Strength of the Wolf by Kendall McKenna

Strength of the WolfStrength of the Wolf by Kendall McKenna
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  MLR Press, LLC
Novel:  121,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2

Major Tim Madison has his hands full. A young Alpha werewolf has stormed into his personal life, while Tim struggles to keep military werewolves from safe on the front lines.

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.


This was the second book in The Tameness of the Wolf series.  This book differed a great deal from the previous book.  The relationship is focused on a different set of men.  One Noah and Lucas’s commanding Officer Tim and the other a civilian, Jeremy.  The story is approached in a totally different way.

Jeremy enters the story at the very beginning of his Transition to a True Alpha wolf.  Tim was out with Noah, Lucas and some of the other military werewolves and they run into an aggressive Jeremy in the parking lot.  Luckily Noah understands what is happening and subdues Jeremy.  Jeremy is a mild mid-level wolf until his transition.  He was kicked out of his pack because the Alpha wanted to keep his position.

Tim and Jeremy are immediately attracted to each other.  The relationship builds from there.  The story is not well developed.  Jeremy always remains a shadowy figure to the reader.  We learn very little of his character.  The relationship seems to be the focus of the book but we get a lot of what is happening with Tim and his unit.  I really didn’t see much of why Jeremy and Tim are together other than sex.  Tim keeps thinking of Jeremy as a kid and a brat.  Jeremy just clings.

I liked that we got some information on Transitioning.  Other than that and an update on what is happening with Noah and Lucas with the military, I don’t see much growth.  I have a feeling that the information and status of everyone will be important in following books.  Other than that I felt that this book was weak in character and plot line.



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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, in Book Review, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ, Two Roses and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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