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- Print Length: 267 pages
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- Publisher: Pinkerton Road (November 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0176KQPH8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The biggest issue I had with this book was the ending.
There were some plot threads left hanging. Especially in relation to what happened with Matt's Dad and what Luci ended up doing. I don't want to say that the book felt rushed, because the relationship between Matt and Roman was well fleshed out. Their slow build to a romance was very well done. However, there really isn't a lot of showing their relationship after Matt learns about Roman and Mad Creek.
I admit, I might have missed something. But overall, I'll be reading this book again.
This was a really good story. I really liked Roman and Matt and enjoyed their story a lot. I did read book #1 before reading this story but I'd say it's enough of a standalone that you don't need to read #1 in order to enjoy #2.
Roman is a deputy sheriff in the small town, Mad Creek, he lives in. Roman is human now but before 2 years ago Roman was a German Shepherd that worked as an explosives sniffer in the military. In this book, dogs with close relationships with their owners can sometimes be given a "spark" when their owner dies that (quickens) them and allows the dog to shift into a human. When Roman's handler died, Roman gained the ability to shift and then had to figure out how to live as a human.
Matt is a DEA agent that is gay but keeps his sexuality hidden. He has a "girlfriend" to keep his father off his back but she's actually just a friend whose family is also very pushy so they use each other as fake significant others to fend of their respective family pressures. Matt was injured in an operation a while back and is still recovering when he's assigned to Mad Creek. His task in Mad Creek is to keep a eye out for illegal growers that might be trying to take advantage of the massive amounts of unused land around the town.
Lance is the sheriff of Mad Creek (and a MC from book #1 in the series) and Roman accompanies him to a meeting of local law enforcement. At this meeting, Lance and Roman find out that the DEA is investigating the area for illegal growers trying to set up shops in remote areas. Since Mad Creek is mostly inhabited by the "quickened" (aka dog shifters), they don't exactly welcome strangers, fearing that someone might figure out that something weird is going on in their town. Because of this, Lance makes a bigger deal than he should have about having a DEA agent stationed in Mad Creek for 12 months and this just makes the DEA wonder why he's objecting so much and more insistent on having someone assigned there. Matt ends up being assigned to Mad Creek but goes there knowing that the sheriff doesn't want him there and his time there probably wont be fun.
When Matt arrives, Lance assigns Roman to work with Matt and keep him in the field (and away from town) as much as possible. Matt and Roman had met briefly in the first book (when Roman pulled Matt out of a firefight and possibly saved his life) and Matt's been wanting to see Roman again since then. As they work together, they start to become friends. There's an attraction between them but Roman hasn't been in a relationship yet so he's iffy on...well pretty much everything. It also doesn't help that Matt's still "in the closet" about his sexuality and despite their friendship and strong mutual attraction, Matt and Roman have some difficulties because of misunderstandings. There's some drama about Roman, what he is and how/when to tell Matt, as well as some issues with marijuana growers that try to move into the area. It takes some time and effort but everything is settled nicely, allowing Matt and Roman to start on a nice HEA together.
This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Roman and thought it was interesting to see how he dealt with everything. TBH, with Roman being kind of new to humanity (let alone relationships), at times he almost seemed too innocent (a bit child-like at times) but his feelings were certainly adult enough so it worked for me. I liked Matt very much...he made a couple of mistakes but they were pretty minor and ones I could understand how they came about. Overall, I really liked both the characters and the story itself so I'd recommend this story. :)
* note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a very good job.
I'd recommend all of the "Howl at the Moon" series to anyone looking for some gay-themed light reading.
I resisted because, although I love fantasy and sf, I'm often less happy when animals are involved, because I've been around so many. Writers often fail in giving me believable creatures. I read an entire well-written novel about dragons who, except for flying and some mechanical aspects, might as well have been humans. It's annoying.
So I'm wary. However, I have read quite a few Eli Easton novels and stories. I trust her in that she has my number where romance goes. There is always humor, always this underlying sweetness, always this sense of family no matter the dynamics, all of which hit my sweet spots.
So, when I was hunting for a m/m romance and just couldn't find anything that appealed to me (as with all romances for me, I want well written, well researched, compelling, sweet, and HEA), I finally read the amazon sample of How To Howl At the Moon, and laughed, and surrendered. When I was done, I shook my head, and bought this one along with a f/m, started them at the same time, but finished this one first because I had to know. There's a lot of actual danger and man, hurdles for our two characters to get past. I had to know how Easton managed it. And STILL, she made me laugh out loud several times!
The upshot is, I'll read the whole series. She got me. I'm glad.