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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?
Title: How To Walk Like A Man (Howl At the Moon #2)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Release Date: 13/11/2015
Purchase Links: Amazon
THIS. WONDERFUL. BOOK.
Every once in a while you are in a total and irrevocable need of something sweet, and fun to read. In my very personal experience, whenever I need something like this, I turn to Eli Easton… because… Awesome. And because sweet. And because dude this was ridiculously sexy and cute at the same time and how does she even do that! HOW?!
How To Walk Like A Man is the second book in the Howl At The Moon series… While the author makes a note that you can totally read this as a stand alone, I’d personally recommend you to read it anyway, for several reasons:
So, I loved the first book in the series, and I knew I’d totally enjoy this, but if I’m truly honest, I didn’t expect to love this so much, more even so than the first book.
The writing is lovely, and engaging. I loved the descriptions of places, feelings, smells, emotions, people… dogs.
Roman is a newly quickened… This means that he was born a dog and after having experienced a very close bond with a human (his handler, James) he became human, and now he can shift from one form to another. His life as a dog was privileged, but he carries with him the loss of the man who gave everything for him. His grief is huge, and learning the full story was simply beautiful and touching… I cried, FFS!
Learning to live like a human is… difficult. I loved that the author made all these lovely notes and that she described perfectly well all the simple things that as humans we take for granted. I loved that Roman found everything AWESOME! I simply adored his loyalty, and his honesty. I adored that he was amazed at every single thing, and it made me wish that, we, as humans, never lost that ability of feeling amazed at every little thing, and grateful for it. He’s a grateful man. He’s without a doubt one of the sweetest MCs I’ve read in a very long time. He has this… naiveness and innocense that comes with being… well, new. Part of that is that he’s never been attracted to anyone before. He’s discovering every single part of himself. How his body works, how his emotions show. Experiencing this is a huge roller coaster, but he loves it. He’s missing something though, and he sort of finds it when he meets Matt.
Matt used to be a SWAT agent. After an accident (which takes place in the first book) he ends up in Mad Creek for work. Matt is gay, and in the closet. No one in his family knows that he’s attracted to men. He, too, carries the deep grief of having lost someone he loved. In Matt’s case, his brother. And with that loss came the need to make up for it and gain his father’s admiration. Matt is a sweet person, he’s loyal in a more… human way. He is incredibly sweet and very patient.
When Matt and Roman meet Matt is immediately attracted to Roman, but in Roman’s case it happens quite gradually. I loved this because Eli Easton gave us a lovely description, step by step, of how Roman’s human part, and Roman’s dog part fell for Matt. It was very sweet and dead fun. Being in Roman’s head as he experienced all these feelings for Matt was a wonderful delight. I lauged. Boy, did I laugh. A lot.
Matt and Roman are such a beautiful couple. I adored how Roman was amazed at everything Matt did! Matt was AWESOME! He was very smart! He was very handsome! He was very funny! Matt made him laugh. Matt made him feel. Matt made him want things that Roman couldn’t understand…
In contrast, I loved how Matt never really felt weirded out by Roman’s weirdness… I loved how he laughed with the things Roman did and just found it deeply endearing. I loved that without knowing what was happening or where Roman really came from, Matt just opened his heart and mind and guided him. I loved that there was no judgment, but a lot of love and understanding instead.
The action plot is interesting, but in the end I think this book is relationship and character driven… Or maybe it was that I was so happy and fascinated with the characters, and what they were doing, and how they were falling for each other that the plot ended up being a part of it, but not it.
The humor is absolutely amazing. I adored Roman’s conversations with Lance. I loved how Lance got all freaked out and just passed the phone to Tim. It was simply hilarious. Roman’s pure heart and his honest-to-god doubts made the whole thing delicious and innocent.\
So, all in all: If you want a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. A book that makes you laugh your heart out, and at the same time manages to steal a tear or two… This is what you’re looking for.
I know there are a lot of people who don’t read shifters… but give this one a chance… I really think you might like it.