Baring It All Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone's throw from Grundy, Alaska.
So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley's pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt.
What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can't seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can't convince "herself "to stay away from "him.
"Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley.
With interpack war threatening, Maggie can't afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Pocket Books
Three and a half stars: A fun romantic romp in the Alaskan wilderness with some werewolves.
Maggie has no time for silly girlish things and romance. She is the alpha of her pack, and it is her responsibility to keep her family and friends safe from the outside world. So when a scientist shows up in Grundy intent on researching rumors about werewolves, Maggie's hackles rise. She intends to run him out of town, but then a funny thing happens. Maggie is inexplicably attracted to Nick the scientist. Then trouble strikes, and Maggie finds herself forced to make some hard decisions. Will she be able to get rid of the intruder and keep her pack safe?
What I Liked:
- The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is a fun read with plenty of humor and romance. I love the small town setting, the characters and the romance, not to mention the snark. This is a great book for winter as it is set in Alaska, and it has a nice cozy feel.
- Maggie is an interesting heroine. I know that she may not appeal to everyone because she is prickly, antagonistic and forceful, but I actually like her. She is a tough no nonsense girl, who is used to hanging with the guys, or wolves in her case. Maggie is the alpha of the pack, so she is often forced to make some hard choices. I appreciate that she has a good head on her shoulders, and that she has the best interest of the pack in mind. However, she does have a softer side, and it is exposed in this book. If you weren't the biggest fan of Maggie in the first book, I think you will warm up to her in this one. She makes me laugh.
- The romance is one that starts out with an instant attraction, and then it turns antagonistic. Maggie does everything she can to shake Nick off, but he is determined. What makes it even more fun is that Maggie isn't exactly a girl who believes in romance. I thought the romance was funny and I liked that it had some heat.
- What makes this book shine are the eclectic secondary characters. I love that this book is set in small town where everyone knows one another as the majority of them are werewolves. I love the cast of characters. Cooper, Samson and Pops are some of my favorites.
- I loved returning to the confines of Grundy, Alaska. I always enjoy a book with a small town setting, and I like spending time in Alaska with this fun cast of characters. Not to mention there is lots of mentions of delicious comfort foods.
- There is also a mystery along with the romance, and I admit, I was a bit caught of guard by the reveals. One completely took me by surprise. I liked the twists at the end, and I was pleased with the way it all settled out.
- I like that there is plenty of humor and snark. I am always up for a book that will make me laugh.
- This is a companion novel, you can easily jump in and read it without having read the first book as it features a different set of protagonists. Granted, the characters from the previous book are present, but this isn't their story. Even though you can read this as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the first one as it is so much fun.
- The book ends with a nice Epilogue a few months down the road. There are no loose ends and no cliffhanger.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I enjoyed the romance, I felt like there was a bit of something missing. It starts out as lust, and then it quickly moves forward. I never understood Nick's attraction. I wish that there had been a bit more depth and development.
- I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt. There are suddenly two big pivotal events, and I found myself wanting to explore one of the story lines in more depth. I wish that there had been more focus on the intruders.
- The story with the bad guy was weak. I felt like it was more of a distraction, and I think it could have been left out.
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is a light, fun read for those who want a romance with a bit of paranormal flair. This book has a terrific cast of characters, a great setting and an entertaining romance along with plenty of humor. This is an excellent winter read, perfect for when you want something upbeat and cozy.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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