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The first book in Molly Harper's uproariously funny, sinfully sexy new Mystic Bayou series!

Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay's career has taken a turn south.

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. Mermaids and gator shifters swim in the bayou. Spirit bottles light the front porches after twilight. Dragons light the fires under crayfish pots.

Jillian's first assignment for the League could be her last. Mystic Bayou is wary of outsiders, and she has difficulty getting locals to talk to her. And she can't get the gruff town sheriff, Bael Boone, off of her back or out of her mind. Bael is the finest male specimen she's seen in a long time, even though he might not be human. Soon their flirtation is hotter than a dragon's breath, which Bael just might turn out to be....

©2017 Molly White (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Great story but

This story is spot on Molly Harper. The characters are great and the angst is not over done. Amanda Ronconi did a wonderful job. The main turnoff was Jonathan Davis's editing. I really enjoyed his reading! He did a wonderful job bringing Bael to life. there were times his re-dos sounded like they were recorded over the phone and other times the quality made it sound like someone else was reading. Did anyone listen to this production before it was published? I'm a huge fan of two readers, they really bring a story to life, but the constant fluctuation of Jonathan's sections was distracting. As a side note, I would love to hear more from Jonathan in the future, I hope more books in this series hosts him as a narrator.

62 of 67 people found this review helpful

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As someone from Louisiana...

As someone from Louisiana, let me say that I always panic when I pick up an audible set in the bayou. There's too much that can go wrong for me. If the writer doesn't understand the culture or the narrator doesn't understand the accent, I just get annoyed. However, Molly Harper as well as Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis do a nice job here.

Molly Harper has spun a well developed tale with conflict, mystery, interesting characters and an interesting community. I was impressed by the story and would definitely pick up something else from her. I fell like she's probably not from Louisiana, maybe watched a lot of True Blood, but she didn't try to overdo it and shove in a lot of incorrect, Hollywood-ized cultural references. The only thing I can say with certainty is that you don't have crawfish boils on New Years (it's not the season) and you don't boil shrimp with your crawfish because their seasons don't run together. If that's the worst trespass she has, she's in good shape.

Speaking of True Blood, Jonathan Davis' Cajun accent is straight out of Bon Temps. As a matter of fact, he sounds just like Rene from season 1. It's not exactly accurate but it's not a complete disaster either. I appreciate the attempt and the effort to keep it natural and not overdone. Kudos to the narrators for a great job.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • 01-24-18

Dual Narrators Are Self Destructive

I understand that alternating chapters with alternating character points of view can indicate there should be dual narrators. Except that obviously the person narrating each chapter has a voice for both characters. So every other chapter the listener hears a different voice for each character. I apologize for not explaining this well, but Amanda Ronconi does a great job narrating the female and the male characters in the first chapter. Jonathan Davis does a good job too narrating the same male and female character. But it takes a bit of work on the listener's part not to be jerked out of the story by the change in the voice of these characters every other chapter.

Molly Harper writes good stories and this one survived the voice of each character changing constantly. This sort of thing works wonderfully if the book is read as a play with the same voice actor consistently reading the same part. But done like this it is distracting. Since most of Molly Harper's books are narrated by Amanda Ronconi and her male voices are consistently good it seems a shame fix something that is not broken.

59 of 71 people found this review helpful

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I Excited for What is to Come

I have always like Molly Harper's writing style and love Amanda Ronconi as the narrator of the books. I was excited for 2 reasons when I saw this title available for pre-order. First I get another town and area similar to Half-moon Hollow and all of the residents within. Second the addition of a male narrator. I have always loved Amanda Ronconi as the narrator for these books because of her ability to give each character their own voice. Johnathan Davis was good addition to the book but I could tell when they had him redo certain parts of the story and I even think I could tell when Amanda Ronconi redid some parts. It was not seamless as it should have been. That is the only issue I had to the performance. I have listened to many books with a male and female narrator and I am used to the fact that they both do female and male parts so it did not bother me too much.

Now on to the story, I loved the story line and the setup to what I hope will be another excellent series!!! I wish it was longer but I can forgive Molly Harper for that part. I love the tension and the buildup between Jillian and Bael throughout the story. I also love that we get to watch Jillian learn about the people of the town and even herself as she spends time in Mystic Bayou.

I cannot wait to see what will happen in Mystic Bayou!!!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Never get enough of Ms. Harper

Everything you've come to rely on from Ms. Harper is here - light, funny romance and some supernatural adventure. Others have disliked the dual narration but I loved it. Hope the rest in the series will also have both points of view.

