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After a fiery exit from Afghanistan, Tim Madison is promoted to major. Jeremy Wagner is a civilian, just beginning his Transition to True Alpha. As a lone wolf, he has no one to teach him the vital principles of strong leadership. After a volatile chance encounter, Tim and Jeremy form an intimate bond.As Jeremy prepares to someday lead his own pack, Tim struggles with miliAfter a fiery exit from Afghanistan, Tim Madison is promoted to major. Jeremy Wagner is a civilian, just beginning his Transition to True Alpha. As a lone wolf, he has no one to teach him the vital principles of strong leadership. After a volatile chance encounter, Tim and Jeremy form an intimate bond.As Jeremy prepares to someday lead his own pack, Tim struggles with military werewolves being needlessly maimed in combat, as well as specifically targeted by hostile forces. Despite Tim and Jeremy’s feelings, werewolf and human politics or family conflict could prevent their mate-bond....

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Strength of the Wolf Reviews

  • Gigi
    2018-10-16 11:54

    Re-read Oct. 2015: Loved it just as much the second time! Highly, highly recommended, but read the first book first.Kendall McKenna has done it again with her second installment of the Tameness of the Wolf series Strength of the Wolf. This book has everything we've come to expect from Ms. McKenna. Real military drama. Complex, interesting, three dimensional characters. An exciting, edge-of-your-seat plot. Off-the-rails, ridiculously powerful, emotional sex between the MCs. You get it all with this installment. Unfortunately, I believe this book will be best read when the entire series is eventually available. This will not deter from my 5 star rating, but there was not a natural progression in this story, a definite beginning and end, that could have easily made it a stand alone with basic knowledge of the characters and their place in this universe. There are a lot of unanswered questions we are left with at the end, and that is fine because we do know we are getting a sequel (up next are Terrell and Kai's story) but many of the questions have to do with Tim and Jeremy. It left me feeling a bit cheated and unfulfilled. But I still loved every word and every moment Tim and Jeremy were together. Their chemistry was incredible and made for a perfect pairing. And it was such a delight to have favorites Lucas and Noah, from Strength of the Pack, along for most of this ride. So, loved the book, 5 stars, but while the first installment Strength of the Pack made my favorites shelf and my fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf and is hands down my absolute favorite shifter story ever, Strength of the Wolf didn't make any of these lists/shelves. But if you have read and enjoyed Strength of the Pack, this is a must read and I can highly recommend it. I get shivers just thinking about the bite marks! *shiver*

  • Ingela
    2018-10-03 08:42

    ...written on September 11, 20134 Stars - a sequel that doesn't quite reach the level of the first part, but well worth reading - and hot, hot...This is the second installment in a series where we now have yet another fascinating love story. This time it is the Marine officer Tim's luck to find a lover/werewolf (Jeremy) who may not seek, but needs, a firm hand and a mature mate. Because this novel is so much associated with part #1 Strength of the Pack (5 stars from me), I recommend that you first read it to get the full benefit of this one. The main characters Lucas and Noah, Tim's colleagues and close friends, from the first book are also included (as teammates of course) in this new story.Tim Madison is recently after returning home from the war in Afghanistan promoted to Major. Tim has been asked to lead a development Department regarding questions about the werewolves in the military. Manuals should be written and new approaches are tested. Back home in California again after several years in the wars in the Middle Asia, Tim begins to relax and look forward to his new interesting task. After a night out with colleagues, Tim meet a younger very handsome but very angry man. Attraction occurs immediately and Tim cannot help but be mesmerized by the pretty cocky and immature guy.‘Tim stopped; frozen in his tracks. His heart hammered in his chest again, this time for a different reason. Standing in front of a line of parked cars was a stunningly beautiful young man. Tim's mouth fell open an he stared openly.Ho-ly fuck!Jeremy Wagner is a civilian architect, just beginning his Transition to a True Alpha Werewolf. Firstly it's quite "late" in his life - he is 25. Secondly Jeremy doesn't know a thing about how to handle all the emotions that come and go in his soul and body. He takes quite unnecessary and impossible battles and sways between trying to act be like an alpha and to fall back into the role of a ordinary submissive pack member. Sadly Jeremy has besides that, been thrown out and excluded from his local Carlifornia pack.One of Tim's good werewolf friends (Noah), another True Alpha, takes on the task of supporting Jeremy in his development into a strong alpha werewolf. Thereby meet soon Tim and Jeremy again...‘His head was large, his chest wider, his neck thicker. Despite the darkness, Jeremy was easy to see, his solid black fur stark against the white of the snow. The moonlight reflected in his amber eyes as calmly watched Tim.’As I said in my review about the first part in this series; These are not the most dialogue rich books, or the most talkative boys love stories - this is about war, danger, lust, desire and needs with some big, tough and very physical men. It's about needs from werewolf culture, needs at full moon and changes in the werewolf. It's about us, and them, learning more about this strange culture. Learning how too use it in the army/marine, in the battles and in the U.S. war conflicts.But this is of course a lot about Jeremy's personal growth into a werewolf alpha and Tim's part in this. Then we have the budding love, the hot nights (especially on full moon), family relationships and much more. Their love was quite (insta) fast but I still felt for it directly. They both just needed each other in different ways. ...sweet and tender love - but never sugar sweet - and I love it as always.I must admit that sometimes I did't understand everything in all military discussions with many three-letter acronyms that are never really explained. Maybe they are obvious to some readers but not to me. Well I'm not really interested in tactical battles and debates on such. But the exciting and interesting part was how the werewolves were used and participated in the battles and within the U.S. military. These books are also partly a sort of textbooks in this topic. When this series is over sometime in the future, then surely both I and the books' characters, learned so much more about these issues. Never mind, I'm still most interested in the romantic part... and it was a lot of grand love and steam. These werewolfs are hot guys with a lot of needs. The humans, as Tim (and Lucas from the first book), have a lot to stand up to. Here, it is both dominance and submission interspersed alternately. Nor will there be replays over and over again as in some other books. It (the steam) actually feels alright just enough but not to much for the story as a whole. Maybe more than in the first part and I need to say; it is very explicit as in most romances nowadays. ‘Tim relaxed into Jeremy's hard body, moaning each time Jeremy sucked a beuise into his throat, or nipped sharply at his to sensitive skin.’In the past, I knew next to nothing in the gay steam area and now all these captivating M/M books taught me much, much... haha. Too much? I don't know, maybe yes... *blushing*. But to be honest; I like what I'm reading - YES I really do - I just love all these sweet "boys who loves boys". Soon, I should after all, be a little measured on M/M romances but I will anyway surely read the next book (#3) in this series. (view spoiler)[(Then there will be two werewolves, Terell and Kai, who takes a liking to each other, if I heard correctly....) (hide spoiler)]And it must be pointed out again - these guys are so nice to get to know. If you want a good and well written “male&male-military-paranormal-steamy and romantic”-story just read these books. New lovebirds in each book and very well done. I always love a yummy shifter story. This one didn't let me down.I LIKE - OMG these guys are h...~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A buddy read with my dear friends Bev, Trisha and Andrea 7-9 September http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Amanda
    2018-09-28 06:53

