REVIEW: The Pack or the Panther by Tara Lain


Tara Lain. January 7th 2014. Samhain

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.


As an Alphatan, next-in-line in the Alpha-tancy, Cole Harker’s life is more than difficult. He’s everything a werewolf pack would want, but unfortunately he’s gay and there’s no werewolf that’s gay. Period.

And of course, his crushing on his bride-to-be’s step-brother does not help much.

Paris seems to be everything that contradicts Cole. He’s outspoken when Cole would rather be mute than talk to a crowd, lives in solitary when Cole is a pack wolf, a panther to a wolf. And I loved him.

I must say that at the beginning, I wasn’t really into the story. I didn’t care much about the politic and the whole engagement thing seemed to be forced. But as the plot progressed, I found myself sucked into their world and it wasn’t until 5am did I put this book down.

Call me sappy, but I love the little pockets of angsts that peppered the book, like Cole’s rejection. It broke my heart but I was glad it was there.

I wasn’t unfamiliar with shifter or werewolf universes, but I was glad that this book seemed to give a different perspective of that world. It was your ol’ werewolf pack with a twist that I appreciated.

I did have a little qualm while reading this and it was the whole Kitty and Puppy endearments. Kitty I could tolerate, but Puppy? Maybe it’s just me, hopefully it was.

All in all, it was a good read with good sex and loveable characters. Did I mention I loved Paris? I must have. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to read the next instalment in the series.



Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog 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 on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!



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