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Strength of the Mate

(The Tameness of the Wolf #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,433 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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.

Nook, 356 pages
Published June 20th 2014 by MLR Press
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Rosa, really
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone with a need for throbbing loins
Recommended to Rosa, really by: Tina and her throbbing loins

I want you naked and on my cock.

Okay. Like this?

Your hole is shiny from the lube. I love watching my dick slide in and out of you. Your asshole clenches around me, like it’s trying to drag me inside.

It is…oh, fuck, it is…

You’re a greedy little shit....Your demanding little ass really wants my cock, doesn’t it?

Fuck yeah, it does....

You like it when I tell you how good your ass feels around my cock?....Sweet ass is so smooth and hot inside....Look at you, ridin’ me hard. Like it deep and hard don’
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone M/M romance reader

2nd read May, 2015

Absolutely fucking loved the book! Best sex Kendall McKenna has done to date. 5 stars, favorites shelf, fuck, yeah shelf, highly recommended.

This is without a doubt, one of my favorite shifter series, and I think this book is by far the best out of all three. Well 4, if you count that little piece we got after this one...which I don't !!!

Now let me start by saying, that reading this one as a stand alone is not smart. I read all of them and I still got confused the first time around.It's has lot of military jargon and most of the shifter world-building is done in the first book. The MC's from that book, also play a big part in all the
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Am I the only one who thought that the dirty talk could have been... well... dirtier?

To be honest, the plot is like a mush-ball in my brain. Military shifting something or others... pack leader challenges and fighting and stuff... For me, the strength of these books is the sexual chemistry between the two MCs, not the storyline. While I thought that Adam and Dawson were HOT together, the dirty recesses of my mind thought, "Well, that could have been a wee bit hotter."

I wanted Dawson to embrace
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Dawson is the best dirty talking werewolf in all the land.
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I liked this one slightly better than the first book in the series, but it suffered from the same problems:

- Meandering plot about pack dynamics, power play, vague military unrest, and a rogue wolf or three. I would fail that quiz is all I'm sayin'.

- Too long. Almost 7,000 locations! Mind you, I love long books if I'm into them, but this one dragged. See my first point.

- Not enough tenderness between the men. They're mates, but no words of love are exchanged.

- Adam's POV is so limiting. This
This is tricksy for my to rate! The first 50% was 5 star because of the sheer amount of word porn, then it got super boring for like 30% which is closer to a 2 or 3 star, then REALLY exciting again and closer to a 4.

By the end, I just wanted more Dawson.

Dawson is my favorite wolfie to date. This book is really hot, if a tad bit long. And man, these wolves have some serious draaaammmaaaa. It's pretty much like a frat house in a war zone. Let's be honest here.


Written July 21, 2014

3 1/2 Stars - Good and well written —but I'm sorry to say— kind of slow with lack of exciting story and a bit too long for me right now

Book #3

The of me so highly anticipated third installment in a great M/M war shifter series was at last here. I cheered and began to read with my dear buddy read friends Andrea and Bev several weeks ago.

There is nothing to deny or pretend...
I'm a bit disappointed. I had hoped for an obvious four or fifth in this series once more.
Trisha Harrington
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of military romance and shifters.
This book was a perfect addition to the series. I adored it so much. And I didn't think it was possible to love this series more than I already did. Kendall McKenna knows how to write an amazing military romance, as well as really great shifter stories. And her stories are always amazing no matter what genre she writes. Always.

We knew both characters from the previous book. Adam was introduced as Tim's younger brother and Dawson was introduced as as the administrative assistant to Tim. These
1st read 7/9/14
2nd read 1/16/15
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it


And Adam!

I Loved them both.
I Loved the Dirty-talk yum!
The Action was Awesome.
The Plot Fab!
The Pacing Great.
The Smexy scenes...a bit much, but I loved them.
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Re-read May 2019

I adooooore this book! I loved these guys so much.



This book was just smoking hot!

