Strength of the Pack

Kendall McKenna
Strength of the Pack
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Publisher
MLR Press
Release Date
January 2013
ISBN
9781608208449
Series
Book 1 of The Tameness of the Wolf
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT, Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
A Marine werewolf and his commander bring legends to life while surviving combat deployment in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Lucas Young doesn't know much about shifters. When Sergeant Noah Hammond is assigned to Lucas' platoon, the Marine Corps' True Alpha werewolf challenges the Lieutenant's authority and his self-control. As Lucas learns to dominate and command Noah, he struggles against a strong attraction and deepening emotional bond. During their combat deployment to Afghanistan, Lucas and Noah begin mirroring legendary partnerships. Their bond and their power grow as they survive dangerous combat and ambushes. When one of them is wounded in battle, they both must embrace the strength of their bond before they lose each other forever.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Jun 20, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
178 people found the following review helpful
Kendall McKenna does it again. Her wonderful story about Lt. Lucas Young, human, and Sergeant Noah Hammond, werewolf, is an imaginative and breathtaking tale about men in battle, men in friendship and men in love.

When Lucas is assigned True Alpha werewolf Noah to his command in Afghanistan, he is stymied. He doesn't know much about shifters, their habits, their needs. The training he was supposed to have received to be able to handle a man like Noah was never quite forthcoming. But Lucas's instincts serve him well. It helps too that he is attracted to Noah in a way he's never felt before.

His one mistake is thinking that the feelings he has for Noah are all about werewolf ritual and keeping his True Alpha happy. As Noah's 'Dominant', Lucas has a lot to learn about the synergies between their two species. But he also has a lot to learn about himself and his true motivations for being with Noah.

Kendall McKenna's knowledge about men in combat shines through this book like a beacon of hope, glory and camaraderie that makes it very hard to put down once you start. Her descriptions of the challenges these men face in hostile country are breathtaking, her wry humor at tackling them inspirational and above all, her in-depth knowledge of her subject matter simply incredible. The word she has created of both human and werewolves working side to side to fight the evil that threatens the world is creativity at its best.

Noah and Lucas's emotions run through this book like a river unleashed, each page bringing the two closer together in a way that neither of them ever envisaged. The rapport between the two men is tender, rough, violent and sexy and the bond they share is heartwarming. Their fierce desire to both protect and support each other, both as brothers-in-arms in the military and in their personal relationship is tremendously uplifting.

I love the way Ms McKenna writes with such ease, her detailed and realistic scenes, her dialogue and her story lines that blow me away each time I read something of hers.

The five stars for this book are well deserved and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-written, unique story lines filled with imagination, tenderness, hot man-on-man action, and of course, a happy ever after ending. Can there be anything else more entertaining to read? I think not.
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Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 09, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
174 people found the following review helpful
I was excited upon receiving this book. It seemed unique, exciting and long enough to keep me entertained for a while. Shifters in the military screamed "thrilling" at me and the novelty of a new author rounded up the impression nicely.

Lieutenant Lucas is one of those men who thrive in the military. He has a straight view in front of himself and if it's not an imminent worry in his life he doesn't stress about it. So it happened that the shifters in the ranks weren't anything new, but getting a True Alpha into his platoon meant education and a whole new world Lucas really wasn't prepared for.

Noah is a forceful man. He knows what he wants and needs and embraces the cards life dealt him with ease. He tests Lucas, making him all the better for it, and finds his niche with a Dominant worthy of himself as well as his pack.

STRENGTH OF THE PACK explores the combat situations, tight bonds between the Alpha and his pack as well as his Dominant and doesn't skim on characters, interactions and military information.

If you're looking for a book like that, I doubt you'll be disappointed, something plenty of readers can attest to. But, and there always seems to be one when it comes to me, if you require more and wish to be pulled into the story for a full-out experience, I doubt this one will hit the spot. I had trouble with it from the start. The military information was almost overwhelming, the lingo something to get used to, and the romance almost on the weak side.

I liked the shifter interactions, pack rules and history. Loved the fact that Lucas was ignorant about it, and the author almost casually introduced me to Noah's reality, his instincts and urges. That part was beautiful. But then all of it just stretched out. The combat situations seemed to be there just to fill out the pages because plot-wise they did little to richen the story. The lack of communication between Lucas and Noah verged on annoying at times and just about demanded patience.

I can't say this is a gripping read, more in the lines of needing that excitement, waiting for it, and then never quite getting it. As a romance it doesn't reach the middle of my list of recommendations and as a shifter adventure it's not something I will remember. That leaves the soldier kink, something that will appeal to those who kept on looking for a detailed military story and good writing.
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