Title: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon #4)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 28th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 415 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
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?
I honestly love the Howl at the Moon series so much – they are such feel good, easy to read, totally engrossing stories that leave me with all the fuzzy feels.
In this fourth installment the bad ass biker dude with a heart of gold, Rav Miller, who runs a no-kill animal shelter in Arizona is back. Rav was introduced in How to Wish Upon a Star (Howl at the Moon #3) when Jason was trying to find a cure for the virus plaguing the town of Mad Creek, CA.
In How To Save A Life Rav takes one of his monthly trips to Flagstaff to a high-kill shelter to save some dogs that have a low chance of being adopted and ends up saving a chocolate lab named Sammy who has haunting eyes the like Rav had only ever seen once before.
Those eyes took Rav’s breath away. There was so much wisdom in them. Knowing. Anguish. The dog knew he was about to be put down. Rav was sure of it. He was trying to interact, to ask for help, even though he was frightened. This dog had guts.
When Sammy eventually breaks out of Rav’s shelter and heads for Mad Creek, Rav is able to follow him. Rav can see beneath the surface of the people of Mad Creek and is blown away by the discovery of dog shifters. In a spur of the moment decision, Rav decides to completely uproot his life and move to Mad Creek.
Because he wasn’t going back. He wasn’t leaving Mad Creek to find a hotel room. He wasn’t leaving Mad Creek, full stop. The words “pry” and “cold dead hands” came to mind.
And fuck Sheriff Lance Beaufort.
I absolutely loved the way the story progressed. Rav is in it for all the right reasons and quickly falls in love with the town and with Sammy.
Sammy is newly quickened, and there is a definite learning curve, but he has such a brilliant mind and learns things so quickly. This also definitely answers the question I’ve had since the beginning about what the quickened do when certain medical procedures have occurred in the dog’s life before his quickening.
Rav and Sammy rival my love of Matt and Roman as a couple. Told from multiple third person points of view (Sammy, Rav, Lily, Lance) this story struck all the right notes, has tons of feels, is a beautiful love story, and has a well-deserved happy ending.
I loved it all! This is definitely on my Favorites shelf!