What would you do if a naked man with a bear trap on his ankle showed up on your doorstep? Well, if you were Mo Wenstein, the protagonist of How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper, you’d let him in and help him out…and then sneak a peek at his package when he’s asleep.
Title: How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Book 1
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Available on Amazon in trade paperback, mass market paperback, Kindle and audiobook versions.
Summary of How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Mo was raised in Mississippi by her uber hippy parents (her real name is a string of non-traditional names starting with Moonflower) and practically ran to Alaska to get away from them – especially her overbearing mother who throws away her junk food and replaces it with organic, ecologically friendly fare.
In the small town of Grundy, where’s she’s rented (with an option to buy) a cabin, she makes friends with the owners of The Glacier, the local restaurant/bar hangout, and ends up with a job as cook when Buzz, the co-owner and cook accidentally slices into his own hand while trying to prove his knife is so sharp it can cut through glass.
But there’s this strange wolf hanging out about her place. And that same wolf rescues her from a trucker who tries to rob The Glacier. Not long after, the aforementioned naked man shows up on her doorstep and she discovers the one man who seems to hate her the most is a werewolf who kind of likes her.
Throw in a bit of mystery — is her werewolf boyfriend the wolf who is killing the residents of Grundy — sexual tension with the local ranger and you’ve got a paranormal romance with werewolves.
What Worked for Me
Like much of Molly Harper’s books, How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf features a cast of quirky characters from Abner, the old flirt, to Evie, the co-owner of the Glacier and part of a “deadline” of the werewolf clan. They were enjoyable and I found myself caring about them to some degree.
What Didn’t Work for Me
Another hallmark of Harper’s books is a romantic plot with plenty of sex. For me, about half of the sexual content of the book didn’t move the story forward, so I really didn’t care. This was the part of the book that read like a romance novel, which isn’t my thing.
This is typical paranormal chick lit. The book was basically that light, fluffy, guilty pleasure junk-food-for-the-brain that is easy to read and perfect for lazy days and airplane flights. It was well-written, but not typical of what I tend to enjoy reading.
Score for How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
NOTE: Although I received this book free to review, that did not affect my opinion of the book. Read past reviews of books I’ve received for free and you’ll know I don’t hold my punches.