Monday, July 21, 2014

Strength of the Mate

Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0257
Genre: {M/M} Shifter Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Not everyone is qualified to be a leader; good principles must be ingrained in the personality. Because of the werewolf society management fails at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, the Marine True Alpha Noah sends his Omega, Dawson Rivers to investigate and correct the problems. Upon arrival at the camp, Dawson discovers he has an ally as well as a mutual attraction with Adam Madison.

Strength of the Mate is part of the Tameness of the Wolf Series. The plot exhibits the tense apprehension expected in a war zone environment. Military procedures, along with living conditions, are illustrated. The storyline also gives an insight to the political associations of war. The characters are amusing and engaging as well as believable.

Dawson is a werewolf peacemaker with Marine integrity, very approachable to everyone. However, Dawson has an inimitable power that can cause any combatant to promptly coward down. Dawson had a brief acquaintance with Adam stateside, since Dawson worked with Marine Major Tim Madison who is Adam’s older brother. Meeting Adam again at the camp only enhanced Dawson’s budding attraction into a full blown desire to have Adam as his mate.

Adam is a human civilian contracted by a private business to drive fuel tanks between military bases. This is a very dangerous job; nevertheless Adam almost has a death wish because of a tragedy from his past and he is now suffering from survivor’s guilt. Adam may have a few issues but he is by no means lacking in courage. Adam has zero tolerance for bullies, he is not afraid to take whatever action necessary to stop abuse. Adam’s honorable traits are very much attuned to Dawson’s personality.

Kendall McKenna has created an outstanding saga. The interaction between the congenial characters along with the detailed description of the wolf activities is superb. I thoroughly enjoyed Strength of the Mate.

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