    09.12.133 stars. But barely.Fair warning: there may be unintentional spoilers. And I somewhat apologize for the snarky gifs. Not really.To be brutally honest...this book annoyed the shit out of me.I started reading this on Monday so...what day is it? The 12th? So that's four days I've been reading this book. And honestly...I'm not finished while writing most of this... If I like a book, like REALLY like a book, I can read it along with another or maybe even two more books in a day. Before you ask no, I do not have a life and yes, I have a job. I just have the privilege of doing whatever the hell I want to at said job. Moving on. As I've been saying in a round about way, this book has been a struggle for me and here's why.1. Tim is a complete douche nozzle.Seriously. I get the dude is something something or other in the big ol' badass United States Marine Corps. It was repeated enough that it was drilled into my head probably before I hit chapter two. That doesn't mean he has to be a complete asshole and throw his authority around because he "is a Marine." All it did was make me want to choke the life out of him. Of course, there were times where his alphaness was pretty hot but those were few and far between. But he was able to get by with it and use it to his advantage because he "was a Marine." I really, really don't give two shits that Tim is a Marine. Okay? I don't. I just wanted to know about his relationship (or lack thereof in my opinion) with Jeremy. I knew the USMC would play a role, obviously, since this series revolves around the military. It didn't have to be shoved down my throat.That leads to my next issue.2. "...I'm a Marine."** "I'm a Marine, sir. That's what we do."** He was a Marine major, sitting in a parked car - in public - in broad daylight even, making out with a kid ten years his junior.** "We're Marines, Staff Sergeant," Tim responded. "Adapt and overcome. Tell me what you're needed for."** "You're an officer and a Marine. You're no pushover."** He was a trained Marine, battled hardened.** "You know, for a Marine who's seen combat, you're really prissy about your food."** He was a major in the Marine Corps. and now he was ass up, letting a kid ten years younger pin him to the bed.** As a Marine, I was ready to see some bad shit, but it sounds like something snuck up on you.** The elevator functioned but they were Marines, so they took the stairs up two short flights.** "I'd have no doubt he's a Marine."** "Knowing them as Marines," Rick interjected, "that makes quite a lot of sense."** As a Marine Corps major, highly respected by the True Alpha and Dominant, he was trusted not to impart information...** Tim obeyed the order, just like a good Marine.** "I'm a Marine," Tim replied. "I adapt. I just need to know you want me to be a part of this."** "Werewolves or not, I'm a Marine and I can take care of myself."Ugh. I began to wonder if she was getting some sort of kick back from the Marines. I get once a Marine, always Marine and all that jazz and they refer to themselves as Marines. But damnnnnn. Couldn't "soldier" or something been slipped in now and again? The ones I mentioned are just a small amount. My Kindle pulled up 71 pages of results when I searched for "Marine" so there ya go. And by the way, my ass can high tail it up "two short flights" and I'm not a damn Marine.3. Dog TagsLike many other men and women in this world, I find dog tags to be extremely sexy. Even better when the man wearing them is uber hot. The dog tags issue falls right behind the Marine issue. I just BARELY finished a sex scene because dog tags were mentioned so much I was beginning to wonder if the author has a major dog tag kink...which is just odd. This is just from ONE sex scene:** ...the new dog tags clinking softly, and toss it away.** Tim looked up into Jeremy's eyes, amber-colored now, before dropping his gaze to where his dog tags lay...** ...one hand cupping his set of dog tags.** Jeremy's tags clinked against Tim's, tangling on his chest.** ...nipping at the thin chain that held his tags.** His tags tickled, where they dragged lightly across Tim's skin.** ...his dog tags pooling on Tim's lower belly.** ...trailing his dog tags along Tim's skin...** Jeremy's tags clinked softly as they swung with his motion.** His fingers tangled slightly with the chain of Tim's tags.** ...his dog tags swinging vigorously as he pinned Tim firmly to the bed.** The chain of his tags pressed into the back of his neck as Jeremy tugged at them mindlessly.** ...his tags clinking against his sternum as he moved.** Tim watched in fascination as a rivulet of sweat on Jeremy's chest disappeared behind a dog tag.** With his chest thrust forward, his dog tags swung freely...** His dog tags landed on Tim's chest...4. Military JargonI managed to skate by for most of this book guessing what some things meant. A lot of it people already know what it means, but some of it was kind of confusing. My biggest issue with this? Who the fuck talks like that on a day to day basis? Seriously. I can 100% understand and see all of it being said on a military base/in combat/etc., but to go home and tell your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc. that you're taking your LPC's off?"I can unlace my own LPCs," he said, swatting playfully at Jeremy's hands."LPCs?" Jeremy asked with a chuckle, smiling up at Tim flirtatiously. "What does that mean?""Leather personnel carriers. My boots." Tim returned Jeremy's smile. "You gotta get with the jargon, kid, if you're gonna be mated to a Marine."If I was Jeremy I'd tell him to unlace his own damn boots. Like I said, I know this is probably SOP (oh, well look at what I just did!) while on base/in combat,etc. but for every day use without a higher up breathing down your neck? Okayyyyy. I'm friends with several people that have served or are currently serving in different branches and they do not talk like this. They actually sneer at those that do. I'm also BFFs with a military wife and not only does she do the same as the others I know, but her husband does as well. And he serves. Now, before some crazed military fanatic, military wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend try to jump down my neck:5. Tim is a moronFor someone that is so smart and highly respected, Tim is a damn moron. He has been around Noah and Lucas a lot and from what I read and understood, he knows more about werewolves than pretty much any other human in that section (don't know the proper term. sue me.) of the Marines but he still acted completely ignorant when things happened between him and Jeremy. Or if he knew what was going on he completely acted as if he didn't because he didn't want to look at their relationship too closely because then it would be real.6. Jeremy going through "the change" to become True AlphaAccording to Noah and Lucas, going through the transformation from just a wolf to a True Alpha is basically like going through puberty all over again. Except this time you're an adult. I don't know about you, but I'd shit myself if I had to go through puberty at 26 years old. Puberty is not cool. Puberty is not fun. Now imagine having to do that while being a 25 year old MAN and a WOLF. Right. Sounds like a blast, huh? Well if you're Tim then you're just being a brat when you can't control these crazy things normal people have called emotions. Anytime Jeremy had trouble understanding what was happening (hormone fluctuations, reverting back to his submissive tendencies, etc.) Tim immediately called him out on being a brat, told him to man up, he'd never take charge of his own pack if he didn't turn into a man, etc...for fucks sake. Of course later on brat became a pet name for Jeremy but those 400 some pages from the first time to then was a long wayyyyyy to go. But this was perfectly acceptable because Tim was a Marine.7. This story was about...who?This was supposed to be about Tim and Jeremy. Tim being the human and Jeremy being the True Alpha in the relationship. Okay. I can work with that (that's me talking before I started the book mind you). But...I found this book to not really be about them. Sure, we meet both guys and they fuck like bunnies all the time, we know Tim stands as Sentinel for Jeremy while he runs, we know Jeremy is an aspiring architect, we know Tim has an asshole brother that has some emotional issues and a brother working with Doctors without Borders or something along those lines, we know Jeremy was Cast Out...that's about it honestly. Did we learn more about Noah and Lucas in their story? Honestly, I'm not sure. I read that back in January of this year so I could be wrong saying we did. It seems like we know so much more about Noah and Lucas separately than we do about Tim and Jeremy. The whole book mainly revolved around Tim being a Marine and going overseas trying to rewrite rules and regs pertaining to humans and the use of wolves and all that. The only time we really get to see him with Jeremy he's either trying to have sex with the man, calling him a brat or something else that really doesn't give us much information. Was this a necessary part of the trilogy? Hmmm...I think so. We meet a lot more Marines and various other werewolves. Please don't ask me names because I don't remember anybody. Other than Kai. So, if you made it this far in the review, you're probably wondering why I'm giving this three stars. I'm giving this three stars because of Noah and Lucas. I still really like Noah and Lucas a lot. I had high hopes for this after finishing their book and was let down. Was I let down over petty things? Sure. I do find them to be pretty petty when all is said and done, but I still can't help it. The book just grated my nerves something fierce. And I know this is just probably something that bothers ME and me alone. I get that and respect that. I have friends that gave this 5 star ratings and we like similar books. Just because I couldn't really get into this book and felt annoyed 95% of the time while reading it, I still recommend this along with the first one and I'm still really looking forward to the next book. I want to know a lot more about Kai and I've liked Terrell sooo...I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Otila
    2018-10-12 07:46