This story is about Adam, Tim’s younger brother. Adam works as a civilian contractor for a company driving supply trucks for the military in Iraq. He is slowly becoming friends with some werewolves on base. But he can’t stand how the other werewolves on base are harassing everyone when it’s near the full moon.

That’s why Dawson Rivers is being sent. Dawson is the Omega of
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was soooooo worth the wait.

Dawson Rivers is one hot as fuck werewolf and boy do I wish I was Adam Madison.

What are you going to do when the pack leader and some other werewolves are essentially terrorizing civilians after each full moon? You're gonna bring Dawson Rivers, the True Alpha's current Omega, to the scene to take care of business.

Reading this book brought back the things that I truly loved about the first book. I like how Adam has to feel his way as he doesn't really know
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Giving it that extra .5 for the stellar filthy talk that Dawson peppered throughout the story. Me likey, a lot.

A solid installment to the series. Lots and lots of sexing happening but actually a sweet little love story as well. I do enjoy a damaged character and Adam has plenty of that but I appreciated that he began to move beyond his issues. Good military storyline with nice callback to earlier characters who didn't overwhelm the MC's here. Not sure about the previous Secretary of Defense
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣

Dawson is a hot dirty talker.

There isn't much of a story, really, and I could see the last 15% coming a mile away.


I like that Adam was insecure about some things yet unwavering in his opinion when it came to making sure others were ok. In other words, an imperfect human we can all relate to.

It was fun seeing even glimpses of Noah, Tim and the rest.

Some of the writing is extremely obvious, I didn't have to work for much at all.

If you haven't read the first two books before heading into
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Hot sex but that's about it as far as I'm concerned. Not much of a storyline in this one, but I do love Dawson Rivers although I have to say that I thought Adam was a strange choice for a mate, but what do I know, maybe he'll grow on me?? 3.75 stars

Another buddy read with Ingela and Andrea. Mwah!!
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

By now the formula for this series is pretty well known. Werewolf claims human for mate. Human is a bit clueless, thinking their attraction is part of some werewolf ceremony/ritual. Miscommunication or lack of complete disclosure ensues. Wash, rinse, repeat.

I have one complaint and that's the MC Adam. He has the biggest freakin chip on his shoulder and his insecurity and anger were exhausting. Of course he gets over himself but it decreased my enjoyment a bit. That being said, I felt
I seriously need to hook up with a dirty mouthed werewolf because Dawson Rivers was the sexiest man I've read about since....well, since Noah Hammond. I really do love my alpha men and these two are the epitome of what really revs my engine.

I normally don't like reading excessive sex scenes but these two guys, Adam and Dawson, are just too hot NOT to have all that sexing going on. Nothing would have made this book better EXCEPT: having some scenes from Dawson's point of view, and a big, fat I
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was very worry at the beginning of this story, but I had to admit that I was wrong.
the plot didn't turn out as I was expecting, it was really amazing.
A terrific sequel and in my humble opinion this is the best of them all.
The sex scenes were divine and delicious and I enjoyed every minute of them, one of the most sexy scenes I've read in a long time.
well done!!!!

May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This took me way too long to finish. And it might've suffered a bit from my "Sam takes way too long to read so things don't flow as well and it messes with her ratings" but, eff it. I'm giving it a 4.5, because damn, Kendall McKenna, just damn.

Leaving himself vulnerable to the strength of a shifter was risky, but whatever it was that made him want to drive trucks in a war zone, made him want to be naked with Dawson Rivers.

