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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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

Title: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Naked Werewolf #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 02/22/11
Reviewed by: Christen
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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...

Plot: 3.5 Stars
This novel introduced an interesting take on werewolves. Albeit not completely original, but I liked the addition of the "dead-liners," humans who do not inherit the werewolf genes. This book was witty and funny, although the mystery element was pretty obvious to me. It was a light and fluffy romance. Plus, the chapter titles were hilarious.

Pace: 4 Stars
I became so engrossed in this book that I gobbled it up. The pace kept my attention and made it really hard to put down. I never found it tedious or boring. There were moments in the book in which Mo and Coop's story slowed down, which left room for the cooky background characters to steal the spotlight for a few laughs.

Characters: 4 Stars
Mo is a fiesty, independent Southern woman who finds herself neighbors with Cooper Graham, a wilderness guide with a case of the grumps. I really enjoy Southern characters, and Mo did not disappoint. Her Southern generosity was higlighted in the small, Alaskan town of Grundy. On the other hand, I didn't connect with Coop right away because he was a bit too negative at first. But once I learned more about his past, I was able to figure him out and enjoy his character more. Grundy was filled with a number of crazy townspeople, including a seventy year old man begging Mo to marry him and a postal worker obsessed with her little dog.

Cover: 4 Stars
This cover is so adorable! Plus, the originality of the title really sparked my interest. I have to admit, cartoon covers appeal to me much more than traditional romance covers, and this is no exception. This cover in particular tells you everything you need to know: a remote wilderness, a sassy heroine, and a very interested werewolf hero.

Overall: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this novel for my own reading pleasure.

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