Series: Howl at the Moon #1
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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 picked up How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton at the recommendation of Monica @nightreads, a wonderful bookstagrammer that I highly recommend giving a follow! She read this one for a Romance-opoly square, and as she loves shifters and MM romances, I downloaded the Kindle Unlimited read, and picked it up as soon as the time seemed right! By the time I picked it up, though, I’d forgotten the unique little kernel that spiked my curiosity and pushed me to pick it up … they’re dog shifters! This was such a new and different kind of shifter!
Let’s start from the beginning. Tim West, new-comer and a poor horticulturist, just wants to grow his plants in peace. But Sheriff Lance, suspicious that Tim is growing weed, won’t leave him alone. It’s all good and fun as Sheriff Lance pokes his nose into Tim’s business… but then he devises a new plan, and shifts into his border-collie form and pretends to be lost dog “Chance” for Tim to take in. Then, surely, Lance will be able to get to the bottom of things.
Lance’s face went a little pink. “Lily has watched every movie of Jane Eyre ever created. Repeatedly.”
“And she forced you to watch with her, I see.”
Lance stiffened his back, his chin raising a little. “It couldn’t be avoided. I have excellent hearing.”
Honestly… this book was so fresh, funny, and unique. The idea of dog-shifters was oddly repugnant at first, and I can’t understand why – I adore dogs, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this story! Think about how much you love on your dog, how much you talk to your dog. They’re your companion, your cuddler, your comfort-giver, your friend, and your crutch.
For Tim, a guy screwed over by his boss, and abused by his dad, living alone in a new town with no friends… Chance was special to him. But Chance was secretly a human, enjoying the attention a little too much for what was supposed to be a simple undercover operation.
Honestly, this wasn’t the most well-written book I’ve read, but it was so cute that it captured my heart, quite without my permission, I might add. For such a quick read, Easton did a great job building the romance (almost in a slow-burn-y way), where we saw nervous and awkward, bumbling Tim, versus cool Lance (but overjoyed Chance). Honestly… this light paranormal romance was such a fun distraction! I will definitely be looking further into this series (even with it being as weird as it is) 🥰
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