DUELING REVIEWS: The Cub Club by Ardy Kelly

Author: Ardy Kelly
Book: The Cub Club
Page/Word Count: 235 Pages, 65,000 Words
Categories: Gay Romance, Shifter Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2018
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Get The Cub Club by Ardy Kelly on Amazon & Kindle UnlimitedWhat would you do if your adopted son shifted into a wolf cub before your eyes?

For single dad Steven the choice was simple – find the boy’s family and hope they had the answers.

As the alpha of Lone Wolves Ranch, Mack trusted in humans as much as he trusted in love. Not at all. But he had a soft spot for the brave man searching for his son’s relatives. When he discovers Steven is his fated mate, he’s stuck between a soft spot and a hard place.

The Cub Club is a gay wolf shifter romance containing Mpreg and knotting. A complete 65,000-word novel – no cliffhanger!

4✨s – Loved this story! It was a good change from the typical shifter story. Steven faces a lot of life changing challenges through the course of this story ranging from death to mating to children. Peter (the cub) struggles to find his new norm. I had a very hard time liking Mack at certain points – his attitude was very “I’m the almighty alpha, bow to me” – but in the end he pulled his head out of his rear and figured things out!! I’m secretly hoping Sheriff Chet Thompson gets his own story!!

4✨s – So we have a new author with a slightly different take on the shifter stories. Steven witnesses his son change for a first time into a wolf and sets out to find those that can help support him. He finds himself at Lone Wolf Ranch, meeting Mack Alpha wolf of the group of shifters on the Ranch. The story that we are taken through includes stubborn men, destined mates, male pregnancy and a recessive shifter gene. It makes for interesting and engaging reading. I really enjoyed the interactions between Steven and Mack, both fighting for themselves but also an unknown future for them both. The recessive gene, for me, was something that I hadn’t encountered in a book before so I liked having that aspect of the story as something else that brings them even closer together, as well as Steven and his son, Pete. Along with our two main characters, we meet a whole host of people, mostly those on the ranch but also in the nearby town. I can see possible books ahead for some of these and love that the ranch is safe haven for young shifters who found themselves alone and it includes a mix of species – wolf, bear etc. There is a real sense of family amongst them all and even when there’s trouble with one of them, you can feel group come together to help each other. The ranch sounds like a beautiful place to live and Ardy Kelly has wonderfully written it, especially when Steven is taken on a tour. The different locations are easy to visualise and imagine the story taking place. My reason for missing off the fifth star is that though I enjoyed the different aspects of the story, it did seem a lot to keep track of, or at least within the amount of pages there are. I did really enjoy this story from a new author and definitely recommend giving a try 🙂

About Ardy Kelly:
Ardy Kelly is my paranormal pen name. I work for one of the top boutique event planning companies in San Francisco, and I can’t risk having our clientele (or my boss) discover my passion for aggressive, sexual, alpha men.

I started writing steamy contemporary romance in 2015 under the name Robyn Kelly. At that time, only virgins seemed to be nabbing troubled billionaires, and I thought it was time to write a book where experience counted for something. When I discovered the Omegaverse last year, I noticed a lot of stories where Omegas were weak little victims, and decided to tackle that issue as well.

Much as I love writing all types of romance I don’t mind poking fun at the genre, too. My books always have a lot of humor, and usually one character is reading or writing a particularly silly romance book.

What attracted you to the Omegaverse?
Two years ago, I didn’t know the Omegaverse existed. I wanted to write a story about two men, and had started reading shifter stories. You can’t spend too much time doing that before Amazon starts showing you Mpreg books that “customers who bought this item also bought.”

I didn’t know what Mpreg was, so I Googled it. And then I had to buy one of those books to find out how the heck they were going to do that!

In most of those books, Omegas have tough lives. Often orphaned, auctioned to the highest bidder, kept by cruel alphas, abused by the pack… you know the stories. I don’t mind a little angst with my romance but not CSI: Omegaverse.

It gave me the idea to write a book where an orphan shifter was raised in a loving human home. And when the boy shifted for the first time, the dad didn’t reject him, but tried to find his relatives.
Since I didn’t want to write a love story for the thirteen-year-old boy, I had to have Dad catch the Alpha’s eye. And heart.

I got hung up on “the rules” for Mpreg stories, but I also know I’m not the first one to take what I want and leave the rest. In an era of alternate facts, why can’t we have alternate fiction?

Where to find Ardy Kelly:

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