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.
" 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, hot, sex...Paris pole dancing *fans self* ...off 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!
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 that 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!
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”!
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