Saturday, 27 May 2017

Find His Way Home by Nell Iris - Release Blitz



Buy Links: JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 19,884 words 

Publisher: JMS Books

Blurb

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars, and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.


When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.


Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot's past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.


Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?


Excerpt

He spent the rest of the afternoon pacing his living room with Lady Gaga blasting from the speakers. He heard his phone ring at some point, but ignored it and kept pacing, rubbing his palms on his head, tousling his short hair. The phone rang several more times, but Elliot walked and walked, until the front door flung open and a wild-eyed Mick stood there, glaring at him.

Mick’s gaze roved over him, making sure he was okay, and then he marched over to the stereo and cut off Gaga in the middle of a rah-rah. “What the hell, Elliot?”


The curse stopped Elliot’s pacing, and he stared at his lover with wide eyes. His well-spoken, hot-shot lawyer partner never used profanities. During their time together, Elliot had heard him swear maybe once or twice, and him doing it now knocked the wind out of Elliot's fury. He groaned, grabbed his lover’s hand, and hauled him over to the couch where he sank down, pulling Mick with him.


“I’m sorry. But I’m angry.”


“I can tell. What happened?”


“I let them buy me, that’s what happened.” Elliot spat out the words.


“What?” The question was so loud Elliot flinched. Mick sighed, stood and shook off his coat, unbuttoned his suit jacket, and kicked off his shoes. Then he sat back down, turned to Elliot, and wrinkled his nose when he saw the state of his hair. “It looks like you’ve tried to pull it out,” he muttered, and ran his fingers through Elliot's locks, trying in vain to tame it. “Tell me what happened.”


When Elliot had recounted the afternoon’s events, Mick grabbed his hands and drew him closer, and he followed willingly. He ended up straddling Mick’s lap, arms around his neck, and his forehead leaning on his lover’s shoulder.


“I’m so sorry,” Mick mumbled and rubbed his stubble against Elliot's temple.


“I shouldn’t have taken the money,” Elliot grunted. “I’m so stupid.”


“You’re not stupid. You had no other choice.”


“There’s always another choice.”


“What else could you have done?”


“I could have told them to go fuck themselves,” he gritted out. He took a deep breath, forcing himself to calm down. “Or I could quit.”


It was several minutes before Mick asked, “And do what?”


Elliot held his breath for a moment before whispering, “I could go back home.” Mick stiffened. “I hate it here.”


“I know.” The thickness of Mick’s voice hit Elliot like a freight train, but he didn’t take back his words. He couldn’t.


“I have to go home. At least for a while. I need silence.” He caught his lower lip between his teeth to stop it from quivering. “This was the last drop, you know?”


Mick nodded and tightened his arms around Elliot until they felt like bands of steel surrounding him. “What about us?”


“I don’t know.” He hesitated. “You could come,” he whispered, knowing what the answer would be.


He heard Mick inhale a shuddering breath, and a drop of wetness landed on Elliot's cheek. “I wish I could.” Mick voice trembled.


“I can’t stay. Even for you, honey.” Elliot was crying now too, big hot tears wetting Mick’s expensive wool suit jacket.


“I know.”


When their tears finally dried, they spent the rest of the night making desperate love, saying nothing, letting their bodies do all the talking.


Two days later Elliot was back home, enjoying the peace and quiet in a freezing cabin in the mountains. Trying to stifle the disillusionment he felt with the world and himself, while hoping he would have time to get over it before it was time to go back to work.


Author Bio

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but let’s face it, she’s not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.


Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.


Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.




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Friday, 26 May 2017

Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling



Length: 169 pages
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

***BONUS SAM AIKEN SHORT STORY "TOP HAT" INCLUDED IN THIS EBOOK UNTIL 30th June***

After the devastating events in the Scottish Highlands, Sam and Declan have moved on to a new, deeper level in their romance. Their commitment to each other is unquestionable; however, there are plenty of questions that need answering about other aspects of their lives, and those who sought to end them.

Sam is trying his best to deal with the day to day frustrations of his injuries. He’s completely dependent on Declan for everything and hates the way the scales have tipped in their relationship. Although he’s officially on leave, Sam’s mind cannot stop replaying all that happened to him and questioning why, and who is behind it all.

Declan’s relief at having Sam home throws him into house-husband mode. He’s happy to take the reins and care for his partner, however, beneath the surface Declan cannot help but be drawn back to how he felt in the Highlands, and how they were betrayed by a man who was supposed to have their back. Declan had promised Sir James Aiken that he would pay if he hurt Sam, and now Declan has to decide how he can deliver his payback and put his and Sam’s world back on an even keel. 

