Friday, November 13, 2015

ARC Review: How to Walk like a Man (Howl at the Moon 2) by Eli Easton

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?

Dani's rating:

Before I begin, let me just say:

1. I like dogs more than people.

2. I have two human children and two adopted four-legged children, and I love them all. I don't love MORE or LESS. There's enough love to go around.

3. If you have a friend who doesn't understand why you'd grieve for the death of your animal companion, that's not a friend you want to keep.

What I first noticed about this book is the engaging narrative style. Told from both Roman and Matt's POV, the story gives us insight into Matt's stoic nature and Roman's ... well, DOG nature.

Roman, a newly quickened (shifted) German Shepherd, thinks like a dog, you see. And this is both endearing and hilarious.

Roman discovers his (erect) penis, and it's the BEST THING EVER! He figures out that "straight" doesn't mean what he think it means, and that he's not it.

He calls up uptight Sheriff Lance and wants to discuss "mounting," and if he's the mountee vs. the mounted, does it mean he's the alpha?

The slow burn is intense. Matt and Roman spend a lot of time together ... talking, hiking, staring ... but not kissing, definitely not that.

The sex doesn't come until the 70 percent mark, but I honestly didn't mind. The sexual tension was all kinds of delicious. I was just waiting for things to explode. And, boy, did they ever! Roman is such an eager virgin and a VERY quick learner.

When Tim asks if Roman and Matt hooked up, Roman responds:

"If you mean have we had sex, then yes. Matt wanted me to mount him, so I did. But Lance says that doesn't mean I have to be in charge all the time. We also use just our hands or mouths sometimes. I like that a lot."

This book is so fucking funny. I was literally rolling with laughter. Roman has a very, um, dry sense of humor, and it's beyond adorable.

Matt is in the closet and scared of his overbearing, controlling father, whom he calls the "General." He is pretend-dating Luci, who is actually totally awesome and just wants to keep her conservative family off her back while she attends law school.

I usually dislike the "beard" storyline, but I liked Luci, who totally got Matt.

When Roman is injured, it's Matt he seeks out; it's Matt he wants. But human emotions are complicated and messy, and Roman realizes:

Maybe it was easier for humans to be true to a dog ... there were a lot less ways to fail when you were a dog. It was so much less complicated than being a man.

I didn't pay much attention to the suspense/crime plot (another group of good-for-nothings wants to grow marijuana in Mad Creek, yada, yada, yada). I loved the "dog army" and Matt's epiphany, but, seriously, POT? There aren't bigger problems in the world?

I loved this story though. It was charming and heartfelt. Roman is my favorite! He loves like a dog and Walks like a Man, and deserves the best HEA in the world.

He gets it too.

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~Neil Gaiman

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