Review: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf #1)
February 22 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Simon & Schuster
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Cooper Graham
Kick Ass Chick – Mo Wenstein
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .”
“When a naked man shows up on your doorstep with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, it’s best to do what he asks.”
Oh yeah. After reading that opening line, I knew I’d like this book. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Molly Harper’s books. I love her writing voice and I find her books to be light, entertaining and full of heart.
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is the first book of Molly’s newest series. With a title like that, how could you not be intrigued?! The story centers on Mo who is pretty much running away from home. Her overbearing parents have kept her from finding out who she really is and what she really wants. So she moves from the American South to Grundy Alaska…while her parents were out of town. *g* Her parents are as hippie as they come and stories of Mo’s upbringing made me giggle out loud. The parents certainly add a humorous element to the story, but not so much that they take away from Mo and her misadventures in her new life. I really thought Mo was a fun character to read. She could have been written as being completely helpless seeing how she was so out of her element up there in Alaska, but Molly wrote her as a fully capable woman. That doesn’t mean that Mo didn’t have a few issues up North, it just means that Mo wasn’t as predicable of a woman as I anticipated she would be and I really appreciated that.
And then of course there is Cooper. He is the werewolf in this tale. He starts off as a man you want to smack, then he becomes a man you want to curl up next to, then you want to smack him again, then you want to smile because he no longer makes you want to smack him…as hard. He was fun to read and his chemistry with Mo was wonderful.
This book is of course about how Mo and Cooper meet and fall in love, the people who live in Grundy Alaska and the main characters families. But there is also a little mystery going on and the ‘who is responsible for the bad things that are happening’ part of the story was really well done. There is a wolf attacking and killing people around Grundy and I had no idea who was responsible and why until it was explained. That was fun!
Now I’ll tell you this because I know you’re wondering. The style of this book is very similar to Molly’s Jane books, but the only thing they have in common is that Jane’s bookstore is quickly mentioned and the dating book that is quoted in Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men is mentioned as well. No, the characters don’t cross over nor does the story line (for some reason I’ve been asked that quite a bit). But you know what? They wouldn’t fit in this series. These new characters that you meet will win your heart and you won’t even be thinking about those other guys while reading this wonderful book.
I found How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf to have all the charm that I’d come to expect from one of Molly’s books. The main characters were charming, the supporting characters were charming, the setting was charming and the ending was sweet…and charming. I was really looking forward to reading this book and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I am looking forward to picking up the next book in this series, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, when it comes out March 29th.
Giggle worthy quotes
“You know how some people just rub you the wrong way? Well, Cooper’s my own personal sandpaper.”
“Gah! Stupid sexy werewolves!”
“’You bit me!’ I groused, pressing my hand to the wound. ‘Again!’
He flushed with guilt but kept a defensive note in his voice. ‘It’s a good thing! It means you’re mine. The scar is a public declaration. It means you’re my mate. It means no other wolf can claim you. It means you’re under my protection and the protection of my pack…’
‘Like a pimp.’
He made a sour face. ‘It’s no different from me peeing on your doorstep.’
‘You peed on my doorstep?’”
Books in the Naked Werewolf series —
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (March 2011)