    I didn't love this as much as the first one but it was pretty close.Kendall McKenna writes some really hot sex with some awesome dirty talk. I approve!

  • Heller
    2018-09-29 10:47

    2.5I was happy to this story focus on Tim Madison one of the players from Strength of the Pack but it didn't work for me as much as I wished it did. There were a couple of different story lines flowing here. Tim meeting the civilian transitioning True Alpha Jeremy, the overseas attacks on werewolves, Tim's brother Adam and unexpectedly (view spoiler)[the SOD attempts to use Noah and Lucas' bond for further military operations which is never fully explored here, I'm guessing it's a plot for the next book or further books down the line? (hide spoiler)]I'm a big fan of sex but there was just too much here for me. ;) It just felt that for 3/4 of the book that's all the connection that Tim and Jeremy had. I don't think it helped that I just re-read SofP right before this where Noah and Lucas had a slow, steady build to their relationship before they slept together. I ended up having a hard time connecting to Jeremy's character maybe because with all the focus on sex we didn't really see a lot of his transition but were more told that he had achieved it near the end. He's not military so delving more into what it means to be a civilian True Alpha is something that I would have enjoyed and I was curious about this: (view spoiler)[was the fact of him being 25 transitioning instead of 19/20 supposed to go somewhere? I thought there might have been interesting reasoning behind it but there wasn't, too bad.(hide spoiler)]It just seemed like there were two different books here with the relationship running parallel to the military story but never really crossing over in any meaningful way. I found parts of both stories interesting but not cohesive, sadly, and it really affected my enjoyment of the read because it felt fractured. I think I went into this expecting a military shifter story similar to book one so the introduction to the younger, not quite steady civilian Alpha Jeremy was a bit of a surprise. It's a surprise I could have worked with if the focus had been less on sex and more on the concept of what it is to become a True Alpha. Still, once the story reached the 3/4 mark I had come to enjoy Jeremy and Tim together, it just took me a while to get there. I enjoyed the cameos of the other characters and while this didn't resonate with me like the first in the series I'll be checking out book 3 when it's released.

