Book Reviews

How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon 4) by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-September-2017

Book Blurb

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?

Book Review

This series keeps going from strength to strength! To see the world from a dog’s perspective is fascinating in and of itself, but to have the privilege of watching the process of “quickening” in this world Eli Easton has created is a special treat each and every time she adds a new volume. This time there is an abused dog, Sammy, who only wants to love and be loved. His story is heartbreaking but when he finally takes the step of shifting into “his human skin” and makes it to Mad Creek where he should be safe, he is followed. The guy who had him tagged with the best of intentions, Rav, has already half figured out Mad Creek’s secret when the story starts, but there is much more to come. What a treat!

Sammy has had a tough life since his first owner died – a woman he loved with all his doggie heart. I lived through all his trials and tribulations with him just waiting for him to figure out how to escape, and was along every step of the way. He is such a good guy – yes, a little naïve – but totally without guile. He wants to do well, and is a very fast learner, but he is scared of big men based on his past experience of them beating and kicking him when he was a dog. His childlike wonder and need to do well was very well portrayed, and some of the stuff he has to deal with now that he is human was just as heart-wrenching as I expected.

Rav is a good guy – but he has not always been as nice and animal-friendly as he is now. He has a big secret in his past, and it’s one that comes in very handy when Mad Creek needs help. Rav’s first interest is to figure out if he is going crazy for thinking the dog he rescued from a kill-shelter is now a gorgeous young man. Once he is sure he was right, it becomes a challenge to prove to the dogshifters of Mad Creek, especially their sheriff (Lance from book one), that they can trust him. Oh, and he is quickly falling for Sammy, even though Sammy doesn’t seem to be interested in him in a romantic way…

As you will have guessed by now, this is a story of many layers. The growth of Mad Creek has become an issue due to ever-increasing numbers of newly quickened finding their way to safety. The need for jobs to give everyone something to do and more houses requires an economy they do not have – and Lance, in his position as protector of the town, fights the addition of outsiders with everything he has. But Rav is not one to give up, and with Sammy by his side, they develop a pretty unique idea and a daring plan that might just help everyone get what they want. What a ride!

If you like the increasingly intriguing world of Mad Creek and its growing population of a human pack of dogshifters, if you like main characters who have to figure out who they are almost from scratch, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and deeply emotional all at the same time, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. Sammy is a very special man and Rav turns out to be much deeper than I initially expected. Watching them fall in love was very sweet, and following their adventures certainly kept me entertained!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 415 pages/80000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-August-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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