Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf

Book: How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Stand Alone or Series: Naked Werewolf #1
Pages:  371

Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Buy A Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
Available Formats: Ebook & Paperback 
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2011
How Did I Get This Book: Purchased
First Line: “When a naked man shows up on your doorstep with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, it's best just to do what he asks."
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Description: 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. . . .

How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper is a pleasant read that was both amusing and enjoyable. It features a charming and comical heroine, Mo, who's personality is a huge mix of sweet n' spicy. There is definitely a bark to her bite, but she also has an incredibly loving side - she is quick to help others and often shows that famous southern hospitality and charm. What I enjoyed most about this character was her no-nonsense attitude; she certainly does not believe in beating around the bush. Mo also has a number of endearing quirks, including growing up in a crazy hippie family (just wait until you see her full name!) and nursing a secret obsession with pretty panties.

The main eye candy in this delightful romp, is the brooding and undeniably sexy town werewolf, Cooper. He is a direct contrast to the charismatic and endearing Mo - which basically means they are a perfect fit. And man, do these two sizzle! Yes, they have a plethora of chemistry, but I was particularity fond of their bantering and bickering. Like I said before, Mo is a no-nonsense kind of gal and she often calls Mr. Personality out on his less than pleasant behavior.

The lovable, if what somewhat wacky cast of secondary characters contribute to the light tone. My particular favorite was Buzz, the restaurant co-owner/original cook/part time law enforcement/basically any other occupation that needs to be done.  while I enjoyed all of the background characters, they do come off as rather flat, stereotypical and one-dimensional.

Fun read with a  delightfully lighthearted and pleasant tone. Even during the depressing plot points, the story never drags you down. Through Mo’s internal commentary, Harper keeps the story firmly on the light and amusing track by embedding snarky, sassy and straight up hilarious comments throughout the story.

The ending was too cutesy for my liking, it definitely had the happily ever after vibe. I enjoy happy ending as much as the next person, but this one was a bit much for me. Everything is wrapped in a nice little pink bow – I like something to be less than perfect.  Does that make sense? Or am I just blabbing?

I would classify this as chick-lit with a side of paranormal romance. Obliviously, it is centered around a werewolf romance, but the tone is much closer to chick-lit. It's the perfect book to kickback with when you just want something fun. It certainly isn't deep, life changing or particularly epic - but it's cute, sassy, comical and downright fun. Sometimes that's all you need.

Favorite Quotes
"Every act of rebellion, whether it was wearing leather shoes or voting conservative in a mock election, made me feel more normal."
"He seemed to choke on the words, as if it literally hurt him to have to interact with another human being. How did this man make his living leading people around in the wilderness? Didn't they expect some civility for their guide fees? Or had he convinced them that Yukon Yankee rudeness was all part of the experience?"
"I would have to talk to Evie about the difference between me making idle conversation and dropping hints to match me up with some burly social misfit willing to move heavy objects."
"Don't take it personally. Some people were just born with a pine-cone shoved up their butts. In Cooper's case, it's lodged sideways."
"If I was smart, I would tell him to stop bleeding on my porch and hike his injured, unclothed butt into town."
"I figured I wouldn't have another opportunity to baby-sit a werewolf, so I should make the most of it."
"He looked so upset - scared and upset and pretty pissed off to see me crouching over wolf footprints as if I was some cross between Nancy Drew and Steve freaking Irwin."
"It took too much energy to keep thinking up all those clever insults."
"It was not healthy for one man's smile to make my panties spontaneously combust."
"You're my constant. You don't fade away."
"Your heart was in the right place, even if you head was up your ass."


Savannah said...

OMG! I have to read this book! Soudns awesome!

Amanda P said...
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Sweet Pea said...

This series has been a popular review as of late. I'll have to check out the series, it seems to be well liked!

-Sweet Pea
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