Mass Market: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: Feb. 22, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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...
Mo Duvall-Wenstein (whose real name is quite a mouthful) grew up on a commune with hippy parents and spent pretty much her whole life avoiding that lifestyle and her parents' smothering attention. After engagement ended she moves across the country to Grundy--a very small town in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness where the nearest mall is hours away. Though she took a little getting used to the weather and wild animals, Mo made quick friends with the locals except for Cooper Graham who was quite vocal in telling her she should go back where she came from. But Mo and Cooper always seemed to run into each other and one night he showed up on her porch naked with a bear trap clamped around his ankle. It proved without a doubt Mo's suspicion that Cooper was a real, honest-to-goodness werewolf (unbeknownst to the locals). Unfortunately, a wolf has been attacking a few of the residents of Grundy and Cooper was half convinced it might be him (he can't remember what he does when he changes into a wolf). Mo, who was quickly falling for Cooper (werewolf and all), wasn't so sure.
If you're in the mood for a light and fun paranormal read, How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf is your book. I enjoyed this book for what it is--an undemanding read that entertained me for a few hours. I liked Mo's voice and appreciated her first-person narration that was filled with humor and some laugh out loud moments. She was different considering how she grew up and had a different way of seeing, saying and doing things--I can see why she easily accepted the whole werewolf thing. As for Cooper, he was surly and unfriendly in the beginning but he warmed up to Mo (to me too) and I ended up liking him. I thought the whole werewolf aspect was a bit tacked on though. Sometimes I wish the author just left off the paranormal bit of the book and just made it straight up contemporary romance but maybe that's just me. I was able to enjoy the book as a whole--the plot was well-paced, the characters were great, the setting perfect (I really like small town stories with the camaraderie between the locals) and the mystery of who was attacking the people. Though the book has some flaws overall I thought it was a light, entertaining read. I liked it! 3 out of 5 stars