Posts Tagged With: Kendall McKenna

Book Review: A Gentle Kind of Strength by Kendall McKenna

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

27507669Title: A Gentle Kind of Strength
Author: Kendall McKenna
Heroes: Ray Lerner/Damien Federov
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 57,000 words
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: November 5, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A police K9 handler believes he’s lucky when a romance starts with the local veterinarian, but then his canine partner is injured in the line of duty.

Sergeant Ray Lerner is a veteran sheriff’s department K9 handler. Damien Federov is the veterinarian caring for Harley, Ray’s canine partner. When taking a man as a lover, Ray’s always been confident. Around Damien, Ray becomes uncharacteristically shy and tongue-tied. When Damien begins their romance, Ray knows he’s lucky.

His obsession with a past tragedy blinds Ray to everything he has with Damien. When Harley is injured on duty, his life is in Damien’s hands. As Ray sits vigil, he has one final chance to allow Damien in all the way, or risk losing everything important, in a single night.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Soul Sick
Author: Kendall McKenna
Series: Semper Fidelis
Heroes: Jamie/Tucker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 58 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honorary Blogger Kendall McKenna: Sex, Romance, Love and Dog Tags! + Giveaway!

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Sex, Romance, Love and Dog Tags!

by Kendall McKenna

Hello to everyone! Happy July – ‘love and dog tags’ to all. I hope you’re all having the kind of summer you personally enjoy! Mine is shaping up to be awesome. I’m usually nocturnal, but I might have to adjust my schedule for the next few months, so I can enjoy the sun and the warmth.

Okay, down to business. My name is Kendall McKenna, and I write m/m erotic romance novels (www.kendallmckenna.com). If you love a good military themed story, you probably know who I am. If you love a good military themed story and you don’t know who I am, you’re in luck! I’m here to rescue you by introducing you to my characters and my stories.

Through a happy accident, I learned that I have a special talent for writing authentic military characters, so I’ve made it my niche in the m/m genre. It’s tricky and challenging to write this type of character as falling in love. These military guys are strong, and sexy, but they typically start out emotionally reserved. Then they get indoctrinated into the subculture of the warrior, and they lose a significant percentage of their ability to talk about their feelings! Things get worse for me when both halves of the pairing are Marines, because there’s no one in the nascent relationship who’s willing to try to communicate. (sigh) On the other hand, these hot, alpha males try to distract each other from discussing their feelings, by seducing one another with loud, rough, and sweaty sex!

Part of my success in my happy little niche of the m/m genre, is a direct result of my placing them in realistic, believable situations. One of the reasons my stories feel so realistic to my readers is that I weave the romance all throughout my complex and layered plot. The suspenseful, pulse-pounding action, and combat scenes, moves the plot and the romance forward. Even the super sexy, super hot love scenes serve to propel the story, or a character arc, forward. Some things explode on the battlefield; others things explode in the bedroom! (wink) Yes, I said it, and I said it intentionally!

Even my series that features werewolves serving in the Marine Corps, makes it seem as though the world could wake up tomorrow, and shifters would be serving in the military! As if a bunch of emotionally stunted men, all dressed in camouflage, weren’t enough of an interesting challenge, I’ve added the actual social structure of a pack of wolves to the Marine Corps’ rank structure, along with a full-moon compulsion, and hormone-driven mating drives! Given the number of automatic weapons and incendiary devices that are normally just lying around, it’s a wonder there aren’t more injuries.

The first book in The Tameness of the Wolf seriesStrength of the Pack – kicked the entire thing off with an earnest human lieutenant, and a stoic, alpha werewolf sergeant. They fall in love over the course of year, while fighting a war in the mountains of Afghanistan. Strength of the Pack is a nominee for a Bookie Award, from Authors After Dark.

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Strength of the Pack (The Tameness of the Wolf, #1)Strength of the Pack
(The Tameness of the Wolf, Book #1)

Blurb:
Lieutenant Lucas Young doesn’t know much about shifters. When Sergeant Noah Hammond is assigned to Lucas’ platoon, the Marine Corps’ True Alpha werewolf challenges the Lieutenant’s authority and his self-control. As Lucas learns to dominate and command Noah, he struggles against a strong attraction and deepening emotional bond.

During their combat deployment to Afghanistan, Lucas and Noah begin mirroring legendary partnerships. Their bond and their power grow as they survive dangerous combat and ambushes. When one of them is wounded in battle, they both must embrace the strength of their bond before they lose each other forever.

The second book in The Tameness of the Wolf seriesStrength of the Wolf – paired up a human major, with a civilian werewolf. They also fall in love over the course of an entire year, while battling their own government, at the same time they prepare to take on the leadership of a civilian werewolf pack. Strength of the Wolf helped me to earn the title of MLR’s Best Selling Ebook Author for 2013.

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Strength of the Wolf (The Tameness of the Wolf, #2)Strength of the Wolf
(The Tameness of the Wolf, Book #2)

Blurb:
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 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.

The third book in The Tameness of the Wolf seriesStrength of the Mate – nearly cost me my sanity as I wrote from the point of view of a civilian, for the first time. This civilian human, and werewolf Gunnery Sergeant, fell in love quickly, while facing death daily, from a Marine base in Fallujah, Iraq. Strength of the Mate just received outstanding praise in the Happily Ever After section of USA Today.

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Strength of the Mate (The Tameness of the Wolf, #3)Strength of the Mate
(The Tameness of the Wolf, Book #3)

Blurb:
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.

You can find out more about The Tameness of the Wolf series, as well as my other series titled The Recon Diaries, on my website. While you’re there, you can read up on my stand-alone story, as well as my three-author anthology. My books are available at all the usual distributors, but you’ll find buy-links on my website, as well.

I have a substantial social media presence. Please contact me with any questions or comments you might have, regarding any of my books. Don’t be shy! Ask away.

You can find out more about Kendall on her Website, Facebook & Twitter or email her at kendall.mckenna3@gmail.com.

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Now it’s time to put our feet up, and let down our hair! It hasn’t been a successful blog visit, if I haven’t given something away.
To celebrate the June 20th release of Strength of the Mate, I’m offering a chance to win 1 ebook copy of this title! Just click the link below to enter!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Strength of the Mate to see what she thought of it!

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