Audio Review | How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

October 7, 2013 Reviews 35

Audio Review | How to Flirt with a Naked WerewolfHow to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Naked Werewolf #1
Published by Audible Inc., Simon and Schuster on February 22, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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. . . .

My Initial Reaction…

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf was a lot of fun to read. It had likable characters, a good story line, and was hilarious (which I expected from a Harper-Ronconi book).

The Narration…

I have yet to be disappointed by Amanda Ronconi’s narration. She always delivers an A+ performance. Not only does Ronconi use different, vividly distinct voices for all of the characters, but I think she breathes additional life into them. She’s the perfect match for witty, snarky characters – which is exactly the kind of characters that Molly Harper seems to live writing. Definitely recommend this duo.

The Characters…

Mo is the rebellious daughter of two hippies. Which means that she seeks things like public education, meat, processed foods, and cellphones. In her boldest move of rebellion, Mo moves to Alaska while her way-too-involved parents are away at a protest rally so she can get some distance from them and find herself. The dynamic Mo has with her parents forms only a small, albeit hilarious, backdrop to the story. Where we really see Mo is as she establishes herself in the small town of Grundy; as a 29 year-old ad executive, she’s pretty much doomed to stand out as an outsider. I loved seeing Mo get to know her neighbors and fall into the rhythm of her day-to-day life. She’s one of those genuinely good people that you just love knowing. Combine that with a snarky attitude, a bit of naivete , and the craziness that comes when you find you’re living among werewolves and you’ve got a great character.

When we meet Cooper, he’s the aloof, rude, yet ridiculously hot character. So yeah, it’s a little predictable, but in an enjoyable way. There’s no doubting that he’s obviously going to have a past that explains that behavior. And you know there’s going to be some hot scenes with him. And you’d be right. But there’s also some really funny moments and I enjoyed the way he and Mo interacted. And being rough around the edges really is part of his appeal. Ultimately, he’s not the deepest of characters, but an enjoyable one to get to know and laugh along with (or at, as the case may be).

I really loved the wide range of quirky supporting characters. As I’ve come to expect from Harper, the supporting characters are developed enough for you to grow to know and like them. Their interactions with Mo, as she grows to know them on a closer level, are usually pretty funny. Sometimes they’re also pretty heartwarming.

The Story…

The main story of How to Flirt with a Naked Werwolf centers on Mo, who’s just been dumped by her fiancee and decided that it’s time to change something. So she’s left behind family in friends in the South and traveled by car to her new home in Alaska. She’s come with some savings, no job, and really no plan. So a big part is just seeing how she’ll make it work in the small town of Grundy. But to complicate things, she discovers that werewolves are real and one (maybe even some) of them is quite possibly killing hikers. And, since she’s one of the few who knows about werewolves, she feels like she needs to do something. On top of all that, she has a really sweet Ranger and a not so sweet, but  very hot, werewolf interested in her. Normal, safe and sweet or scary, irritating, or hot? What’s a girl to do? Duh!

For me this was a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end. There wasn’t a chapter that didn’t have me laughing and I really enjoyed all the character’s interactions. There were times where I wanted to shake Mo and make her see what was right in front of her, but there were plenty of times where I was just as surprised as she was, if not more so. The plot had some definite twists and turns to keep you on your toes and move the story forwards.

Concluding Sentiments…

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet read with an enjoyable storyline, I recommend How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. It’s definitely a sweet, happily ever after kind of story – expect to smile and laugh out loud frequently.
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About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicorns and bleeding roses, I was writing essays about having political arguments with my dad at the dinner table. (Whoever made the other person laugh at their own political party won the argument.) I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, but I also knew there was very little chance I could make a living writing books, so I went for the next best thing – newspaper writing.

I majored in print journalism at Western Kentucky University and used my shiny new degree to get a job at my hometown newspaper. I married my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. And for six years, I wrote about school board meetings, quilt shows, a man “losing” the fully grown bear he kept as a pet in his basement, and a guy who faked his death by shark attack in Florida and ended up tossing pies at a local pizzeria.

I loved my job at the paper. I loved meeting new people every day and never knowing where I would end up. But somehow, the ever-shifting schedules of a police officer and a reporter did not equal “family friendly.” One of us needed to take a normal job for the sake of our young daughter. I took a secretarial position at a local church office, which left me with dependably free evenings for the first time in my adult life. David was working the night shift that summer and I was losing.my.mind. We were living in “The Apartment of Lost Souls” while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the “blue screen of death.” Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter of potty-training for about six months.

