Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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

How to Flirt with a Naked WerewolfHow to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Books (a division of Simon & Schuster)
Publish Date: February 22, 2011
Paperback, 371 pages 
Romance, Comedy
ISBN: 978-1-4391-95886-4

My Review:
Why I read this: I love funny romances and I dare you to read the blurb below and not smile at some point - it just sound cute and funny.  Next month, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf comes out and I hope to read it as well.

How is the novel driven: It's a romance so it's given that it is character-driven. There is a plot as well, but it is mainly character-driven.

My thoughts: A really cute paranormal romance.  Not quite as funny as I expected, but it's definitely light and the funny parts are definitely funny.  I have not read any other of Ms. Harper's books but I will be sure to pick up the next one in this series, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf when it comes out next month.

The romance is interesting.  I like that Cooper is protective of Mo.  I think that makes him a  great male character but sometimes he seems to take his "alphaness" a little too far.  I love Mo.  The descriptions of life with her parents are laugh-out-loud funny and you really feel for her and her struggle to become her own person and live a "normal" life.  Just when she thinks it's finally working she figures out that Cooper is a werewolf.  Nothing too normal about that.  I loved how the werewolves were worked in and how she was able to accept him pretty easily (it goes with her background so it doesn't seem unrealistic).  The scenes between them can be steamy, but I got a little frustrated at times when he didn't behave like I wanted him to. He could be rather angsty at times, but at other times so sweet.  Of course that's what makes it a romance, there has to be a little conflict to make the relationship work in a book.

So the characters are interesting and I look forward to meeting some of the other pack members and getting to know them better in future books and maybe getting to know the inhabitants of Grundy a little better as well.  I felt the book was mainly focused on the romance and conflict between Mo and Cooper that the town inhabitants were more in the background, but I want to learn more about them and the town. 

Great characters and good romance equals a fun and light read.  I enjoyed reading How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf and will be picking up some of Molly Harper's other books in the near future.  She has a good writing style and I want to see it in action in her other books.

My Rating: 4.25/5.0

About the Book:

If a naked guy shows up on your front porch with a bear trap clamped to his ankle, it's best to do what he asks.

when Mo Wenstein made the move from Mississippi to Grundy, Alaska to get away from her intrusive hippie parents, she knew she would have to adapt to the cold, the remoteness of her new home ... but not a neighbor that shows up naked on her front porch--and who just so happens to be a werewolf.

For Cooper Graham, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it's love at first sniff when it comes to Mo.  But Cooper has 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 does while in werewolf form, he's worried 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.  But if he's not responsible, 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.

About the Author: 
Molly Harper is the author of the acclaimed Nice Girls Vampire series as well as the stand-alone novel And One Last Thing...  She is a former humor columnist and newspaper reporter who studied print journalism at Western Kentucky University.  Her first work of darkly humorous fiction was composed at age eight--a story about her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.  She lives in western Kentucky with her husband and children.

FTC Information: I received this book from Ayelet Gruenspecht, Associate Publicist for Simon and Schuster for a honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.