Review

Oh my. Poor Sam really went through hell in the Scottish Highlands (Return to Zero) and, unfortunately, the situation didn’t instantly improve upon coming home. Far from it. Poor Sam finds himself immobilised with both a leg and an arm busted up. Declan takes care of the man he loves as best he can but even he can’t stop the nightmares from plaguing Sam night after night. Declan is however inventive enough to ensure that intimacy and sex don’t fall victim to Sam’s injuries and boy does his imagination lead to hot scenes.

Even when Sam recovers enough to get most of his mobility and independence back, the events in Scotland still haunt both men, and each of them is looking for ways to deal with what happened to them. Declan is determined to get his revenge on Sam’s father, and Sam just wants to find out exactly what happened and, more importantly how it could have happened.

None of this would have been a huge issue, if only the two men would have talked to each other. But, determined not to burden the other and more than used to living with secrets, both Sam and Declan make plans of their own, leading to fear and a sense of betrayal on both sides, not to mention unexpected consequences.

Because of course Sir James Aiken, as always, has an ace up his sleeve; an ace which requires Sam to face his demons head-on, and forcing him to call on courage he didn’t know he possessed.

Just like the previous books in this series, Counterblow gave me an exhilarating, thrilling, sexy, laugh out loud funny, and intriguing story. The interactions between Declan and Sam never fail to make me either smile or get all hot and bothered, while Declan’s confrontation with Sir James was as tense as it was satisfying. In short, I couldn’t put the book down once I’d started reading and was disappointed when the story, inevitably, had to end. I’m already yearning for the next instalment. But, to help me deal with my separation anxiety, the author very generously provided a short story featuring a much younger (and pre-Declan) Sam.

Top Hat – A Shatterproof Bond/Sam Aiken prequel short story:

What a delightful glimpse of Sam as a teenager whose hormones all burst to life when he first sets eyes on Alexander Deveraux, the lecturer replacing Sam’s regular tutor during his final year at Oxford. For Sam, the attraction is instant and it isn’t long before he realizes the feeling might well be mutual.

Teenage Sam is adorable, clumsy, insecure and…did I mention adorable? But the first traces of flirty and sexy Sam are all too obvious in this 16 ½ year old version. Poor Alex didn’t stand a chance. He may have thought he wanted to be responsible and sensible, faced with a turned on and determined Sam and an impressive pole dance routine, Alex didn’t have a choice other than to give in to the sizzling attraction between them.

If there’s anything wrong with this short story it is that it ended too soon for my liking. But then again, maybe Sam takes after his creator when it comes to teasing.

And just in case you are new to this series, here are my reviews of the earlier Shatterproof Bond books:

About the Author

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.

The 'Shatterproof Bond' series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her eleventh book and signed French and German and Italian, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The 'As You Wish' translation “Comme Vous Voudrez” is a best seller on Amazon France. It was released in German in March 2017, and as an audiobook in May 2017. 

Isobel's greatest love is writing M/M relationships, and she hopes one day to actually finish the fantasy novel that she put ‘to rest’ three years ago. 

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Before You Break by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams - Review Tour




Buy Links: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 115,247 words 

Cover Design: Reece Dante 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb


Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.

There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.





Review

Before You Break is the first book in Secrets, the Collars and Cuffs spin-off series and if this is any indication of what’s to follow we’re in for another treat. While, as the blurb indicates, this is the story of Wayne and Ellis, we also get to watch Eli and Jarod as they move to London and open their newly refurbished club. This wonderful combination of old familiar and brand new meant I was fully invested in the story, and the rest of the series, before I’d even finished the second chapter.

Ellis and Wayne were fascinating characters, both because of their personalities and because of the very dangerous job they share. They’ve been friends for six years, although Wayne’s feelings run quite a bit deeper. But that’s something he’ll never share with Ellis; after all, his friend is straight and Wayne won’t do anything to put their friendship at risk.

Ellis may be a strapping, ‘big bruiser’ of a man on the outside, deep inside he’s still the insecure thirteen year old who was forced into a role he was in no way equipped to handle and still hasn’t come to grips with. For reasons he’s keeping very close to his chest, Ellis is losing control. He’s pretty much a little boy lost, and although he doesn’t realise it, needs Wayne to save him from himself and discover who he really is.

