Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys 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 cant seem to convince Nick to leave... and even worse, she cant 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 cant 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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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.
I liked the story overall however the details were plain and non complicated. No twists and turns and I did not find myself holding my breath at any point imagining what might happen next. Molly Harper's wit and clever comments is what made this story funny and entertaining. So worth listening to just to laugh at her sharp witty comments.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary 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.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Both this one and the first book where hilarious. After the fist book I wasn't sure I was going to like Maggie, because she left something to be desired. But she makes a turn about in this book and it is a great read.
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.
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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!
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DNF at 70%
There was nothing wrong with this book, other than the fact that I was bored out of my mind and I felt no chemistry between Maggie and Nick.
Hmm... well I guess something was wrong with this book after all.
I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator, Amanda Ronconi, really puts her all into her characterizations. She is lively and tries her best to make the book funny and entertaining. However, though she does awesome male voices and I liked her female voices overall, her Maggie voice, combined with Maggie's tomboyish persona, came across as sort of... how do I put this... butch.
Okay, I'll just come out and say it, Maggie seemed like one giant lesbian.
If the author didn't repeatedly tell us that Maggie was interested in Nick, I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised if Maggie started hitting on that hoochie waitress at Mo's diner and got it on with her in the parking lot. She came across as super not interested in men, and the sort of deep audiobook voice of Maggie didn't help matters.
I also thought that the plot dragged and, honestly, I just didn't care to finish it. I didn't actively dislike it but it was nothing more than blah for me.
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.
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