"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. . . ." (Description from Amazon.com)
As mentioned in a previous, I love books that have football in it. I also harbor a second love in topics when it comes to books: werewolves. What can I say? I just love the lore author's come up with for werewolves. Maybe it started with the Twilight books but I suspect it truly started with Clay in "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong.
Library Reads (http://libraryreads.org/) featured Molly Harper's "How to Run with a Naked Werewolf". This, among libraries and librarians, is considered a very big deal. Library Reads is a great resource for readers and book buyers to see what the trends are. Typically, you'll see more 'serious' fiction on the list. Sure romance makes a good showing but this was the first I noticed a fantasy book at the top. As you can imagine, that caught my attention right away.
"How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" is the first in the series (listed above) by Molly Harper. I found this to be a fun, great read. Mo is running from over protective parents to start her life in a new place. (As a side note, Mo's interactions with her parents had me laughing out loud.) So, why not choose Alaska?! Mo was a Mississippi transplant. From there her adventure begins and it truly is an adventure.
I live in Minnesota and at times is actually colder than Alaska. This past week we actually hit -50 after windchill. So, I was truly impressed on how Harper got what the cold is like and how the Northerner's deal with it. Harper was able to express the crazy winter's we have in a very funny way that rang true to what I live in.
I truly had fun reading this book and loved the characters from how they interacted with each other to the personal development of Mo and Cooper. Oh and the conclusion of the mystery that was happening in the book. Just amazing. I didn't guess that it was who it was causing the 'trouble'. So, if you tend to skip ahead for a sneak peek, I wouldn't. Just so you can be surprised too!,
My husband looked at the cover one night while I was reading the book and ask where the naked werewolf was on the book. That's a tough one to explain and had me laughing. Really, doesn't he know that cloths don't 'pop' in and out like magic. Ok, maybe he didn't know that folk lore. We do see a naked werewolf early on, page 80 I think. However, this book isn't overly sexy. Which I know can be a question factor with the title and might scare some people off.
I look forward to reading the next book in this series, "The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf". Just as luck would have it, I spied it in our back area at the library getting ready to be cataloged!