Title: Running With the Pack
Author: A.M. Burns and Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: September 8, 2016
Genre(s): Young adult, poly relationship, gay romance
Page Count: 137 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.
This book was such an amazingly sweet love story between three boys. I truly enjoyed how both A.M. Burns and Caitlin Ricci was able to come up with story that is both sad because of the issue with bullies but also amazing at the same time because of the love these three boys found in one another.
All three of the boys in this story are so very different. But the differences in them is what makes their coming together as a poly couple that much more special. Adrain is just this sweet, shy, asexual guy, I think he is very timid and truly believes that because he is not interested in a sexual relationship with anyone that he will never find love which is what I believe he truly wants. It is very easy to see that he loves both I am and Finn but I do not think that he ever imagined that they would love him too. I think that is why he never pictured himself with either of them because he did not want them to have to settle for being in a relationship with someone who did not have sexual urges.
Finn is of course new to town but more than that he has never been attracted to guys before he met Adrian and Ivan. It was so effortless for him to accept what he felt for both of them and he never questioned that he wanted to be with both of them. I love that he did not try and hide from them how he started feeling and that he did not try to hide who is or what he wants. That made him that much more appealing in my eyes and that much more special.
Ivan is the one I would say tries to be the protector. He is what I would consider the Alpha of their little pack whereas Finn is the beta, and Adrian would be the omega. But regardless of that Ivan does not try and weld power over any of them. He just accepts that they are all a piece of what makes them whole.
When Adrian goes missing the three boys families are enlightened as to what their relationship truly is and I love the fact that each of their families did not try and change their minds, instead they did what I believe any parent should do and that is supported them and accepted them.
This book was as I said earlier, an incredibly, sweet read and I really enjoyed reading it. I think that A.M. Burns and Caitlin Ricci did this book so much justice in the way they had this book play out and how they portrayed the relationship between the three boys. In a way this book in my opinion is a very inspirational read. I would definitely recommend this book to others to read.
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