And Wayne is perfect for Ellis. When he decides to take Ellis in hand before the man destroys his life and his loses his job, it has nothing to do with the attraction he feels. His plans are platonic because, as far as Wayne knows, anything else is out of the question. Already knowing Ellis very well before they agree to the D/s dynamic Wayne knows exactly how to make the man he’s loved for years soar and where to draw the line.

‘It’s my responsibility to ensure your pains weren’t related to your begging for more physical ones.’

Slowly and carefully Wayne puts Ellis back together; teasing out what has been bothering him, discovering the secrets Ellis has been holding close. The combination of patience and persistence start to ground Ellis, make him open up until the moment arrives when Ellis at last breaks down and admits to the feelings he’s been hiding for as long as he can remember. And from that moment on it appears to be plain sailing. Ellis blossoms under Wayne’s dominance and discovers a world of heat, pleasure and peace in his submision to the man who has saved him from himself, the man he loves.

And then, just when it appears that Wayne and Ellis have reached their summit, the rug is pulled from under their feet in a suspense filled incident, and everything they’ve created together tumbles to the ground, or so it seems. But, of course, this wouldn’t be a Wells & Williams book if love didn’t conquer all. I have no intention of telling you what happens, or how the situation is resolved but you can trust me when I say it will bring tears to your eyes, tug on your heartstrings, and make you love Ellis and Wayne even more than you did earlier in the story.

I’m probably stating the obvious when I say that the sexy scenes in this book are off the charts. I can almost hear you say, ‘aren’t they always when these two authors get together?’ And you would be right. What will never cease to amaze me is that even after this many books set in the BDSM scene they still manage to give each story a fresh feel, and to come up with kinky games we haven’t read about before. Never a boring moment doesn’t begin to describe it.


There is a lot more I could say about this story. I could share the anger I felt once the reasons for Ellis’s decent into despair became clear. I could wax lyrical about the beauty of these two men together, or bore you with examples of all the times they made me sigh, smile and laugh. And I could probably write a few paragraphs about how much fun it was to see the interactions between Jarod and his mother who is, of course, still up to no good. But I won’t. Instead I’ll just advice you to go and read the book already. You won’t be sorry.

Author Bio's

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers. 




Twitter: @K_C_Wells

Happily Ever After Comes With A Price Tag. Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family. Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.




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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Junk by Josephine Myles - Release Blitz




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK  

Length: 87,000 words 


Blurb

He loves a good book, but he could love a good man more…

When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson has to face up to the truth. His ever-growing heaps of books, magazines and newspaper can’t be classified as a collection any longer. Jasper is a hoarder, and he needs professional help.

Professional clutter clearer and counsellor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much from the state of Jasper’s house but from the attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he went to school with.

However, Lewis's ethical code forbids relationships with clients, and besides, he's determined to get over his habit of falling for unsuitable men he hopes to "fix". But as Jasper continues to make steady progress the magnetic attraction between them is so strong even Lewis has problems convincing himself it’s merely a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.

Jasper is determined to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he'll have to explore the root of his hoarding problem—and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.

Warning: Contains a level-headed counsellor with a secret addiction, a bespectacled geek with a sweet tooth, a killer “to-be-read” pile, embarrassing parents, a van called Alice, and deliciously British slang.

Review

You can read my thoughts on this wonderful book by clicking on the title: Junk

Author Bio 
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.

Twitter: @JosephineMyles 


As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #1) - Audio Release Blitz






Ebook Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Narrator: Gary Furlong 

Length: 4hrs 9mins

Blurb

One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay's brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairytale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided that Annabelle's gay younger brother would share the best man duties with Declan. Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn't meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.


But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.


But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?


Author Bio

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.

The 'Shatterproof Bond' series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her eleventh book and signed French and German and Italian, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The 'As You Wish' translation “Comme Vous Voudrez” is a best seller on Amazon France. It was released in German in March 2017, and as an audiobook in May 2017.


Isobel's greatest love is writing M/M relationships, and she hopes one day to actually finish the fantasy novel that she put ‘to rest’ three years ago.



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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Back Home by RJ Scott - Review Tour







Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Cover Design: Meredith Russell 

Length: 52,147 words



Blurb

Falling for his brother's boyfriend broke his heart. Now he's back home and falls in love all over again.


One birthday kiss and Kieran realizes he is in danger of falling for his brother’s boyfriend, Jordan. Leaving for college, then moving to another country is the only way to ease the ache in his heart.


