Reviewed by Morgan and Susan65
Title: Heart of the Warrior
Author: Kendall McKenna
Series: Tameness of the Wolf #4
Heroes: Terrell Hubbard/Kai Thayer
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 68 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Terrell Hubbard, decorated Marine sergeant, proudly serves as Beta wolf to his True Alpha and Dominant. During a mission, he meets Staff Sergeant Kai Thayer, Pack Leader of the Camp Fallujah sippe. Terrell is thrown completely off balance by the strength of their mutual attraction and the intensity of their passion. His entire world felt perfect though, each time they came together to mark and claim one another.
In the chaos of a surprise attack Kai shows poor judgement, driving a wedge between Terrell and him, and landing Kai on the True Alpha’s bad side. Terrell is torn between his ferocious loyalty to his True Alpha, and his new but powerful feelings for Kai. In the battle’s aftermath, Terrell and Kai are drawn together in passion, hoping it’s not the final chance to mark their claims.
Morgan’s Review: Jen reviewed book 3 here, and I think she highlights some of the strengths and weaknesses of this series.
The author clearly knows her military information, she writes amazingly hot sex scenes, gives us Alphas who are uber-alpha in all aspects of their lives, and combines these guys with hot military men.
Book one was simply amazing! The connection between Noah and Lukas was so deep and intense and it really set a high bar for the rest of the series. Unfortunately, none of the rest of the books have been nearly as good – though book three was pretty close.
In this, book 4 (and you really need to read these in order – it wouldn’t make much sense as a standalone), we get an unexpectedly short story and it felt – frankly – unfinished. There is a bit in the front by the author explaining her personal difficulties and I wonder if that’s why this is so different from the others in the series.
The attraction and chemistry between Kai and Terell is there (in spades!) but the deep connection and emotional aspect of their relationship is totally absent. Not only do these guys end up divided because of Kai’s misstep professionally – even by the end – the two are not on solid ground with their relationship. I’d barely call it a HFN.
I was very disappointed with this as I’ve been a big fan of the series and was so psyched to see it continue after a long hiatus. I’m hoping their story will continue on and soon!
I think fans of the series will still want to read it (but maybe wait for the continuation if there is one?) but I don’t think anyone new to the series will appreciate it.
Overall Impression: It was good
Susan’s Review: Strength of the Wolf is one of my all-time favorite series, and I was so looking forward to getting back on track with the newest book. Unfortunately, it fell a little short. We’ve met both Terrell and Kai in previous books so I knew their story would be a little explosive considering that Terrell is the beta to the true alpha, and that Kai was the alpha of his pack in Afghanistan. Two powerful wolves with an fierce attraction to one another; what’s not to love?
Well, it appears, a lot of things, actually. For one, it was way too short, and since it is labeled as the fourth book and not as a 3.5 novella, it was a bit of a surprise that the story was not fleshed out and felt kind of jumpy. I am not sure what happened here but it seems like we got just a few sporadic chapters of a longer story. The chapters jumped in time and this novella appears to be just one big scene of meet, fierce attraction, running as wolves, having sex, and epilogue where the guys are separated.
Maybe I missed something? If I missed it, than others probably did too, because nowhere that I saw did it say that was a partial story. Will I read the next book? Absolutely, I still love the series, as I said, it’s one of the best out there. I just expected more and would have been happier to wait a little longer for a whole book.
Overall Impression: It was good
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*