Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

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. . . .

Ok I'm just gonna say it - how has no one compared this to MaryJanice Davidson's Alaskan royalty series? The similarities for me were pretty striking; everything from the cover design, feisty heroine, to small town/family charm were little light bulbs to 'Oh this make me think of this other series'. Maybe no one else sees it but combine her Wyndham wolves series and Alaskan royalty and you totally have this book - not that that's a bad thing. Those two series of hers are my favorite. I'm just putting it out there.

But to move on, this first book was a quick fun little read. Yes I think the mystery was a little tacked on - who couldn't see that one a mile away? - but the romance was sweet. I definitely felt bad for Alan, the cute nice guy almost never ever wins (another reason to love Gini Koch), and would have like him and his HEA to be featured in another story than tacked on the end here. Oh well though, I mean it wasn't very surprising that that's the way Harper played it.

Well this review has ended up not being very exciting huh? Sorry folks the book was good, thumbs up material definitely, but I'm not sure if Harper has distinguished herself as an author to compete for real room on my shelves yet. Since this first book is available in mass market I'd say it's worth the $8 to get a feel for things yourself, and of course there's always your neighborhood library.

Happy Reading!

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. 

Series - 1) How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf 2) The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf