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How to Walk Like a Man

Howl at the Moon, Book 2
De : Eli Easton
Lu par : Matthew Shaw
Série : Howl at the Moon, Volume 2
Durée : 7 h et 53 min
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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 this job doesn't kill Matt, 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?

©2015 Jane Jensen Holmes (P)2016 Jane Jensen Holmes

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  • Belen
  • 21/02/2016

Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!

Any additional comments?

In my review book review for How To Walk Like a Man I wrote the only thing that will make this better is when Matthew Shaw does the narration for the audio book.

And I was absolutely right.

Matthew Shaw’s sophomore effort proves he wasn’t a flash in the pan, one time rock star. He gives a performance like a virtuoso, playing the characters brilliantly and bringing this story to life! I absolutely LOVED how he made each dog breed “sound” like you would expect their breed to sound – it was awesome!

Timing, sound quality, character voices, cadence – it was all fantastic. It doesn’t hurt that this series gets better with each story.

This is brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming. Coupled with Matthew Shaw’s narration How to Walk Like a Man has it all!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

(Book Review below)

I absolutely, unequivocally, hard-core LOVE and ADORE this story! Eli Easton – THANK YOU!! Because this? This was PHENOMENAL!

Getting to see the characters I got to know and love from How to Howl at the Moon again, ESPECIALLY Roman Charsguard, the newly quickened, German Shepard shifter, made me melt faster than a chocolate bar left in the sun, and it's just as sweet and savory! Roman made this book so extra-special for me. Getting to be a part of his journey as he realizes his full humanity and fall in love with DEA investigator Matt Barclay was so awesome I cannot gush enough.

Matt's struggle and fear with coming out, particularly because of his father the General, and his attraction and chemistry with Roman was beautifully done.

There's also a lot of humor in this, which is spectacular and adds just the right amount of juxtaposition to the deeper emotions.

Hell, it was all beautifully done! Bravo, Eli Easton! Bravo!

The only thing that will make this better is when Matthew Shaw does the narration for the audio book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 02/03/2016

such a great sequel!

Such an amazing sequel!

We met Roman (and fell head over heels in love with him!) in book one. He’s a newly quickened German Shepherd who lost his master, James, in the war in Afghanistan.

He’s adapting, slowly, to life on two legs with the help of Lance and Tim and of course, Lily.

Near the end of book one, Roman saves a DEA agent (who reminds him of James) from drug dealers. That DEA agent is Matt Barclay. Matt got injured in that drug raid, and is still recovering and though he’s grateful to the man who risked his life for him that day, but perplexed by his actions, as well.

When he meets Roman again at a joint DEA/Mad Creek task force meeting, he realizes that Roman is a unique guy. He’s at once innocent and sweet, but with a will of steel and a heart as big as the sky.

Lance tasks Roman with keeping Matt occupied and out of town so as not to give away the secrets of the quickened. Roman diligently drags Matt all over the mountains both in search of the drug dealers who might be praying on the town and because he’s fascinated with him.

It doesn’t take long before Roman’s affections turn from friend to more and he struggles with understanding these new emotions and desires. Luckily *smirk, he has Lance to go to when he’s got questions.

When Roman gets shot and Matt is faced with some questionable actions from both Roman and the rest of the town, will Roman have to give up his new love? Or will Matt be able to accept Roman for who he really is?

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OMG this was even better than book one and I absolutely LOVED book one. I’ve already rhapsodized on how amazing I think the “quickened” concept is in my review of How to Howl at the Moon .

Roman grabbed me by the heartstrings in book one and he continues to tug at them throughout this entire story.

Gawd. When Roman “tells” the story of James and his training days and the day he turned into a man I was seriously sobbing. It’s such a touching story and so obviously in tune with that relationship between man and dog. There’s no question that the love Roman had for James was deep and abiding and Roman’s pain and loss is so deep and heartbreaking.

The parts where Roman is discovering his sexuality had me howling with laughter. Lance and Tim’s “help” is hysterical.

