Review: Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna

Posted March 8, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments


TheStrengthofthePackStrength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna
Genre: M/M Military Paranormal Romance
Series: #1 Tameness of the Wolf

Paranormal plus Military plus Romance?  How could I lose!  I got this book because I love the idea of combining all those elements.  Boy, am I glad that I did because this was a stunning new world that offered a new take on werewolves.  It is also one that had the premise that humans were aware of werewolves though it felt like it might have been a fairly new knowledge since there are still classes and manuals about integrating them in the military which is the backdrop in which this story takes place.

The story begins at Camp Pendleton where a Marine lieutenant is preparing for his first overseas duty assignment and preparing his men as they come trickling in new or reassigned to his unit.  Lucas Young is conscientious as a leader and places his men first and foremost.  Soon he starts getting his first werewolves and he was only given a little handout from his captain to help him understand the weres.  Then not long after that he finds out that he’s been given for one of his sergeants a True Alpha wolf with lots of combat experience and training.  Lucas takes the advice of his gunny sergeant on how to handle Sgt. Noah Hammond whom he has already designated as his lead.  From the beginning, Lucas feels something between them, but he clamps down on anything that he thinks is unbecoming as an officer.  Lucas is told that he must some how make it clear that he is in command or he will have trouble with Noah.  Something unexpected happens after a time.  Lucas is the most shocked when Noah voluntarily submits to Lucas’ authority and not only that he makes Lucas The Dominant to Noah’s True Alpha (I’m not going to elaborate on this or it will spoil the story).

Noah and Lucas begin slowly to build a relationship of trust and friendship then that something extra even while taking their guys over to Afghanistan and through the various missions and times of engagement with the enemy.  While the relationship between the two builds, Lucas is slowly educated into the new situation in which he finds himself not just as a Lieutenant to his men, but a Dominant to Noah.  It is war and exciting things happen between these two men and to them.

As I mentioned before, I found this new take on werewolves fascinating and it played a huge part in the story.  The story is told from Lucas’ point of view and the reader learns about the wolves and their ways at the same time Lucas does.  There were a few times where the reader catches on before Lucas because I suspect he was deliberately not seeing certain glaring clues that were obvious to everyone else.  Lucas and Noah are wonderful characters that I just enjoyed reading about.  Building up the sexual tension between these two was done with a deft hand and I just couldn’t wait for them to finally get together because they were pretty awesome already.

The other guys around them including Tim who helped Lucas, Vince the gunny and a few of the Weres were great secondary characters (hope Tim gets his own werewolf since he knows the culture so well already).

The pace of the story clips right along until probably the very end when it bogs down when there is a waiting period while Lucas is figuring some stuff out.

I should point out that this has an authentic feel to it down to the military fondness for its own jargon.  I grew up in a military household so I had no trouble.  I should warn those who didn’t that you need to pay attention because many times if the terminology is spelled out, after that it’s shortened or abbreviated to comfortable Military lingo.  Like when a ‘cover’ is mentioned; that’s a hat not many of the other meanings of the word.

I wholeheartedly recommend this story to those who enjoy m/m military and/or paranormal romance.

Rating: A
Reviewed by Sophia Rose

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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