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Strength of the Wolf

(The Tameness of the Wolf #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,557 ratings  ·  210 reviews
After a fiery exit from Afghanistan, Tim Madison is promoted to major. Jeremy Wagner is a civilian, just beginning his Transition to True Alpha. As a lone wolf, he has no one to teach him the vital principles of strong leadership. After a volatile chance encounter, Tim and Jeremy form an intimate bond.

As Jeremy prepares to someday lead his own pack, Tim struggles with
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Published September 6th 2013 by MLR Press
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Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read Oct. 2015: Loved it just as much the second time! Highly, highly recommended, but read the first book first.

Kendall McKenna has done it again with her second installment of the Tameness of the Wolf series Strength of the Wolf. This book has everything we've come to expect from Ms. McKenna. Real military drama. Complex, interesting, three dimensional characters. An exciting, edge-of-your-seat plot. Off-the-rails, ridiculously powerful, emotional sex between the MCs. You get it all with
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ingie by: Bev
...written on September 11, 2013

4 Stars - a sequel that doesn't quite reach the level of the first part, but well worth reading - and hot, hot...

This is the second installment in a series where we now have yet another fascinating love story. This time it is the Marine officer Tim's luck to find a lover/werewolf (Jeremy) who may not seek, but needs, a firm hand and a mature mate. Because this novel is so much associated with part #1 Strength of the Pack (5 stars from me), I recommend that you
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this as much as the first one but it was pretty close.

Kendall McKenna writes some really hot sex with some awesome dirty talk. I approve!
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok

I was happy to this story focus on Tim Madison one of the players from Strength of the Pack but it didn't work for me as much as I wished it did.

There were a couple of different story lines flowing here. Tim meeting the civilian transitioning True Alpha Jeremy, the overseas attacks on werewolves, Tim's brother Adam and unexpectedly (view spoiler)
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Shifter wolves. Marines. Wolves WITH Marines? Hell! Yes! Bring on Release day.


I agree, YUM!!

Loved it. Thought Jeremy was all kinds of sexy with Tim. Speaking of which, the sex scenes melted my Kindle. It's a mess. I know there was other stuff going on...I do know good world building and military intrigue and a transitioning alpha...but did I say it was freaking sexy? Because...well


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Trisha Harrington
I was so excited to read this book, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Kendall McKenna really does a great shifter story and then she combines it will military men and I can't stop myself from wanting to read it. She knows her stuff. Her books are authentic and read well, I also love the fact she creates her own shifters. Things aren't the same as in other books. It's unique, fresh, and hot.

From the beginning I was happy. We saw Lucas and Noah - the couple from book one - in the very
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know.. maybe 3.75? Maybe 4? It was good, don't get me wrong... I just wasn't as interested in this book as I was the first in the series. It seemed a lot of the same... and just kinda predictable. Also there was a LOT of sex and normally that doesn't bug me, but it actually got old.
Good read still.

Edit: ALSO I really love Tim. He is super-duper awesome and authoritative and that's totally hot.
EPIC FAIL. Sadly, given how much I enjoyed the first book in the series, this second book was truly awful. Basically the plot, not to mention character development, suspense and world building, just disappeared under an avalanche of porno sex. My butt was sore just reading about it, and reading about it, and reading about it....
Wendy black rating stars

I am gonna be honest here and admit, that I skipped this book after reading"Strenght of the Pack" , and jumped straight into book 3, ""Strenght of the Mate"". Why, you might ask...Well, because I do this assbackwards thing a lot, and because it had the lowest rating on Goodreads. I also wasn't sure I would like a book about Tim., than for this one. I know, I should be ashamed of myself !! of shame gif

I admit that this one isn't my favorite in the series (because that honor belongs to book 3) ...but I really
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was really looking forward to this story coming out because I loved the first one and did a quick re-read before starting this one. I really enjoyed that the author still included Noah and Lucas and we got to see them again and they were still part of this story. I was a little disappointed with this one, I guess I was expecting the sexual tension that we had in the first one. It was almost 80% into the first story before Noah and Lucas actually sleep together. With this one, Tim and
Jenni Lea
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: growl-and-howl