  • Kazza
    2018-09-23 11:58

    Shifter wolves. Marines. Wolves WITH Marines? Hell! Yes! Bring on Release day.I agree, YUM!!http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3001/26...Loved it. Thought Jeremy was all kinds of sexy with Tim. Speaking of which, the sex scenes melted my Kindle. It's a mess. I know there was other stuff going on...I do know that...like good world building and military intrigue and a transitioning alpha...but did I say it was freaking sexy? Because...wellIf you want to read a review? Then it's here - http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/...

  • Trisha Harrington
    2018-10-06 05:58

    I was so excited to read this book, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Kendall McKenna really does a great shifter story and then she combines it will military men and I can't stop myself from wanting to read it. She knows her stuff. Her books are authentic and read well, I also love the fact she creates her own shifters. Things aren't the same as in other books. It's unique, fresh, and hot.From the beginning I was happy. We saw Lucas and Noah - the couple from book one - in the very beginning. We started out with Tim and Lucas. It reintroduced our former MC's and within a short space, we met Jeremy - the other MC - and things just took off. There was an instant connection there, even if Tim didn't really notice it... But I kinda think he was smart enough to know something was up. We quickly discover Tim is older than Jeremy, and the two butt heads a little in the beginning.The story was touching in some places, hot, funny, and sweet. I loved the sex scenes in this book, and as for the first kiss... Wow. Just wow. I had a really great time reading this book. I loved both MC's, and both had somewhat difficult pasts. Tim and his brother intrigued me from the beginning, while Jeremy's past was sad... It wasn't something very upsetting, but it was nice to see them grow, come together, and fall in love. Although, there were some questions left open. But it didn't stop me from falling in love with the couple like I did with Lucas and Noah.I'm hoping we see more of these two in the next book... I think it could help maybe... It would be nice to answer the questions we were left with. I have high hopes for the next book, Terrell and Kai's story. Plus I think we might see more of Tim's brother...Really enjoyed the buddy read with, Bev, Ingela, and Andrea. Glad we could read this together.

  • Natasha
    2018-10-01 12:09

    I don't know.. maybe 3.75? Maybe 4? It was good, don't get me wrong... I just wasn't as interested in this book as I was the first in the series. It seemed a lot of the same... and just kinda predictable. Also there was a LOT of sex and normally that doesn't bug me, but it actually got old.Good read still.Edit: ALSO I really love Tim. He is super-duper awesome and authoritative and that's totally hot.

  • Valerie ~Varuca~
    2018-10-10 10:08

    Maybe it's because I loved the first book so much that this one just didn't live up to my expectations. The first book had great sexual tension between Noah and Lucas. Whereas this book had a lot of sex and by the end I found myself skimming those sections. We really don't know a lot about Jeremy. We never meet his family, friends or co-workers. His late True Alpha transition story is never really explained. Tim's issue with his brother Adam is not resolved. That said, I did read this book in one sitting. I really enjoyed seeing more of Noah and Lucas, who I absolutely love. I enjoyed learning more about the werewolves and their rituals. Looking forward to the next book in the series :)

  • Wendy
    2018-10-16 06:48

    I've read all the books in this series, but I skipped this one, because it had the lowest rating and because I wasn't sure I would like a book about Tim. I was wrong !!I admit that this one is not my favorite in the series...but I really enjoyed reading it.I loved Jeremy...he was such an awesome brat !! I liked his playfull yet dominant wolf :)It took me a bit longer to really warm up to Tim, but I think that's because I've read Adams book first and I love Adam !! I don't think Adam did anything wrong in this book eiher and because I know what he's going through now....I really felt for him...so Tim needs to keep his big mouth shut !! lolThis one was definately hot ! Way hotter than the other ones. There was more sex, but what I liked most was that both men bottomed !! I love it when they do that. True Alpha Jeremy had no problem submitting to Tim and I really admired that. Ofcourse he had no problem dominating either...so so HAWT !!The military stuff was all a bit confusing ... I didn't get what the hell they were talking about, so I had to skim some of that. I would have liked to read more of Jeremey and less of Tim working. Noah and Lucas rocked ofcourse and I loved reading about Dawson ;)My favorite part was when Jermey wanted to kick Terrels ass !! I hope we get Terrels book soon...can't wait for him and Kai :)Love this series !!!!4 stars because I had to skim some parts that confused me ;)

  • Candice
    2018-09-24 06:53

    3.5 starsI was really looking forward to this story coming out because I loved the first one and did a quick re-read before starting this one. I really enjoyed that the author still included Noah and Lucas and we got to see them again and they were still part of this story. I was a little disappointed with this one, I guess I was expecting the sexual tension that we had in the first one. It was almost 80% into the first story before Noah and Lucas actually sleep together. With this one, Tim and Jeremy basically jumped into bed immediately and while there was still a story happening (a couple of stories actually), the majority of their relationship from the beginning was sex scenes, these two were hot together, it just seemed too much and I started skipping my way through. I wanted to find out more about Jeremy and even more about Tim. I got glimpses and pieces of both their lives, but it made me have more questions than when I started. While the characters were the same, and the general military storyline, I just didn't have the same feelings that I had with the first book. However, despite all of it, I am still glad I read the story, got to see Noah and Lucas again and will read the next one when it comes out.Reread - 8/24/14

  • Crispy
    2018-09-21 10:50

    EPIC FAIL. Sadly, given how much I enjoyed the first book in the series, this second book was truly awful. Basically the plot, not to mention character development, suspense and world building, just disappeared under an avalanche of porno sex. My butt was sore just reading about it, and reading about it, and reading about it....

