Quick Reads and Quick Reviews 5, Eli Easton Edition

Before I Wake by [Easton, Eli]I really enjoyed this book.  It was so very sweet with a simple man who had nothing but kindness in his heart.  Jonesy was overwhelmingly tender while he cared for Michael who had, quite literally, no one to support him.  The breathing part was probably my favorite.  I was reminded of Brute by Kim Fielding with the dynamic between the two men.  More that Brute and Jonesy had quite a bit in common, both endearing themselves to me.  I find that I'm partial to large men who are kind and have more heart than should be allotted to just one person.  The love can go beyond what we see, but reach to what we feel and truly need.  In that way, this book was amazing.  There was very little, almost none at all, steam, more touch and a soft, innocent physical intimacy born through caring and affection.  4 stars.

How to Howl at the Moon by [Easton, Eli]Totally cute with two bumbling men who stumble on something neither of them were looking for.  My favorite thing about this idea of "quickening" is that it is often born of love and affection.  That a constant companion can become something more because of a true and genuine bond.  It's on the sweeter side of love and I appreciate that it's different from many shifter novels that find a mate by scent or first sight type of stuff and bonding is done through really hot sex.  Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this, nothing at all, in fact I highly encourage it!  Here, however, it takes a back seat to something much deeper.  The way Lance (a.k.a. Chance) and Tim bumble along forging that connection is both sweet and humorous.  There is quite a lot of excitement going on around Mad Creek and it's about to get quite a bit more exciting as the series continues.  4 stars.

How to Walk Like a Man (Howl at the Moon Book 2) by [Easton, Eli] 

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