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Strength of the Pack (Tameness of the Wolf Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 338 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2PP9VM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kendall McKenna is the MLR Press Author of the Year for both 2013 and 2014. Her first work of fiction was written at the worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story told in a popular song of the time.

She tried her hand at vampire and cowboy fiction, winning high school poetry and short story contests along the way. It wasn't until she discovered the world of m/m erotic fiction and found her stride with cops, Marines and muscle cars, that she felt inspired to share her stories with readers who enjoy the same things.

Putting herself through college by working in a newly-created HIV testing clinic in her local Department of Health, introduced Kendall to the gay and lesbian community. Understanding and empathy has made her a lifetime advocate of GLBT issues.

A brief bout of unemployment gave Kendall the time and focus she needed to finally produce a novel worth submitting for publication. Her first novel, Brothers In Arms, introduced the world to her authentic military stories and characters. Kendall's second novel, Strength of the Pack, was nominated for a 2014 Bookie Award, by Author's After Dark.

Kendall was born and raised in Southern California, where she still lives and works. A non-conventional relationship has kept her happy for the last decade. Her four dogs enjoy it when she writes, as she sits still long enough for them to curl up around her.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kimbermcfar on January 21, 2013
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I must admit I almost didn't buy this book. I really don't like books that cost $8.99. I buy over $100 worth of kindle books a month so I like good value for my money. Well let me tell you this book is well worth the money.. it is worth twice the price!!! I loved how this book took you along with Lucas as he discovered how to be a true Alpha Werewolf's dominent. Then when you were least expecting it showed how they bonded and fell in love. Noah was so strong and forceful, yet fell belly up to Lucas in all things. It was quite a trip before they became mates and lovers... This book has 6200 locations so it really gives you back story into werewolves, it all came together so perfectly. This has become my new favorite M/M romance. I usally don't care much for military books ,but Kendall McKenna has changed my mind. I will be reading all her books now!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C Green on January 20, 2013
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I have always loved stories where two people of different cultures try to work together and understand each other. In this case the two cultures are the military culture and the werewolf culture.

Lieutenant Lucas is assigned Sergeant Noah who is a True Alpha. The military culture is very believable with the realistic lingo and competent and incompetent leadership to deal with. Lucas is unfamiliar with werewolves in general and True Aphas are rare enough that there is very little public knowledge about them. Lucas does not get the required training on working with werewolves but does get some good pointers and his normal style of doing marches with the men vs riding along in a Hummer build respect in the werewolves.

Because Noah is a natural leader Lucas put him in the position of Team Lead. This puts them in a partnership leading their men. But partnership involves more than he expects with a werewolf. He needs to learn how body language, touch and sex are necessary parts of relating to a werewolf. He doesn't want to take advantage of his position as a leader over a subordination but at the same time Noah needs him to be dominant in their relationship. And for Noah that dominance includes a sex.

Lucas finds himself in a role as Dominant to a True Alpha which is a rare and legendary bond. He doesn't know half of what it means. And is surprised by the changes in how people treat him and their new expectations of him.

Lucas is a good leader and he feels it is his job to take care of his men. The tension of being in battle situations and the tension of trying to figure out what a True Alpha needs add to the intensity of the story.

Very nice world building and believable characters. Nice length at 6369 kindle locations. There is a hint that a side character will get his own book and I look forward to it
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kazza - On Top Down Under Book Reviews on January 25, 2013
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Really good shifter novel with some things that are a constant, an alpha, pack bonding, shift and run at full moon etc but some other things unique to this writer's world - war zone shifts to take out insurgents, pressure shifts, heightened smell used as a combat add-on, a True Alpha that submits to a human, and more.

Strong writing and an interesting premise. Good use of military jargon, nice use of wolf shifters, strong men, well-rationed eroticism and interesting world building all add to a rivetting read. The use of first person perspective worked well as you got to see how Lucas developed feelings, his role as a conduit between shifters and the Marines, why he might be unsure of Noah's feelings - was it the shift needs, or was it more? Nice book length to get you into the series and the development of the characters. Although an intitial attraction is there there are no instant declarations of love, rather a build as one of the characters learns about being a human Dominant of a Werewolf Alpha, fitting into his role in the pack, and how that affected his role in the Marines. Lucas also had to deal with issues as an officer with an NCO which went against standard training, but standard training's different when there's Werewolves in your command.

I found this to be a real epage turner. I can't wait for more in the series. I really enjoyed The Strength of the Pack. A mighty fine read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Forsythe on December 26, 2014
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I'm disappointed. I was really looking forward to reading this book and it started off so well. For close to half of it, I was loving it. I thought both Lucas and Noah were damn sexy. I thought the sexy-scenes were hot (even if there was no actual sex). I thought the set up to go to war was interesting. I happen to have a special love of scenting in fantasy romance/erotica and there is a lot of that here. I was truly enjoying the experience.

The problem is that the book then had its second half, which pretty much just felt like the first half on repeat. It takes far, far, far too long for the relationship to progress. In the mean time, the characters keep doing the exact same things over and over and over again. The author even uses the same phrases to describe the same actions a lot of times. So, honestly, it just feels like the exact same sexy scene again and again (but still no sex until the very end).

I was annoyed by that, but I would have tolerated it. What finally snapped my patience was the fact that the two men had a psychic bond. They were literally in each-others' heads, hearing thoughts, sharing emotions, etc. So, I find it 100% and absolutely unbelievable that Lucas could go sooooo long without realising Noah's true feelings or that his situation was not just a professional one. It was beyond the realms of reasonable believability, therefore extremely frustrating to watch the relationship stagnate because one character hasn't figured something out that I can't understand how he couldn't see. Plus, he'd practically been told more than once by more than one person. Gah!

Then there was the whole Dominant of the True Alpha thing. For the first half I understood it (even if I had to force myself to overlook the obvious contraction of it).
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