The slowly developing relationship between Matt and Roman is so sweet, my only regret is that we didn’t get to see them as a couple for more than a few pages. I loved how easy going Matt was and how tender and gentle he was when he figured out Roman was a virgin.

The rest of the townspeople continue to entertain me endlessly with their “dogisms” and the drinking of broth instead of coffee was another inspired detail.

Watching Lance nearly screw up everything with his overprotectiveness also made me laugh out loud. In the movie theatre:

Then, Beaufort compounded the weirdness. Because, you know, this wasn't already strange enough. He stood up, faced the people sitting behind them, and loudly said. "We're just going to quietly enjoy the films.Quietly. Without comments, talking, or noises of any kind." Then he sat back down.

So funny! I must have underlined a dozen passages that cracked me up.

I can’t express just how entertaining this book is. The dogisms are hysterical, Roman is an absolute sweetheart and the love story is so very sweet.

I can’t recommend this and the entire series enough.


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Matthew Shaw did the first book in the series and he did another amazing job. He does well with some of the “accents” and he really does a great job of giving Roman this sort of halting, reserved but deep tone. I loved the emotions in this audiobook and I know this will be one of the ones I listen to over and over!

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 13/06/2019

Interesting...a whole new world

This book is the second in this series and I did enjoy it. Definitely not your typical paranormal/shifter romance. mm "shifter" Not only do you see more of this unique town in this story, but Roman is even extra special. He is oblivious to how people are supposed to act and talk, so everything with him is taken as a literal meaning, which was quite funny at times throughout the book. While I am enjoying this series and will continue to listen to it, I wouldn't say it's a book that I just "couldn't put down/stop listening to." I don't say that trying to discourage anyone from listening--I would really recommend giving this series a try. You don't get a whole lot of steamy scenes, but it's still worth it.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 08/05/2019

All Kinds of Standing Up

This story is so heart warming. I love the depth to both MC's. I really love how we see the Roman's develop as a man. He is such a strong and loyal man. I love the fact that he gets to find love. We also see Matt finally learns to stand on his own two feet like a man as well. It was a great action placed story.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09/11/2018

👍👍👍👍👍

Love Romans innocence, and how Sheriff Buford get uncomfortable Answering certain questions. great story line.

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  • Rain
  • 14/08/2018

Addictive

Fantastic book, addictive series. It's hard to sum up what I love about this series. I got sucked into the first one and bought the second one immediately. Then I had to get the third and fourth before I could even finish the second one.

Poor Roman. I love dogs, I love shifters, and I love stories about cute couples. This was perfect. Still, poor Roman. He's adorable. Easton knows dog breeds.

The writing, pacing, and imagination were all excellent. The narration and production quality were top-notch. I would write more, but I have to listen to the next book NOW. All in one sitting. No sleep.

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  • Jessica
  • 03/07/2018

loved it!

I loved the characters and their development. The narrator is great and he really brings the story to life! The writing is wonderful.

I'm off to book 3. So glad I can binge a little!

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  • ELSA
  • 17/05/2018

what a smiley book

loved this story - not much angst - lots of love - laughter and tears

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  • Annika
  • 15/02/2018

Perfection!

I just want to gush and mush over this book and could probably rave about it for a couple of days, but I’ll try to make this short. I loved this book, it was super sweet and it had me smiling from page one. I never wanted it to end and it is placed firmly on my all-time favourite’s shelf.

After losing his best friend and handler James in Afghanistan, Roman gets the spark and is able to turn into a human. He finds his way to Mad Creek where he found others like him, and slowly learning what it means to be human.

Matt is a former SWAT agent, injured in the line of duty and forced to make a career change and now working for DEA. His new assignment lands him in Mad Creek trying to get a top of the growing drug problems in the area. But working closely with Lance and Roman has its own set of issues and he is certain that there is something strange going on in the town.

