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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.
I can’t recall if I cried during the first two books, but this one had me constantly crying from 75% until the end. It was that cry with the lump in your throat. I don’t know if it was my hormones or my emotions were just scattered but I just kept crying while trying to continue on. Oh I need to get this off my chest, I called it with the ex-boss and JVT thing. It’s not the last Mad Creek and I will be seeing of him. Also Eli Easton please write Rav a book. I need him immediately to be in Mad Creek and figuring things out. He would so appreciate this wonderful town.
Back to business, I don’t know if I like Jason, but Milo was so freaking adorable, earnest, sincere with every fiber in his body. I don’t think he had a mean bone no where insight. In hindsight being the complete opposite of Jason is just what the geneticist order 😉 This installment dealt with a lot of science nerd stuff and I was a little like huh? But I got it and really appreciated the slow burn of the relationship and the plot alot. I was happy being back in Mad Creek seeing all my favorite doggies and humans. Loved seeing the stoic Roman. He was funny, and goodness Lance. Always the one wound up extremely tight.
I enjoyed how Milo had his own purpose while being so new to this life. His ability to comfort and light up a room had me swooning for him. He is such an asset to the town and even more for Jason. He comes off cold, and stand offish but it’s a defense mechanism for him so he won’t have to get close to anyone, and by agreeing to letting Milo stay with him opened him up to all sort of inner feelings and emotions. They were adorable together, and I really liked this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this world.