Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tales of the Harker Pack by @taralain @dreamspinners #REVIEW

Shifters, Mob Guys, Kidnappings and a Ninja Granny!

The Pack or the Panther, Tara Lain, Dreamspinner Press
Tales of the Harker Pack #1
Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he’s lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese’s half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.

When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won’t rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.

Cole is an Alpha werewolf and will be the next leader of his pack. If he can get over his fear of public speaking and convince everyone that he is strong enough to lead the pack even though he is gay. Most of the pack just tends to ignore the "gay" part of Cole except his best friend Lindsay...but then Lindsay has his own problems.

To make sure his pack is secure Cole agrees, begrudgingly, to an arranged marriage with the Alpha female from a neighboring pack. Then Cole meets Paris the son of the pack Alpha and the half brother of his betrothed. Once Cole sees the sexy, slinky cat Paris is all he can think about. Then Analiese skips out the day before the wedding and when the Alpha's decide that Cole can marry Paris to solidify the alliance you would think both men would be happy. But Cole doesn't want Paris out of obligation and Paris is a cat that just wants to roam no matter how much he is attracted to Cole.

You have to respect a character like Cole, in doing what was best for his pack he could have been giving up his chance for a true mate. I like my Alpha's tough but caring. I thought it was great the way that Paris could see Cole's trouble with speaking in public and was always there to intervene. Watching them play off each other in public was touching but when they came together in private....that was just HOT HOT HOT!

Great start to the series. I don't know how many books are planned but count me in for the ride!

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Wolf in Gucci Loafers
Tales of the Harker Pack #2
Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back — an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can't have.

Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.

Most people look at Lindsay and immediately judge him as a helpless twink without a brain. Well, they couldn't be more wrong. Lindsay not only runs a multi-million dollar company but he is a black belt, champion fencer and oh yeah he just happens to be half werewolf. He also has a secret identity!

Seth is a leather wearing, motorcycle riding, no nonsense cop, who whether he likes it or not needs Lindsay's help with a case. He just needs Lindsay to get him into the inner circle of the wealthiest families, what he doesn't need is the attraction he has to the flamboyant man. The more time Seth spends with Lindsay the more his attraction and respect grows for the man, until Lindsay does something that jeopardizes the investigation.

I enjoyed reading about Seth and his inner turmoil with being attracted to a man like Lindsay. Watching him come full circle in his thought process was fun. but Lindsay's inner dialog trying to keep himself from "eating" Seth was hilarious! Jazz was a nice addition to the story line and I can't wait to read more about him after he grows up a bit more.

This was another great story in the Harker pack series. The author has created an interesting world with characters and stories that will draw you in and keep you coming back for more!

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RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries for both! These books were given to us by Dreamspinner Press. Many thanks.

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