Title: The Pack or the Panther
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Tara Lain
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.
The Pack or the Panther is the first book in a new series, Tales of the Harker Pack, by author Tara Lain. This is a shifter story with a bit of a mob twist that lends a lot of entertainment value. This story was a fast read and I really enjoyed the characters, although at times I felt bad for Paris and could understand why he did not want to be involved with the pack. The main character, Cole, and even to some point Paris, find themselves under the control of their Alpha fathers. This really puts Cole in a tough spot when he finds himself attracted to the feline son of the Marketo Alpha. I have to say in the beginning I thought the only smart one out of the whole bunch was Analiese.
There is some strong chemistry between Paris and Cole which leads to some intense sex. Of course even though the two come together a time or two, their relationship is by no means a smooth sailing one. There are actually a few roadblocks, some caused by the two young men, some caused by others, that will leave you wondering if they will ever find there happily ever after.
There is a lot going on in this story and it is the results of those events that I liked the best in The Pack or the Panther. During the course of the story Cole goes from a young man who easily bends to his father’s wishes to someone who is able to stand up for who and what he wants. It is easy to see him becoming the Alpha of a pack some day and his new strength is something that is needed by Paris.
I enjoy Ms. Lain’s books and would have no problem recommending them to others. Readers of this sub-genre should give The Pack or the Panther as it is easy to see this is going to be an interesting and fun series.
Reviewed by: Lydia