Series: Naked Werewolf #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 29 March 2011
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf may not be as laugh out loud funny as How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf but it is still a great read. This time we focus on Maggie, the abrasive younger sister of Cooper. Maggie, who became the valley pack’s Alpha in the last book, is taking her new job seriously. When anthropologist Nick Thatcher rocks up in town, she decides for the good of the Pack that he needs to go.
Maggie is initially harder to love than Mo. In the first novel she was an uber bitch and deserved to be taken down, hard. Here though, she has finally been given an outlet for anger and been able to channel it into being the Alpha. She doubts her ability which is why she is so quick to fight everyone and makes stupid choices at times. She is after all going through growing pains. When a new group of werewolves look to take over our pack’s territory, she steps up though and takes a more mature approach. It is quite funny watching her struggle over her attraction for Nick and attempt a real relationship. He is nerdy, a Trekkie lover (which earned big points from me) and the exact opposite of her. She is torn because she needs to start popping out puppies to give the pack much needed heirs, protect the pack’s wolfy secret and take care of everyone. It isn’t her fault that Nick smells so damn good. The first story dealt almost equally with Mo and Cooper’s respective pasts. This one skimps over Nick’s and instead strengthens the pack’s dynamics. He is willing to sacrifice so much for Maggie it is a shame he wasn’t further developed.
The secondary cast is expanded yet again with the valley pack folk. Billie who suffered from dementia was a nice touch and reminded me just how ‘human’ much of the pack is. They even have an account to cover the senior citizens bills and medicine. Gandhi once said something like you can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members and that is definitely the case for the valley pack and Maggie. Ordinarily animals would sacrifice those who were weak and yet the community takes care of them.
The novel covers a substantial amount of time. The extra time should have allowed us to enjoy the gradual development of Nick and Maggie’s relationship but we don’t really see why Nick became besotted with Maggie or when they moved from lust to love. The butt biting scene was hilarious though. There was another mystery that had to be solved and just like last time the clues were nicely interwoven.
I really enjoyed this book even though it is quite different from the previous one. Read it for the female Alpha trying to find her way with her new pack and the man that is willing to support her endeavours but not try and take over.