Gabbi Reviews: How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

Title: Howl at the Moon, Book 4: How to Save a Life

Author: Eli Easton

Publisher: Eli Easton

Pages: 283

Characters: Rav and Sammy

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, Shifter Romance

Kisses: 5+

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? 

Review:

The Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton has been a favorite of mine since the first book, How to Howl at the Moon was released. There is something very unique and special about all the characters in this series and I have to admit, I eagerly await each and every new story in this series.

Like the other three previous books, I immediately fell in love with the heroes AND all of the secondary characters in this story. I couldn’t help but totally be enamored with both Rav and Sammy and the story they had to tell. 

The special thing about this book *this series in particular* is the strong emotional connection between the two heroes. Both men have had a difficult, hurtful past that they have to work through before they can truly come together as a couple. Through each other, they learn to trust, fall in love and truly form an unbreakable bond and friendship between them. Watching them develop such a special relationship made this a happy-heart read for me. Like the other books, I loved this couple and the Mad Creek townspeople and I can not wait to see what Ms. Easton has in store for us next.

The Howl at the Moon series needs to be read in book order. This way you can truly fall in love with each and every character and witness how much they grow, right along with the townspeople of Mad Creek.

The Howl at the Moon series books are:

How to Howl at the Moon

How to Walk Like a Man

How to Wish Upon a Star

How to Save a Life

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Tender Mercies by Eli Easton

Title:  A Men of Lancaster Novel: Tender Mercies

Author: Eli Easton

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 216

Characters: Samuel Miller, Eddie Graber

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses:  5

Blurb:

A Men of Lancaster County Novel

Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.

Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.

Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benny who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.

Review:

Tender Mercies is the second book in the Men of Lancaster County series. If you follow my reviews, you already know how much I absolutely loved the first book, A Second Harvest. So, to say, that I was super-excited to read this story is an understatement and I can honestly say I enjoyed this story and highly recommended it.

Ms. Easton writes amazing characters that live and breathe off of the written page. Between her characters and the story they have to tell, her heroes live within my heart long after I finish reading their story.

Although I liked both men, Samuel was my favorite hero. Eddie is clearly a good man, but it was Sam and his heart of gold that won me over. My heart bled for him when his father shunned him, but it rejoiced as we get to watch Samuel truly begin to grow into a more confident, loving man. Not only is Samuel thoughtful, he is compassionate and learns from his mistakes. It was so easy to love him and I adored the sweet passion and love he had for Eddie.

Eddie also has a heart of gold. His determination to save farm animals is a noble one. Eddie quickly learns that things do not always turn out as we plan and although he finds himself questioning himself, it is through Samuel’s devotion and love that Eddie realizes that together they can achieve their dream.

As much as I adored these two men, I was thrilled that there was a quick cameo of Christie and David from A Second Harvest. Frankly, Ms. Easton could write more and more about all of these men and I’d be as happy as a clam!

I loved this book and I can’t wait until the next one in the series. *I hope it will be about Samuel’s brother* If you are looking for a heartwarming story with two amazing heroes, then Tender Mercies should definitely not be missed!

Highly Recommended!

The Men of Lancaster County books are:

A Second Harvest

Tender Mercies

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Stitch by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden and Sue Brown

Title: Gothika, Book 1, Stitch

Authors: Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden and Sue Brown

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 294

Characters: Multiple Heroes

POV: Varies

Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Anthology

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Gothika: Volume One

When a certain kind of man is needed, why not make him to order? Such things can be done, but take care: Much can go wrong—but then, sometimes it can go wonderfully right. Imagine…

In The Golem of Mala Lubovnya, a seventeenth century rabbi creates a man of clay to protect the Jews, and the golem lives a life his maker never imagined, gaining a name—Emet—and the love of a good man, Jakob Abramov. But their love may not survive when Emet must fulfill his violent purpose.

In Watchworks, Luke Prescott lives as a gentleman in a London that never was. His unique needs bring him to famed watchmaker Harland Wallace. Romance might blossom for them if Harland can come to terms with loving a man and keeping him safe.

