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review 2017-11-09 22:37
Out of the park home run!
Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel - Taylor ... Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel - Taylor Brown

Wow! Just wow!  Brown has penned a masterpiece this time. I enjoyed his last book, "River of Kings", but this one....wow!  His ability to describe a scene; the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even the "aura" is incredible.  You cannot read this and not feel that you are there, in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1950's. The character development is strong and convincing. The moonshiners, the lawmen, the church members, the healers.  The suspense, the violence, the coming of age romances. The mystical, magical character of Granny is especially strong. And the plot is so believable and flows along at such a rapid rate that you cannot put the book aside, but find that you have to take breaks, otherwise you may find yourself actually swept away in the maelstrom!  Super highly recommend this book!

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review 2017-09-28 23:22
Two Formats for a Fast Read
Murder Most Howl - Krista Davis

Because I was trying to accomplish some things, I listened to this book at the same time, I read the book (I would just adjust ahead when I switched formats). For me to listen to an audiobook, I have to be able to hear it. My girls are quite loud and my husband likes the tv. This makes it hard for me to hear what is being read. So I tend to do this when I am at the computer and alone (or everyone is asleep). I would read for myself when it was loud.

 

These books can be read out of order and I say that because that is what I have been doing. I picked this one up because of the title and thought it would be fun. It was fun. 

 

Holly and Val and a few other shop owners banded together to have a murder mystery weekend and put together prizes. All this in hopes of bringing in business over the winter. Val and Holly both came to town at the same time and became friends. Holly is helping her Oma run the Inn and Val is new pub owner. The town allows people to bring their animals with them and has different things set up around town for the humans and their furbabies. Oma has decided to go on a vacation and leave Holly in charge. Holly has to find and hire a new handyman, their current one got a job that he had wanted for awhile, and keep the guests who came to the Mystery Weekend happy. 

 

Norm is not happy with their activities and when they wouldn't let him help he started working to sabotage the event. The night of the "murder" a body shows up in Holly's Inn. The lights had gone out and the body reached out and grabbed her so she would scream. Then the body disappeared and the lights came back on. Holly is curious to know who was the "body" and what happened to her lights. 

 

The next day on the way to Val's, Holly and her dog Trixie find Norm, frozen to a bench. Dave begins investigating, but some of the players of the murder mystery want to find the killer of the real murder. 

 

All this happens as a blizzard happens and people are causing issues throughout the town. Who put out all the false clues and why, who murdered Norm and who keeps stealing the little items from different rooms? 

 

Fun read and very fast. 

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review 2017-09-27 04:26
Blood Howl (Sanguis Noctis #1) by Robin Saxon
Blood Howl - Robin Saxon,Alex Kidwell

I can't stress enough how much I do not care for neither characters nor the writing. 
DNF-ing at 65%. 1 star for the part I read

 

The poor thing is tripping all over itself. I don't mean any of the MC's, I mean the book itself: the writing, the plot., the ...uh, grammar.

RS & AK, Leo Tolstoy you are not and long, complex sentences are not your forte. Tho color purple is pretty strong with you.

 

I still have only a vague idea as to what characters look like. Oh, wait, I know a tiny bit about one of the MC's "under all that baggy clothes and long hair there is a long elegant neck" to go with "long gorgeous fingers". Guh! Someone lend me a sharp stick!!! 


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text 2017-09-17 11:36
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

"The thing about dogs was, they were incapable of artifice or guile. They just wanted to be loved. They were far superior to humans in that regard, and in pretty much every other way besides."

Yep. Dogs are just 100% better than people.

 

 

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review 2017-09-04 20:31
If you’ve ever wanted to read a book that makes you feel good...
How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon Book 4) - Eli Easton

...leaves you smiling and wanting more and makes you laugh every time you talk to your own fur baby and he tilts his head at you like every word out of your mouth is vitally important and he knows exactly what you’re saying and you’ve been left wondering “How much do you truly understand?”…you need to stop right now and check out Eli Easton’s ‘Howl at the Moon’ series because it will do all that and more.

 

I love this series…from ‘How to Howl at the Moon’ to ‘How to Save a Life’ we are introduced to some of the most adorable and loving characters a reader could hope to meet. ‘How to Save a Life’ simply continues this tradition as we watch Rav and Sammy meet and fall in love.

 

Rav was first introduced to us in book #3 ‘How to Wish Upon a Star’. He runs a rescue shelter in Arizona that cares for older and hard to place dogs frequently saving them from surrounding shelters known to have a high kill and this is how Rav and Sammy first come to encounter each other. It’s when Rav looks into Sammy’s eyes after rescuing him from a shelter where his time was running out because dogs are euthanized after 90 days that Rav’s reminded of the dogs he’d met from Mad Creek.

 

Sammy’s life as a dog hasn’t been good. After losing his first person and then being cared for by her sister who loves him but has an abusive partner, Sammy ends up being taken to a local shelter knowing that her partner will only continue to hurt Sammy and she’d sworn to her sister that she’d care for him.

 

Ironically, it’s Sammy’s escape from Rav’s shelter that brings both Sammy and Rav to Mad Creek. While Rav’s drawn to Sammy, it’s actually Mad Creek that calls to him and makes him want to settle there. Rav’s never been a big fan of people but his love of dogs is strong and what motivated him to start a rescue shelter. It’s not until Rav arrives in Mad Creek that he actually meets Sammy in his human form.

 

While Rav is a confident dog loving, bad boy, biker dude who spends his days rescuing dogs. Sammy is a sweet, earnest, naïve and eager to please newly quickened Chocolate Lab.

 

When Rav sees Sammy for the first time he’s definitely attracted to him but he also realizes that if he’s going to get close to Sammy it’s going to take time and patience and since staying in Mad Creek is Rav’s end game giving Sammy some space is something he can do.

 

This one’s a slow burn and probably one of the sweetest building romances I’ve read in a long time…possibly ever. Sammy’s incredible sweetness and innocence combined with his wonky sense of humor and enthusiasm for his new human form and just life in general was for me irresistible, especially when combined with Rav’s patience and the pleasure that he got from just being with Sammy to make this story a total treat to read from start to finish.

 

Along with Rav and Sammy’s story we get to enjoy catching up with the other couples from Mad Creek that we were introduced to in previous stories as the town of Mad Creek pulls together to not only save their town but ensure its future.

 

I’m not sure if Ms Easton has more planned for this series but if she does then just sign me up because I’m there and if this is the end of the journey than I can’t really complain because the trips been a whole lot of fun and puppy love and everyone knows you can never go wrong if there are fur babies involved.

 

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An ARC of ‘How to Save a Life’ as graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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