  • Jenni Lea
    2018-10-04 12:03

    I liked this one better than the first. Why? One word:COMMUNICATION

  • Bev
    2018-09-28 13:55

    Quick Nurse, the screens.... yowza, this was hot!! 4.5 stars and Following from 'Strength of the Pack', this one featured Captain Tim Madison and lots of Lucas and Noah from the previous book too. Captain Tim has been authorised to set up a new department which will focus solely on Werewolves and their role within the US military. The old rule books are being thrown out of the window so to speak, and Tim, Lucas and Noah are the 'face' of the new-look 'Werewolves Are Wonderful' attitude at the Pentagon. They return home from Afghanistan and head out to California to start getting things organised, meeting several new Wolves including the MC of the next book in the series. Tim also happens to meet Jeremy Wagner, a young Alpha Wolf in transition who has been cast out by the Alpha Wolf of his pack, he sees him as too much of a threat. Quite rightly, Jeremy is confused, angry and likely to lose his cool at a moment's notice, but there is definitely something between him and Tim, and of course, this makes for some hot sex!!In the background, we have the second thread of storyline which is that Wolves are being targeted in Iraq by enemy Wolves, a great number are being maimed and injured, and the intriguing (and sinister) part is that the US military/government seem to want to create a sort of 'super species' Werewolf to fight their battles...Noah, Lucas and the rest of the Wolves are being kept in the dark about it, and who knows what's going to happen further down the line. I'll leave this one here, there's plenty of action, and lots of unanswered questions too.Big Shout Out to my Buddy Readers on this one...Ingela, Andrea and Trisha. Thanks Ladies.

  • Gina
    2018-10-10 08:05

    While i enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it the way I did Strength of the Pack. It was a good read and I loved the two MC’s, I feel like it was more about hot sex then story. And no, I am not complaining about hot steamy sex! (my friends here on GR know better then to think I would do that! LOL) What I loved so much about Strength of the Pack, was the world building, the military action, the dialogue and how Lucas and Noah’s relationship grew. And while this story kept my attention and i grew to care for Tim and Jeremy I felt where there could have been opportunities for me to become more emotionally involved was steamy sex instead. We met Tim in book 1, he was Lucas and Noah’s commanding officer and instrumental in teaching Lucas to lead werewolves. I liked Tim as a military officer, he was tough, yet fair and genuinely cared about the human’s and werewolves under his command. Tim is older, more patient, and when he and his friends run into a young and in the midst of transition True Alpha werewolf he is captivated. Jeremy is raging hormones and adrenaline, in the midst of transitioning into a True Alpha. When he runs into Noah, Lucas and Tim coming out of a bar, all he knows is he wants to challenge and confront. It’s no stretch of the imagination that Noah takes up teaching and mentoring the young True Alpha Werewolf and of course Tim with his experience ends up helping Jeremy as well. I enjoyed watching Jeremy grow and mature, I would have liked to have seen more of this actually. Jeremy is calm one moment and angry and ready for a fight the next. I felt like it was a missed opportunity to add more depth to this character. But, regardless of this I found Jeremy a sweet, caring and intelligent and hot (yummy hot, steamy hot, give me more of him hot).And the bonus for me was Lucas and Noah’s appearances in this book. OMG I love these two, give me more and more of them!!! And like I said in the beginning, there was plenty of hot steamy sex. Tim and Jeremy definitely had chemistry and they could generate some heat together!! And while most of this story takes place in the U.S. there are a few times Tim, Lucas and Noah have to go back into the war in Afghanistan. So we get some military action as well. Overall, I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed watching Jeremy become the True Alpha he was meant to be and Tim find his own partner and not be envious of Noah and Lucas anymore. 4 stars. and i can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

  • JustJen
    2018-09-30 10:05

    Review written for Hearts on Fire ReviewsBook 2 in The Tameness of the Wolf series. This segment builds a bit on what we learned about the shifter dynamics from book one with Noah as the True Alpha with Lucas as his Dominant. Whereas in The Strength of the Pack we learned about Noah finding his Dominant and coming into full power, here we meet Jeremy, an up and coming True Alpha and his mate, Major Tim, who we met in Strength of the Pack.I loved that Noah and Lucas are strong presences here, but this story really shows how one becomes a True Alpha following Jeremy through his transition from a meek, mid-level wolf, cast out by his previous pack when his True Alpha potential was recognized by the current pack leader. I really enjoyed watching the transition and seeing how Jeremy came to be such a strong, knowledgeable and respected True Alpha. When Tim meets Jeremy, they hit it off, without realizing what they could mean for each other. Luckily, Tim is more aware than most humans about the ins and outs of the wolves, so it doesn’t take long (even though he denies it for some time) before he accepts his position as Jeremy’s mate.This story takes its time. Tim, Noah and Lucas, as well as a few others, are leading a team to revamp the shifter policy and procedures for the military. At the same time, Noah is called upon as True Alpha to see to complaints and administer punishments. This takes them back to the sandbox here and there. With Jeremy being a civilian, he remains behind. Their bond continues to grow, however, just as Jeremy continues to go through his transition gaining strength and powers. I really liked these guys together. Tim is a really strong character and doesn’t lose any of that even when Jeremy becomes more powerful and dominant. There is a lot of hot sex in this story, but there is also a lot of story to go with it. We meet some new wolves, as Jeremy gains support to take over his own pack. I loved how Tim explained some of the military jargon to Jeremy as they each learned how best to be a mate to the other.The story is well written, with hot military dudes and sexy werewolves working side by side. I love the way things work in this world where there are different lines between the wolf packs and the military ranks, and it’s a refreshing change to see things done so differently. I’m a huge fan of this author and am happy to have another great series to keep up with. There seems to be a few things brewing here, and I’m really looking forward to the next installment.

