Title: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: February 22, 2010
My Copy: Borrowed
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.
This was my first time reading one of Molly Harper’s books and I must say, I really enjoyed it. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a light, cute, happy-ending type book that is a great mood booster. I was smiling almost the entire time. Whether it was the hilarious battle of wills between Mo and Cooper, their incredibly unusual love story or just some of the quirky townsfolk. This book is a fun mix between chick lit and paranormal romance.
The first few weeks of Mo and Cooper’s so-called relationship is one of the best parts of this book. They’re both exceedingly hard headed and grew up in very different but equally messed-up environments. Together they’re like fire and dynamite. The witty back-and-forths between these two are priceless. Coincidentally, they turn out to be just as explosive in bed! So when Mo and Cooper aren’t hurling sarcastic jabs at each other they’re fogging up the windows in her rental cabin!
Mo is a great girl, someone who I’d want to be friends with. She just can’t seem to do anything the normal way. That probably has something to do with the fact that she was raised by hippie parents. Mo finds herself forced to go to extremes to get away from them and their crazy ways so she moves to Alaska. That takes guts in my books! Furthermore, it doesn’t take her long to blend in and not be considered an outsider anymore. Mo really gives it her all and discovers that she’s actually happier than she’s ever been living in the great white North! Sure, it’s a little cold, but that’s why you shack up with a werewolf, right?
Cooper is a little, okay very rough around the edges but that’s part of his appeal. Sometimes he’s more wolf than man but not all wolfish traits are undesirable in a boyfriend so he has his good points too. He’s so devoted to Mo and looks out for her which saves her from numerous sticky situations. So Cooper kinda has that whole knight in shinning armor thing going on too. Yeah, he’s a stud.
There’s also a bit of a mystery going on in the storyline that causes conflict between several characters and finishes with a surprise ending. I was impressed with Molly’s plot writing skills! I expected the romance and the cutesy stuff but the bad guy came out of no where however, when revealed made perfect sense. Well done!
There was just enough werewolf lore included to make the story interesting while keeping it straight forward. I appreciated the inclusion of things like a wolf pack, alpha male and mating instincts. I’m going to keep my eyes open for the sequel: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf out March 29th, 2011. I was pleasantly surprise by this book. How to Flirt with a Named Werewolf made me an instant Molly Harper fan!
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