Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

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. . . .

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Maggie seemed rather different in this book from how she was in book one of the series. Perhaps because of the large amount of growing up she did at the end of that one. It also seems that leading the pack has already changed her as well. She's far less self-centered, less angry and prone to violence, and much more of a worry-wort. It takes some time to adjust to since you got used to thinking of her as Cooper's shrewish sister, but ultimately this Maggie is far more likeable.

Nick is an interesting guy, though is a bit too much of a stereotypical academic nerd/geek at times. Still, he shows a good bit more backbone than one might expect. He's no alpha-male, but he still manages to stand up to his alpha-female mate just fine, instinctively knowing when to go with the flow and let Maggie have her way and when to put his foot down and hold his ground.

The story of their courtship is certainly amusing, though I thought it paled a bit compared to Cooper and Mo. Maggie and Nick certainly do seem to fit together well, but they lack a certain edge of excitement that seemed to go along with Cooper and Mo's romance. Perhaps because Mo is such an "out there" kind of character. It was nice to get to see them again here and was also nice to get to know more of the pack. The side-stories about the intruding pack and the attacks on Maggie were a bit predictable, but I still liked the way Harper wove in threads from the past and tied up some issues that we hadn't been aware were left unresolved.

A fun read, if you read and enjoyed How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. That said, you wouldn't necessarily have to read that book first to enjoy this one, though you'd certainly understand the back story that plays into things here better if you do.

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