How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper

Mo has run away from her life in the lower 48 to Alaska.  That's right, Alaska of all places.  Though her parents were the ultimate hippies, their sense of relaxation did not impact their views on rearing a child.  Mo's controlling mother regularly crossed the line with things like demanding medical  information from her OBGYN and breaking into her apartment to throw out anything that wasn't strictly vegan and organic.  After a lifetime of fighting to be what she viewed as "normal," Mo finally makes her escape to Alaska in the hope of finding a hunky man, breaking her parents ironclad control over her life and deciding who she really is outside of their influence.

As luck would have it, Mo runs into the surly Cooper and though he is rude and cold, Mo finds herself attracted to him.  When he shows up one day with a bear trap on his leg, Mo takes him in and discovers Cooper's big secret - he's a werewolf.  This should be troubling enough to deal with but when tourists start to go missing and wolf tracks appear around the bodies, Mo must question whether the affable man that she has come to love has embraced his animal instincts too much.

I'll be honest, I picked up this book fully aware that it is paranormal chick lit.  If you pick up How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf with that in mind, it's not really a bad read. Harper includes some rather funny dialog about the trauma of growing up with vegan, environmental parents in a disposable disengaged culture.  Let's be honest, we all know that we should eat organic, avoid nitrates and buck the system when we can, but when you're young, all you really want is to fit in.  I found myself giggling at Mo's history, even as I agreed with her mother on the evils of Walmart. 

As protagonists go, Mo is a little spunky but not to the point of irritation.  Yes, it's probably not a good idea to punch or pepper spray a werewolf but at the same time, it's hard to see this as a negative when it's done in the defense of someone she loves. However, I would have preferred Mo's instances of bravery to work out more in her favor, rather than being saved by the intervention of others. There was however the scene with the bear which made no sense to me.  Okay, you see a big grizzly and freeze, which is acceptable.  What isn't acceptable is remembering that you have pepper spray unfreezing and then still not using it.

Mo is extremely sex positive and talks about buying condoms in bulk with no sense of shame.  There is no slutshaming throughout the book, which was something of a relief to me.There were a few sex scenes but I didn't feel the need to skim because they were rather brief. 


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