Review: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

how to flirtHow to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Books
Age Group: Adult
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

Northern Exposure 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. . . .

Rating

3.25

3.25

My Thoughts

I love reading YA books.  They are probably my favorite age category of books to read.  But I also like a little variety, and after reading a bunch of okay YA books, I decided it was time to switch things up a bit.  A while ago, I had some comments on my blog recommending the Naked Werewolf books to me.  Shortly after that, someone in real life, recommend them too.  She said they are just tons of fun, and they are set in freaking ALASKA!  So when I was looking for an adult book, this one popped into my mind.  I immediately bought it from Amazon for my Kindle, and started reading it that night.

This is the first adult paranormal romance that I’ve ever read.  I love YA paranormal, but for some reason adult paranormal and fantasy books are never my favorite.  Don’t ask me why, because I have no idea.  But I actually thought this book was a ton of fun.  It never got too heavy, even with the werewolf aspect.

Mo is a really fun character.  She packs her bags and moves for Mississippi all the way to Rural Alaska because she needs a change (and space from her parents).  I loved this about her.  That she wasn’t afraid to make a HUGE change in her life.  My mother did something like that when she was a younger, and sometimes I wish I did something as awesome.  Anyway, I really liked Mo.  She’s funny, has a good sense of humor, and is no shrinking violet.  She makes friends quickly, a quality I wish I had, and isn’t really judgmental at all.

The love interest is Cooper, and I did like him.  I don’t think he’s swoon worthy, but part of that might be because this book is told from Mo’s POV, so that prevented me from getting to know Cooper as much as I would like to.  He’s, literally, the alpha male, so he is definitely that protective type.  He’s a total jerk at the beginning, but then, of course, sees the error of his ways 🙂

Although I thought this book was fun, I must say that Mo’s realization that Cooper is a werewolf wasn’t as amazing as I hoped it would be.  I really wanted to see her emotions upon discovery, but it was more like, “Oh wow, you’re a werewolf.  So how about them Yankees?”  And that’s the end of it. Well, not quite like that, but I would have thought she would have been more “Holy shit, werewolves exist, and I know one, and still want to jump his bones.”  Mo’s acceptance of werewolves being in the world was a little too quick to be completely believable.  But this book is about werewolves, so maybe believability isn’t a huge concern.

The romance was okay.  I wasn’t so connected to the characters that my heart was all aflutter, but I did like them together and could see how Mo and Cooper would make a good couple.  The mystery/suspense part of the story was also just okay.  I did figure out who the baddie was pretty early one, but that stuff never does bother me.

But sometimes the story felt a little slow.  Not often, and it is a quick read.  But sometimes I got a little impatient, and ended up skimming a little.  And I’m not reallya skimmer.

But despite my few complaints, I did have a ton of fun reading this book.  It was definitely what I needed.  Reading a few books with adult main characters is nice once in awhile 🙂

If you like paranormal romances, you should definitely give this book a second look.

Life Tidbits

  • Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately.  I just needed to be unsocial for the weekend.  Not that I wanted to take a break from blogging, but I just read most of the weekend and it was amazing!  But I will try to get back on the wagon this week.
  • I decided to re-read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Sunday.  I love that book!  And I am glad I devoted some time to reread it, even though I have so many books I need to read.
  • I went to my Grandmother’s house on Saturday evening.  We played Skipbo, which was seriously awesome.  I used to be obsessed with that game in high school and played it all the time.  Anyone else love that game?
  • I watched Step Up Revolution this past weekend.  The movie was okay, but man, Ryan Guzman is one good-looking man.  He’s a little pretty, but with the scruff, he’s very pleasing on the eyes.  Am I right?

13 Responses to “Review: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper”

  1. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    Sounds like a good break from YA! I know what you mean about reading a lot of okay YA. I feel like it’s been a while since something blew me away! This one does sound totally cute though, despite me not really liking adult fantasy/paranormal books! (I don’t know why bc I love the YA versions of them!)

    • Quinn

      I’m the exact same way. I love YA fantasy/paranormal, but I never read the adult equivalents. I generally don’t care for them, but this one was cute. I’m not rushing out to read anymore adult paranormal, but it was a nice change.

  2. Heidi

    I love this book! I’ve read a fair amount of Molly Harper now because I absolutely love her humor, and find it makes up for the predictability in her books. This one’s my favorite though (there is a third book in this series coming out this December!)

    • Quinn

      I really enjoyed Harper’s humor too. I’m always able to get past elements of a book if there’s funny bits. I’ll have to look into Harper’s other books.

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I liked both of the books in this series though I had similar issues with the romance aspect. I think you would really like Harper’s Jane Jameson series since the heroine is a children’s librarian who is turned into a vampire after a really bad day. Great review!

    • Quinn

      What!? A children’s library turned into a vampire! I totally need to check that one out. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  4. picturemereading

    I feel that way about blogging right now..I love it but life is so hectic right now..and I need to get my RL business in order first so I can have a fun trip..this sounds cute but likewise I haven’t had much luck with adult paranormal romance either!

    • Quinn

      I love, love, love blogging, and certainly have no plans or desires to take a break from it. But this weekend, I just needed some me time. It wasn’t planned or anything. I just couldn’t get myself to comment on blogs or anything. And now I feel a bit more energized.

      I’m not sure if I see this book as one you would enjoy.

  5. YA Book Queen

    Mo sounds like a brave character – I would be so scared to pack my bags and move across the country! The easy-acceptance-of-werewolves aspect would probably bother me though, no matter how fun this book sounds.

    Nice review!

    • Quinn

      I would be terrified to pack up and move hundreds of miles away, too. My mother did something like that when she was in her twenties. She had no plans on where she would end up. I wish I had the guts to do something like that.

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