Grade: 4 stars out of 5
This is the second Molly Harper novel I’ve read and here are two things I’ve learned this far: she likes writing about the South and she makes awkward moments funny/sweet. The title itself, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, is both funny and awkward.
Mo, whose real name is not any better, decides to move to middle-of-nowhere, Alaska to start a brand new life. Leaving her old marketing job and her suffocating parents behind, Mo wants a clean new slate. She’s fresh meat in the small town where outsiders are exactly welcomed with open arms. And Cooper is the committee head. He also just happens to be Mo’s closest neighbor and hot, hot, hot. Too bad he’s a jerk.How to Flirt with a Werewolf is a little charming book that makes reinventing one’s self fun! Mo is the girl to be who knows how to take a flirt and flirt right back. She’s not so serious as to not take a good joke, but not too careless that she’ll fall under any guy’s spell. He has to work for it.
While Mo and Copper still have that instant connection, Molly Harper doesn’t take that route. Instead Mo leads her life in Grundy, Alaska as she would have without a man on her arms. She makes friends, acquaintances, gets a job, and rekindles her love of cooking and baking. She lives an independent, happy single life for a while. Harper allows the readers to view Mo as a character and focus solely on her for a good portion of the novel. This lets the reader get a good feel of Mo and her quirks, her family, and her personality.
The banter between Cooper and Mo only adds to the fun and sexiness of the novel. However, Cooper’s own family troubles add to the simmering pot of seriousness just as Mo’s decision to leave her old life. Cooper is the alpha of the town’s wolfpack, but a past action forces him to leave. Now, tourist and towners are being killed by a wolf and he’s not sure if it’s him or not. Cooper’s insecurities makes him less grumpy (and less of jerk).Cooper is more sensitive and concerned about everything then we originally see. He’s one big-ol’-softy inside.
The mystery behind the deaths adds a level of suspense that I would have never imagined. It was done well considering what I had already presumed based off the appearance and the genre of the book.
Looking forward to more of Molly Harper’s works.
Source: review copy from Pocket Books
Published: 2011, February 22