Friday, January 24, 2014

The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack #1) by Tara Lain ~ Review & Giveaway


Title ~ The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack #1)

Author ~ Tara Lain

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance

Rating ~ 5 Stars



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.


Macky’s Review


" Here Puppy, Puppy!"

Purrs pussy cat Paris Mercedo to his drooling wolf, Cole Harker! Rawr....

Its official, I have a new book boyfriend and I'm crushing on him like a pimply teenager!!
Paris! Paris! Paris! You sexy little minx. You stole the show for me but I've got to say that was one hell of a fun ride! A fab mix of Wolves and Panthers.

Well, one sexy mother of a Panther hybrid .Mmm mmm!  goes all dreamy
Sorry, I'm just having a moment  with Paris again so talk amongst yourselves for a minute!  * sigh*

Okay, back in the game. Where was I! Oh yeah, Tara's first shifter book. Does it tick my boxes?

Is the pope catholic? Does a werewolf shift in the woods? Hell yeah! Before you could say WOOF!  I was settled down all nice and cosy with Cole Harker, who ain't no slouch in the yum department himself, my beautiful sex on legs, Paris and the rest of the cast of this ab fab shifter story.  I was hooked. Lost in the world of pack politics...Paris pole dancing * drool*...evil gangster shifters... Paris pole dancing *slurp* ...forced betrothals...Paris pole dancing * dribble* ...kidnapping...Paris pole dancing *tingle*, hot, hot, sex...Paris pole dancing *fans self* the charts sexual tension...Oh,  and did I mention... Paris pole dancing!!! Be still my foolish heart...Oh my gawd! I'm having a hot sweat right now just thinking about those scenes and my exclamation points want to let loose so bad right now!

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Poor sweet Cole, he's in the worst possible position a gay werewolf could ever be. Son of the Harker pack Alpha and born Alphanta ( a wolf with more abilities and strength than the norm), he's told that to strengthen the alliance against Nikel Eliazer,  a nasty piece of work gangster shifter intent on taking over all the packs and their lands, he must marry the neighbouring Alphas daughter, Analiese Mercedo. Neither he nor his intended are happy with the idea but knowing that its their only chance of surviving a possible shifter war he agrees. Plus, despite his size and strength, our lovely Cole is a little lacking in the self confidence department, preferring to be more in the back ground than up front and personal. Which just adds to what makes him pretty damn adorable.

One night in the local bar, just before the engagement party,  Cole and his delightfully flamboyant half human/ half wolf best friend Lindsay are confronted by the most beautiful creature Cole has ever seen, and from his unusually delicious smell its obvious that he's Panther, which is rare. Totally smitten Cole is even more gobsmacked when a couple of nights later, that gorgeous cat turns out to be Paris Mercedo the half brother of his bride to be and is in fact a hybrid wolf/panther mix. Plus its obvious he's gay too, as a pretty heated after party meeting, and a few more after that, proves that this pussy cat has the hots for the big handsome doggie and that feeling is mutual. We're talking mates here of course but it takes a while for a certain feline to accept that!

To cut a long story short, everything goes to hell in a hand basket when his intended bride runs away with her human lover and so starts the Paris and Cole show. Wow, these guys can hardly keep their paws off each other but the path to true love never runs smooth and this hawt couple have more than a few bumps on their way there. Throw in the fact t2 get-attachmenthat Mr Nasty (Eliazer) not only wants pack domination but is also majorly obsessed with a certain sexy as hell erotic dancer, who he plans to do unspeakable things to when he gets him in his clutches,  and you've got one heck of a story on your hands. I absolutely loved every single minute spent with this! Couldn't put it down. It had surprises, it was fun, it was über smexy and it was just plain fab.

Going back to those pole dancing scenes, and a certain memorable scene involving sex in a tree with one naughty limber cat. Poor, big but 'not so' bad wolf, Cole had no chance! Bless him.

I can't wait now for more adventures with the Harker Pack and I'm hoping its going to be Lindsay's story. He was another absolute sweetie and I can see his book being just as explosive! More...pretty ( purring) please!


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About Tara Lain

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, and Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happy-ever-after. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog (who’s a little jealous of all those cat pictures Tara posts on FB) in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says that on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!





We will be gifting one lucky reader a Kindle ebook of The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack #1). All you need to do is leave a comment and enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.

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  1. Looks like a great book. It's definitely going on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the review! This sounds great.

  4. Love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. love a good shifter story! great review and giveaway!

  6. sounds like a book i'll want to read can't wait

  7. I've been looking for a new well written M/M story. Add in some shifters and I'm all for it. haha.

  8. I love Tara's books and I've been excited to read her shifter story since I heard about it. And I loved that review that just has me all the more eager.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. Not read too many novels in this sub-genera. However, this sounds like I need to read it!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway

  11. I love shifter books!!!!! Thank you for finding this author just added her!!!!

  12. The book sounds great! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  13. Macky, this has to be the most enchanting review ever! I'm honored you read my book and absolutely delighted that you liked it! Thank you so much, *giant hugs* Tara

    1. Honestly it was my pleasure Tara. Giant hugs back and a big thank you for always making me smile. I had the best time reading this only trouble is, now I'm pining for Paris ... And not the one in France either. LOL!
      Someone is going to win an awesome prize. Good luck guys. :D

  14. Sounds like a fun book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I love Tara Lain and shifters! This is a dead-set perfect combo. :D

  16. TThis sounds like a great book. I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

  18. Thanks for the giveaway the book looks awesome!

  19. Love these types of books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Macky's excitement for this book is contagious! To the must read list it goes! :) Thanks for this chance.

  21. love PNR M/M
    thanks for the giveaway

  22. Tara's boys are always hot and fun...can't wait to meet Paris and Cole!


  23. Hmm this looks soo good, want it

  24. I love Tara Lain's books and this one sounds like another winner. Please, pretty please let me win!

  25. Oh this sounds delicious. I cannot wait to read about that pole-dancing (preparing to drool already). I love Tara's books and have really, really been looking forward to this one.

  26. Please count me in. Thanks!

  27. I like the idea behind this, the whole wolf/cat romance. ;)

  28. Looking forward to giving this a try win or no win. Thanks for a chance to win =)

  29. That was such a fantastic review to read through thank you.

  30. This one sounds like it'll be good. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review, Macky!

  31. I actually haven't read any M/M shifter books so this one sounds like a great reason to go looking for what's out there in the mix! Thanks for the review!

  32. Cant wait to read it, sounds likes its going to be hot

  33. Like the sound of this book a lot :)