Jilrene gives 4.5 strong stars to Strength of the Mate by Kendall McKenna, the third book in her Tameness of the Wolf series.
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.
So what did I think?
This is the third book in the Tameness of the Wolf series. These books are not standalone and continually expound on the world introduced in Strength of the Pack. One of my favorite things about this series is how wolves and other weres are an important part of the military. Also, sexuality is not a big deal. I really love the writing, too. I get completely lost in the story; forgetting where I am and what I should be doing.
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. We originally met Dawson in book one, and met Adam in book two. This book is told from Adam’s POV, but as a third person POV instead of first person. Adam is Tim’s brother and a very insecure young man. In Tim’s story (Strength of the Wolf, book 2), we learn a little about what Adam has endured and become from Tim’s perspective.
Now, we get to know Adam. He blames himself for his brother Jason’s death years ago, no matter how many times his family told him it wasn’t his fault. As part of his self-imposed exile, he’s working as a contractor in Iraq driving supply trucks. Unfortunately, Adam is assigned to a base with a pack leader who isn’t well socialized. Many of the weres aren’t any better than their leader. Noah sends his trusted friend and Omega, Dawson Rivers, to fix the mess.
As the story begins, Adam’s little more than an observer. He’s only made a few friends, and none of them know his brother is Major Tim Madison or that Adam has actually met the True Alpha and Dominant. Adam tries to fly under the radar, and for the most part is successful. Then Dawson Rivers gets to Fallujah, and Adam loses what anonymity he had. Adam also starts to grow, in little bitty baby steps. He and Dawson connect carnally and emotionally, and that has the biggest impact. Even though Adam still doesn’t think he deserves to be happy, he starts enjoy it. He also does his best for the people living on the base, human and were.
Of course, that’s when Adam is kidnapped and held captive. During his captivity, Adam realizes many things about himself and his family. His growth is natural, with a little epiphany here and there.
I enjoyed reading Adam’s thoughts throughout the book. He frequently puts himself down in the beginning, but as his relationship with Dawson evolves, he matures. Once he comes into his own, he also becomes his own hero. He does what he has to and keeps looking forward. I’m not sure he ever forgives himself for Jason’s death, but he does put it into its proper place in his life – the past. I can easily recommend this book (& the series) for all paranormal lovers. There’s plenty of hot smex and plot. It’s fresh and open and very well written.
Reviewed by Jilrene
About the series and author
Tameness of the Wolf
- Strength of the Pack
- Strength of the Wolf
- Strength of the Mate – in this review
To find out more about Kendall McKenna and her books visit her website.