In Made for Aaron, a young man in an asylum for being gay met the love of his life, Damon Fox. Twenty years later, Aaron thinks his life is over when Damon dies and then disappears from the hospital. Aaron is determined to find the truth, but secrets hide the unthinkable.

Reparations unfolds on the harsh planet of Kalan, where weakness cannot be tolerated. When Edward needs help, his life becomes entwined with exceptional cyborg slave, Knox. But when Knox remembers things he shouldn’t know, the two may pay a blood price for their taboo alliance.

Review:

Stitch is a Multi-Authored Anthology that left this reader yearning for more! Each and every story was intriguing and filled with plenty of romance with unique and well-written characters. I was quickly swept up into the addictive storylines these authors’ created and loved every minute I spent reading it.

One of the things that I’ve come to expect when it comes to reading Anthologies is that there are going to be some stories that I’m going to love and some that don’t resonate with me as a reader. I was floored by all of the creative storytelling abilities each of these authors have and enjoyed the stories they had to tell.

I can’t really pick a favorite story or a least favorite because I loved them all. Each and everyone brings something special to the anthology and if you like plenty of romance and even some nail-biting gothic suspense, this is definitely the book for you.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Snowbound by Eli Easton


Title: Snowbound
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 189
Characters: Hutch Todd, Jude Devereaux
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

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?

Review:

Whew! Snowbound by Eli Easton is a whirlwind of action, suspense and plenty of sizzling romance that will satisfy the pickiest of readers. I started reading this story at bedtime and before I knew it, I had read half the night away. This means I lumbered around like a zombie the next day…but, hey exhaustion is always worth it when it comes to reading a great book!

To say that this book was full of surprises is an understatement. What sucks is that I can’t really get into it without spoiling the plot, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say…if you love a fast-paced story-line with plenty of thrills *in and out of the bedroom* then Snowbound is a book you must read.

I absolutely adored Jude and Hutch. I loved the heat that sizzled between them and I was enthralled with the story they had to tell. I can’t recommend this one high enough. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and I know it will be high on my comfort reads time and time again.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Falling Down by Eli Easton


Title: Falling Down
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Press
Characters: Josh and Mark
Pages: 252
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

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?

Review:

Falling Down is an angst driven romance that kept me on my toes. As I read this story, I couldn’t help but fall in deep adoration with these two heroes and I loved the story they had to tell.

Ms. Easton truly gets to the heart and soul of her characters. I’ve read many books by her and I’ve enjoyed them all. She seems to have a true knack of writing romantic tales told by unique and interesting characters and really live and breathe off of the written page.

From the moment Josh begins to tell his story, it is obvious he is a gentle, but very lost soul. He has struggled most of his life by being homeless with his mother, to experiencing the crippling loss of her. My heart cried out for him as he continues his journey and his determination to give up on hope, love and life. He really broke my heart and there were times I wanted to crawl through the pages and give him a hug. I thought the loss and pain of losing his mother felt real and it was easy to empathize with him…while hoping he sees some kind of light in his lonely and desolate life.

Mark has his own issues he must deal with. He’s been living with the denial of his sexuality and the fact that he’s lived his life and made choices to please others instead of himself. He is trying to work at building a business while living for himself, when he meets Josh.

From the moment these two men meet, Mark instinctively knows Josh is a lost soul and all of his protective instincts come out. He hires Josh and offers him a place to live in return for helping him with his business. I really liked how these two men learn to lean on one another and loved how their relationship developed as the story progressed.

If you are looking for perfect heroes who make all the right choices in life, then this book is not for you. As a reader, I appreciated how realistically human these two heroes were and loved how through a lot of friendship, hope and love they were able to find a way to be together.

Falling Down is a emotionally driven love story that will live with you long after you finish reading it. It will pull at your heart strings, make you weep and eventually soothe your spirit with the power of love.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Title: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Road, LLC
Pages: 154
Characters: Toby Kincaid, Sean Miggles
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

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, 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.

Review:

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton is a sweet and romantically told story that lived and breathed in my heart long after I finished reading it.

