Thanks so much for stopping by today’s blog tour! Today’s tour if for an author who is seriously one of my favorites. Eli Easton’s Howl at the Moon series has been a huge hit with me and book #4 is no exception. How to Save a Life was a truly amazing book and I have to give it a 5-star rating. Keep reading for my full review, some great tour info, and a giveaway for you to enter!
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How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon #4 )
by Eli Easton
Howl At The Moon Series
How to Save a Life 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?
(5 out of 5 stars!)
How to Save a Life by Eli Easton is book 4 of the Howl at the Moon series. While each story is a standalone book, the series really should be read in order to fully understand the characters and the nature of the town. You will see all of the couples from the previous books as you read Howl at the Moon, which I appreciated!
So, in How to Save a Life, you meet Sammy first. He is a dog in a very rough situation. He is becoming more aware, however, that he is slightly different than he used to be. His situation becomes rather dire and he meets Rav. These two will end up helping each other grow emotionally over the coming months but it won’t be an easy journey. Sammy is incredibly innocent for most of the book. He is childlike when it comes to his knowledge of humanity but he is smart and ‘growing up’ fast. Rav isn’t really sure how to handle their growing affection but it stays innocent for a long time!
Rav has to go through a bit of a ‘journey of discovery’ when it comes to the inhabitants of Mad Creek. I loved watching him put the pieces together and keep his eyes and his mind open to possibilities. He and Sammy bond over finding homes for strays and their relationship is deep, loving, and incredibly special. The author did a great job of showing how Sammy grows into his ‘humanness’ and letting us see Rav learn to trust people and open up his heart.
Overall, How to Save a Life was warm and sweet with touches of humor and a bit of silliness that kept things light and enjoyable. You get to watch the town and its inhabitants grow individually as well as together as a group. There is a small amount of angst but not much. Lance really does need to lighten up a bit but, hey, he is a border collie guarding his pack! As sheriff, it is his job to be suspicious, right?
I definitely recommend this book (and the entire series) if you are looking for a sweet, unhurried, and slightly unbelievable romance story.
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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