Normally, when things get tough, I can take solace in reading. But I surveyed my packing box of favorite books with the apathetic air of someone who stands in front of the open refrigerator for 10 minutes and can’t find anything. Nothing sounded good. So I just sat down and started writing something I would want to read.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

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35 Responses to “Audio Review | How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf”

    • Berls
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      Oh I love audio books – but the narrator is so important to enjoying it. I really recommend Amanda Ronconi for a first narrator, she’s really adds so much to a book – so this would be a great one to start with 🙂

  1. BookLady

    What a fun book! Love paranormal romance with a little humor. I don’t have any audiobooks, but your review on this narration has caught my interest.

    • Berls
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      If you think there’s any chance you’ll like audio books I really recommend starting with one narrated by Amanda Ronconi. And Ronconi narrates several Harper books – which are all pretty funny (at least that I’ve read so far).

    • Berls
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      Molly Harper has become one of my go-to feel good, lol authors. I’m hoping to get in another one of her books sometime this month.

      And good luck in the giveaway 🙂 I love having some money to throw at pre-orders. I need to try the Dresden books again though, book 1 was only ok for me.

    • Berls
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      I haven’t read BDB, (I know, I know, I have to!) but I definitely agree that’s it’s not your typical paranormal series. I hope you enjoy it – I’m sure it’s got to be just as good reading, since Molly Harper’s writing is great. I’m pretty partial to Amanda Ronconi, but I do understand not liking audios!

    • Berls
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      The waiting is killer! I’m going to be perfectly timed since the next one comes out end of this year and I still have #2 to listen to. But then the waiting will begin :/ I’m quickly becoming a Molly Harper fan though, so I’ll need to work my way through all her books while I wait.

  2. Janie McGaugh

    I love quirky characters and great character interactions, so the book sounds great. It’s important to me that the narrator be able to do justice to all the characters of both genders, so I appreciate your review.

    • Berls
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      Thanks Janie! Amanda Ronconi is an incredible narrator and she’s particularly good at quirky characters, so I think you’d really enjoy this one on audio. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Jenea! I highly recommend it for an audio read – Ronconi is just such a great narrator. It’s not heavy on the werewolf side of things IMO but there’s enough there to add a nice twist to what would otherwise be a sweet humorous romance.

    • Berls
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      Thanks Kimba! It is funny and sweet. I love the Alaskan setting – it made me want to be there, and I hate the cold LOL.

      And you know I love Amanda Ronconi – I’ll recommend her til I’m blue in the face! A definite good pick for your second audio read. 🙂

    • Berls
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      LOL well it’ll definitely be different from The Civil War. Seriously though, if you’re going to be trying out an audio read for the first time Amanda Ronconi is the way to go. She is my all-time favorite narrator. If you check out my reviews by audio book narrator you’ll see that the majority are by here. This is a feel good read – I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. Cali W.

    Great review! This book sounds so funny and it has werewolves, which are my favorite! <3

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      It’s definitely funny! The werewolf angle is subdued in comparison to a lot of paranormal I’ve read, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks Cali!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I was wondering how it was as a read versus audio. I know Ronconi brings a lot to the table, but I think Harper writes such great characters and dialogue – so I’m not surprised it was a good read. Thanks Julie!

  4. salena smith

    I love Happily ever after kinda reads! Thanks for the great review. A good review makes me want to read a book even more. I think I will like this one. Happy Reading v-v

    • Berls
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      Thanks Salena. This is such a happy read, so if that’s your thing, you’ll enjoy it. The narration is incredible – I highly recommend that audio version.

  5. Pamela D

    I am always looking for good audio books (I am a wee bit particular), so I will have to give this book a listen. Thanks for not only reviewing the book but the audio book reader too. You can’t assume that the audio book is good just because the book is.

    If I win the giveaway, I would buy Parasite and a few Sookie Stackhouse audio books (I am addicted to them right now).
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    • Berls
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      I couldn’t agree more – finding good narrators is like finding buried treasure for me! Amanda Ronconi is great IMO – I’ve reviewed several books with her narrating (in fact, her narration is what brought me to Molly Harper’s books). I hadn’t heard that the Sookie Stackhouse audio books were good, I’ll have to check them out. Good luck in the giveaway! 🙂

  6. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla

    Im not fan of an audiobook.. but this book will surely am! Just reading the blurb and your review got me excited to read it. I mean i love werewolf, the romance between Mo and Cooper and also the mystery behind the wolf attacks! Thank you again! ^_^

      • Berls
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        You bet! I’m glad it caught your interest. You can definitely just read it instead of doing the audio version. I obviously recommend the audio, and Ronconi’s the way to go if you’re new to audios, but I’m sure the book would be just about as fun reading 🙂

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