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.
First off, let me start with a warning. Listen to the audiobook. I’m sure it’s good in ebook format, but the narrator does an exceptional job of the voices and tones you’ll wanna hear it. Now – for that warning? Do not. I repeat DO NOT, eat or drink anything while listening to this book. I would even suggest you don’t drive or operate heavy machinery. It’s so f’ing funny, you’ll crack up, tears running down your face laughing, and you might miss your turn off.
Now, what is it about? Welcome to Mad Creek, a tiny town in northern California that’s most assuredly gone to the dogs. No, this isn’t about a dog show. See, the vast majority of citizens of Mad Creek are Quickened. What are Quickened? Dogs who were so well-loved that when their human passed on, instead of dying themselves, they were changed into a sort of shifter – part dog/part human. If a Quickened mates with another Quickened, well, their offspring is automatically born that way. And Lance Beaufort, Sheriff of Mad Creek is a fourth generation Border Collie Quickened. Imagine the intense watchfulness and protectiveness and desire to serve from a BC while in its human form and you basically have Lance.
Tim, on the other hand, is human and has no idea Quickened even exist. He just moved to Mad Creek and has nobody and very little money. He only has one chance: to use seeds he’s brought with him to grow his own produce so he can support himself. Of course, nothing can be easy for the guy. The sheriff thinks he’s growing weed, the sheriff’s mother has taken a liking to him which turns his life upside down, and a bunch of crazy guys shoot up his place. Not to mention he’s been adopted by a local border collie who comes by every night for cuddles and leaves during the day.
I could literally go on and on about how wonderfully fun this book was. But I’m sure after a thousand or so words you’d realize you should just get the book and read/listen to it as it’s going to be so much better than my rambling in the first place.
Get How to Howl at the Moon. Why? It’s got M/M romance, mystery, stolen plants, hybrids – plants not people, Quickened, Quickened that get a little frisky in their human forms, vets who enjoy teasing their quickened sheriffs, oh, yeah, and the sex scene? Totally the most hilarious sex scene I’ve ever read. Eli Easton has completely outdone herself. I loved her Sex in Seattle Series and several of her other individual books and I love this one too. I am very glad to see this will be a series and can hardly wait for the second Howl at the Moon book.
Oh, before I forget. Why did I give the narrator 4 stars? I loved his voice and the different voices he gave to the characters. BUT – the producer needed to use a different mic or something to block certain sounds. His S’s hissed against my ears making me wince half the time and his breathing was a bit loud. Better microphones can stop that. But even with those issues, it did not take away from the book which was exceptional!
Story Rating: 5 stars
Narrator Rating: 4 stars
Overall rating: 5 stars