I absolutely adored Roman in all his clueless and dorky doggie ways, trying to figure out how to go from dog to man and navigate the often confusing human world. He was so real, naïve and honest that you couldn’t help but fall for him from the start. It's wonderful and awkward and truly hilarious and there is no doubt that Roman is both man and dog. He’s so unique and wonderful that I could easily read another few books with him.

Matt fell hard and fast for Roman, but getting so many mixed signals from him was beyond confusing – but so much fun for the reader. And it didn’t help that Roman didn’t always understand the situation or the questions asked. The slowly building romance between them was absolutely perfect. And Lance… I wonder how his ulcer fared when educating Roman about the human body and intimate relationships. He was just so adorably awkward that I just had to laugh out loud so many times!

The Dogmas were so heartbreaking and I'll admit that more than one tear was shed while listening to them. What a beautiful bond Roman and James shared. With that kind of bond it's no wonder Roman did get the spark to become human after James. I'm only sad James never got to see and know what kind of man Roman turned into. But then again he knew the dog truly and absolutely, so the man in Roman would probably have been no surprise.

I loved Matthew Shaw's performance of this book. It was brilliant. He portrayed all of the feelings and emotions perfectly, and he made Mad Creek and everyone in the town come alive. He captured all the quirks and strangeness that surrounds the town. It was never a problem following along with the characters and each had a distinct voice. It was perfection and I know this is a book that I will listen to over and over again.

Needless to say, this was an incredibly, sweet and funny read and I can’t wait to go back to visit Mad Creek, which in my opinion can’t happen soon enough! If you haven’t read these books yet, read them now – it’s definitely worth your time!


A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/02/2018

Hilarious

I didnt like this one as much as I liked book one, but it was still funny and heartwarming

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  • bazipapa
  • 29/03/2016

schnucklig

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie How to Walk Like a Man auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Auf meiner Hörbuch-Liste wäre How to Walk like a Man recht weit oben, weil es einfach eine sehr nette, gut geschriebene und sehr gut gelesene Story war.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Eigentlich bin ich gar kein Freund von Shifter-Stories, aber Eli Easton hat bereits im ersten Band (How to Howl like a ...) eine nette, stimmige Geschichte um Lance und Tim herum erdichtet, da war die Neugier groß auf How to Walk..., das mir sogar besser gefallen hat, weil der "Held", Roman, so ein integrer und angenehmer Charakter ist, eben typisch Deutscher Schäferhund ;-) Und seine Naivität in mancherlei Hinsicht gibt Anlass für so manchen (Leser-)Lacher.
Matt bleibt dagegen etwas blasser, aber das macht nichts.

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Matthew Shaw gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Der erste Band der Reihe (die man auch solo gut lesen kann, man muss sie nicht in Reihenfolge lesen) wurde ebenfalls von Matthew Shaw eingelesen. Keine Ahnung, ob ich sonst schon mal was von ihm gehört habe, aber für diese beiden Bände passt Shaw's angenehmer Bariton perfekt.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Hab ich fast. In jeder freien Minute hatte ich die Ohrstöpsel drin und war in 1 1/2 Tagen - leider viel zu schnell - mit dem Buch fertig. An sich mag ich richtige Bücher lieber als Hörbücher, aber bei diesem hier mit der Kombi Story-Stimme passte alles.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Man sollte keine Scheu vor abstrusen Ideen haben (Shifter...) und vor dem M/M-Genre.

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  • Black
  • 21/10/2016

Gute Story!

Die Story ist sehr gut und ich kann sie nur weiterempfehlen. Sie ist lustig, traurig, spannend und auch heiß ;-)
Der Sprecher wechselt leider zu der gleichen Person die Stimme mal von tief zu hoch, was ich sehr schade finde, besonders weil dieses Hörbuch nicht soo lang ist. Man möchte doch annehmen, dass die Stimme wenigstens bei den Hauptcharakteren festgelegt sein sollte.

Fazit :
Tolle Story die man in unterschiedlichen Formaten genießen kann.