This return to Mad Creek is a delight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I heard Eli Easton was returning to her Howl at the Moon series I was delighted, they were some of the first shifter books I read.
There’s lots of good stuff goes on in this one but there’s also elements I found a bit odd or grating – Rav’s use of bae made me cringe, it felt wholly out of keeping with his character (plus it’s a truly irritating affectation).
Sammy also came across as way more innocent and childlike than even Milo did in book three, he really was like a puppy in human form. It made the relationship between him and Rav a little bit lopsided for a while.
But there were also lots of lovely bits, Sammy being so new as a quickened meant his whole outlook on life was beautifully joyful and positive. Catching up with the pairs from the previous books was great too, Roman and Matt are still my favourite couple.
I know other reviewers have expressed dislike for Lily but I actually like her, she’s definitely a “head bitch” in the actual dog sense, wanting to be responsible for the happiness of the pack like the ultimate mother on steroids.
It did feel like a conclusion to the series too, with long term plans in place to keep the secret and provide employment and future development for the town although I would have loved to read Simon or Rex’s stories.
So I’ll bid farewell to the quickened, theirs has been a unique take on shifters that I’ve mostly enjoyed.