I’ve read several holiday themed books and this one is one of my favorites. As a reader, I really appreciated the strong physical and emotional chemistry these two men shared together and I LOVED the way they truly liked and respected one another.

The story is told by Toby’s point of view. Since Toby is a likeable and honorable man, it’s easy to rally behind him as relays the story of his evolving relationship between Mr. Miggles *Sean* and himself.

Between the romantic relationship and the strong friendship these two heroes share and the fast-paced storyline, Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles is one of those books I read in one sitting. I quickly found myself involved in the fast-paced storyline and the lives of these two amazing men. Though, this is definitely an uplifting tale, there are some bittersweet and sad moments that left tears in my eyes. There is also a mix of interesting secondary characters that really bring something special to the story too.

My favorite thing about this book is that I truly believed that Toby and Sean really loved AND liked one another. The way they communicated, the banter they had together and the strong love, admiration and respect they shared between them make Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles a story I’ll be reading again and again throughout the years.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Midwinter Night’s Dream by Eli Easton


Title: Midwinter Night’s Dream
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Eli Easton
Pages: 117
Characters: Micah Springfield, Leo Dayson
POV: Alternating 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Micah is the hippest, most chill guy on campus. But when he gets the hottest kiss of his life from a cute guy during a game of ‘spin the bottle’, Micah’s cool turns into a puddle of anxious goo. Sure, Micah’s always been a little bi-curious, but he never thought he’d pursue a guy, much less a guy who doesn’t seem to be interested in getting caught.

Leo is passionate about two things: gay rights activism and acting. He stays focused and in control, and he never, ever, dates straight guys. When a chance spin of a bottle at a party has him locking lips with Micah Springfield, president of the Delts, dread-headed, serial-dating, straight Micah, Leo is determined to forget about it, no matter how incendiary the sparks or how gorgeous Micah may be.

Leo has bigger problems. His senior project is directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream just before the Christmas break. When his venue cancels at the last minute, Micah offers the use of his parent’s barn in rural Pennsylvania. Leo’s play may be saved, but what about his heart? Between Micah’s sweet lips, his family’s welcoming arms, and a devious bulldog who is determined to play Puck, Leo may find himself falling under the spell of Christmas magic.

Review:

A Midwinter Night’s Dream by Eli Easton is a sweet and sexy romp of a book from start to finish. One of the things I really liked about this book is the was the relationship developed between Leo and Micah. I enjoyed the sizzling attraction they had together and appreciated how much they soon came to genuinely like one another.

Micah is used to getting what he wants. He’s a strong man and a leader in many ways. Up to this point, he’s dated women despite his growing attraction toward men. Micah’s self awareness of his sexuality and his honesty and integrity make him a very likeable hero. Though he’s just truly becoming aware of his bisexuality, he’s not afraid to put himself out there for the people he cares about. I loved the way he truly works to get Leo’s attention and how these two men begin to really connect with one another. It’s easy to see why Micah is so attractive to others and why he’s so well-liked among his peers.

Leo has always been true to himself. As a gay man, he is out and proud at college and a leader when it comes to both his hopeful career as an actor and to his sexuality in general. When Micah approaches him and asks him out, Leo is more than a little hesitant because Micah has always dated women and Leo refuses to be someone’s sexual experiment again. Being burned by a past boyfriend who also claimed to be bisexual and who left Leo high and dry has caused Leo to be wary of those who he believes might be bi-curious.

I was glad to see that these two men really fit together and were able to work through their own insecurities so they could develop something truly meaningful and loving between them. Also, there is a cast a secondary characters that keep the story both interesting and thoughtful as it continues. I couldn’t help but love all of these characters, even though Leo and Micah are the driving force in the story itself.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream is the sequel to Unwrapping Hank. *Which I also loved* Not only do we get to revisit Micah and Hank’s parents, we get plenty of time with Sloane and other characters as well. A Midwinter’s Night Dream is a perfect read for those who are ready to get lost in the world of well-written characters and strong happy endings.

Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi

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