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The Naked Werewolf Series by Molly Harper

Author Molly Harper is a new discovery for me. And I am late to the game in trying out her paranormal romance series, but the old cliche is so true — better late than never. Molly Harper writes darned funny books and I just love her take on the werewolf world. She writes about normal people, living average lives and she mixes in the supernatural with some fun romance. Biting comments, sarcasm and some embarrassing moments lead to great fun in the Naked Werewolf books. These are perfect novels, but they are fun. As a reader, you know it will be wrapped up nicely but the ride is fun and funny. There are two books published so far in the Naked Werewolf series with a third on the way in December. Below I review the two current books in the series. If you like humor and you enjoy audio books I highly recommend checking out these funny books in audio form.

Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade B+

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1)

*audio version of this book purchased from audible.com*

Book Summary:

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. . . .

Regina’s Review:

Fun. Escapism. Light. Funny. Steamy. For me, these words describe How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf perfectly. This book is to paranormal and shifter books what Stephanie Plus is to crime thrillers, but the heroine is more skilled, sane and adept than Stephanie Plum. “Mo”, the heroine, has the crazy family she is ambivalent about, a funny female side kick, lots of men attracted to her, a former failed relationship, two men that are (seriously) interested in her, and a contentious relationship with the man that makes her heart race. Kind of like Stephanie Plum right? Maybe, but that is where the similarity ends. While How to Flirt is not heavy and is a whole lot of fun, it seems to have a little more substance than Stephanie Plum. But the comparison for me ends there. Perhaps, because I haven’t read a lot of funny PNR or UF. And because of that, this book was a breath of fresh air to me.

It is such a relief to read a PNR/UF book that might have a touch of criminal/police activity but isn’t rooted in police technical talk. There is a sort of mystery, but it seems obvious that the bad-doer isn’t what is supposed to be obvious – if that makes sense.

I love the whole leaving society, leaving what I know to make myself over theme. I am a sucker for the romanticism of moving to a remote place with harsh weather like Alaska. And that is what How to Flirt presents itself as. Of course the heroine immediately loves the new town and finds herself enmeshed in the new local culture. Unbelievable, but fun.

Will this paranormal romance based book change your life? Probably not. Will it leave you wanting to rush into #2 in the series (which seems to be the last one written by the author with a new one to be released sometime this year)? No, but you will want to read it eventually. What this book will do is make you laugh, give your mind a break and let you have some fun.

I listened to the audio book and the narration is done well. I recommend listening to it.

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #2)

*audio version of this book purchased from audible.com*

Book Summary:

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt.

What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can’t seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can’t convince herself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can’t afford to be distracted.

Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . .

Regina’s Review:

This is such a fun series. Laugh out loud funny, but not mean funny and not stupid funny – just funny. The first in this series, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, is funnier, sweeter and just a better book. But The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is still worth reading, worth listening to and a decent installment.

What do I like about this series? I am typically not a paranormal romance fan. So here is my reasoning of why I am enjoying this series and I cannot wait until the third in this series is released.

Not Formulaic
Many (not all) paranormal romance novels focus on a big and emotionally damaged male who somehow has to save a woman in need. The Naked Werewolf series is not about this formula, which okay can be fun if done right but does get tiring. The hero in this book is a portrayed as a highly educated bookish nerdy guy – yummm. And the heroine is the alpha of a werewolf pack.

The characters
The characters, despite mostly being werewolves, are average people. They aren’t super rich, they cook food, go to work and have friendships. Molly Harper shows her characters in normal friendship situations, interacting with each other and hanging out.

The town
I guess this goes along with the characters. The series focuses on a small array of characters that live in the area the book takes place and which interact with each other. The characters repeat from the first book and create a richer and fuller background.

The setting
I am a sucker for a rural and remote setting, factor in winter and a forest – and I will dream of living there. This series is set in Alaska. Can’t get much more remote or rural than that. Molly Harper shows the setting to be beautiful but powerfully scary.

The focus of the story
Yes, this is paranormal romance and the uniting of one couple is the focus of the Naked Werewolf series. But the friendships and the werewolf pack are also important to the storyline. And even better – the couple from the first book plays a starring role in this second book.

Yes, the book is slightly predictable and maybe I knew who the bad guy was before the big reveal. But, the world is richly created, the characters are interesting and it is laugh out loud funny. If you do audio books, I highly recommend listening to the performance of these books. They are well done.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
2. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
3. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf (December 31, 2013)

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Regina

ReginaI am a book reader & reviewer by hobby; I read any genre, any type of fiction and non fiction. More importantly I am coffee addict, a chocoholic and a Just Dance 3 fan.

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  1. Regina – I think you’ve convinced me to continue this series. I liked it well enough but never thought to come back. Now I will!

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