Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/12/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
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.
Howl at the Moon is such an endearing series that has taken man’s best friend and made them even more special. How to Wish Upon a Star was a perfect next book and whilst Roman will forever remain my favourite Milo is now up there right next to him.
Milo is a Labradoodle who hands over his heart to everyone he meets. He is certainly the most sensitive soul to land in Mad Creek, he is also like a new born in a man’s body as he only recently became ‘quickened’. He has been adopted by a local hospice where he spends his days offering comfort to people at the end of their lives and bringing them a few moments of happiness but it’s a double edged sword for Milo as his sensitivity means he remembers every single one of them and everyone that Milo loves dies. Thank god for interfering Lily with her Border Collie nose – she literally sniffs out Milo whilst visiting the hospice and whisks him back to Mad Creek to meet the pack.
Dr Jason Kunik is a third generation quickened, which basically means he was born like that, but he has a real love/hate with his dog side, in fact he hasn’t allowed his dog out for 12 years and for a clever man sometimes he is not all that clever! Jason has just returned to Mad Creek, although not by choice, where he intends to keep up his brutal work schedule and he has no time for pack mentality that says he needs to be involved. His OCD, his complete lack of people skills and his desire to just lock himself away to work means his interactions with the people of the town are clunky at best and he comes across as dismissive and rude.
Watching Milo and Jason together was a real joy and there are some laugh out loud moments as they both adjust. There is something about Milo that people just want to bask in and Jason finds himself unwinding even as he tries to fight himself. As they get to know each other, as they get to know the rest of the town there is panic when the quickened of Mad Creek are hit with a mysterious illness. Jason’s background as a genetic researcher alongside Milo’s gift of sensing illness means they are thrown into a battle to save the very people who have become their family. There is definitely a sense of impending trouble at the end of this book and I’m excited to see where the author takes the series from here.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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