Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Military Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter

Strength of the Pack (Book 1) by Kendall McKenna

A Marine werewolf and his commander bring legends to life while surviving combat deployment in Afghanistan.

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.


Lucas is a commanding officer in Afghanistan, one of his men is Noah, a True Alpha werewolf. Though in military terms Lucas outranks him, Noah, in terms of werewolf hierarchy is about as high ranking as it gets. The military – known for its flexibility – (sarcasm) – actually accounts for this and allows the wolves their own pecking order within the military ranks.

Everything seems to be working out well, but there is an extra something going on between Noah and Lucas. We find out, over time, that Lucas and Noah share an extra special bond between them and their ability to communicate with one another makes them invaluable on a war front.

The bulk of this book is spent avoiding explaining to Lucas the nature of their bond, and expecting him to go along with it, which he does. The two grow closer as soldiers and friends and then lovers, all the while muddling through confusion as to why he feels compelled to do the things he does.

Clearly Kendall McKenna knows her military speak well, she uses all the three letter acronyms and jargon with a practiced hand.

Her version of shifters is really quite sweet, given the setting, and though I was driven crazy by the fact that a lot of the conflict could have been eliminated by one simple conversation, I appreciated the fact that these are fairly recalcitrant alpha males who are unused to explaining their feelings and therefore were not likely to have a sit-down and put it all out there.

I had wanted there to be more “declarations” of love but, if you read between the lines you will see their feelings are more than clear and if you continue on with the series their love for one another is never in doubt.

I highly recommend this book and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.


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