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?
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Howl At The Moon Series
I’ve loved every installment of this series so far and How to Save a Life is absolutely no exception. This book was the most poignant as well since I’m a passionate dog lover and the dog rescue storyline brought all the feels. I dare you to try to read this and not want to go out and adopt a dog or ten immediately.
Sammy is the first quickened we get to read from the time before he gets the spark. We’re in his head when he’s a dog just starting to understand more of the world around him. The longing and love he has for his deceased mom, Mom Charlotte, the helplessness he feels when he’s unable to protect his second mom, Mom Marie, from the Bad Man, his despondency as he gets closer and closer to his euthanasia date at the pound, his fear when he encounters Rav, who ultimately rescues him. Gah, y’all, the FEELS. I honestly didn’t expect reading from the POV of a dog to affect me the way it did.
The best part of this book to me was the plot with the dog rescue and pack/town drama. The romance between Rav and Sammy is sweet, yes, but it wasn’t my favorite aspect. I loved these individual characters so much, and reading Sammy was reminiscent of Milo from book three. The innocence and exuberance of the newly quickened as they figure out life on two legs was so much fun, and Sammy even moreso. Milo was like an old, wise soul; Sammy has a hurt soul that has to heal. Rav has such a big heart and a drive to accomplish good in his life. He is so careful and understanding and tender with Sammy as he learns his way and gains confidence and it was so sweet to see.
Unlike in the other books, I did get tiny (teensy weensy tiny) squicky feelings over the physical aspect of their relationship at the beginning. For me, it was a combination of Sammy’s total innocence/immaturity, following along as he got the spark and shifted for the first time, and a few other physical aspects that I won’t spoil. It wasn’t anything major. Just something that kinda sat in the back of my head a little as Sammy learned his way around the physical part of his relationship with Rav. However, I do believe it was done very well by the author and, honestly, I was glad to see her address something that I’ve been kind of curious about ever since book one.
All in all, I absolutely loved this installment of the Mad Creek shifters. I hope there are more books coming. If you’ve followed the series, you probably don’t need convincing to pick up this book. If this would be your first foray into the Howl at the Moon books, I’d recommend starting at the beginning. These can be read as standalones, but have so much more meaning when you read them in order as they’re based in a small community and the characters appear in each book. Also, they’re all just really good.
A copy of this book was received in exchange for review on OMGReads.
Eli Easton has 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, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.
As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of 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, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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