Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ARC Review: How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon, #4)
From the 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?

Heather's rating:

While I absolutely ADORE the Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton, I have to say that How To Save A Life was my least favorite of the bunch.

Don't get me wrong, this book is CUTE. This series practically defines sweet and fluffy, but certain things that didn't bother me as much in previous books didn't sit right with me here.

For one, I struggled a bit with the innocence of our dog-shifter MC, Sammy. I couldn't get past the fact that he seemed almost child-like, much too much for my comfort. It felt a bit icky, for some reason, and though the other books have very similar set ups, Sammy was too "new" for me.

The overall plot was engaging and sweet, but it didn't grip me like in the other books in the series. I liked Rav and I liked him with Sammy well enough, but their storyline wasn't as exciting for me.

Rav was a good character in theory, but I struggled with him in reality. His upperclass, well moneyed past and high level of education didn't seem to fit with his current personality and the way he acted. And I absolutely loathed how he used the word "bae." Bae is NOT something a man who went to Harvard and is in his 30s should or would say. For some reason, bae is like a trigger word for me, and I get a visceral reaction every time I read it. It honestly detracted from my enjoyment a good deal.

While I wish I could gush over this story, I didn't exactly feel the love. It still has that sweetness and charm as the previous stories in the series, but just missed the mark for me.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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