Title: How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon: Book Four
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self-Published/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 238 Pages
At a Glance: How to Save a Life is sweet, heartbreaking, funny and touching. I’m giving it a 4.5 Star rating and look forward to the next installment.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.
Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.
Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?
Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?
Review: The first part of How to Save a Life just broke my heart! I’m a dog lover, and the abuse that Sammy went through made me want to exact revenge on this jerk with a tiny ego, and my heart ached when he was sent to the pound and given only so much time to be adopted. And his knowing what happen to those who weren’t adopted didn’t help. When a quicken is brought into the pound, it’s then that he learns what he is, and if he can escape, Sammy learns were he must go to be safe. But, time was running out…
And, this is where Rav comes into the picture. He’s on a mission when he visits the pound, to rescue a certain number of dogs about to be euthanized. OMG, this man is my hero to do such as thing. Considering what he was and where he came from, before he become someone better with a heart of gold, goes to show that one should never stereotype a person without getting to know them first. Rav sees something in the scared Labrador that makes him curious. Something that he’s seen before with another set of dogs.
Without giving too much away, How to Save a Life is sweet, heartbreaking, funny and touching. I do kind of have a problem with Rav’s solution to help Mad Creek, because I love the charm of its isolation and because I’m seriously hooked on its residents and their antics, especially Lance since he has every right to be concerned about protecting its secret. The solution does have merit, though, and Eli Easton does tend to surprise me with her plot twists.
So, I’m giving How to Save a Life a 4.5 Star rating and look forward to the next installment to see how things work out for Mad Creek with all the changes.
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