How To Save A Life by Eli Easton

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How To Save A Life: by Eli Easton
Series: Howl at the Moon #4
Release Date: August 28th, 2017
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Published By:Self-Published
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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?

 

four-stars

I really enjoy this series! I’m not an animal person at all, but I would love to have all these dogs with me. Easton’s, Howl At The Moon series is one of my favorite shifter series! Each book has something different in it. This book had me tearing up in the first 10%. I couldn’t believe it. I really enjoyed Rav’s characters and Sammy’s earnest personality.

Rav is a biker, with a heart of gold. Running a no-kill shelter and taking in dogs when he doesn’t have enough room. Sammy is such a sweet doggy. He’s a sweeter human. He’s had a tough life up until getting to Mad Creek, but he pushed through and made it work. This was a relatively slow burn on the romance, and it wasn’t bad persay. Not the steamiest, but I can always understand it isn’t needed. I liked how Rav stuck to his guns with the town. Loved all his reservations, fears, and hopes being played out on the page. In each book, Eli defintiely distinguished each personality with their dog’s counterparts. I really liked Rav and his knowledge on how each dog is. Love how he was able to be patient with Sammy. Allowing Sammy to learn on his own, about what he wants and doesn’t.

Don’t know how I feel about some of the other characters getting page time. It felt rushed in a sense that no other story offered it, and felt like the author didn’t have much to say with these characters. I also couldn’t understand making Rav’s background so heavy for it to dull off at the end, and nothing to come from it. The ending didn’t feel like an ending. More like a middle. It didn’t feel like a proper ending like the rest. I don’t know whats to come for Rav & Sammy. Even these problems to me, wouldn’t make me change my rating. I did like it. I really would like to see Rex & Simon get a book, of course not together but seperately. Its a lot more quickeneds in Mad Creek that need their stories told!

 

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About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 
 
Length: 80,000 words
 
Cover Design: Reese Dante
 
Howl At The Moon Series
 
How To Howl At The Moon (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
How To Walk Like A Man (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
How To Wish Upon A Star (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
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?

Author Bio

Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.


As an avid reader of such, she is tickled 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, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.


Website: www.elieaston.com
Twitter: @EliEaston
Email: eli@elieaston.com

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Snowblind by Eli Easton

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Snowblind: by Eli Easton
Series: Dreamspun Desires #29
Release Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 196 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Snow, steam, and secrets.

The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.

Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?

three-stars

 

 

Ummm.. Where is the Dreamspun Desires fluff that I’m use to? I am missing all the chessiness, fluffy sugary sweetness that I’ve come to like from this series. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I feel cheated big time. I would have thought that the whole spy needing help would be right up my alley, but I didn’t like it at all. It was going well in the beginning for me, and after a while when everything came to light I just didn’t like it. Of course the tone of the story changed, and it was working for a while. I mean it took a while for me to warm up to Hutch, and I liked Jude but once Jude mentioned a kid, I kinda wanted it to be an instalove, kidfest and them running off to play family with Hutch falling in love with Jude’s daughter. It did not go like that at all.

It took me a while to like Hutch. I get why he is the way he is, but I didn’t really enjoy him as a character. Hutch has been trying to stay under the radar. What’s under the radar then by being in Alaska during a winter storm or winter season? He is fine being who he wants in this wilderness. Along comes Jude escaping from a guy during the storm trying to get back in town. Well of course a California boy isn’t going to know that you don’t try to out run a storm like this. After saving Jude, they hit off. Its days of sex, food, fun, and learning about one another. I’m really enjoying it up until 27%. A lot of unexpected things happen at this point. I had to put it down, and try to figure out what was bothering me about the story. It was the lack of fluff, the sweetness, the insta-love and care that I’ve come to know from this series. Totally lacking.

The rest of the book is action and adventure, and my face is still upturned because it wasn’t what I expected. I did not like the direction it took. Overall I think it was an okay story. The CIA tie-in into both of them as characters was good. It was very adventurous. I think Eli could have done better with this. I’m a big fan of hers. I want my fluff Eli, please give me my fluff.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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merry-christmasmrmiggles-600x900Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles: by Eli Easton
Release Date: November 23rd, 2016
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Published By: Pinkerton Road LLC
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Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

 

three-half-stars

 

Yeah, I am not a happy elf overall with this story. I’m in the Holiday mood for huge amounts of fluff, and I just grabbed this story because it was by Eli Easton. Didn’t read the blurb, but the author’s previous works speaks to my faithfulness to her. This wasn’t bad, but it was darker then I want for a holiday story. Also the main characters didn’t spend enough time together in my opinion. I would have really liked this as a dual point of view story.

