Genre: MM Paranormal Romance, explicit
Title: How to Wish Upon a Star
Author: Eli Easton
Release Date: 10 May 2016
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 how out 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.
What I Liked:
Milo is the absolute best. From the moment Lily finds him at the hospice, he stole my heart. He’s just so sweet and gentle and understanding. It’s interesting to see how Milo’s journey to understanding how to be human differ’s from Roman’s journey in the last book. They are very different characters with very different experiences. And while I still love Roman (Roman!!!), I have to say that Milo might be my favorite of the quickened yet.
I also liked how this book had a medical drama plot instead of a crime drama plot like the first two. It was nice to see something different, especially something so scary. Unknown illnesses and epidemics freak me out, so while logically I knew that everyone was probably going to be okay, I was still freaking out.
What I Didn’t:
On the opposite side of the spectrum from Milo is Jason, who continuously made me angry. I understood where he was coming from, but his decisions and thought processes were so frustrating! And yes, it was part of his character arc and growth, but gah! Okay, at this point I’m pretty much just spouting nonsense, so I’ll just say, thank God for Milo, because both Jason and I probably would have gone crazy before the end of the book.
I also wish that there was a novella about Lance and Tim between books 2 and 3. Suddenly Lance and Tim have a baby! It’s explained, but I would love a snippet of that happening from their perspectives. Not really a complaint, I guess. Maybe a suggestion? *nudge nudge, wink wink*
I love this universe so much! It takes the idea of shifters and gives it a unique twist. Mad Creek is it’s own little world shaped by the quickened who live there, and I don’t think I will ever get sick of learning about the town and it’s inhabitants. While book 2 of this series will probably always be my favorite (Roman!!!), but this book is just so cute. Milo is the sweetest thing ever, and even though Jason got on my nerves quite a bit, Milo was always there to make both of us feel better. I will probably give this entire series a reread when book 4’s publication date is announced, because I don’t think I will ever get tired of this wonderful series.
My Rating: 3.5/5