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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. . . .
Who wouldn't want to read a book with the title - How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?
I found this book really hard to review, there were elements that I thought worked fantastically well, but then there were other aspects that I found disappointing.
I loved the characters and How Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is definitely a character driven story. It was easy to get swept up in the community and lives of not only Mo but all the other residents of Grundy. However, that was also the problem. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf was all great characters (and even great minor characters) but the story had very little plot, it was more just like a sequence of events. Unfortunately, I would even go as far to say that what little plot there was wasn't very original. It was only saved by some great characters.
I loved, loved, loved Mo. She's one of the best characters that I've come across in a while and I was more than happy to follow her life for the entirety of the story. Mo also had the most quirky hippy parents that sent her running across the country so that she was free to eat all the processed food she wanted. Mo was the type of character that was easy to connect with and I would certainly want her as a friend.
There was a bit of a love triangle going on for a while in the book and I loved Alan, he was the ultimate sweet, loyal, dependable guy that did everything right apart from set Mo's heart or body on fire. Cooper was probably the most clichéd character of the bunch and wasn't my favourite male lead, he did have his moments thou.
Molly Harper really does have the knack for great characters and great descriptions. After reading How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf I desperately wanted to visit Alaska and I still do, it just sounds amazing. Although I think I would definitely prefer the summer months when the area is more accessible. The location in the story really was like another character and added a lot to my enjoyment of the book.
For me if a book doesn't have a strong plot I would pretty much dismiss it, because I really need both great characters and great plot to make a great story. However, I really enjoyed this book. I do wonder if I enjoyed it more because I was listening to the story on audiobook rather than reading if from a paperback. When I picked How to Flirt with a Werewolf to listen to I was getting ready for a long bus trip and just wanted something light that would keep me entertained and wasn't going to be overly taxing, and that is exactly what I got.
To sum, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf was an enjoyable, character driven story that doesn't require a lot of effort to get swept up in. Mo's life was certainly entertaining as she braves the Alaskan weather and gets caught up in all sorts of trouble.
The audiobook was good, the narrator was clear and really easy to listen to. There was only one small point that irritated me ever so slightly and that was the accent the narrator used to portray Cooper. However, that was only a small annoyance and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more audiobooks narrated by Amanda Ronconi in the future.
So as for the important question - Would I recommend How to flirt with a naked werewolf by Molly Harper? I'm not sure, I did enjoy it and I have given it quite a high rating but if you prefer plot driven stories more than character driven stories then stay away. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is all about the characters.
Four out of Five stars.
Genre - Adult, Werewolves
Audiobook - 9 hours and 14 minutes (Unabridged)
Published by Audible Ltd (June 2011)
Source - I bought a copy of How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper