Title: Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf #1)
Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Page Count: 336
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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.
I have been reading M/M romances almost exclusively since 2011. Since then I have gathered about 40 books I consider the best of the best. But I do have a top 5 OF ALL TIME where the stories go up and down from 1 to 5, given my mood. Strength of the Wolf is in that top 5.
Gig’s Top 5 OF ALL TIME
I have read Strength of the Wolf 5 times. It is my go-to comfort read. I can’t get enough of Noah and Lucas, even if it’s the same story over and over, I adore them. (Good news is that Lucas and Noah appear in all 3 sequels.)
Here is a quick and dirty review of my multiple reads:
Oct. 2, 2015: Starting my 5th re-read. The time for therapy has long passed. (Hey, I get to meet Kendall in 2 weeks at GRL. I gotta brush-up, ya know.)
May 20, 2015: Just finished my 4th re-read. I think it’s time for therapy.
June 19, 2014: Just another update after re-read number 3 to say I still absolutely LOVE this book! It’s still in my all-time top 5 and I just can’t get enough. READ THIS BOOK if you haven’t yet. Seriously.
I’m going out on a limb again and I’m gonna say this is one of the best, if not THE best, shifter story I have ever read. Maybe because it was so different from the usual shifter story? I don’t know. I just know that it was riveting and heartfelt and I absolutely fucking loved it.
If you like military stories, big, beautiful men in uniform, werewolves who don’t need insta-love to find a mate, realistic battle scenes and a fast paced storyline along with a heartwarming lovestory, read this book! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Fuck Yeah!