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 this job doesn't kill Matt, 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?
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"Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!"
In my review book review for How To Walk Like a Man I wrote the only thing that will make this better is when Matthew Shaw does the narration for the audio book.
And I was absolutely right.
Matthew Shaw’s sophomore effort proves he wasn’t a flash in the pan, one time rock star. He gives a performance like a virtuoso, playing the characters brilliantly and bringing this story to life! I absolutely LOVED how he made each dog breed “sound” like you would expect their breed to sound – it was awesome!
Timing, sound quality, character voices, cadence – it was all fantastic. It doesn’t hurt that this series gets better with each story.
This is brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming. Coupled with Matthew Shaw’s narration How to Walk Like a Man has it all!
(Book Review below)
I absolutely, unequivocally, hard-core LOVE and ADORE this story! Eli Easton – THANK YOU!! Because this? This was PHENOMENAL!
Getting to see the characters I got to know and love from How to Howl at the Moon again, ESPECIALLY Roman Charsguard, the newly quickened, German Shepard shifter, made me melt faster than a chocolate bar left in the sun, and it's just as sweet and savory! Roman made this book so extra-special for me. Getting to be a part of his journey as he realizes his full humanity and fall in love with DEA investigator Matt Barclay was so awesome I cannot gush enough.
Matt's struggle and fear with coming out, particularly because of his father the General, and his attraction and chemistry with Roman was beautifully done.
There's also a lot of humor in this, which is spectacular and adds just the right amount of juxtaposition to the deeper emotions.
Hell, it was all beautifully done! Bravo, Eli Easton! Bravo!
The only thing that will make this better is when Matthew Shaw does the narration for the audio book.
"such a great sequel!"
Such an amazing sequel!
We met Roman (and fell head over heels in love with him!) in book one. He’s a newly quickened German Shepherd who lost his master, James, in the war in Afghanistan.
He’s adapting, slowly, to life on two legs with the help of Lance and Tim and of course, Lily.
Near the end of book one, Roman saves a DEA agent (who reminds him of James) from drug dealers. That DEA agent is Matt Barclay. Matt got injured in that drug raid, and is still recovering and though he’s grateful to the man who risked his life for him that day, but perplexed by his actions, as well.
When he meets Roman again at a joint DEA/Mad Creek task force meeting, he realizes that Roman is a unique guy. He’s at once innocent and sweet, but with a will of steel and a heart as big as the sky.
Lance tasks Roman with keeping Matt occupied and out of town so as not to give away the secrets of the quickened. Roman diligently drags Matt all over the mountains both in search of the drug dealers who might be praying on the town and because he’s fascinated with him.
It doesn’t take long before Roman’s affections turn from friend to more and he struggles with understanding these new emotions and desires. Luckily *smirk, he has Lance to go to when he’s got questions.
When Roman gets shot and Matt is faced with some questionable actions from both Roman and the rest of the town, will Roman have to give up his new love? Or will Matt be able to accept Roman for who he really is?
OMG this was even better than book one and I absolutely LOVED book one. I’ve already rhapsodized on how amazing I think the “quickened” concept is in my review of How to Howl at the Moon .
Roman grabbed me by the heartstrings in book one and he continues to tug at them throughout this entire story.
Gawd. When Roman “tells” the story of James and his training days and the day he turned into a man I was seriously sobbing. It’s such a touching story and so obviously in tune with that relationship between man and dog. There’s no question that the love Roman had for James was deep and abiding and Roman’s pain and loss is so deep and heartbreaking.
The parts where Roman is discovering his sexuality had me howling with laughter. Lance and Tim’s “help” is hysterical.
The slowly developing relationship between Matt and Roman is so sweet, my only regret is that we didn’t get to see them as a couple for more than a few pages. I loved how easy going Matt was and how tender and gentle he was when he figured out Roman was a virgin.
The rest of the townspeople continue to entertain me endlessly with their “dogisms” and the drinking of broth instead of coffee was another inspired detail.
Watching Lance nearly screw up everything with his overprotectiveness also made me laugh out loud. In the movie theatre:
Then, Beaufort compounded the weirdness. Because, you know, this wasn't already strange enough. He stood up, faced the people sitting behind them, and loudly said. "We're just going to quietly enjoy the films.Quietly. Without comments, talking, or noises of any kind." Then he sat back down.
So funny! I must have underlined a dozen passages that cracked me up.
I can’t express just how entertaining this book is. The dogisms are hysterical, Roman is an absolute sweetheart and the love story is so very sweet.
I can’t recommend this and the entire series enough.
Matthew Shaw did the first book in the series and he did another amazing job. He does well with some of the “accents” and he really does a great job of giving Roman this sort of halting, reserved but deep tone. I loved the emotions in this audiobook and I know this will be one of the ones I listen to over and over!
6 of 5 stars
This series is cute and quirky and just so much fun. These aren't books with lots of angst, although there is a low level of both a bit of emotions and suspense to them. It's nothing too horribly deep. These books are meant to be for pure entertainment and going into reading them with that knowledge is the key to enjoying them...because there are a few scenes that push the levels of believability...but they are books about shifters...that's kind-of, sort-of to be expected from the trope.
I looked forward to Roman's story from the very start of book #1 in this series. Roman was a K9 dog in Afghanistan when his master/partner was killed and he was wounded. The trauma of that quickened him and he became a man. He hasn't been human all that long and doesn't quite have the hang of how everything works. In this book, he discovers his sexuality...and that's something new for him, creating some really humorous scenes between him and his boss, Lance, who is really uncomfortable having to explain all this to him.
