Title: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon, #4)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Page Count: 7172 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
Let’s go back to Mad Creek, CA for another dog shifter adventure!
Rav is a human who runs a no-kill animal shelter in Arizona. (We met him in book 3 when Jason was trying to find a cure for the virus.) He makes monthly trips to the nearest high-kill shelter that can’t keep up with the serious over population problem. Rav chooses dogs that have a low chance of being adopted; Older dogs, black dogs and dogs with chronic medical issues. On one of his trips he meets a terrified chocolate lab named Sammy.
Sammy is a newly quickened, a dog that can now turn into a human. He was verbally, emotionally and physically abused during his short life as a dog so he has some serious trust issues as a human.
You’ll need to read the book (which is KU people!) to find out how these two land in Mad Creek and develop their bond. It would also be a good idea to read at least the first book How to Howl at the Moon to understand the hierarchy of the town and the ins-and-outs of being a dog shifter. And read book 2 as well. Roman is to DIE for! If you need a push to read the other books, all you need to do is read Gay Book Reviews reviewer’s take on the series. Universally loved by all!
Dog lovers will especially love this book because Ms. Easton obviously did her homework or she’s volunteered or worked in an animal shelter before and worked in rehabilitation. As an 8 year training volunteer at our local Humane Society, I’ve seen it all and I saw no flaws in Ms. Easton’s portrayal. Dog lovers are going to lose their shit over this one. Dogs! Hurt/Comfort! Romance! Hot sex! Gah, is there anything more perfect?
Highly, highly recommended. On my absolute favorites shelf and in the running for my favorite book of the year.
Enjoy my friends!