Book Reviews

How to Howl at the Moon (Howl at the Moon 1) by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-March-2015

Book Blurb

Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.


Book Review

From the moment I read the blurb, with the premise of dogs “quickening” into humans and living in this small community off somewhere in the mountains of California, I was fascinated. I love the idea of a new and different shifter world, but as soon as I started reading and got a feel for the great sense of humor on top of wonderful characters and some truly inventive shifter dynamics, I was hooked. Honestly, if you’ve never read a shifter book, for whatever reason, give this one a try. It’s fun, it’s cute, and it’s very creative in the way it combines dog characteristics with human ones. It’s not typical of the genre at all though, so don’t expect any other shifter books you might pick up after this to be even close. Best of all—Eli Easton is going to write more books in this world, and I really look forward to the other stories!

Tim is pretty desperate, and in urgent need of a safe place to regain his footing. He had an abusive father, and is now running from a truly horrible ex, who happened to also be his boss and took advantage of him professionally as well as personally. The cabin in Mad Creek is going to be his new base, but if he cannot make his vegetable growing business a success, he will be homeless. Then the town’s sheriff gets on his case, and it seems as if Tim has nowhere to turn. Talk about pressure! His one support is a dog he calls Chance, but not everything is what it seems, and Tim, who has trouble trusting anyone to begin with, is in for some nasty surprises.

Lance is an alpha all the way, the leader of his pack of “quickened” dogs, and a very straightforward guy. He is suspicious of Tim, as he would be of any stranger who smells of pot and grows “stuff” Lance doesn’t know, so when he can’t get close enough to Tim as a human, he decides to try as a dog. Thus, Chance is “born”, and Lance begins to dig himself into one of the deepest holes he’s even been in. It’s interesting to see how each single step seems perfectly natural from Lance’s point of view, yet by the time he realizes how much he likes Tim, and that Tim has no “evil plans” to grow cannabis, Lance is in so deep that there is no way he will be able to recover without some major groveling. Luckily, it turns out he is very, very good at it.

If you’re interested in a great shifter story with a unique rationale for the shifting, if you like main characters who start out distrusting, and even disliking, each other, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, yet deeply emotional and very hot all at the same time, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this delightful story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length NovelNovel, 187 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2015
Price $4.99 ebook
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