Title: The Pack or the Panther
Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 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.
My View – Story:
Cole Harker is the son of the Alpha and the expected next Alpha of the Harker Pack. All his life he has done what has been asked of him, particularly if it benefits the pack. His parents latest request, or rather order, is to marry the Alpha daughter from a nearby pack. This alliance will bring pack strength and protection from a powerful gangster trying to encroach on their lands.
There is only one problem with their plan – Cole is a gay werewolf. As one of very few gay werewolves his parents and the pack tend to ignore this fact and have no problems arranging a marriage for him to a female. Although Cole initially protests the idea he backs down and agrees as he always puts the pack first.
Imagine his surprise when he meets his future wife’s half brother and so intensely attracted to him he can barely breathe.
Paris is half werewolf, half panther and a bit of an enigma within his pack. Taking on his panther traits he prefers solitude and has virtually removed himself from pack life. Returning home for his sister’s wedding he is instantly attracted to her fiancé, who is obviously gay and being pushed into marriage. When his sister runs off with her lover finally putting an end to the arranged marriage Paris is free to pursue Cole and they end up in bed together.
For Paris it is just sex, for Cole it is everything.
Paris leaves to return to his lonely life and job as a dancer but it seems the gangster has his finger in many pies. The same man intent on taking over pack lands is also intent on owning Paris and using him for his own sadistic needs. When Paris disappears Cole is left frantic and determined to find the man, who he is convinced is his mate, before it is too late.
Their parents having not learned their lesson the first time plan yet another arranged marriage that leaves Paris feeling out of sorts and Cole heartsick. Cole has to find the strength to lead his pack in a war to protect their lands and lives all the time wondering how he can keep the man he loves. Paris has one more secret to reveal and it may be the one that will keep him around.
My View – Narration:
Max Lehen is a bit of an enigma for me. I either love him or hate him and there doesn’t seem to be any pattern to it. For this narration he was perfect and I really enjoyed his narration.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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