  • Susan65
    2018-09-25 10:46

    Excellent follow up to Strength of the Pack. Completely enjoyed having Noah and Lucas front and center, and look forward to seeing more of all of the guys in the next book.Tim finally gets him man in this installment. Jeremy is a True Alpha werewolf just going through his transition and needs some serious help. His transformation from insecure, bratty kid to large and in charge alpha was an experience. Wasn't too sure about him at the beginning, but it really worked and I found myself being proud of him at the end.As with all of the books I've read by this author, the military aspect is very much front and center, and a huge part of the story. I can't imagine how this story would work without it. I am not military myself, but it comes across very authentic.

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2018-10-02 07:01

    OMG.."Tim the "Major" and Jeremy the Alpha-Loving "Brat"LOVED!" BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS SO MUCH Action.Chemistry.Alpha-Sweetness.Hot Smex'inMilitary Perfection.It is~Well written.Well paced.Captivating. And has ~Noah and Lucas...❤️And I loved every bit of it❤️

  • Тамрико
    2018-09-26 07:49

    65% in and I am seriously wondering why wasting even more time on this.Why did I bother reading SotW at all? I am a freaking masochist, that's why, but even then, I can't stand this book anymore. I don't give a flying bird if something or someone might prevent "Tim and Jeremy's mate-bond". Whatevah. The only question I really want answered - is this the same Tim, A Walking Werewolf Encyclopedia, from volume one? I mean - what the hell happened? Why is he so clueless?Not going into other faults that plague the story and the writing or else I won't ever shut up.Because I have already invested so much in this book, and I am not talking about the steep price, I am going to round my 65% to the nearest hundred and claim the books as "finished". I need some kind of a reward for the boredom and eye-rolling I went through even if it were for my masochistic perverted purposes.1 starKinda sorta liked Jeremy. Maybe. I don't know.Hence half a star upgrade from one on Booklikes and Leafmarks.

  • Elci
    2018-10-04 05:46

    3.5*The first book in the series was awe-summ yumminess. This one confused me. I liked Tim and Jeremy, I just felt like I never got to know Jeremy. We never met his family, his coworkers, his friends. Did being a lone wolf mean we weren't allowed to get to know him? Why mention his late shifting if it was never explained or delved into? A lot of time was spent in the Middle East, while I understand it was to move forward the DoD's plot line. It did nothing to move forward Tim and Jeremy. I was glad to see Noah and Lucas, but still. A lot of Tim and Jeremy's time was spent knocking boots, but there was so much more that was missed.The men were still yummy and the sex was hot I just expected more.

  • Alvin
    2018-10-06 08:47

    I'll try to come up with a full review later.Basically I like this more than the first book because it has sex. Like actual...you know. But it is not my favorite shifter story. It's great, but not my favorite for some reason I can't pinpoint. RECOMMENDED! 4 HOT SHIFTER/MARINE/CIVILIAN LOVIN' STARS!

  • Jess Candela
    2018-10-02 11:53

    2.5 stars rounded up because of the halo effect from the first bookInsta-love is one of my least favorite tropes, especially when I can't figure out what the guys see in each other. And insta-love with no real plot and very little action (aside from lots - and lots and lots and lots - of sex)? No thanks.Other than a pretty face, what did Tim find remotely appealing about Jeremy at first? Seriously. It made no sense to me that Tim would want to spend any time at all with Jeremy as we saw him through the first 2/3 of the book. I certainly didn't find Jeremy particularly appealing, but I've loved books with characters I wouldn't want to date - just make a clear case for why they're the right person for someone else.I had only slightly more idea why Jeremy was with Tim. I loved Tim in the last book, but he didn't seem nearly as awesome in this one. And Jeremy didn't even have that context, he just saw a guy who was telling him how to behave better. So maybe it was some sort of daddy thing?At any rate, it was a sad contrast to the first book where the guys had common interests and goals, and it made sense to me that they'd want to be together. The first book also had exciting action, which this one lacked, with a few exceptions (those were my favorite parts of the book). Lack of action doesn't have to be boring. This could have been a great character-growth story, but although there was some, that wasn't the focus. Actually, I'm not sure what the focus was. Was there one? Other than lots and lots of sex?The first book had had some odd word choices (like calling an asshole a 'fissure') but this one not only had that, it also had missing words, wrong words, and entire sentences that I struggled to parse. For example:Tim was as happy being the young barista’s guinea pig, as she enjoyed experimenting on him. She constantly developed new recipes and never once scalded the espresso.Humor filled Tim with enough power that he had the urge to laugh out loud.(Emphasis mine) What does that mean? Where did the humor come from, how did it fill Tim with power, and since when is power a prerequisite to laughing out loud?Also, why were all the "bad" wolves beige or brown, the True Alphas white or black, and everyone else shades of gray? I figured the desert wolves were beige because, y'know, camouflage. But when the only other baddies we met were brown, it made me wonder.There were also a number of seemingly-significant things that never seemed to go anywhere. There was one in the first book I wondered about, that I found myself still wondering here: what the heck is the big deal about sniffing the small of the back? That was a fairly trivial one, but I did wonder. In addition to that, there were a few rather major things brought up or tossed out, and then apparently forgotten about. All the more frustrating when they might have made the story so much more interesting, (view spoiler)[like why was Jeremy Transitioning so late? (hide spoiler)]I enjoyed the book enough to keep picking it back up, but barely. I like spending time in this world. I find it fascinating, particularly when they're in theater, and I'd love to spend more time there. But by the end of the book, I was eager for it to finish. I just wanted to be done with the darn thing. That's a very disappointing contrast to the end of the first book, which left me eager for more.

