Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .
Four Stars: A cute, cozy, romantic werewolf romp in Alaska!
Mo stretches out her cramped legs. After an endless cross country drive, she has safely arrived at Grundy, Alaska, population: sparse. Mo is ready for an adventure and a new beginning after being dumped by her fiancé. She packed her bags and escaped while her meddling hippie parents were away. Now she is here in Alaska in a small one street town. Before long, Mo settles in and even becomes accepted by the locals, thanks to her delicious home cooking. Everything is great, except for Cooper, the town grump. Mo is surprised and scared to find a wolf prowling around her house, a black wolf with shocking green eyes that, in fact, remind her a bit of Cooper's eyes. Before long, Mo learns that werewolves are real and there is a dangerous wolf preying on people. Will Mo survive her first winter in Alaska?
What I Liked:
I picked this book up because I was looking for a light, fun pick me up and this author came highly recommended by other bloggers. I wasn't disappointed. I immediately fell in love with the small town of Grundy, Alaska and all of its fun and eclectic inhabitants. The tiny town provides an excellent cozy background for this romantic, suspenseful and humorous story. If you are like me and in the market for a comfortable and cheerful book during the winter, this is an excellent pick. Truly, Grundy Alaska is a great place to visit.
Mo, the charming heroine, is a character who is easy to like. She is smart, funny, resourceful, and she has a lively and eccentric past considering the fact that she was reared by a couple of hard core hippies. Her full name screams hippie weirdo, I won't share her name because that is part of the fun. I loved the amusing stories of her colorful past, and I laughed at the antics of her meddlesome mother. It was easy to understand why she wanted to get away. Even though her relationship was a bit strained with her parents due to their out there beliefs and overbearing protectiveness, I liked that by the end, things were moving into new and unchartered positive territory.
I loved the comfortable cozy vibes of this book from the cheerful camaraderie of the townsfolk who take Mo in under the wing, to the saloon with Mo's delicious, mouthwatering comfort food. I seriously wanted to pull up a chair and have a helping of Mo's food. I loved the people of the town and I got lost in the confines of Grundy.
The paranormal twist slipped into the story without too much fuss which was nice. It is a bit on the light side so it doesn't overpower the comfortable charm of this book. If you don't usually read Paranormal Romance, I think you would be okay with this book as it is so fun.
I liked the humor and slight sarcasm. It isn't over the top or laugh out loud funny, but it will definitely bring a smile to your face.
The romance takes its time building. It starts off antagonistic and then moves into a slight attraction before exploding into steamy passion. It moves at a realistic pace and I appreciated there were some bumps in the road before it settled in.
I enjoyed the suspense and mystery layered with the romance. I thought it was the right balance and that it blended together beautifully.
The whole werewolf aspect was a bit weak by paranormal standards. Some might consider the wolves more shapeshifters rather than werewolves as they can shift at will and they aren't controlled by the phases of the moon. There is a brief explanation as to how the wolves came into existence, and I found it lacking and wanted more. However, I did appreciate that the whole werewolf phenomenon didn't overtake the story and ruin the cozy charm.
I was surprised at how quickly Mo pieced together that Cooper was a werewolf and then accepted it like it was no big deal without much explanation. I was expecting her to be a little bit more freaked out and to want to know way more especially after their first encounter the first night she was at her cabin.
The story builds toward the long Alaskan winter and I was fully expecting to bundle in with repeated snowstorms. I was wanting to see Mo flounder around a bit in her first real winter, but surprisingly, the story glosses over most of the winter and doesn't give it much time. You would think a book set in Alaska would be all about the harsh winter, but this one isn't.
There is this big, dramatic scene involving Cooper having to go back to his family because of his ailing grandfather. Then the grandfather is forgotten and I wanted to know what happened to him. Did he recover?
- This is a minor spoiler.... a character gets pregnant with a werewolf baby, and we learn that a werewolf baby gestation is only six months. I was curious to see how they were going to handle the whole pregnancy and pass it off as normal, but the book ends before that happens.
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a cute, cozy pick me up read perfect for the winter months. It has a sizzling, slow burning romance and a suspenseful mystery as well as endearing and fun characters. Grab this one, cozy up and enjoy your time in Grundy. I think you will want to go back after you finish!
"However, I think my potential suitors were thinking more along the lines of: Breasts? (Check.) Pulse? (Optional, but check.)"
"Oh, honey, you're reasonably attractive and have all your teeth. You're the hottest thing this town's seen since Herb Thorpe got half-scrambled Cinemax on his satellite."
"You're still naked!" I called, smiling nastily. "It's cold outside. Expect shrinkage."
"It was home, what home was supposed to be, someone to eat with, to talk to, to sleep with, always touching, always connected, as if we were afraid that when one of us woke up, the other would disappear like a dream."
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.