This story follows up with Adam Madison, Tim Madison's brother, and
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First read June 2014
Re-read June 2015

4.5 rounded up
This is the story of Major Tim Madison's little brother Adam, a civilian contractor working with the Marine Corps in Iraq and the True Alpha's Omega wolf, Dawson Rivers, who is sent to the base to sort out a problem with the wolf pack. The pair get together as Dawson takes over as the pack Alpha and Adam comes to terms with the fact that he's actually in a relationship for the first time. Adam has family issues to overcome and Dawson has to
This was a lot better than the other two!
Oh wait, I mean I still loved Noah and Lucas. And I get to see them in here too. Yaayy!
But come on.. Dawson and Adam? They're like a chemistry bomb. LOL.
Totally worth it. :))

PS : I wonder when the book #4 is going to be published.. ;)
4.5 Stars

With each book, in this series, that I’ve read, I've come to like it more and more! Plenty of alpha male military man deliciousness combined with shifters - and wolf shifters at that! Wolf shifter stories are my favorite.

In Strength of the Mate , Tim Madison's younger brother, Adam, is working as a contractor in Iraq driving tanker trucks to supply the troops with needed fuel. Adam is a troubled man, though. He never really dealt with the death of his younger brother Jason many years
This was a hit for me!

Combine, shifter, military and Kendall McKenna and this reader is in heaven! I have loved the first two books in this series, and this one is another awesome read!

This story was all kinds of hotness and great action! Adam Madison is a human civilian working as a supply truck driver for the marines. And ever since landing at the base Adam and the other humans and submissive wolves have been terrorized by the shifter leader and his group. The True Alpha sends his Omega Dawson
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Adam Madison, brother of Tim from "Strength of the Wolf" and Dawson Rivers, Omega of Noah, the True Alpha, who was also introduced in "Strength of the Wolf".

Adam is different in this book . We already know he’s a broken man, quick to anger. He has made sure he knows nothing about the werewolf culture. This is to not be compared to his big brother Tim Madison. And then he meets Dawson, Noah’s omega wolf. He is send to Camp Fallujah to look into some issues… Adam is a civilian
★MC's Corner★
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adam: You’re an ass.

Dawson: And you have a cute ass.


*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.
• One question… Why did they capture him??? O.O

• I liked the addiction of werefoxes, bears and leopards it became more kinda real, you know, wolves are not the only animals… GOT IT??? But please tell me that shifters are only mammals… I can’t picture what an amphibian shifter looks like. GOSH THAT’S CREEPY. *CRINGE*

• I loved that Adam knew that he likes guys. No
Like the second book, I thought the guys jumped into the sex too quickly. A big part of what I loved so much about the first book in the series was all the UST, I love me some buildup. I'm not really saying that there was too much sex, I just wanted more buildup to all the hot fucking.

That being said, I really liked Dawson and Adam, and their sex was very hot. I do wish McKenna would give us a story from a werewolves' POV next time, instead of the human who knows next to nothing about shifters
Oh My!!!! Loved the first book? Then you will LOVE this one too! Has everything.. angst, unsureness of worth, relationship, sex, wolf. Back on base in the hot zone but with a civilian this time. I liked that Adam didn't know or understand a lot of werewolf stuff. Lucas may have started out that way but had more of a heads up than Adam.

And frankly, the sexual side of Adam was a bit startling as well as hot! I would have to say the biggest complaint about Adam's character is that too often it
Angela Bee Bee
I need to quit this series.
The issues I had with the first book were magnified here ten fold.
The baby wipes, the chaos, the rules no one knows, the lack of any kind of social structure, sex in public, wherever.

The adverbs and simple sentence structure just killed it for me. I also couldn't follow who was talking, who was a woof, why they were pissed. Just totally lost.

Strength of the Mate (Tameness of the Wolf Book 3)
Damn!!!! Holy hotness. Just finished and right now that is all that comes to mind except how long until the next book comes out????
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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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  • Strength of the Wolf (The Tameness of the Wolf, #2)
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“Dawson pressed his mouth to Adam’s ear and whispered, “Play your cards right, that won’t be the only place on you I stick my tongue.” 5 likes
“Tim shook his head. “All hostiles were neutralized with extreme prejudice.” Eric snorted. “Why can’t you just say they killed all the motherfuckers?” Tim’s expression was implacable. “I like my way better.” 4 likes
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