Series: Naked Werewolf #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 22 February 2011
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a humorous, fun and flirty and the first I had read of Molly Harper. Our protagonist, Mo, suffers from hippie parents whose meddling has forced her to move as far from her home in Mississippi without having to change her citizenship. Welcome to Grundy, Alaska, population 2,053 +1. The plot’s not bad but it’s the characters that really leave you with a smile on your face.
Mo is a really well constructed character. She spent much of her formative years railing against her parents liberal attitudes and even ended up engaged to Mr Boring in her quest to be normal. When she realised that she picked him not because he made her heart quiver but because it would annoy her parents, she decided enough was enough. In Grundy, she accidentally scores a job as a short order cook and starts to work out who she really is and what she wants from life. As a single, young female with all her teeth, Mo attracts lots of attention from the men, even Abner aged 87. Mo is a bit overwhelmed until Evie, the Blue Glacier Saloon owner, sets her straight – the men aren’t really serious until they bring her meat which is their way of showing her they can provide.
Enter Cooper Graham, the gorgeous but surly professional field guide that Mo literally keeps running into. The chemistry between the two sizzles and goes into overdrive when Cooper rocks up on her doorstep, naked, with a bear trap on his ankle. What can I say about Cooper? Well, he has layers, lots of layers…like an onion. He’s an Alpha but has exiled himself from his pack because he fears what he might become. His willingness to martyr himself would have been annoying in a lesser character but he pulls off the knight in slightly tarnished armour look well. He often thinks more as a wolf than a human and his way of marking out Mo as his was hilarious.
I got a real kick out of the secondary characters, but particularly the parents, Ash and Saffron. Their love for their daughter shone through but perhaps could have been expressed in ways other than breaking into their child’s apartment to bin chemical cleaning products and non-organic produce.
There is a serious side to the novel as Grundians are being attacked by a wolf. Cooper is scared it might be him as he doesn’t remember what he does in wolf form. The mystery ticks along nicely with some well-placed red herrings. It also gives the reader a chance to get to know a different side of Cooper and meet his family.
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf was a delight to read and is well worth your time. Curl up with it on a cold day and let it warm the cockles of your heart.