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. . . .
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.
- 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?