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.
While my favorite book, in this series, remains How to Walk Like a Man (Roman! Need I say more?), How to Wish Upon a Star was just delightful! It had the right amount of innocence in Milo, and cluelessness in Jason.
Dr. Jason Kunik is a scientist. And he tries to hold himself apart from others. He's a third generation dog shifter, but he won't let himself shift (too demeaning), and he doesn't really think too highly of his shifter brethren (tsk tsk). Jason did take me a while to warm to; lets face it, he really needed to remove the stick from his bum (sticks are for chasing, Jason!). But he was just so unsure of himself and afraid to put himself out there.
Milo was a service animal living at a hospice, until Lily happened upon him there one day while visiting a dear friend. Milo was just so freaking adorable, it broke my heart. I wanted to hug him, pretty much all the time. His eagerness and friendliness was so endearing. He just wants to be loved. Milo has seen so much pain in his life, first at an animal shelter and later at the hospice. Everyone he ever loved, died and left him alone. The thing he wants most in the world is a home and a mate to share it with.
Mad Creek was a huge adjustment for both Jason and Milo. Jason, because he isn't used to the pack way of life and everyone being up in his business. Jason also has zero people skills. I really think he should take one of Lily's classes on how to be human.
Milo's adjustment was tough, too, because he thought he wasn't really wanted. He's very sensitive and between the way the town tried to find a home for him to Jason's standoffishness, Milo really felt insecure. But Milo also has a skill that not many of the quickened folk have -- the ability to not just sense pain or illness, but the patience and ability to help alleviate it. He's something special, indeed.
Both Jason and Milo prove themselves worthy - to themselves, to each other, and to the whole town - when they both play key roles in finding a cure to the mysterious illness going through Mad Creek. I was so proud of both of them. Maybe wishes really do come true.
How to Wish Upon a Star was a gorgeous addition to the How at the Moon series. I can't wait to see what Eli Easton cooks up next!
ARC of How to Wish Upon a Star was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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