Title: Bound by the Fang: M/M Shifter Mpreg Romance (Black River Pack Book 1)
Authors: Kellan Larkin
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Page Count: 135
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.88 stars out of 5
Omega Rian doesn’t want to get married—not to an Alpha, anyway. Everyone knows they have… strange desires, and Rian’s scared. But the Black River Pack is besieged on all sides by enemies, and the Council wants him to get married… now. When he’s paired with Taryn, his life will be changed forever.
Taryn doesn’t want to get saddled with an Omega when he’s too busy trying out for the Alpha Guard, the pack’s prestigious warriors. It’s been his dream to follow in his father’s footsteps ever since he was small. But it’s not up to him, and he’s paired with Rian.
When Taryn fails his Guard tryouts and Rian learns he’s infertile, it seems like life is just getting worse for the brash Alpha and his reluctant Omega. The pair has to learn to work together to get through it all—and will Rian ever learn about his own desires?
Bound by the Fang is a m/m gay shifter mpreg novella with a HEA. No cheating, no cliffhangers. Each book in the Black River Pack series focuses on a different couple while expanding the overarching plot. They can be enjoyed alone, but it is recommended to read the series in order.
Honestly, I really don’t know what to think about this book. First the title, Bound by the Fang. Nowhere in this book is there any mention about what “Bound by the Fang” would mean exactly or any hint to it. This might not bother anyone else, but for me…yeah. I need to know these things.
I really like how the story starts off and that Rian and Taryn’s situations are gradually introduced. However, their problems seem easily resolved not so soon after the fact. Talk about winning the luck lottery! Honestly, I was surprised that Rian’s infertility issue was not made into a bigger deal than what it was. Especially with the Pack Wars going on, getting married and procreation is a must in their society. Therefore, one would think that there would be some conflict at least between the parents (matchmaking) and the Council (pushes for births to build their Alpha Guard), but sadly no. I do wish that the author went into more detail about the Pack Wars and how they select their Council. I can only assume I will get the answers I need in the next book.
In the end, I felt there was a cliffhanger. With how the author ended it I felt like someone hit me in the face with a wooden paddle; with WTF on the tip of my tongue. I can only assume Rian is going to help Taryn in his own way with the Pack War. I guess I will have to see if the next book in the series goes in this direction. If so I will give it a try; if not then unfortunately I must say I cannot go further with this series.