Recent Reads – How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton

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Hello all! I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of How to Wish Upon a Star, the third How at the Moon book, and I think this might be my favorite so far, and that’s saying something because I love Tim and Lance, and Matt and Roman, but OMG, Milo!! I just need to squee a little here because Milo is just the sweetest, most adorable guy who ever walked on four paws. He can break your heart with one look or a few words. Eli Easton was breaking my heart by the second chapter. I knew I was in for some major feels here.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who’s bonded with many patients, all of whom he’s lost. Milo is very much an innocent. He’s a newly turned quickened who’s just learning to communicate and live as a man. Yet despite his confusion to many things, when it comes to seeing inside people, their sadness and pain, he’s more intuitive than most, especially Dr. Jason Kunik, a quickened who’s been researching the quickened and trying to figure out how the transformation or the “spark” happens. Jason isn’t the most personable guy. In fact, during his research in Mad Creek, his interviews send several quickened off in tears. Jason is oblivious. Emotions and connections are not his thing. He’s all logic and getting the work done. At least until he meets Milo.

When we get into Milo’s POV, that about did me in. Hearing his thoughts on how desperately he wanted to show Jason he was worthy of being loved by him, ugh, bring out the tissues. Milo wants to be loved. He wants a forever home. Jason just wants to be left alone to do his research. There were several moments that made me laugh out loud. Milo is just too cute for words and watching Jason handling Milo was priceless. It’s no secret I love this series. It’s also no surprise that each book gets even better than the last. It is Eli Easton after all. If you enjoy sweet, heart-string-tugging reads, and shifters, I highly recommend the Howl at the Moon series, and most certainly How to Wish Upon a Star.

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29827476Dr. 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.

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Recent Reads – Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton

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Hello all! A few weeks ago I had myself an awesome little Eli Easton read-athon. I started with the Sex in Seattle series which I totally loved. Each book was better than the last. They were sweet, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. After that I jumped right into the Howl at the Moon series which came highly recommended by a good friend. The first book in the series is How to Howl at the Moon. I absolutely loved it! Not only was it so much fun, it made me laugh, and I even got teary eyed in several spots. The series premise is unique to me, and the town of Mad Creek is wonderfully charming, as are its inhabitants. Sheriff Lance Beaufort is such a great character! I loved how his personality reflected traits of the Border Collie he shifted into. For such a serious guy, Lance had a habit of getting himself caught up in the funniest, most outrageous situations. I felt for poor Tim who just needed to catch a break.

And then of course when I met Roman Charsguard I fell in love with him too. When I found he had his own book How to Walk Like a Man, I was thrilled. Of course Roman broke my heart into tiny pieces learning about him as a military dog, and the events that lead to him turning human. I’m just in love with this whole series and can’t wait for the release of the third book How to Wish Upon a Star.

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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.

 

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.

Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.

The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?

Humor in Romance – Eli Easton over at the Tea House

teahousebuttonHello all! Eli Easton is over at the Tea House talking about humor in romance and offering some of her favorite snippets from some fantastic reads. You know me and humor. Love reading it, love writing it! Drop by and check it out. http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/guest-author-eli-easton-har-dee-hot-har-humor-in-romance/

Also, there’s still time to enter Lex Chase‘s swaggerific giveaway! Just leave a comment on her post for a chance to win. http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/author-lex-chase-books-movies-and-games-bridging-the-platform-gap/

x Charlie