Anyone who isn’t reading Eli Easton’s Howl at the Moon series needs to drop what they are doing and start. The third installment, How to Wish Upon a Star, may just be my favorite yet.
Imperfect characters are my kryptonite and Dr. Jason Kunik is far from perfect. He’s worked his whole life to maintain a distance between himself and others. Focusing completely on his studies and then his research when he got older. He never gets close to anyone.
Being uncomfortable in your own skin will do that to you.
Jason comes off as cold and uncaring in the beginning because he is. He’s so focused on his own problems and his life’s work that he doesn’t engage with the world around him. He moves back to Mad Creek out of necessity but he resists becoming a part of the community.
When Milo comes to town, he’s newly quickened and is overwhelmed by his new life. For the first time in Jason’s life, he feels for another person. He wants to protect Milo.
Watching Jason struggle to accept that Milo isn’t just a convenient research subject was heartwarming. Milo’s gentle and kind nature slowly drawing Jason out of his self-imposed shell.
Easton’s writing was on par–as always. I laughed, I groaned, and I cheered as I waited for these two to realize how perfect they were for each other. Milo’s sweetness won me over immediately, but Jason took a little more time. He had to work for it, but it turned out that his slightly abrasive personality hid an ooey-gooey center.
You also get to check in with the other couples from the previous books. That’s one of my favorite things about a series–you get to see how characters you’ve fallen in love with are doing after their story ends. That’s especially true for this series because of how interconnected the characters are due to the close-knit nature of the town.
How to Wish Upon a Star was funny, intense, and completely engaging. Jason and Milo were an amazing couple who gave each other exactly what they needed. I adore this series and can’t wait for more.
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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 out how 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.
Publisher: Pinkerton Road, LLC
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Length: 228 pages