Toby is a junior librarian in his home town. I do love the setting of the story. I’m a fan of libraries and this one and its wacky cute cast of characters didn’t disappoint. Toby is slightly enamored with his boss Mr. Miggles. He doesn’t seem to know to much about the man, except that he’s maybe in his 30’s, loves dressing up as the a “Boss figure”, knows a lot about books, has a quirky humor about himself, and he’s caught Toby’s eye. Toby is in a dead-end relationship. I think he hasn’t been in love with his boyfriend for a while. It stopped being a relationship and more a one stop shop of sorts. We get to see Toby go through a range of emotions and feelings for Mr. Miggles from start to end. I really did like Sean. I did understand why he was so adamant to be by himself, and be to himself. He’s still reeling from events in his past. I really would have liked to see the connection between Toby & Sean grow. I wanted more emotion and passion from these two.

I got the gist of the mystery, but I honestly didn’t want it. It was a tad to slow for my liking. More then half of the story was around Toby talking to people and helping Sean. I wanted a happy-fest, with fluff and passion. I wanted to be left feeling with marshmallow fluff, and unfortunately I didn’t. This is all on me, and others might enjoy the story. I did like that this story showed people loving each other through the worst of times and at the happiest of times. The community of Sandy Lake rallied around these two.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

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Author: Eli Easton
 
Release Date: November 23
 
Length: 50,000 words
 
Blurb

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

 

Author Bio

EliEaston_300x300-300x300Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happy these days writing love stories as a m/m romance 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 rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, two cows, pot belly pig, and cat.

Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at eli@elieaston.com
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About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

Falling Down by Eli Easton

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falling-downFalling Down: by Eli Easton
Release Date: November 9th, 2016
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Published By: Pinkerton Road
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Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?

four-stars

This book goes down in the history of ugly cries for me. It probably should top the list seeing as I still can’t hear out my right ear. So I was reading this and got to a really emotional scene and starting crying my eyes out. You know that cry when you cry so much that your nose stops up. Well, I went to blow my nose through the tears, and it felt like my ear was trying to blow itself as well. After all that relief of crying, my ear clogged up. It’s now Tuesday and since Saturday night it hasn’t unclogged. I’m deeply disturbed by my amount of tears that I was able to produce from this story. It was gut-wrenching hard for me at times. I feel bare to my bones. I don’t know the last time I have felt like this in regards to a book. It was sad to see somebody like Josh who was so innocent in so many ways, become so broken.

I really like Josh. Josh is 18, and living on his own. He’s searching for a place to just die. Not suicide in the normal sense, more of the just fading away. His idea of just fading away is going to New England to see the beautiful fall weather and just sit in peace with his mom’s ashes and gradually end his life. I can’t put in words on how I feel for him. He has nobody in his entire life to care about him. Hell 2% in had my eyes watering up. I felt like this lump was in my throat most of the time. Easton does an amazing job when it comes to Josh, being in his head felt so real at times, and I think the writing was so spot on that at times you can close your eyes and picture everything that is going on.

Mark is struggling with his own issues as well. He trying to re-coup to civilian life. The Marines didn’t work out for him, and he’s not in the right head space to be around people. Add on the fact that he hasn’t come out to his parents yet, and he’s desperately lonely. He doesn’t realize it at the beginning of it, but finding Josh and trying to do some good in the world makes his notice it. Mark faces some of his own dark history. He comes to the realization about why he joined the marines, and alot of his issues were self-sabotaging. I think Eli did a good job with Mark.

“That’s the way I want you. Like I would crawl over hot coals to get to you. Like nothing would ever stop me from being with you–not if you wanted it too.”

This is a slow-burn in the romance department, but I really liked that. I love that Mark had to be the adult about things and make Josh see that he didn’t want anything from Josh because of him owning to him. It has its dark moments when both guys are done for the day, and sitting on the porch talking. They both are hurting and that one thing they don’t have is friends. I’d like to think of them as friends first. Sure the romance happens, but the friendship builds up their trust towards each other. The most heartbreaking scene comes at the end, and boy is it ugly cry material. Sure miscommunication is at fault, and love comes into play but it was still so painful to read. As much as I cried, I loved reading it. At the moment, I felt everyone’s pain. I truly love Eli’s writing. Her stories, and characters just work for me. I love the realistic feeling I get when reading her books. I can’t wait for her next release. This one is highly recommended with a box of Kleenex on the side.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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o-a-second-harvestA Second Harvest by Eli Easton 
Series: Men of Lancaster County, Book One
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Pages: 206 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

four-stars

A nice and sweet slow burn from Eli Easton. Two guys who have a second chance at love, and friendship comes first. I really enjoyed this book. I love the strong religion aspect we got in the story. While religion isn’t the focal point for both characters, it’s influence is in the book strongly. The age-gap trope is one of my favorites as well. I appreciate the individuality that both guys have. I think Easton did a great job by showing these two guys who have the the outward differences were able to find a friendship over something as basic as food & travel. I personally believe in the magic of being friends to lovers. It’s magical in the sense that this person is your friend first, and then you gradually notice that you love them and being together is a happiness in itself.

