Friday, September 1, 2017

Blog Tour Review: How To Save A Life by Eli Easton

How To Save A Life 
(Howl at the Moon #4)
by Eli Easton
Genre: Paranormal, M/M Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2017

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?

Wow! This 4th book is definitely my favorite of the series, although my favorite couple is still Lance and Tim. I guess I'm feeling sentimental, seeing how far the community have come, everyone played a huge role in this series, especially Lance and Lily. We even have a great epilogue, which make me feeling melancholy, I wonder is this the last we will read of Mad Creek. I miss this weird small town with all their dog-shifters.

Rav is the tattoo biker with the heart of gold that we met in Book 3 and played a small role in helping with the virus crisis. He already felt weirded out by Jason and his friends previously, but now that he tracked his rescued dog, Sammy to Mad Creek, he is sure there is something seriously wrong with the population there. Instead of fleeing, Rav decided to stay and build a new dog shelter in Mad Creek, much to Lance's annoyance.

Lance, our beloved Sheriff is constantly on the verge of a heart attack. His paranoia is through the roof and even Tim, his husband can only do so much to placate him. Milo is a total dear and his exuberance in meeting Rav again is so sweet. 

Sammy is the new quickened that escaped from Rav's shelter and due to his previous abusive owner, he is timid and shy. But Rav was really patient with him and over time Sammy grew to trust and love Rav. i love Sammy's attempt at humor the best! And Rav always call him a 'goof' in a very lovable way. 

Sammy seems really innocent like Milo in the relationship department, but the relationship progression seems natural and have sufficient heat, definitely much more than what I experience between Milo/Jason and Roman/Matt. 

We also have to deal with the town's overpopulation and unemployment issue. Rav decided to help the town that he called his home despite some serious hostility from Lance. Things were pretty tense there for a moment, but as usual, all was resolved and we have a very fulfilling HEA. I guess it was pretty far fetch for Rav to pull it off, but considering we are reading about a dog-shifter town, you just have to believe in the fantasy. 

Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.

As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

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