But, when his father becomes ill and his sister begs him to come home, Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business nearly bankrupt and Jordan, the man he ran from, beaten down by despair and guilt.


Friendship is what they promise each other as they work to repair the business, but it could never be enough for Kieran. When secrets spill, and there are vital decisions to be made, Kieran realizes two things; he’s back home, and he wants to stay with Jordan for good.


Now he just needs to convince Jordan.




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Review


Back Home is almost a book in two parts, starting of angsty and angry before it turns all hot and sweet. Mind you, both sections made perfect sense given the characters and what they’ve been through, so I’m most definitely not complaining.

But, truth be told, and given my personal issues with angst, the second half of the book was easier to read for me than the first. Both Kieran and Jordan carry so much guilt, anger, and secrets, that it is hardly surprising confusion and misunderstanding erupt between these two from the moment they lay eyes on each other after Kieran’s return home.

It was impossible not to feel sorry for both men. Kieran has been racked with guilt over the feeling he has had for his older brother’s lover since he was a teenager. The attraction made him move away from home as soon as he could, and reinforced the decision to stay away when his brother died. Jordan did love Brad, but can’t deny the attraction he’s felt towards Kieran either. When Brad dies, due to his own fault but while Jordan was driving, his feelings of guilt and grief combine to form a hot ball of anger, firmly aimed at Kieran. Add in the insecurity he feels about his place in Kieran’s family and their struggling company, and saying Jordan is on edge when Kieran returns, would be a gross understatement.

Everything that should pull them together, such as the still strong attraction and their shared grief, appears to be keeping Kieran and Jordan apart because the guilt they feel about what they perceive as their personal betrayal of Brad, overpowers all else.

The push and pull between them early on in the story only served to make their eventual coming together all the more touching. And when Kieran and Jordan finally (and tentatively) surrender to their shared attraction, it is as if floodgates have been opened. Hot doesn’t begin to describe their coming together. And sweet isn’t a strong enough term for the revenge they eventually exert on the person who would destroy them. 

Back Home was a captivating read and a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m sure nobody needs to be convinced about RJ Scott’s talent as a storyteller and writer anymore, but just in case you haven’t discovered her books yet…What are you waiting for? You’re missing out on a stunning catalogue of wonderful books.



Author Bio

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

mailto:rj@rjscott.co.uk







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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Road to the Sun by Keira Andrews - Release Blitz





Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 70,000 words


Blurb


A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.


Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.


Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana's big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.


Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?


Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”



Monday, 22 May 2017

How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton - Audio Review



Howl at the Moon #1
Unabridged Audio
Narrator: Matthew Shaw
Length: 5 hrs, 52mins
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Audible link: US | UK

Blurb

Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.
Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim's work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.
Lance's hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He's concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he's not satisfied with the boy's story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance's inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.


My thoughts

How to Howl at the Moon was quite a little story. In fact it was a delightful combination of sweet, angsty, thrilling, and sexy. What’s not to love about a story set in an world (or, in this case, town) were many are ‘quickened’ dogs, meaning that they have the ability to become human while still being able to shift back to their dog form, and never completely losing their dog’s sensibilities.

When the story starts Sheriff Lance Beaufort is as far removed from his inner dog (a black Border Collie, how wonderfully appropriate for me) as he can get. Taking his duties of keeping his town safe and the quickened’s secret well buried very seriously, he hasn’t shifted to his dog form in ages, rejecting the playfulness for what he perceives to be the necessity to be human and on guard all the time.

Tim Weston needs a fresh start in a safe environment. Having been let down by people who should have loved and protected him and those who would take advantage of his trusting nature, he decides to keep his cards close to his chest, in the process, inevitably, triggering Lance’s mistrust towards him.

In order to discover exactly what is going on with Tim, Lance decides to introduce his inner dog into Tim’s life. And this may well be one of the cutest things I’ve ever read. Chance, the dog, is so adorable, especially compared to the stand-offish Lance. And Tim’s instant love for the creature he thinks he’s harmed is deeply touching. Of course, things get complicated for Lance when his two natures find themselves on opposite sites. The human Lance may still have suspicions about what exactly Tim is up to, Chance his dog has been won over by Tim’s joyous love and sharing nature. 

Throw in a meddling mother, territorial drug dealers, a former military shifter, and a secret that can’t be let out into the open, and you’re in for a story that will charm you while it also keeps you on the edge of your seat. Combined with a fabulous and very easy-on-the-ear narrator, all of the above made How to Howl at the Moon a very enjoyable second venture into the world of audio books.