Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton

How to Howl at the Moon
(Howl at the Moon #1)
by Eli Easton
Genre: Paranormal, M/M Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2015

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.

I've yet to find a PNR/UF M/M that I enjoyed. Most of the time they are either too fluffy for my taste or the heat is non existence. I'm not surprised to find myself enjoying this immensely as there are plenty of great reviews here. It is a little fluffy, but not too fluffy, the heat isn't present in the beginning, but towards the end we got some really raucous sex scene involving a certain shapeshifter and a human. 

As someone who have three dogs, I really enjoy the dog-shifter world in Mad Creed. They are a tight nit pack with their easy going and friendly demeanor. Well, most of them are man's best friend, except for Sheriff Lance. He took his job too seriously and paranoid of the new comer, Tim. He even go as far as to undercover as a dog to gain access to Tim's home. 

Tim is such a poor soul. He is broke, alone and being harassed and bullied by his previous employer. He is shy and awkward and superbly adorable. His situation tuck at all my heart strings, especially when he unburden himself on his new dog, who we know is actually Lance. The situation does provide plenty of funny moments for me to laugh about.

While in his dog form, Lance start developing an attachment with Tim at his most vulnerable moment. I don't know how Lance is going to come clean about his deceive, but is enough to keep me awaiting the priceless moment when Tim will eventually either gotten angry or freak the fuck out. The make up sex is gonna be worth it, right?

This is a story with a fast moving plot with plenty of great supporting characters, especially Lance's meddling mum. Overall, is a romantic comedy that will make you smile big and laugh. The steam factor towards the end is very satisfying too.