Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: How to Wish Upon A Star by Eli Easton

How to Wish Upon a Star
(Howl at the Moon #3)
by Eli Easton
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2017

Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.

This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

The previous two books of Howl at the Moon are pairing between quickened and human. In How to Wish Upon a Star we finally had a pairing of both quickened. As usual, the quirky town and the dog people are a lovely bunch. 

Dr. Jason Kunik is quite an oddity. He is academically smart and an overachiever. But he never like being a dog himself, thus had been suppressing his inner dog for years. He is force back in town and decided to research on first generation quickened to understand the science behind the spark.

Milo is a new quickened. When I said new, I mean he just turned man few days ago. If I thought Roman, the 2 year old quickened looked innocent, Milo was downright clueless about everything. He was overwhelmed by the town, scared about the changes and longed to find a home to call his own. When Jason took him in, Milo thought he finally found his forever home, only to realize Jason meant temporarily.

Jason is very straight laced and as a scientist, he is all about facts and figures, which I find it funny when he taught Milo how to quantity how much he likes or dislike something. 'I like bacon an eight!' 

Milo is simply too endearing. He is like a newborn puppy exploring this new world and he had so much love to give everyone around him. He might seem weak, but he is brave and fearless when it comes to helping others. 

Even though I really like both Jason and Milo, I find their romance doesn't sold me. To me, Jason seems more like a guardian/mentor figure and Milo worship to ground he walks on. It doesn't feel very balance to me and during all the suspense towards the end, everything seems a bit rush. But overall, this is still an enjoyable addition to the series, there are some great moments and I'm glad we got another male-male couple among the community.