How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Series: Naked Werewolf #1
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. . . .
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My friend Stéphanie, one of the contributors on Tynga’s Reviews, has read and raved about Molly Harper so I wanted to give her work a try. My local library had a copy of HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF on the shelves so I finally got the chance!
Hands down, my favourite part of this novel is the writing style. Harper does a wonderful job of fleshing out her characters, giving readers a real sense of what life is like in Grundy, and building a good plot. Werewolves are common enough in the world of paranormal romance but Harper marks her place in the sub genre with HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF. It’s got a great mix of humour, romance, and mystery, a winning combination for me!
Mo and Cooper are really great characters. I loved Mo from the moment I opened the book. I could really identify with her need for a fresh start and thought it was brave of her to move to what is practically the ends of the earth to find it. Her nontraditional upbringing would make for easy jokes but Harper steers clear of them (for the most part); instead, there’s a lot of physical comedy as well as witty lines. Cooper’s a bit more of a mystery since we get the story follows Mo, not him, but he’ll melt your heart as you learn his story. He’s got a lot of those typical gruff male characteristics but he’s also got some soft spots, which is a lot more interesting to my mind.
The other residents of Grundy are also a lot of fun. I couldn’t decide who was my favourite but I’m definitely a Buzz fan! It says a lot about Harper’s abilities that she can create three dimensional characters so easily and have you invested in them in only a few pages. And this is particularly important here since there’s a murderous wolf on the loose and the story has a lot more impact when the tragedy that impacts Grundy impacts the reader as well.
In terms of world building, the werewolves in HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF are fairly ordinary. They have two forms, human and wolf, and they mate for life. They live in secret from humans, which is why rural Alaska is such a good place for them, and they have a typical pack structure. Even though this is pretty standard mythology, the characters still come alive and I enjoyed getting to know them and their world. The one surprising element of the werewolves in this book is that they don’t always remember what they do as wolves, which is usually a sign of newbies in most series. But in HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, this is a key element since Cooper doesn’t know if he’s the killer or not…
On the whole, HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF is a great, fun read. I loved Harper’s writing style and I can’t wait to go back for more of the Naked Werewolf series! Don’t be put off by the cutesy cover — you’re in for a really strong book if you give HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF a chance.