Roman's love interest is Matt, a DEA agent in Mad Creek monitoring drug activity in the surrounding mountains around this quirky little small town. Roman is assigned to Matt to keep an eye on him and keep him from discovering the town's secret....that it's full of dog shifters. A lot of the newly quickened haven't exactly gotten the hang of acting completely human yet.
Overall I enjoyed this book. Matthew Shaw did an amazing job with his narration. Roman is stiff, a bit awkward, and has a very military bearing. M. Shaw did his inflections so perfectly, but still managed to bring out the humor of his interactions with Lance about erections and gay sex. It was pure fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both this book and the first. Now, I'm ready to tackle the third in the series.
"Wonderful story, nicely read."
This is the second book in this series, but can be read on its own.
I just love this m/m romance series about dog-shifters with a twist. This one is about Roman, who served as an explosive - sniffing dog in Afghanistan and is a deputy sheriff partnered with a DEA agent looking for illegal pot growers in the forests of California.
The reading is easy to listen to and understated. I very much enjoyed it.
"A Most Original Refreshing Storyline"
A very original sci-fi storyline that kept me engrossed in Where and what adventure the next "Howl" book would take me on. I thoroughly enjoy the town characters too.
I LOVED. THIS. BOOK! There is Nothing wrong with this story, except...it ends!!! This is a 5+ Star story from Eli Easton that will have everyone wishing they had a special doggie to love also...if you don't love this book...then you have no soul! (Hahah I know I am rough huh) But seriously, I LOVED Roman's story!!
I loved this story! I love Roman! There really isn't enough words to express just how much I loved this story!! :)
This is a must read series!! Please bring us more!!!
"if I'm good enuf I hope to quicken into a Husky!"
The only other book I've read by Eli Easton is "The Lion and the Crow" I bought the e-book a couple of years back and fell in love with Ms. Easton's story telling. I didn't match the author's name until after I listened to "How to Walk like a Man" and started to hunt for more of her stories...
I bought this book based on its ratings and that it had a shifter story line..
I'm so glad I did -- reviews are so subjective, but for what it is worth....
Roman's spirit and innocence as gifted to us from Eli and hilariously envisioned and voiced by Matthew Shaw has spirited me back to sun-shiney days and to a "Lost Boys" world where everything is wondrous and new. Memories of the scent of newly mown alfalfa or lazily watching the heat shimmer off the black top to jumping off of ancient lava rock cliffs into a man-made lake with my buddies.
I think we all remember a "Roman" if we're lucky to have one in our lives and maybe just maybe we all strive to be a little more like "Roman" in hopes of being a better "being" ;-)
Thanks for taking me back to those wondrous "Roman-esque" years.
I've listened to this audio many times since I've bought it, to the point where I think I may owe both Eli Easton and Matthew Shaw some more money...
So as I stated in the title if I slow down and put a little magic back into the world around me maybe just maybe I'll quicken into an "Alaskan Husky".
A great sequel to How to Howl at the Moon. I couldn't help but fall madly in love with Roman. Narrator Matthew Shaw is much improved, as was the quality of the recording, from the first book. Highly recommended.
"Matthew is such a dog..."
What was an already great story got better... Matthew Shaw was incredible voicing Roman.You could so easily believe he was a dog who'd suddenly founf himself human and having to deal with "things".. I laughed, I cried, I'd recommend this to anyone.
"One of the best shifter stories ever written!"
humorous, romantic, exciting
Roman the shape shifting German Shepherd learning to be a man and Matt the DEA agent learning to love him in all his forms.
Just as in the first book my favorite character is Roman. He is voiced with military authority and his demeanor mirrors both his deputy sheriff persona and his German Shepherd personality.
The most memorable character from both the first book and the second one is Tim, the fully human partner of the town's dog shifting sheriff. Tim is sweet, funny, and is called upon to explain so many things to the newly quickened (dogs who have only recently become shifters), including human behaviors and sexuality.
This is one of the most unique series I've ever read. I am looking forward to the third book of the series very much. As the town unites to rid their area of illegal drug producers we get to see the personalities of the dogs, most of whom were pampered pets, become fierce when they need to be in order to save their town.
"Wonderfully funny story....with some really touching scenes too."
Didn't enjoy book 1 of the series very much, so was a little wary of this one, but I needn't have been worried. Matthew's narration was outstanding, some parts of the story were laugh out loud funny, especially Lance's excruciating awkwardness at giving Roman advice on sexual matters **snort**, dogs peeing (in human form) on lampposts and Matt wondering what the hell he'd gotten himself into, the dog films at the fleapit of a cinema in town and the inhabitants all trying to keep Matt in view, but without looking suspicious...and failing miserably. I really loved Matthew's warm interpretation of Roman, and the struggles he'd had with suddenly becoming a 'Quickened' and human after the death of his Army K-9 human partner James in Afghanistan, and Roman's own injury in the same incident. I also loved that he struggled with himself when he knew he was falling in love with Matt but couldn't risk explaining what he was for fear of exposing everyone else in Mad Creek and did the honourable thing...said nothing, and buried his pain and anguish. I absolutely <3 Roman to bits!!
I didn't thought this book was good, but after listening I love this book. I would recommend this book a lot. time to get more books from this author.
"Another GREAT story."
Gay Shifter romance story.
I loved the slowly kindled relationship between Roman and Matt,
Roman was adorable, trusting and sexy.
brilliant. l loved the book. this was even better. lovely story and characters. highly recommended.
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