4 starsM/M Romance

How to Howl at the Moon (Howl at the Moon #1) by Eli Easton

How to Howl at the Moon Book Cover How to Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon #1
Eli Easton
Fiction, M/M Romance
February 28th 2015

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.

ARIANNA’s Review

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This being my first shapeshifters m/m story, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. I should have known it will be an enjoyable read since is written by Eli Easton. “How to Howl at the Moon” was a sweet, fun and easy to read novel that made me smile and warmed my heart.

Tim Weston is a 23 years old young man who desperately needs a fresh start after finding out his ex-boss patented all of his work on vegetable hybrids in his own name. When a client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek Tim decides the small town will be perfect for him to find a little peace and to grow his vegetables. Lance Beaufort is the sheriff and all he wants is to protect his town especially since he found out some marijuana growers are planning to move in Mad Creek. He is certain the new resident of Mad Creek has something to hide and he’s planning to find out what no matter what. What Tim doesn’t know about Mad Creek’s residents is the fact that many of them are ‘quickened’ – dogs who have the ability to become human.

As the story progresses Tim meets Chance, a black and white border collie who is in fact Sheriff Beaufort. Lance gets to know Tim better and realize he’s just a good man who’s looking for a fresh start. Tim and Chance form a bond like no other, Tim finding in Chance a good friend who doesn’t judge him, who understands him and who cares for him unconditionally. But what will happened when Tim finds out who Chance really is?

I really liked this one! It was such a cute story. It was sweet, but not too fluffy and exactly what I needed. The two main characters are endearing and perfect for each other. At first sight, Tim seems naïve and dorky. Even if he’s shy and a little awkward he is an adorable character. Lance was such an alpha-male. He is protective, understanding, caring and loving and just a good man.

I enjoyed their interactions (Tim-Lance; Tim-Chance) and also enjoyed their interactions with the others characters. The side characters were interesting and likeable and can’t wait to meet them again in the next book/s in the series and the plot was simple, but entertaining.
The angst is low, there’s no unnecessary drama, so overall this was a nice, light read.

Overall, a great read! Can’t wait to read the next books in the series.

“Tim kissed Lance for all he was worth, his tongue warm and soft. He tasted like sunshine and sweet earth, like boy and mate, like the essence of love and the swamping lust of sex. Lance had never been looking for a mate, but right then he couldn’t imagine how life had any color without this right here—this living, warm creature in his arms.