Series ~ Howl at the Moon #2
Author ~ Eli Easton
Published ~ 13th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary Paranormal M/M Romance
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 the town doesn’t kill him, 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?
How to Walk Like a Man is the second book in Eli Easton’s Howl at the Moon series. This is a unique, sweet and hilarious PNR series that will leave you clutching your heart as well as howling with laughter.
Mad Creek was a safe haven for so many souls – good souls, trusting souls, sometimes lost souls. He should know. He’d been lost himself.
Roman Charsguard is now a full-time Deputy working with the town Sheriff in Mad Creek. However, this was not always the case for our protagonist. At one point in time Roman was deeply entrenched in the military serving overseas in Afghanistan along with his best friend and K-9 handler, James. What I have yet to mention is that Roman was James’ dog. Yes…. dog. A highly trained military German Shepherd and one that was also very much loved by his owner. When James is killed in the line of duty Roman somehow develops the ability to shift to human form. It has been two years since James’ died and Roman became a man. He found his way to Mad Creek, a small town that is a safe haven for the quickened (dog shifters). Roman has found a sense of purpose in Mad Creek even though learning to become a man has been no walk in the park.
Matt had been in Mad Creek for only an hour and already it was the strangest place he’d ever been.
Matt Barclay is a young DEA investigator who has been stationed in Mad Creek in an effort to stop the spread of illegal drug farms in remote areas. The residents of the town, particularly the surly Sheriff, have made it clear that his presence is not welcome in their small town. Matt notices that something’s a little “off” with the town and its inhabitants but he can’t quite put his finger on it. Roman is assigned to ensure that Matt does not discover the secret that Mad Creek is harboring when it comes to its people. Spending copious amounts of time with the peculiar and naive Deputy raises Matt’s suspicions about the town even if he can’t help but notice just how gorgeous his companion is.
“This hardly feels like working,” Matt commented.
He had a voice Roman liked. There was a word for it he’d learned in Lily’s class – malofelous? Maloderous?
I have to state that I don’t think I have read a book where I have loved a character more than I loved Roman.
Seriously….. I. LOVED. ROMAN.
Everything from his innocence to his pure heart had me smiling from ear to ear. Seriously how could you not fall in love with someone whose very essence is so untainted and trusting? Everything from his need to belong to the discovery of just how awesome a penis truly is was so endearing.
I really enjoyed this sugary tale of love with little angst and moderate steam levels. Both characters were endearing and I could not help but root for their relationship. This story is told in dual POVs. What starts off as a simple friendship between Matt and Roman blossoms into something more. I loved how Roman had no idea how to handle himself in a relatively “normal” relationship as he has no previous experience with things such as going out on dates, holding hands in public and other significant normalcies that come with being in “human” relationship. Matt was closeted so he had to come to terms with the fact that for the first time in his life he met someone who made him want to come out into the open. It was a fine balancing act between both males as they attempted to navigate the bumpy road to a happy forever. Matt and Roman both had a lot to learn but the more entwined they became with one another, the more the risk of falling in love seemed worth it.
Some of my favorite parts in this book were the conversations had between Roman and the gruff and intense Sheriff, Lance (featured in book one in the series).
"I think I need a doctor."
"What's the matter?"
"My... my penis is all swollen up and hard. Could it be a spider bite or... or..." Roman swallowed, pressing down the panic. "I don't know. Cancer?" He knew cancer killed a lot of humans and involved lumps and tumors.
There was silence from the other end of the line. A long silence.
"Yeah, uh, Roman...." Lance sounded strained.
Roman didn't understand why Lance didn't like to talk about sex. It was such a pleasant thing to do, and seemed like you'd want to talk about pleasant things.
"But Tim is full human, so he won't understand my question. I wouldn't ask you if it wasn't important."
There was silence from the other end of the line, then a sigh. "Okay, Roman. Go ahead."
"When you and Tim have sex, are you the one who mounts him?"
There was an odd sound from the other end. Roman realized it was the grinding of teeth. "Usually. Yes."
Lance sighed. "Someone can, er, take the bottom position in, um, sex, but not necessarily anywhere else. It doesn't mean you're the boss. You can even, um, switch around. It's just about what you feel like doing at the time."
That surprised Roman. "You can switch? Do you switch around? Does Tim sometimes mount you?"
"Hey, look at that! It's a pen. On my desk. For writing work things down. And numbers. I should really get back to work and write things down." Lance's voice was stretched tight enough to snap."
All in all, this light-hearted romance that was a lot of fun to read and I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series. How to Walk Like a Man is a quirky, engaging and well-written story. Definitely worth the read for lovers of M/M romance.