David was raised as a Mennonite. He’s had his entire life planned out. From what they expect of him as a child and as an adult. He married the woman who they wanted to . Even in marriage he did everything for everyone else. Never questioning or resisting things. Sadly his freedom is only their because his kids are grown and in college. His wife has passed away. These days his passion lays in his kids, farm animals, and the collection of National Geographic magazines that he’s collected over the years.

Christie is a 30 year old Manhattanite living his life. He’s partying and drinking with no repercussion of anything. He’s completely free from hiding. A tragic accident makes Christie opens his eyes and forces him to rethink things. He decides to go away to Lancaster to his deceased aunt’s house.

Reading this book was a slow burn of sexual tension and an enjoyment to see these two figure out each other. It’s alot at stake and David has to release what he’s willing to part with or if he’s going to continue drowning by living the life he doesn’t want. Even though David isn’t strong in the religion. Their are multiple moments in the story when the influence is shown by people in the community and his family. These moments felt very authentic to me, and I enjoyed it.

David recognizing his sexual identity is the focal point of the story. I like how Christie is completely different by the end. He changes alot of the old Christie in exchange for being with this one guy who has caught his eye. He knows David is the real deal. He’s able to bond with this man who he thinks they couldn’t possibly have nothing in common. He couldn’t be fair from the truth. They bond over food, talking, animals.

It’s a really good romance story with some steamy scenes. I can appreciate everything that took course over the story. It was realistic fiction. I wish I could have had more. I’m not sure about the ending though. I expected a little more. But since it’s a series, then I am happy to be getting more of these guys.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.

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A Second Harvest 
(Men of Lancaster County #1)
by Eli Easton


Blurb:
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

 

         

 

 

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It was Saturday and the idea of doing more cleaning held little appeal. What else did he have to do with himself? Nothing. The temptation to go into Lancaster or Harrisburg was there, to seek out a gay bar, or even get on Grindr. Gay men had to exist out here. But… that wasn’t why he moved here. He came here to get away from all that for a little while.

His mind made up, he went to the grocery store in town with a long list. It was a big-chain grocery store, and he was pleased to find nearly everything he needed. The October day was bright with crisp leaves and a blue sky. When he got back home with his sacks of goodies, it was still early afternoon. He opened the windows in the kitchen—struggling against the one over the sink that stuck—turned up the music on his iPhone, and started dancing around, organizing his supplies and digging out pots and pans.

He made the curried carrot ginger soup, a lovely dish with fresh peas, green onion, and radishes, some savory cheese-and-herb swirled biscuits, and a basic herb-roasted chicken. He truly did love to cook, though the past few years, it never seemed worth the effort. There were so many great takeout places in the East Village. Plus Kyle was such a picky eater. He basically ate pizza and stripped-down salads, and that was it.

It occurred to Christie while he was prepping this meal that it was going to be a beautiful repast, and it was a shame he didn’t have anyone to share it with. He could freeze some of it, but it wouldn’t be the same. He thought of David next door, living alone, and of his TV dinner. Would that be weird? That would be weird, right?

Pushing it from his mind, Christie spent the rest of the afternoon jamming to tunes in the kitchen and working his way through the recipes, having fun and dancing in his stocking feet.

When everything was ready, Christie decided the meal deserved some pomp and circumstance. His aunt had a drawer of tablecloths, but they were not quite his style. He used a white linen towel for a place mat and put each dish on the table in the best china dishes he could find. He used a red cut glass for his water and lit a candle in an old silver candlestick he found in the cupboard.

He looked at the table and chewed his lip. Everything looked beautiful. It smelled amazing too. He sucked some chicken juice from his thumb—yum. It almost seemed like a waste to eat it. He wished someone were here to share the meal with him. Anyone, really. The idea he’d avoided thinking about while cooking poked its head out again.

Well. He’d never been exactly shy. If he was going to do this, he had to do it quickly. The food was getting cold.

With a nervous shake of his head, Christie decided. He cut the roast chicken in half and put it on a large plate with a little bit of everything else, covered it with aluminum foil, and ran out the back door.

He hadn’t been to the Fisher’s farm before, and it turned out to be a longer trip down the gravel lane than he anticipated, maybe a quarter mile. He kept up a jog, worried about the food getting ruined. Between that and his nerves, he had a fine sheen of sweat when he got there.

David’s farm was beautiful. The white barn Christie had seen from a distance was huge and picturesque. It made Christie’s fingers itch to draw it. The farmhouse was fieldstone with black shutters. Electric candles in the windows gave it a cozy Colonial air and made Christie realize how dark it was getting outside. Why hadn’t he grabbed his coat? It was fucking freezing. He was an idiot—a shivering idiot at the moment.

