The Pack or the Panther

Tara Lain
The Pack or the Panther
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Publisher
Dreamspinner
Release Date
January 2014
ISBN
9781627984379
Series
Book 1 of Tales of the Harker Pack
Genre
Erotic Romance, GLBT, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Cole, a werewolf, discovers a gangster who wants his pack's land also wants Paris, a panther shifter, and won't rest until he has him.
 
Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he's lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese's half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.
 
When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won't rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
An exotic male stripper who commands a no-touch policy and he's a feline shifter? Where is this club and how does one get in the door? This is a fun erotic m/m story from the talented Ms. Lain, which rates 3.5 stars for me.

Cole is a dutiful and loyal son. He's dreamy alpha material. His power over his shifting is stronger than most. He's sexy. He's strong. He is a lawyer who doesn't litigate, yet he directs behind the scene to win cases with his strategic skills. He is a sexy shifted wolf. Hello! Where are the women draped all over his hunky body? He's gay. NO! Say it ain't so! Yes, this prime piece of alpha male bats for the other team. Too bad his parents and pack refuse to accept it. They force Cole into a marriage to cement an alliance.

This story is pretty predictable from a plot perspective. Are there any surprises? No. Still, it's told in a smooth manner with good character development and emotional tugging. Cole is stood up by not only his intended, but her half-brother, Paris.

Paris is the exotic stripper who is half-wolf and half-panther. He's outside of the pack for various reasons. Coming home to his sister's wedding and then ending up as the bride-to-be is not in his life plan. Yet, Cole is something Paris desperately wants to take a bite out of.

From a character perspective, this story is engaging. Cole is the white knight who is dumped on and taken for granted. Despite all he has to offer, he's still rejected. One of the more painful lines is when Cole tells both sets of alpha parents, "Apparently marrying me is the worst possible thing any Marketo would ever have to do." (p. 88-89)

Ouch! To be honest, Ms. Lain creates some pretty childish and selfish characters in the Marketo pack. The pack alpha doesn't listen. His daughter is a cowardly oath breaker. His son is a flighty spoiled cock tease. Due to the entire cast of characters, the reader feels sympathy and outrage on Cole's behalf. This kind of emotion generated makes for a more pleasurable reader experience. It makes the story that much more fun to cuss at when angry at a dumbass move by a character, specifically Paris.

Ms. Lain delivers yet another sweet romantic tale with flawed characters, funny dialog and hot sex. Let's discuss the sex. Wow, does she crank up the erotic heat between Paris and Cole! They go at it like animals. She even slips in a little hint of shifter sex near the end. While Paris may want his freedom and break Cole's heart in the process, when the two physically meet, there are no misunderstandings. They ignite the page with their domination play. Which animal will be on top? Kitty or Puppy? It's fun to see the two perform the horizontal tango in the woods, in a room and just about everywhere.

This erotic m/m romance is recommended to paranormal lovers who love a good happily ever after.
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Book Review by Evampire (reviewer)
Aug 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
138 people found the following review helpful
To save the pack, Cole Harker is promised to marry Analiese which will secure an alliance in this riveting m/m shifter romance. But Cole wants something more for himself; he wants her half-brother, Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him. But all bets are off when a gangster decides he wants Paris and World War Wolf breaks out!

This fast-paced and smooth-flowing plot keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with suspense, action, drama and romance. The author describes the story with well-written details that capture the imagination and the well-orchestrated scenes draw the reader deeper into the story, ensuring that they want to know more.
The strong, compelling characters are easily understood and grab the reader's attention from the very beginning and the spine-tingling tension builds throughout the story from several different conflicts.

The attraction between Paris and Cole is undeniably hot and the sex scenes blaze hot enough to set the reader on fire with a fiery inferno of passion, but the relationship has sparks exploding everywhere. Paris is a solitary cat who doesn't want anything to do with Pack politics and the coming war, and Cole, while he wants nothing to do with Pack politics, feels it's his duty to protect the Pack which means he'll have to marry Paris's sister in order to seal the alliance.
The reader can't help but get caught up in these two characters' stories as both capture the heart as they deal with the pain and curves that life throws at them and as they dream to be accepted for who and what they are.

This fascinating story has lots of excitement with a wolf war, wolf-knapping and some surprising twists to keep the reader on their toes. I must say that I couldn't put the story down until I had read the very last word. As I have already had the pleasure of reading the second one, I can't wait to get my hands on the third one, which is due out in early 2015.
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