Saturday, January 16, 2016

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

Title: How to Howl at the Moon
Author: Eli Easton
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Matthew Shaw

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Howl at the Moon #1
Main Characters: Lance and Tim
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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. 

My Review:

The premise of this series is brilliant. I love the idea of the "quickened" dogs and how they become the way they are. Just that entire process sets up some really interesting story starts because most the dogs become "quickened" after some sort of trauma.

But the hero of this story, Lance, didn't become quickened. He was born that way. If I remember right, he's a 4th gen. He also happens to be the sheriff in this small town so he's very protective of his people and leery of outsiders. 

So when Tim shows up in town smelling of pot and wanting to start farming, Lance is suspicious. There are too many drug growers showing up in this area of the country. They can't have any of that in his town. So he sets up a facade to get into Tim's house to investigate, with Lance as a dog.

This is one of those books that's pure fun. It's short and sweet and my heart broke for Tim. He's so alone in this world, and the narrator did a fabulous job of inflecting Tim's yearning for a friend and companionship when he's talking to the dog. It seems a bit weird when you think about it, but I liked the fact that these two become true friends when Lance is in his dog form first. Lance in human form isn't a friendly guy, so the fact that he connects with Tim first the other way is important. Tim would have never given the human a chance to get close otherwise, I don't think, because of Lance's gruff exterior. 

The whole set-up is fun and I loved the mischief and matchmaking that came from Lance's mother. She cracked me up the whole book. 

If you like your books light and entertaining, I highly recommend this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read Roman's story next. Poor Roman...

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