Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Strength of a Gamma


Title: The Strength of a Gamma
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-328-9
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf, BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Steffan has been best friends with Francis since the younger wolf joined the pack after the death of his parents. He’s quietly loved and taken care of the small wolf, making certain Francis is safe and always has what he needs. When two new Betas joins their pack, Steffan decides that the time has finally come for him to step aside and let Francis form a mate bond with a more dominant and appropriate wolf.

When the new Beta wolves join the pack and Steffan starts acting oddly, Francis can’t understand what’s going on. It’s confusing and irritating, especially when his friend encourages him to consider one of the new wolves as a possible mate. Steffan isn’t bothering to ask Franis his opinion, just keeps pushing him away, telling him what’s best. What if Francis doesn’t want a more dominant mate but has already found the perfect one right in front of him?

Life is about to make a dramatic change. The question is whether Francis is strong enough to stand up to what Steffan believes is best and take what he wants for his life…the mate he wants.

The Strength of a Gamma is the second release in the paranormal series Pack Discipline. I appreciated that the two main men in this story were Gamma wolves…some of the least dominant wolves in the pack, and that they were both perfectly happy with their positions. I also liked that Ms. Dare made Steffan such a physically enormous and powerful wolf, so fearful of hurting another person with his much greater strength. She did a nice job expressing his discomfort…his need to control his actions. This is also true of how she expressed his need to put everyone’s desires above his own…especially Francis’s.

In the beginning, I wasn’t certain what to think of Francis. He seemed like a milksop who needed someone stronger to take care of him, but I couldn’t have more wrong. He might have been crafted to be a Gamma but the wolf isn’t a pushover. He’s more than capable of letting Steffan know what he wants and is willing to go after it, including showing his enormous future mate how to submit, allowing him to be the man he needs to be to find happiness.

It was great seeing a bit of Marsden and Bennett and learning how their relationship was continuing to grow, along with the pack. I also enjoyed learning about the new Betas and am looking forward to the next books finding mates for them and the other previously introduced pack members. According to the website, the last two books of the series will be released in the first half of 2011.

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