Saturday, July 27, 2019

How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?

This is the fourth book in the Howl at the Moon series. It features a new couple and can be read as a standalone, but we recommend reading the series in order.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the book where I almost gave up on the series. I still can’t decide whether a book about a man falling in love with someone who was once a dog in his shelter was cute or seriously creepy. Rav is a Harvard educated businessman who walked away from his privileged life and opened a dog shelter. Sammy is a newly Quickened who was once a dog rescued by Rav. When Rav follows Sammy to Mad Creek, he is fascinated by the Quickened and determined to use his skills and contacts to help the unique community.

This is a cute and sweet story. Fans of the series will love the way Rav contributes to Mad Creek and they will love catching up with the couples from previous books.

I didn’t love this book – but I’ve been slightly ambivalent about the series from the start. The books about relationships between humans or characters who are born Quickened and newly Quickened partners just make me a bit squeamish. I love my dogs more than I love most people but I really don’t want to fall in love with them. In this story, every time Sammy is described as young or innocent, I recoiled a bit more from the romance element of the story. It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that Sammy was a dog a few months ago and now he’s falling for a human man. With Sammy struggling with basic literacy and language, he also reads a little bit too childlike for me.

I feel like I’m just not getting this series the way I’m supposed to. I will give the next book a go but I’m not sure I’ll carry on beyond it. I think readers have to be willing to buy in to the series premise for the books to work and I just haven’t been able to do it.

Also Available in the Howl at the Moon Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our How to Howl at the Moon post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our How to Walk like a Man post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our How to Wish Upon a Star post.

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particularly admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include Blame it on the Mistletoe, Unwrapping Hank and Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles. Her Howl at the Moon series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon #4) by Eli Easton to read and review.

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