(Howl at the Moon #3)
by Eli Easton
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.
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4.5 out of 5 stars
How To Wish Upon A Star is the third book in the Howl at the Moon series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. As this is a stand-alone the author does a good job in giving enough information about the world building that you will not be lost if you jump into the series with this book. Since that's exactly what I did, I can say that you will be able to thoroughly enjoy this story without having read the first two. Now they might enhance the experience since those characters are featured in this book.
The book started of a bit slow for me, mostly because Jason is deeply mired in his research. It makes him very standoffish at first and tends to isolate him from others. Jason has moved back home to continue his research into why the quickened change from being a canine to being quickened. His research questions are off-putting to his intended subjects and most refuse to continue the interview or quickly move away from him. Jason isn't able to understand why they leave or won't help him because to him this is very important work. He doesn't see that his questions are making others uncomfortable or they simply can't answer them with their before quickened knowledge.
The pace of the story quickly changes once Jason meets Milo at a Town meeting. Jason sees how distressed Milo is in the midst of the meeting as the town debates where to put Milo. Jason gets offended for Milo and and he promptly offers to let him move into his cabin and whisks him out of the meeting. Now that doesn't mean Jason is becoming more personable or relaxing. He for some reason is struck by Milo's distress and wants to make things better for him, at least until they have another place for him to stay.
From the moment Milo is introduced I fell in love with his character. He's the type of person that you want to wrap in your arms tightly and make everything better for him. He's sweet with an air of innocence, which could be because he's newly quickened. It also could be that even as a canine he was selfless in his need to help others before himself with the residents in the nursing home. His ability to comfort the residents translates even into his quickened form. He's able to lift those around him into a better frame of mind, giving them comfort and support that they don't necessarily know they need, including Jason.
I thoroughly enjoyed the authors take on this paranormal world in this series. Even in just this one book, she provided a significant amount of world building wrapped into a very sweet love story. Milo's explanation of his change from canine to quickened was unique and captivating. It also adds to his air of innocence which is actually a major piece of the storyline, because even after changing Milo himself does not change who he is to adapt. He stays true to himself even while learning to be a quickened human. He also ends up bringing out the best in Jason, which allows Jason to grow and also accept his quickened side.
I definitely need to go back and read the previous two books in the series as I really liked this story. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to readers that enjoy paranormal stories. I also recommend this to those that may not like paranormal but like something different in their stories.
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About The Author
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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