’t over before I was ready. By ready I mean I was so engrossed that I hated to remove myself from the story. I want to know who the cousins are going to get paired with and what their stories are going to be, I am so ready to continue with the Bad Oak Boys.
love this book and the Author Alpha Shaman is good had to finish reading the book looking out for more
Love Josh & Gerwulf story that I'm impatiently waiting for the next one in the Bad Oak Boys series
I absolutely enjoyed this book. There was action, mystery and of course a mpreg. This book was just as good as the1st book. Josh is having issues with shifting...he's a new wolf and can't seem to control his shifts. Gerwulf arrives to help Josh and it's an immediate attraction. Which shocks Gerwulf, since he's straight. Josh knows what he wants and it Gerwulf. Gerwulf is afraid. Will he let his fear stop him from having a future? Read the book to find out!!
Having long awaited the sequel to Rock Star Baby, I have to say I am not disappointed. Josh and Gerwulf's story is evolving nicely and at some points as reader you have no idea what will happen next. I wonder who will now be a threat to the Oakly clan in book 3.