(Howl at the Moon #3)
by Eli Easton
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.
This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
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Jason is a scientist, working on the DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened, which are dogs who for some reason can shift into human form. His work is secret since no one knows of the existence of the quickened, so when one of his coworkers starts snooping around his project, Jason decides to return to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened. Jason is third-generation quickened, but he's spent most of his life trying to suppress his inner dog. His reserved nature doesn't particularly help him connect with his subjects, either.
Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has seen a lot of loss in his life and whose only hope is to find a home and be loved. While Jason is not all that great connecting with anyone, there's something about Milo that calls to him and they start growing closer. Nevermind that Milo is friendly and sweet and a great asset in Jason's research.
When a mysterious illness starts spreading among the quickened, it's up to Jason and Milo to find a way to stop and cure it, while trying not to get sick themselves.
I truly enjoyed this book. Milo was absolutely adorable and even if it took me a bit to warm up to Jason, I ended up loving him, too. They were really sweet together and while there wasn't all that much of them as a couple in the book, I loved the slow progression from researcher/research subject to friends to lovers.
I also loved how Eli Easton integrated the whole town into the story. It gave so much depth to the plotline to see how both Milo and Jason interacted so differently with the other quickened.
This book is part of a series, but while there are cameos from characters shown in the previous book, it can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first two books yet, but I enjoyed this one so much that I'll go get the other two and hopefully read them soon.
All in all, this was a very good read, sweet, entertaining, intriguing and with a barely there loose end that I hope will be resolved in the next book in the series. Very recommendable!
Rating: 4 Stars!!!
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About The Author
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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