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How to Walk Like a Man

Howl at the Moon, Book 2
Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
Series: Howl at the Moon, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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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Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!

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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!

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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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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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A Fantastic Narration to a Fun and Tender Story

Matthew Shaw narration of How to Walk Like a Man gave me all the feels. His performance was natural , clear and friendly . His portrayal of Roman deserves an standing ovation.

This entertaining audiobook is sweet, light hearted , funny and very sexy.

It had me laughing one moment and crying the next. It even made me snort and giggle uncontrollably 😁😂😄 to the point , I had the hiccups . Fun times😏😜

I loved everything and every minute of this audio and it's my favorite book of the series.

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loved it

I love the entire series, but this book is my favorite. Good story, fun and heartwarming, highly recommend. Narrator did a great job.

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Loved it!

I loved Matt and Roman’s story. This audio was humorous, heartfelt, fun loving and sexy. I could really feel Roman’s pain at the loss of his handler. Matt was so sweet and gentle. I just loved these two! Matthew Shaw is doing a great job narrating this series!

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

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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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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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  • BevS
  • 06-03-16

Wonderfully funny story....with some really touching scenes too.

Didn't enjoy book 1 of the series very much, so was a little wary of this one, but I needn't have been worried. Matthew's narration was outstanding, some parts of the story were laugh out loud funny, especially Lance's excruciating awkwardness at giving Roman advice on sexual matters **snort**, dogs peeing (in human form) on lampposts and Matt wondering what the hell he'd gotten himself into, the dog films at the fleapit of a cinema in town and the inhabitants all trying to keep Matt in view, but without looking suspicious...and failing miserably. I really loved Matthew's warm interpretation of Roman, and the struggles he'd had with suddenly becoming a 'Quickened' and human after the death of his Army K-9 human partner James in Afghanistan, and Roman's own injury in the same incident. I also loved that he struggled with himself when he knew he was falling in love with Matt but couldn't risk explaining what he was for fear of exposing everyone else in Mad Creek and did the honourable thing...said nothing, and buried his pain and anguish. I absolutely <3 Roman to bits!!

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  • Mary
  • 10-18-18

Cheesy

I enjoyed the first book in this series but this second book will be my last. The writing came across as very childish and I cringed at dodgy dialogue too many times for comfort. I wondered who this book was aimed at. Its like YA with MM mixed in... with graphic sex descriptions. It was an uncomfortable mix.
The narrator was very good though.

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  • B Pun
  • 05-03-17

If you don't love this you must be a dog hater....or a cat person

Title should be enough i think.....I LOVE this series!!!! Now i'm off to book 3.

I laughed.

I cried.

I wanted to hit/kill some of the characters *ahum the military dad*. That was a bit of a cliff hanger but i have no good feelings for him so screw him.

The ending is just too sweet. I LOVE ROMAN SO MUCH!!! I need a Roman in my life ;.;


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  • Vytas
  • 04-04-16

unexpected!

I didn't thought this book was good, but after listening I love this book. I would recommend this book a lot. time to get more books from this author.

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  • Nathan
  • 03-19-16

Another GREAT story.

What did you like most about How to Walk Like a Man?

Gay Shifter romance story.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the slowly kindled relationship between Roman and Matt,

Great narration.

Which character – as performed by Matthew Shaw – was your favourite?

Roman was adorable, trusting and sexy.

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  • Edga
  • 02-28-16

excellent !

brilliant. l loved the book. this was even better. lovely story and characters. highly recommended.

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  • michael
  • 03-31-16

A Heart Warming Story

Dog Shifter Meets Man , and it is not all sunshine and rainbows but it is a lively story .

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