The story line was very good, kept me guessing until the end. A lot of humor woven into the mystery made the overall story very good. Performance was great! Made me want to listen to all of her other books.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Molly Harper has a new fan. Light, funny listen that has a charming story and down to earth characters. This is the second in the series and it could stand alone but it was more enjoyable for me to have been already friendly with the characters.
Romance, forbidden love and family obligation surround a surely girl and an handsome academic. The whole small Alaskan town, (whom which most are related), is all a flutter over this coupling. An adventurous, comical tale that is enjoyable, light entertainment.
Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator for this genre and does a spot on job capturing all of the nuances of the different characters. I would recommend this series and I hope there will be more.
Firstly, I definitely recommend beginning with "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf." I won't say that you'll be completely lost, but beginning with first book will help you to better understand what's going on in this one. I had my doubts regarding whether or not this would be as interesting and funny as the first book, but it definitely is. Harper does not disappoint and Ronconi is the perfect narrator for this series. The only somewhat negative thing I would say about this audio-book is that since it was narrated by the same person, with the same voice, it took me a while to get used to the fact that it was the voice of Maggie, not Mo. But of course, that is very minor.
I haven't read the print version, but the performance was fun in the audio.
Great characters and writing.
Amanda does a great job distinguishing the voices of the different characters in a believable way.
It made me laugh.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This is my favorite book from this author. This story is very funny, interesting, romantic and it has some twist and turns that you don't expect. I have listened to this book several times and enjoy it everytime. Amanda Ronconi also did an excellent job changing her voice for the different characters. Excellent book!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I have put off writing a review on this book for a while now. I listened to it after devouring How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf which I adored. I was not as enamored of this one, however I did like it.
First the not so good:
Molly Harper has a few issues and one of them is character development of her female leads. They tend to all be snarky, sarcastic, know it all's, in some cases to the point of frustration as with Maggie's character. I suggest not reading or listening to all of her books back to back. >.> Another issue that's less annoying, but noticeable is her books are full of pop culture references, which might date them.
Maggie's character is a bit hard headed, arrogant and generally not as smart as she thinks she is. There is a scene with her truck that solidifies the not smart comment, but I just had to remind myself that not everyone was taught by a woman that learned to drive a vehicle without brakes, but then I mutter'she knew enough to check her car afterwards?'
This book spends a lot more time on everything but the relationship between Maggie and Nick so the relationship feels forced and Nick doesn't feel very fleshed out.
Second the stuff that makes it worth your time:
There are many humorous moments in the book, quite a few that really made up for the annoyances I had. The story is entertaining and fun.
Where Molly Harper shines is her characters are funny, they can do some really silly things and have enough of a sense of humor about themselves to make the listener feel as if they can understand them and forgive them for being themselves. You want to follow them on their journey and you do end up rooting for them.
Amanda Ronconi is excellent. I really like how she voices these characters. My only issue is her male voices can be a bit off, but that's a minor complaint as her tone and the care she seems to have for the characters really make these books worth the listen.
audiobook junkie, listen to at least 2 a week-- in traffic, while cleaning, laundry, boredom.. Fav is paranormal, romance, erotica...
Molly Harper is always funny, and I truly think she can pick me up, no matter what mood i am in. The Alaska werewolf series isn't as engrossing (for me) as the vamp series, but its still very much worth the listen. I listened to the Alaska were-series over the winter holidays, and was totally engrossed. Nick and Maggie hit the right note of innocent first love story and hot romance, sprinkled with a bit of family/pack angst. Maggie's internal struggle seemed spot on and very believable. Nick was humanly hot and down to earth. It was a great LOL ride.
*Sigh* I was already biased against Maggie from book 1.
Maggie was such a mean, angry, antagonist, petulant...I can really go on but I won't. I just pictured a woman who has the need to dominate everyone. CHYNA, THE WRESTLER.
In this book, we get to hear Maggie's voice. She is more warrior princess than disturbed fighter. I even like Nick, but Maggie's personality just dwarfs everything and everyone. She is alpha, responsible for protecting the pack etc. so now she is XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS.
Amanda Ronconi does well as always but it was hard to get over the distaste I had for Maggie. I do like her now, but her story wasn't as entertaining as her brother Cooper's book. But the again, this series isn't as entertaining as Half Moon Hollow. I will listen to book 3 next week though.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I could read everything these two collaborate on (that's not the right word, but you get the picture). Amanda was made to read Molly Harper.