I liked this one better than the first. Why? One word:

Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Quick Nurse, the screens.... yowza, this was hot!! 4.5 stars and

Following from 'Strength of the Pack', this one featured Captain Tim Madison and lots of Lucas and Noah from the previous book too. Captain Tim has been authorised to set up a new department which will focus solely on Werewolves and their role within the US military. The old rule books are being thrown out of the window so to speak, and Tim, Lucas and Noah are the 'face' of the new-look 'Werewolves Are Wonderful' attitude at the
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mm, ebook, hof

Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews

Book 2 in The Tameness of the Wolf series. This segment builds a bit on what we learned about the shifter dynamics from book one with Noah as the True Alpha with Lucas as his Dominant. Whereas in The Strength of the Pack we learned about Noah finding his Dominant and coming into full power, here we meet Jeremy, an up and coming True Alpha and his mate, Major Tim, who we met in Strength of the Pack.

I loved that Noah and Lucas are strong presences here, but
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
While i enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it the way I did Strength of the Pack. It was a good read and I loved the two MC’s, I feel like it was more about hot sex then story. And no, I am not complaining about hot steamy sex! (my friends here on GR know better then to think I would do that! LOL) What I loved so much about Strength of the Pack, was the world building, the military action, the dialogue and how Lucas and Noah’s relationship grew. And while this story kept my attention and i grew to ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent follow up to Strength of the Pack. Completely enjoyed having Noah and Lucas front and center, and look forward to seeing more of all of the guys in the next book.

Tim finally gets him man in this installment. Jeremy is a True Alpha werewolf just going through his transition and needs some serious help. His transformation from insecure, bratty kid to large and in charge alpha was an experience. Wasn't too sure about him at the beginning, but it really worked and I found myself being
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

"Tim the "Major" and Jeremy the Alpha-Loving "Brat"



Hot Smex'in
Military Perfection.

It is~

Well written.
Well paced.

And has ~

Noah and Lucas...

And I loved every bit of it

65% in and I am seriously wondering why wasting even more time on this.

Why did I bother reading SotW at all? I am a freaking masochist, that's why, but even then, I can't stand this book anymore. I don't give a flying bird if something or someone might prevent "Tim and Jeremy's mate-bond". Whatevah. The only question I really want answered - is this the same Tim, A Walking Werewolf Encyclopedia, from volume one? I mean - what the hell happened? Why is he so clueless?

Not going into other faults
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll try to come up with a full review later.

Basically I like this more than the first book because it has sex. Like know.
But it is not my favorite shifter story. It's great, but not my favorite for some reason I can't pinpoint.

Jo * Smut-Dickted *
A very different book than the first one in the series. In the first book you are introduced to Noah and Lucas - a True Alpha and his Dominant. There is a lot of combat and military components and it is very tense in every way (sexual, safety, etc). The relationship has this sort of authentic ring to it because it is slow and Lucas is clueless -- and by the time he finally realizes you are like "YES YES YES...FINALLY!"

Here you have Tim and Jeremy and much, not all, of the book is in the states
* A Reader Obsessed *
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What this book lacks in severe UST (and some might miss that) as seen in the first story, it completely makes up for it by having an overall easy relationship between the two MC's because they communicate!! What a concept! This means actual culmination, completion, full on sex within the first 20% (as opposed to 90%). Was that a little fast?? Sure but it's a were/shifter book and there's urges and hormones and mystical stuff that needs to be taken care of which negates the absurdity of ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four, shifter, series, military

The first book in the series was awe-summ yumminess. This one confused me. I liked Tim and Jeremy, I just felt like I never got to know Jeremy. We never met his family, his coworkers, his friends. Did being a lone wolf mean we weren't allowed to get to know him? Why mention his late shifting if it was never explained or delved into?

