...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.
An ARC of ‘How to Save a Life’ as graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I just love this series. Get comfortable on the couch and just enjoy..... Sammy's history was horrible and it hurt his trust in humans. Rav had different experiences with humans and was let down also. Basically they were perfect for each other.
"Famous old saying?" Sammy asked with a smile in his voice.
"Famous old saying."
"How about a new saying? 'When a man is a hero, he deserves to be sexed in the ass.'" Sammy cracked up, like this was the funniest thing.
Rav rolled his eyes. "Your sense of humor, Sammy…."
"It's good?" Sammy looked at Rav hopefully.
"It's fucking perfect," Rav said.
Although this book ended in a nicely-wrapped-up HEA, I can't imagine never reading about Mad Creek any more!!! What about Simon and the mysterious Rex? Surely Ms Easton can give us their stories???
"I just wanted the best for my own children. But you, Lance, you’ve always needed someone special. And… I knew it was right when I met Tim. He needs you too, so much."
Lance just looked at her helplessly, unable to say anything.
"Oh, my dear son." She squeezed his hands. "He makes you dance."
This was too cute and adorable for words. As a HUGE dog lover and owner, this one ticked all my boxes. I simply couldn't put this book down; I've read it in one sitting.
I admit that I am not the biggest shifter fan out there, but this shifter story was done extremely well. And by that I mean: no stupid insta-love during the first 5 seconds when the MCs laid eyes on each other for the very first time (Ugh!), and also no awkward macho alpha (malpha?)"Mine! Mine! Mine!" possessiveness (and wow, isn't that word a whip for the retina?). It was just about a guy and a shifter dog bonding.
I couldn't help but ADORE how Tim bonded with the beautiful black boarder collie Chance (when he had no idea that it was actually Lance in his shifter form) and how the sincere yet lonely Sheriff Lance Beaufort slowly but surely came out of his shell, only because of how our sweet and adorable Tim was treating him in his dog form as Chance. So yeah, I was definitely feeling the characters and their chemistry; and from the get-go, I was all like: "NOW KISS!".
Like I said, the romance between Tim and Lance was totally up my alley. Which isn't really a big shocker, since this is Eli Easton after all. Her writing was flawless as usual, and the story-telling was just the right balance between fluffy and bittersweet.
(Tim had a history of past physical abuse by his father, but that fact never dragged the story down nor did it overshadow the story, but it was there nonetheless.)
This author is just a natural and damn good and talented writer. Period.
So if you've read an Eli Easton book before, then you'll know what to expect. And if you haven't, what are you waiting for?
I can't wait to read the rest of this series and I'm especially excited that I'm getting Roman's story next.
~ 4.5 stars ~