Book Review: Strength of the Mate by Kendall McKenna

Reviewed by JustJen

18221995Title: Strength of the Mate
Author: Kendall McKenna
Series: The Tameness of the Wolf #3
Heroes: Adam Madison/Dawson Rivers
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 356 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: June 20, 2014
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Rampaging werewolves cause the True Alpha to send his Omega, Dawson Rivers, to bring them under control. Can Adam Madison help or hinder Dawson’s mission?

Adam Madison is in Iraq, driving supply trucks for the Marines, but he still can’t outrun his personal ghosts. Outside the wire, insurgents are a relentless threat. Inside, renegade werewolves are a constant danger.

Dawson Rivers is on a mission for the True Alpha—bring the rampaging shifters under control. Adam proves to be invaluable to his task. Their intense mutual attraction explodes into a powerful physical, and emotional connection.

Their future together is in peril, when Adam’s convoy is ambushed.Can they learn to rely on the strength of their bond? Adam staying alive long enough for Dawson to find him depends on it.


Review: I am a huge fan of this series. I mean, what’s not to love? Hot as hell Marines mixed with more hot as hell Shifters – ooooh-freaking-rah!

In this installment, Adam, the human civilian contractor, drives convoy trucks for the Marine base. He has friends on the base who are shifters, but he really doesn’t know or understand much about them. His friends are trying to teach him though, especially once he meets Dawson, who comes to the base to assess and handle the resident shifter pack.

Dawson and Adam take a liking to each other, and boy do they turn up the heat! Dawson is one hot, sexy, dirty talking wolfie. And, he backs it up out of the bedroom as well, implementing change and making things right after he ousts the current pack leader who has basically been using and abusing the humans.

As expected, Ms. McKenna is spot on with her military details. The lingo and combat action is very realistic and really sets the tone for life on an outpost base. The fighting with the wolves was exciting as well and really makes you feel as though it were a normal every day possibility to have a pack of wolves assisting every platoon. The sex scenes were hot, and the action fast-paced and exciting.

It did feel a little strange that Adam was so clueless about the wolves, given he was working with them every day, and the fact that his brother is mated to, oh, not just any old wolf, but the True Alpha of all the wolves! I understand Adam and Tim weren’t very close, but you would still think he would know a little more about the wolf goings on than he did. I was happy to see the brothers come together when it was needed and to see them get past a few of their issues.  It also felt a little off that the mate issue wasn’t really brought up until it was needed to keep Adam from being sent home.  Seemed rather anticlimactic.  There are no actual “I love you’s” here, but there is plenty of puppy loving and affection to show how much these guys care.

I didn’t love nearly as much as the first book, but definitely more than the last. It still has many of the elements that made me fall in love with this story in the first place, and I’m eager to see where the next one will take us. I’m hoping for a Jason/Paul/Borovec threesome, but maybe that’s just my own fantasy.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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