Series: Mystic Bayou #1
on July 24, 2018
Genres: Adult, Humor, Paranormal, Romance
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
The first book in Molly Harper's uproariously funny, sinfully sexy new Mystic Bayou series!
Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay's career has taken a turn south.
Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. Mermaids and gator shifters swim in the bayou. Spirit bottles light the front porches after twilight. Dragons light the fires under crayfish pots.
Jillian's first assignment for the League could be her last. Mystic Bayou is wary of outsiders, and she has difficulty getting locals to talk to her. And she can't get the gruff town sheriff, Bael Boone, off of her back or out of her mind. Bael is the finest male specimen she's seen in a long time, even though he might not be human. Soon their flirtation is hotter than a dragon's breath, which Bael just might turn out to be...
This book is based on the Audible Original audiobook.
You guys, it has been ages since I listened to a Molly Harper audiobook, and I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I listened to this one. How to Date Your Dragon is the first book in Molly Harper’s newest paranormal series, Mystic Bayou, and I was hooked from page one.
In How to Date Your Dragon, Jillian Ramsay, an anthropologist, is sent to Louisiana to study the towns of Mystic Bayou, one of the only places where magical people coexist with humans peacefully. There Jillian meets Bael, the town sheriff, along with the other quirky citizens of Mystic Bayou. Jillian also learns of some peculiar things happening in the town. When some people start getting murdered, Jillian and Bael try to figure out what’s going on. And, of course, there is some romance.
Molly Harper has such a strong voice, and that was evident from the very first line of How to Date Your Dragon. I was laughing from page one and so invested in the story. Characters are always the most important part of a story for me, and they did not disappoint in this novel. I was in love with Jillian straight away. She’s smart, intelligent, not a pushover (although she does have some insecurities which made me love her all the more) and sassy. One of my favorite moments in the whole story was when she first met Bael and was pronouncing his name incorrectly. So sassy, Jillian!
Bael was absolutely dreamy, and I loved him for Jillian. Bael is kind of the strong, quiet type, but he could sometimes be a little insecure around Jillian and that just made my heart melt. I enjoyed seeing Jillian trying to figure out what kind of shifter Bael was, although as a reader it was easy to figure out. And I just loved Jillian and Bael together so much.
The rest of the town is amazing, too, each with their own quirks. How to Date Your Dragon feels very much like a small-town romance, but with lots to paranormal creatures, and I just couldn’t get enough. My one complaint is that the audiobook is narrated by two narrators. Amanda Ronconi is amazing, as always, and is the perfect narrator for Molly Harper’s sense of humor. The other narrator, Jonathan Davis, while not bad by any means, didn’t do as well with Harper’s humor. I wish this book was narrated completely by Ronconi. But otherwise, I loved everything about How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper.