The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio Review

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The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio ReviewThe Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Naked Werewolf #2
Published by Audible Inc., Simon and Schuster on March 29, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

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. . . .

My Initial Reaction…

When I started listening to The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf I was a bit disappointed. I had assumed that, like the Jane Jameson series, the Naked Werewolf series would all be told from the point of view of the first book’s MC – Mo. Yes, I’m perfectly aware that simply reading the synopsis would have adequately prepared me for this revelation, but I don’t read synopses of my favorite series. I just dive right in, because I like to be surprised. And despite my initial shock, this surprise turned out to be a good one too. I settled in and fell in love with my new MC  – Maggie – and gobbled the book up in just a couple days.

The Narration…

At this point, I am a broken record when it comes to Amanda Ronconi. I adore her and absolutely everything she does. She’s the perfect match for the witty, snarky characters that she’s always paired with. And she infuses her various voices with so much personality, you can’t help but forget your listening to a book. I always feel like I’m eavesdropping on my favorite characters, rather than reading a book. She’s that good.

The Characters…

Although we’ve switched point of view, we still have many of the characters that I grew to love in book 1. Mo and Cooper are prominent parts of the story, but now we’re seeing them from Cooper’s sister’s point of view. As great as they already were, seeing them from Maggie’s point of view was as great, if not better. Maggie is just as snarky as Mo, but with a grumpy, violent streak. I guess that’s the werewolf side of her. Where Mo was into lingerie and cooking – so girly stuff – Maggie is focused on her job as the areas newest (and first female) alpha. I loved seeing her take care of the pack. She worried about their safety and cared for each member, from the littlest members (such as Mo and Cooper’s little girl Evie) to the eldest and sickest (her aunt, Billy). And I loved seeing her grow into her role and herself. Particularly as she struggled with falling in love for the first – and since werewolves mate for life, only – time.

Her main love interest is another really great character. Nick is an outsider to Grundy, visiting on a research trip. He’s a doctor of zoology and his current project is finding the truth about werewolves. So from the start, Maggie has her haunches up about him. He’s a threat to her pack. But he’s a truly gorgeous, fabulously nerdy, threat. One that she just can’t help but drool over. But that doesn’t keep her from being grumpy towards him and pretty rude, in a fabulous Maggie fashion. He seems to love this treatment – because Maggie is real. She’s beautiful but not obsessed with her beauty. She speaks her mind. I loved seeing him try to seduce her and her trying to resist. Because not only is he the enemy, but he’s not a wolf. And as Alpha, Maggie feels the responsible thing to do is marry another wolf, increasing the chances that she will have pups (rather than deadliners).

The rest of the characters were great too. As usual, Molly Harper creates such wonderful small town/family dynamics that I find myself wanting to pack up and move to Grundy, Alaska in search of this wonderful community (despite being a Texan who hates the cold). They all just feel so real and inviting, you want to be part of their world. Well I do, at least.

The Story…

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is another feel good story. I laughed my ass off, smiled a lot, and rolled my eyes a little. I love this series, but the plots are not earth shattering or even mystifying. The mystery in this book, which once again surrounds a series of weird, unexplained casualties, was not at all difficult to figure out. And I couldn’t help but yell at Maggie a couple of times for not realizing what was plainly in front of her face. That didn’t keep me from enjoying the book at all, it’s just not 5 star, left me a mess because it was over territory.

Concluding Sentiments…

The Naked Werewolf series is a series that I love for the great, vivid characters, laugh-your-ass-off moments and sweet romances. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf didn’t disappoint on any of those fronts and I’m already diving into book 3.

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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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10 Responses to “The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio Review”

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Oh I totally agree! Loved Nick and Maggie as individuals and especially as a couple. Wish we had more of them in the third book 🙁
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      If you do read Molly Harper you need to listen! Amanda Ronconi narrates all her books and she’s in my list of top five narrators!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      POV changes really do always throw me for a loop, unless I get a warning. I get so attached to certain characters so it has to be good to keep my attention when I don’t get the character I was attached to.
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  1. Stormi
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    I listened to the Nice Girl series in audio but I read the naked series. I loved the first two and was not so in love with the third one, so I guess I am the total opposite of Felicia..lol. I guess it was because the third one was so much darker and not as funny is what I didn’t like about it and I felt disappointed since it felt like I had to wait forever for her to come out with the third one. 🙁
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I think most people were on one side of the spectrum or the other – loved the third one because it was darker or wished it had been more carefree and funny like the other ones in the series. I ended up loving it, but I definitely see how the change in tone could be disappointing.
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