Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review of How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper


How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Oh boy! I forgot how much I love this author. Her humor, her writing, her cute first person POV heroine with the great one-liners. This book was just what the doctor ordered to erase the disturbing bearotica images from my traumatized brain.

First of all, the cover is adorable and original in the world of romance novels. Love it! Second of all, this story is set in Alaska, home of many big, burly, hairy guys. And bears.

(Hmmm. I didn't realize how many similarities this book has with Bearotica: Hot and Hairy Fiction. Disturbing.)

Anyhow, right from the beginning of the book, I knew I was going to like it....

"Our conversation was interrupted several times by locals who approached me to introduce themselves. Well, local men who approached me to introduce themselves. Big, burly, and in most cases barely shaved, they were polite, even courtly, as they sidled up to my bar stool......" (Hold on a minute while I check air fare to Alaska.....)

OK! I'm back. Too expensive.

The premise for the story is great....a city girl escapes to Alaska to start a new life free of her hippy parents' interference. The hippy parents and Mo's atypical upbringing are hilarious. The werewolf hero, Cooper, is sexy and protective, although we don't really get to know him well enough in my opinion. And the icing on the romance novel cake? There is a dachshund in this book! An argyle-sweater-wearing, bear-fighting weenie dog. Super epic win!

Harper's humor is her strong point. The story soars when Mo is making funny observations about life in Alaska. As the story skips to more disturbing material (bloody werewolf deaths, an attack on Mo, etc), the story is not as effective and the pacing sometimes drags. I also thought we didn't get to know Cooper well enough. He spends a lot of time scowling and brooding, (and of course having fantastic sex with the heroine), but not enough time getting to know her.

In spite of these shortcomings, I loved the story. I was worried about Alan, the rejected suitor looking for love in the wilds of Alaska, and Harper wrapped up that loose end in a sweet and tidy way. (Which involved purchasing mega-packs of condoms at Bulk Wonderland...hee hee!).

This is a sweet, fun story, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series, The Art Of Seducing A Naked Werewolf.

Grade: B+

Penelope

12 comments:

JenM said...

I'm assuming you are now permanently off bear shifter stories LOL. Not that there are that many out there but just in case you get the urge to read about some sexy bears, I think Shelly Laurenston wrote a couple and I recently read one by Dana Marie Bell that was pretty hot.

I wanted this book before, but now that I know there's a dachshund in it, there's no way I'm going to be able to resist the one-click button.

Penelope said...

Hee hee hee! Actually, Jen, Bearotica is NOT bear-shifter stories. I love bear-shifter stories (have you read the Sherrilyn Kenyon books? Love those bears!). I also read one of the Shelly Laurenston books....loved the polar bear hero, he was adorable. Bearotica is gay male stories about "bears"....big, hairy dudes. Ack! So, no more bearotica books for me....but I'll keep reading the bear-shifter books. :^)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I can't wait to read this. Molly is from Kentucky and I'm moving to Kentucky this summer.

Awesome review.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

About bears = I've always called my hubby that (though he is not nearly that hairy) and was shocked to find the term is a popular in the gay community. How did I learn this? A stand-up comedian.

I'm so out of touch ;)

Penelope said...

Juju....you will love this book! It is really funny and cute. I obviously like men who are "beary"...hee hee. But that bearotica book I was reading was just too much for me. I like romance much better than erotica.

JenM said...

Yes, I got that Bearotica was not about shifters, I just figured you might be off any types of bears permanently after that. When you first posted the description I thought, "Oh no, don't open that book", but you seemed pretty determined....

I once had a roommate who was dating a guy who was, well, a bit hairy. She called him "the missing link" (not in a mean way - she really liked him).

Penelope said...

Hi Jen! The missing link! That is hilarious! My whole thing about hairy guys is....they gotta own it. Not try to wax themselves bald. Own their hairiness! hee hee....

Molly Harper said...

While the "bear-otica" references make me uncomfortable, I appreciate your vote of confidence. Great review! Thanks.

Penelope said...

Molly! Thanks so much for stopping by. I loved this book....anything with big, burly Alaskan guys and dachshunds is a sure thing!

Sorry to disturb you with the bearotica references. Thanks to 2 diabolical bloggers who shall remain nameless (Kate and Mandi), I was forced to endure torturous bearotica stories this week. But your book fixed my wounded psyche. Thanks!

:^)

Molly Harper said...

No worries, it actually involved an interesting debate between me and my husband about whether I was misinterpretting the meaning of "bear." :)

Rolling Muse In The Roses said...

This looks like an awesome book! A must have. :) Can't wait.

Penelope said...

RMITR--It's a great read...I def. recommend it!