He could live in the dorms, but he needs the quiet to stay focused on his studies to keep his soccer scholarship. The guys carry on being touchy-feely friends, and nothing much happens, but that amps up the sexual tension between Cole and Ellis. He is alternately funny, then dramatic and silly. I like Ellis, for the most part. This plays a huge part in silly misunderstandings throughout the book.
He is also very mushy. Some people may enjoy it, but from complete denial to mush is just too large of a leap for me make in this situation. Overall the characters, main and sub, are fairly immature and over the top. It is kind of ridiculous. Maybe I just prefer to think people of that age are a little more grown up? Another big gripe is the random POVs. I was so confused when a new, random, person would take over the storytelling, I had to go back and reread to know what was happening.
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Title : Strength of the Pack. Blurb : A Marine werewolf and his commander bring legends to life while surviving combat deployment in Afghanistan.
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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.
Review : Oh my, what a book!
What a ride this one was. In this novel, Ms. McKenna introduces us to a world where Shifters have co-existed with humans for years. Legends of their excellent combat skills are mostly forgotten though, because the most rare of the Werewolf-Humans relationship, that of a Dominant-True Alpha, has not happened in hundreds of years. The secret is that in relationship like that, the True Alpha Werewolf must willingly submit to his Dominant and the results of such mating are magnificent to witness.
This entire new perspective, at least for me, was thrilling to read. Up until now, shifters in books were fighting to maintain their identity secret, while in this book its common knowledge. Werewolves are maybe a little frightening, but are mostly seen from their human peers with admiration and respect for their strength.
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In the Armed Forces, they are considered of great value, especially their True Alpha, since he has the power to control them all. Lucas Young though, has no experience with werewolves; his knowledge is less than basic. After all, he had not received the proper training on how to work with such a powerful shifter. To make things worse the moment Lucas lays eyes on Sergeant Hammond, strong feelings assail him, attraction being one of them. How is he supposed to work with such an incredible shifter, who resembles a Nordic God, having him push at all his buttons, constantly challenging him and be insanely attracted to him?
In Lucas mind, he will not take advantage as a commanding officer but will do his outmost to help the Alpha deal with his Werewolf needs. The entire book is a beautiful introduction to combat fights, war and one of the rarest relationships ever encountered. While he tries to give Noah everything he needs to keep control of the Pack and be more than efficient in their war, he holds back his own feelings. Their fame grows to legendary proportions due to their amazing connection, so does their frustration because this connection does not escalates beyond their duty. In the end it takes a severe wound to make them both see things a bit more clearly.
The magnitude of how much this affects both of them is not lost on Lucas, but he is still confused from the battle tales Noah has told him. I loved this book! It was so much more than the stereotypical Were-books you usually encounter and adding to the pleasure there were Marines. So very interesting, such enticing characters, such an appealing plot.
The slow building and boiling on low temperature had me frustrated at some point, yeah. J The end was a bit calmer than the rest of this novel though. All in all, this book was a must read and then re-read for me.
He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner.
It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life. Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own. This is one of those special books you would see the cover on your shelf, pick it up to read a few pages, end up finishing the entire thing in one sitting, and fall in love with it.
Brute is a beautiful compelling story about a damaged hero, and his road to happiness. Reading this fabulously created fantasy world through his eyes was unique, and gave it a voice that could only be brought to us by the wonderful, gentle giant that is Brute. The only thing that he has going for him is his strength and size, that gets him a laboring job, which sets up his monotonous life of working, eating, and sleeping.
The only physical contact he knows is from saving up all year to pay a male prostitute double the usual fee for sex. Then everything changes for him, the day he saves the prince after a terrible fall.
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Brute has no other options, and is quite excited about a chance at a different life, so he sets off to find out what life has in store for him now. Once at the palace, he learns his job is to watch a single prisoner in a secluded tower. He is instructed to report anything the man says at night, right away, to the guard on duty. Seems easy enough to Brute, but he soon learns why so many men have quit after a short time on the job. He shows the man a kindness that has been so long missing. To the prisoner, Brute is his savior, and the two fall in love despite their bleak chance at a happy ending.
Will he give up his new life and friends and face possible death to set the man he loves free? Or will he just be happy for what he has, like always? The love story was slow but beautiful. The world building was wonderful. I highly recommend this book. One of my favorite reads of Blurb: While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor.
Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.