Determined to drop off his gift without further delay, he marched to the back door and firmly knocked.

Enthusiastic barking commenced. More than one dog—two or three. Christie felt a little nervous. He liked dogs, but these farm dogs might be territorial. And he was holding a plate of chicken. He might as well have bathed in bacon grease.

A deep voice silenced the dogs and the door opened. David’s face looked stern and worn for a moment, but when he recognized Christie, a smile softened it. “Oh, hi.”

“Hi. Sorry to bother you, but I spent the day cooking, and I made all this food. No way can I eat it all, so I thought I’d bring you a plate. You know, to make up for causing you to burn your dinner the other day, fixing my smoke detector and all.” God, he was overdoing it! Shut up, Christie.

“Oh.” David looked surprised. He glanced at the foil-covered plate in Christie’s hand. “You didn’t have to do that.”

“I was bored.” Christie’s shrug turned into a shiver. He held out the plate. His mouth was dry. He was starting to wish he hadn’t done this.

There was a reserve about David, a way he kept himself at arm’s length. Christie sensed that when David stopped by his house, but he put it down to the fact they were strangers. The vibe was stronger here, on David’s turf. Christie felt like an intruder standing at the back door. David was looking at the plate with an unreadable expression. Please just take it.

Then the wind shifted and a delicious aroma billowed up. David’s face grew curious. “Roast chicken?”

“Yeah. It was from a Thanksgiving magazine. I made some sides too.”

Suddenly David moved. “Heck, you must be freezing. Come inside.”

“Thanks. I can’t stay. I just wanted to drop this off.” But Christie was stepping inside as he spoke, welcoming any relief from the cold air.

“River. Tonga. Sit.” David shut the door. The dogs sat obediently. One was a golden retriever and the other a large furry black mix of some kind.

“Tonga?” Christie asked.

“It’s an island,” David said with an adorably bashful duck of his head. He took the plate from Christie and raised the foil, looked at it, and smelled. “This looks really good. You made this?”

“Sure. I just followed the recipes.” But David’s words made Christie feel infinitely better about bringing it by. “Well. I’ll leave you to eat it before it gets cold. I have mine back at the house.”

“Thanks. It beats the heck out of frozen food.” David sounded sincere. He put the plate on the counter. “Hang on.” He opened up an accordion door in the hall, revealing an overstuffed closet with a collection of coats, hats, and shoes. He selected a black woolen pea coat with large buttons and pulled it out. “You’re going to freeze to death.”

“It was stupid not to wear my coat. I didn’t realize it was so far over here.”

David got an amused smile, but he wasn’t looking directly into Christie’s eyes, so he still seemed uncomfortable. Instead of handing Christie the coat, though, he held it open and moved behind Christie.

Christie blinked. He couldn’t remember the last time anyone had helped him into a coat. He held back his arms and let David slip the coat onto him. It fit in the shoulders okay, but it was big around the waist and hips. David turned Christie in a matter-of-fact way and started doing up the buttons.

Christie’s eyes widened, and he swallowed hard. What the hell? Did David think he was a child? But there was something titillating about being taken care of, or maybe it was David’s proximity, his handsome face focused on his task, his rough hands so close to Christie’s body.

Yes, it was definitely the proximity. Wow, David was a good-looking man. Who knew rugged could be so hot? And to think of all the money Christie had spent on grooming!

There were only five buttons, and when David finished the last of them, just below Christie’s chin, he looked up and saw Christie’s face. He suddenly blushed, his nose and cheeks going red. He dropped his hands and took a step back. “Sorry. That was… sorry.”

“I didn’t mind.” Oh God, Christie’s voice had dropped in register and sounded rumbly to his own ears. That was a smexy voice! What the hell was he doing? “Um… thanks for the jacket, David. I’ll bring it back later.”

“No hurry.” David was avoiding his gaze again.

Christie yanked the door open, escaped the house with a silly little wave, and walked fast back to his aunt’s place.

Once inside he found his own food was only tepidly warm, but still flavorful and delicious. The herb glaze on the chicken was to die for, and it went beautifully with the floury-cheesy biscuits and the curried soup. He hoped David liked it too.

He kept the coat on while he ate, snuggling into the fabric and holding the collar close under his chin. It smelled of earth and hay, a slight trace of motor oil, and the smell of a working man—piney, sweaty, and altogether appealing.

He remained in the coat all through dinner. But only because he was cold.

 

 

 

About The Author

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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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How To Wish Upon A StarHow to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton
Series: Howl at the Moon, Book Three 
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Pages: 230 • Format: eARC
Published By: Eli Easton
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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.

four-stars

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.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance 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 writing.