How To Save A Life (Susan’s Review)

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Title: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon #4)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal M/M
Page Count: 415
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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?

This series is too adorable for words. I really love these fluffy feel good books about dog shifters.

I think this is now my favorite in this series. And I was so happy this one didn’t feel as rushed as the 3rd book. I was really missing some character and relationship development in that one. And I was so happy to see we did get that here!

Sammy is a chocolate Labrador who is now living with mom Marie, since Mom Charlotte died. But mom Marie has an abusive boyfriend and the Bad Man likes to hurt dogs as well as humans. And that’s how he ends up in a shelter, because mom Marie takes him there for his own safety.

It is there that he gets rescued by Rav, the owner of a dog shelter (who we previously met in the 3rd book), 2 days before Sammy was supposed to be put down. But Rav is big and scary looking with his big physique and his beard. He reminds Sammy of the Bad Man, so he has a hard time trusting him.

Sammy has felt himself become more intelligent the last few weeks. And he has a feeling he could become more than what he is now. So when he escapes the shelter one night, he runs off to the little town of Mad Creek, since he heard that’s where dogs go who are more than just dogs.

Rav is upset the cute lab went missing, so he goes out to find him. Luckily he had Sammy inserted with a tracker chip. And that’s how Rav ends up in the weird town Mad Creek. But it is not before he sees the big beautiful eyes of the cute man in the diner, who so look like Sammy’s, that he makes the connection. He already had his suspicions when he met Jason and Milo a couple of months back, but now he knows for sure that there is such a thing as a dog shifter. Unfortunately the town’s sheriff isn’t very welcoming. But that doesn’t stop Rav from moving to the cute town and opening up a shelter there.

Sammy is my new favorite character of this series. I loved the others, but Sammy was something special altogether. He was shy and scared at first, but once he gets used to being a person instead of a dog he really comes into his own skin. I especially loved his sense of humor, and the way he found his own jokes so funny. He was just too cute.

The sexy times happened when the relationship was already in full force but that’s because Sammy needed some time to adjust physically because he was neutered as a pup. But once everything was in working order, Sammy had no problem at all letting Rav know what he wanted. I loved how the innocent Sammy learned about sex. First from Milo, who explained the basics so Sammy wasn’t totally ignorant. And after Sammy and Rav had been experimenting for a while, he then learned about ‘butt sex like they do in the porn movies’ from Simon….. hilarious!

There was one thing that bothered me in this though. And that was Lance and how he acted. I could understand where he was coming from and how his doggy instincts rode him hard, but he was still a complete ass to Rav. I did like him in his own book, but not so much in the other books. So I’ll try to remember how he was in the first book so I can still see him as someone I like (even though that was really hard in this book).

This town and the people (and dogs!) in it were just adorable to read about. One of my favorite scenes was when over a hundred people came for the job interview and Rav had to interview every single one of them.

And now I’m sad it’s over. I was really hoping Simon got his own book, but it wasn’t meant to be… sobs

I want more of all these cute doggies.

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