A lot of time was spent in the Middle East, while I understand it was to move forward the DoD's plot line. It did nothing to move forward Tim and Jeremy. I was

I didn't like this as much as the first one. Since Tim was a Marine and Jeremy wasn't, they didn't spend nearly as much page time together on page as Lucas and Noah did. It felt like I missed out on the getting to know each other and the falling in love part of the story. However, I did like the characters, and the sex was hot, although I did find myself missing the sexual tension this time around.These guys pretty much got right down to it. For such a long book, it didn't feel like we got to
*** 3.5 Stars ***

I wasn't as enthralled with the story or the chemistry between Tim and Jeremy as I was with Lucas and Noah in Book 1, but McKenna's writing is too good - and her sex scenes too hot! - for me to give this anything less than 3.5 stars.
Aղցela W.
This was book 2 in "Tameness of the Wolf" series. This was a pretty good read. Jeremy Wagner is out of control with raging hormones when he meets Marine Major Tim Madison. Military true alpha Noah understands what Jeremy is going through. With Noah’s help, Jeremy learns to control his internal chaos. This book took place in San Diego, California with a whole lot of things going on in it. Tim is appointed commanding officer of Marine Corps Werewolf Training Tim’s mission along with Noah and ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
The second installment in the series, Strength of the Wolf revisits one of my favourite couples and a dearly remembered world, this time in the perspective of Tim and following his romance. This was a novel I enjoyed a lot, but I confess I'm guilty of constantly comparing it to the first one-- to which I found it didn't quite match up.

The setting of the novel was as intriguing as ever; reading about how the military is attempt to completely integrate werewolves and utilise their skills
Jess Candela
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2013
2.5 stars rounded up because of the halo effect from the first book

Insta-love is one of my least favorite tropes, especially when I can't figure out what the guys see in each other. And insta-love with no real plot and very little action (aside from lots - and lots and lots and lots - of sex)? No thanks.

Other than a pretty face, what did Tim find remotely appealing about Jeremy at first? Seriously. It made no sense to me that Tim would want to spend any time at all with Jeremy as we saw him
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Sequel to Strength of the Pack. It started out fetching, but turned somewhat repetitive from about the middle onward. Still, the new relationship formed satisfyingly, and I was happy to meet Noah and Lucas again. Also, I liked the military and fighting scenes a lot, not that I'm any kind of expert, but they felt authentic. Toward the end,quite a lot of loose threads showed up, pointing toward the sequel.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, hot, fantastic, witty, sensual, entertaining sequel!!!! I'm not going to even bother with a review, because everything was said by other readers and they did a wonderful job at it.
I just going to say this author for sure knows how to write a great plot and kept me entertain from page one.
Waiting for the next sequel is going to be torture.
Thomaidha Papa
4.5 Hearts
Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

This book is part of a series best read in order.

Early this year we were introduced to The Tameness of the Wolf Series written by McKenna, and all of us who read it were ecstatic with the first book. There we met LT Young and Sgt Hammond, and their epic story took us into a wild ride suffused with all kind of action, be it military or romantic. Among the many characters that were deeply involved in the first book, Tim Madison caused great
I'm just going to get this out of my system right now. SQUEE! It feels like forever since I've been waiting for the release of this book. 'Strength of the Wolf' is the second installment in Kendall McKenna's 'Tameness of the Wolf' series and I couldn't wait until this release. I've been on pins and needles thinking about Tim and Jeremy's story. I was already crazy about the world this author has created, what with the Marine Corps and the werewolves, so jumping back into it felt like coming ...more
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Kendall McKenna is an author of M/M erotic romance novels featuring well-developed characters, complex stories, and realistic action sequences.

Kendall McKenna is the MLR Press 2013 Author of the Year. Her first work of fiction was written at the worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story told in a popular song of the time.


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The Tameness of the Wolf (4 books)
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“Actually, my brother’s in town,” Tim replied casually, not looking up from his laptop. “He’s staying with me at my townhouse.” “Why are you here working then?” Lucas asked incredulously. “Because my brother is in town and staying with me at my townhouse,” he repeated in the exact same tone.” 10 likes
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