Book Reviews

How To Run With The Wolves (Howl at the Moon 5) by Eli Easton at Pinkerton Road

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-July-2019

Book Blurb

Zeus loves his job on the Mad Creek Search & Rescue team, and his inner Saint Bernard is finally being used to his full potential. When he sees a mysterious and wild-looking quickened—a dog shifter—at an earthquake site in Alaska, Zeus is compelled to investigate. Zeus falls hard for the primal beauty of Timo and of Alaska itself. Both call to his deep canine soul. But the Qimmig pack’s laws are as harsh as the Alaskan winters, and Timo is out of his reach.Timo’s pack of dog shifters left their Inuit village generations ago and have lived wild ever since. Not trusting the “one-skinned,” and with their numbers dwindling, the Qimmig are on the verge of extinction. Timo is shocked to discover a whole group of “two-skinned” working as a rescue team, and he is particularly fascinated by Zeus, a gentle giant. He senses what Zeus feels for him… but it’s forbidden.Can Mad Creek save this lost quickened clan? Perhaps—if they can learn how to run with the wolves.


Book Review

The world of the “quickened” – dogs who gain the ability to shift into a human form when they share a deep enough bond with their human owners – has grown ever more fascinating over the course of the books in this series. Mad Creek, the town in California where a huge number of them live and thrive, is very close to my heart. I love seeing the world from a former dog’s perspective, and watching them adapt to a human world with all its technology and behavioral specifics is simply fascinating. The worldbuilding has been excellent all along, but Eli Easton has outdone herself with this latest volume. This time she focuses on a group of former huskies who left their human tribe in Alaska centuries earlier and have lived in utter isolation ever since. Their situation is dire, and while the solution seems obvious, there are lots of obstacles of various kinds to overcome to solve their problems.

Zeus is one of the inhabitants of Mad Creek, recently returned and working in the newly formed Search & Rescue team. Of course, since all its members are quickened, they have a great advantage in post-disaster situations, so their help after an earthquake in Alaska is greatly appreciated. But as much as Zeus loves his job as part of the team, what really captivates him is the beauty and the wildness of the town’s environment. A certain quickened named Timo catches his attention, and Zeus is pretty much lost before he knows – or is willing to admit – it.

Timo is a member of the isolated Quimmig pack, and even though he has worked in a town close to their secret camp for three years now, he still isn’t quite used to the human side of things. His observations, questions, and occasional insecurities are very revealing of his true nature, and I loved how he looks at things. Timo has never even considered the possibility of two men mating, so his feelings for Zeus take him by surprise. Added to the issues his pack has with declining member and their very traditional outlook on life, Timo is headed for a significant confrontation with his brother – who just happens to be the pack’s alpha.

Zeus and Timo face so many discoveries together that the looming problem isn’t immediately obvious to them. I was very conscious of where this would eventually be going, but the author did an excellent job of distracting and entertaining me on the way. Zeus and Timo’s romance is very subtle and almost nonexistent for the longest time, but when it takes off? Hold on to your hats! The way they deal with the dynamics between them is interesting and leads to some unexpected discussions and decisions, but it is all utterly believable and had me nodding along – when I wasn’t laughing out loud at their antics.

If you like the intriguing world of the quickened and are curious about what other kinds of dogshifters might be out there, if you like main characters who have to figure out who they are and what they want on a basic level, and if you’re looking for a read that is thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and deeply emotional all at the same time, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. Zeus and Timo are special men and watching them fall in love was a delightful adventure. I definitely hope that Eli Easton will write many more stories in this world!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 231 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-July-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/How-Wolves-Howl-Moon-Book-ebook/dp/B07VD891ZV