  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    2018-10-17 13:56

    A very different book than the first one in the series. In the first book you are introduced to Noah and Lucas - a True Alpha and his Dominant. There is a lot of combat and military components and it is very tense in every way (sexual, safety, etc). The relationship has this sort of authentic ring to it because it is slow and Lucas is clueless -- and by the time he finally realizes you are like "YES YES YES...FINALLY!"Here you have Tim and Jeremy and much, not all, of the book is in the states so it is more focused on relationship and less on environment. There were several different plot points given attention or introduction - some of which don't come to anything so I would suppose they are in there for future books. I enjoyed getting to know Tim more - and Jeremy, once he transitioned, was pretty great. There is a 10 year or so age difference and I think perhaps that was played up too much in the beginning because it was in my head every time they talked, had sex, etc. Try as I might, it just felt off a bit to me because Jeremy acted like so much younger due to his transition to True Alpha. When he was angry/aggressive that seemed pretty fitting - it was when he was whiny, petulant, and bratty that I had a hard time. I thought he needed a good spanking. His work was interesting but we never really get to know him very well - and his distance and disconnect from the military meant I had a hard time appreciating him for much of the book. Not he wasn't hot - it was just I didn't see him necessarily as right for Tim. The sex was hot and there is a lot of it (perhaps a bit too much). I think I would have enjoyed it better if both MC's were military (or not as the case would be) because the fact they were in 2 different worlds and we spent so much time in the military one means I never felt close to Jeremy - and therefore my emotional investment in him was less. Also - he just didn't seem very dominant to me most of the time which I expected. Noah and Lucas both have very dominant vibe's and you feel right even when one is topping and one is bottoming because they are 2 major hunks of men. I think it's the tousled hair hanging in the face too - I tend not to associate that with anything but younger, thinner, twinky guys so the pic in my head just did not go to the muscular hot alpha guy.I did enjoy it greatly - but I wasn't as drawn into it as the first one. I think perhaps I got spoiled because the sexual tension in the first was just so superb. Also I read The Final Line immediately before this one - and that featured the same sort of story with one MC military and one not. It was actually very similar but I felt much more connected to the 2 MC's and they seemed to fit together better. We never do figure out in this one why Jeremy's transition happened late - or what that meant. Don't get me wrong - I thought this one was very good and the unique True Alpha and Dominant concept with military were's is refreshing.

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2018-10-06 07:43

    What this book lacks in severe UST (and some might miss that) as seen in the first story, it completely makes up for it by having an overall easy relationship between the two MC's because they communicate!! What a concept! This means actual culmination, completion, full on sex within the first 20% (as opposed to 90%). Was that a little fast?? Sure but it's a were/shifter book and there's urges and hormones and mystical stuff that needs to be taken care of which negates the absurdity of insta-love/lust.I give props to the author - there was no skimping on the smex - it is varied, it is in depth, it is HOT. Hotter than the first book in my opinion. *fans self*So in conclusion - if you like weres, awesome and frequent sex (with dirty talk and a bit of an age gap) and you liked the first book, then this sequel is seriously a no brainer!!

  • Bitchie
    2018-10-14 08:56

    I didn't like this as much as the first one. Since Tim was a Marine and Jeremy wasn't, they didn't spend nearly as much page time together on page as Lucas and Noah did. It felt like I missed out on the getting to know each other and the falling in love part of the story. However, I did like the characters, and the sex was hot, although I did find myself missing the sexual tension this time around.These guys pretty much got right down to it. For such a long book, it didn't feel like we got to see much, at least not what I wanted to see- for instance, Jeremy's transition.

  • Catherine
    2018-09-27 08:58

    *** 3.5 Stars ***I wasn't as enthralled with the story or the chemistry between Tim and Jeremy as I was with Lucas and Noah in Book 1, but McKenna's writing is too good - and her sex scenes too hot! - for me to give this anything less than 3.5 stars.

  • Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
    2018-09-27 10:05

    The second installment in the series, Strength of the Wolf revisits one of my favourite couples and a dearly remembered world, this time in the perspective of Tim and following his romance. This was a novel I enjoyed a lot, but I confess I'm guilty of constantly comparing it to the first one-- to which I found it didn't quite match up.The setting of the novel was as intriguing as ever; reading about how the military is attempt to completely integrate werewolves and utilise their skills effectively is fascinating as well as observing all of the pack dynamics from not only Noah, but also Jeremy, a fledgling true alpha still trying to learn the ropes of his position.Having fond memories of Tim from the first novel, I was excited to find out that he was getting his own novel and love, but I admit it threw me off a little. Previously we saw him as a steady, implacable well of knowledge and calm authority, so I admit reading in his perspective completely disoriented me, especially when he as constantly checking Lucas out in the beginning and describing him and Noah as attractive... Strange, to say the least. I suppose it was a rocky transition from seeing him as a mentor to reading about his .... dangly parts -- doing what dangly parts do.In regards to Jeremy, our other main character and Tim's love interest, I admit I'm not completely sold on him. I did find him lovely after a while, yet he was still so unfamiliar; I felt as if even at the end of the novel we were never truly able explore his character intimately. Speaking of characters though: revisiting Lucas and Noah and their lovely lovely relationship, especially in the eyes of an outsider, was such a treat. And all of the supporting characters were likeable and interesting.This leads on to my other point, which was the lacklustre romance. One of the biggest problems in this novel, in my humble opinion, hah, was the lack of interaction. Jeremy is a civilian true alpha, and as McKenna was not only writing in the POV of a Marine but also determined to keep the military side-plot occurring concurrently to the romance, there was a lack of detail between the Tim and Jeremy which left me unsatisfied and dubious of their love. In the previous novel there was balance as both were Marines and romantic development could occur simultaneously to the military plot, however in this case I feel as if there was a missing piece in the cake that I really really really wanted to fucking eat.This issue, of course, mirrors that of reality, however the issue was unresolved in the novel. They still fell into true-love with little difficulty. I wanted to see interaction and development. I wanted to see them together. Honestly, precious development time was lost because they were fucking like bunnies on Viagra. When they did interact it was pure magic though. Not only that, I think it would've been more productive to ignore the military side because really, there were three plots going on with little expansion: Jeremy becoming true alpha and growing as a character (which was totally skimmed over...), military plot and romance plot.Anyway, in spite of all my nitpicking and such I did enjoy this novel. Admittedly not as much as the first but it as lovely and charming and damn was the little threads of plot interesting as hell. I'm hoping with fingers crossed for another book since there was a potential plot material slipped into this novel.Note: the Shaming and Casting Out scene was particularly brutal and I was surprised to see something like this in such a feel good novel. It's scary to think of something like this happening. Not belonging is such a painful and brutal thing especially for a species (?) that exist in packs.Rating: 3.5 solid read

  • Krissie
    2018-10-15 11:54

    2.3 starsVery, very minor spoilers ahead.Though I had some serious niggles with the first book of this series, I gave it 4 stars, because ultimately it was satisfactory and I had a very good time reading it. In this installment, those niggles grew up and became full-blown irritation.-Everybody is very professional, polite, fast learner and goody two-shoes. All military personnel - superiors and subordinates - are oh-so-helpful, concerned and understanding. They all roll over for the True Alpha and his Dominant and of course for their Major Madison. We have one major bad guy, who appears only at the end and he is also a one dimensional, underdeveloped, yawn-worthy character.-Everyone is 'strikingly handsome' in one way or another.-The friendly wolves are all huge and impressive, while the enemy shifters are all small and nondescript. Talk about laying it on thick.-Every single remotely important good guy -shifter or human- turns out to be gay. If book 3 is about Terrell an Kai, I can already predict book 4 being about Gunny "Violet Eyes" Rivers and this or another sinfully hot shifter/human. Because I'm sure he's gay too.So, the US Armed Forces is a gay mecca, there is no homophobia, no racism, shifters and humans get along perfectly and respectfully, no sign of tension, animosity, fear among them.The worst thing is, there is no explanation at all why this world functions as it does, how the human/werewolf relations evolved throughout history, the True Alpha/pack relations are not clear, but are sometimes contradictory. I could list quite a few discrepancies and unexplained things that have been thrown around several times, but the bottom line is that there is a huge lack of world-building here. One would think 2 books of close to 400 pages each would provide enough opportunity for such a thing, but instead it was filled with extended sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I love my sex scenes and the first couple scenes between Tim and Jeremy were hot, but they became pretty repetitive, regarding both action and vocabulary. If I never have to read about their dog tags clinking together for the umpteenth time, it will be too soon.I'm rounding up to 3 stars because I still have a few shallow bones in my body and deep down I like these big, strong, furry, possessive but sweet and affectionate wolves and their humans, even if they are morons every now and again. I'll probably give a chance to the third book, but I'm not waiting with bated breath.

  • Danielle
    2018-09-18 07:49

    I almost feel bad for rating this any less then 5 stars because I loved the first one so much and Tim is a true favorite. But this book definitely feels like a second installment in that it almost feels like a filler that's only there to set up the plot for the third book. Unfortunately, you can't help but compare this book to the first and frankly I loved the first one more because it was filled with sexual tension rather then sex. Whereas this one there was very little tension and more then enough sex which in some instances works but for a 300+ page book you don't need half of it to be page after page of bedroom scenes. Plus for a book that was suppose to be about Tim and Jeremy we don't see very much of Jeremy. You never meet his parents, you don't know anything about his youth or past really other then that he was kicked out of his pack and the times Tim leaves for Iraq aren't really addressed from Jeremy's perspective as the guy who has to stay home and worry. On top of that what happened with the late transition to True Alpha plot? It just disappeared. The spousal route is the direction I think I would have liked to see this book go but oh well. On top of that this was still Tim's story and his home life with Adam is never brought to a conclusion. There was no real drama in this book to help move it along. And in the end not very much happens. Yet I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting. Huh, I'm reading what I've written and wonder why I didn't just give it 3 stars. But the fact that there was an Epic of Gilgamesh reference in it just makes me think it needs an extra star for that alone. Either way, I highly recommend everyone who loved Strength of the Pack to pick this one up right now. Also for anyone who hasn't read the first one, give it a go. This is probably the best shifter series that I've read.

  • Feliz
    2018-10-10 05:52

    Sequel to Strength of the Pack. It started out fetching, but turned somewhat repetitive from about the middle onward. Still, the new relationship formed satisfyingly, and I was happy to meet Noah and Lucas again. Also, I liked the military and fighting scenes a lot, not that I'm any kind of expert, but they felt authentic. Toward the end,quite a lot of loose threads showed up, pointing toward the sequel.