Title: Running With the Pack
Author: A.M. Burns and Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: September 8th 2016
Genre(s): M/M/M Contemporary YA
Page Count: 180 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
Finn is about to start his senior year of high school when he and his family move from Austin, Texas, to Woodland Park, Colorado. Everything is different—even the elevation—and Finn’s having a hard time getting used to his new home. Life takes a turn for the better when he meets Ivan Dubovasky at a farmers’ market. Finn finds not only a close new friend but a fulfilling volunteer position at the High Mountain Wolf and Wild Dog Center, which Ivan’s family runs. Before long Finn develops an affinity for the wolves under the center’s protection.
Things only get better for Finn when he starts a relationship with Ivan; and Ivan’s best friend, Adrian, who’s asexual, completes their small pack. But it all comes crashing down when the bully plaguing Adrian crosses the line and Adrian goes missing. Finn and Ivan are determined to bring their boyfriend home safe, but they might not be able to do it alone. Luckily there’s a special wolf ready to lend a paw.
I liked it. The whole story is very sweet with only a light bit of angst and no real conflict.
I loved that this positively portrays a poly relationship. I absolutely loved that one of the characters, also very positively portrayed, is asexual. It’s a very sweet YA poly relationship where the only time the characters engage in anything sexual it happens totally off page.
What didn’t really thrill me was how it all comes out unicorns and rainbows…even the conflict isn’t very, um, conflicting. I mean, seriously, no one close to them has a problem with them being gay, ace, or poly? Though, to be honest, in a way it’s really refreshing that everyone is so accepting of their relationship. The only conflict comes from how a couple of bullies treat Adrian, but it’s not very graphic, and I was a bit disappointed in the resolution.
However, the positives far outweigh anything else. I’ll just have to hope that maybe we’ll get another story with Finn, Ivan and Adrian a bit more grown up and living their lives together.