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fun new series

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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Story/Character thoughts: This is a fun new series that brings everything I love about Molly Harper's quirky sense of humor into her characters. I love Mystic Bayou and how she has set the ground work for a fantastic series. Much like I claimed Dick in Jane's series, I am claiming Zed in this one :) However, you are really gonna love Jillian and Bael *snort* Bill! They are fun, hot, snarky, and perfectly imperfect which makes them fun. Also hot bedroom just saying :)

Audio Thoughts: Amanda Ronconi is perfect for Molly's humor and she does a fantastic job. Jonathon brings the perfect level of growly male to really hook you. They both did a fantastic job and it was a fun listen!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4.5 How to Date Your Dragon Stars

I am a huge Molly Harper, but not just Molly I also equally love Amanda Ronconi so when I saw they added another narrator. I was a little worried but not too much and let me tell you Jonathan Davis’s voice is the voice of Bael.

Jillian and Bael meet because she is set out to record the why’s of this town. Why does it work and how can it be replicated.

She works for a cooperation that wants to make the coming out of shifters and other creatures that live among the humans. It is Jillian’s job to show that many can live in one place and still live with human’s peacefully.

These characters are unique, witty, snarky and funny and you will not be disappointed in this story. You will get sucked in just as I have.

I love the back and forth between Jillian and Bael. But I also like the connection between all the character’s it feels like friends and that for me is the reason I like Molly’s work so much she can make 1 or 10 people in a book feel like your friend or friends and that is entertaining to me.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really good start

I love this story but I wish they had used just one narrator. Switching back and forth got very confusing and the characters had different personalities depending on the narrator.

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Loved Mystic Bayou, and its inhabitants

I enjoyed this first in series and loved the worldbuilding Harper created for the Mystic Bayou series. The story delivered a murder-mystery, humor, and romance, and I quickly imagined this paranormal romance series nesting among my favorites.

As one would expect of a small southern town, the folks in Mystic Bayou aren't exactly happy to see Jillian. They don't take kindly to strangers especially ones who intend to study them. From the moment Jilian parks her van outside of city hall and meets the mayor, a bear-shifter named Zed I am hooked. City Hall houses everything, including the local sheriff's office. Bael Boone, whom Jillian describes as the finest specimen of a man she has seen in a long time, is not at all happy to see Jillian. If he had his way, she'd be leaving town.  I loved their initial banter and couldn't wait for more!

The story, available first on Audio, is narrated by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis. Amanda was the perfect choice for Jillian. I was pleased they decided to add Jonathan Davis to the mix While he is a new to me narrator his accent and deep baritone voice lent itself perfectly to the male voices. He truly enhanced the humor, particularly for Zed and Bael.

Mystic Bayou is such a fascinating town. It consists of a tiny main street and then homes set along the bayou and deep in the woods. There are all sorts of creatures and some unusual anomalies which should prove to be very interesting. I loved the concept of Jillian being an anthropologist and interviewing residents. While she may not have field experience, her handling of the town and in particular Bael was well done and hilarious to witness. Groping shifters, pie, and Bael made for good times.

Harper threaded an exciting murder-mystery into the tale that added suspense and aided the romance. Harper wove humor, suspense, and romance together creating a fun, entertaining and engaging listen. There are well-placed sex scenes that were delicious without being overly detailed making this a good fit for everyone. I loved how the story wrapped up and teased us about what is to come.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really fun story

If you could sum up How to Date Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

Unusual, quirky, Fun!

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Date Your Dragon?

There were several really good parts. So many great characters - Zed and his mother, as well the main characters. Wasn't expecting Dave though!

What does Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked having Amanda Ronconi narrating the Gillian's chapters and Jonathan Davis narrating Bael's. Though I loved Jonathan Davis' impersonation of Zed - reminded me of The Jungle Book's Baloo.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, unfortunately I couldn't.

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  • jules
  • 01-31-18

New series has potential, but annoying audio

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if audio is improved (see below). I love Molly Harper & Amanda Ronconi, and have all their supernatural-themed audible books. I’m not that keen on chapters with alternating POV however, and think the story would read better from one perspective. I like the set-up for this new series, however. Mystic Bayou and its inhabitants are a lot of fun, and there is a huge range of characters and mythologies to explore alongside the how-to-protect-the-town storyline. Main character Gillian is clever, caring, funny, interesting: multi-dimensional and likeable. And realistic! You root for her and feel you could know her, which is exactly what I hope for in a book like this. Her love interest isn’t such a well-developed character, but is likeable.
I will keep an eye out for the next book, with fingers crossed that it’s a bit better (with the quality audio it deserves).

How could the performance have been better?

Switching between male & female performers was distracting. It’s not a play, so having F read some chapters and a M read others meant that you were hearing each character’s voice read by 2 people. No consistency. Also, unnecessary. A Ronconi is excellent at distinguishing a range of characters/voices.

Also, and this was a major issue for me, it sounded as if some passages had been re-recorded and edited on; every so often the tone would change for a few sentences as if the actor had been in a different place, nearer to the microphone etc - then it switched back to the main recording. This was really jarring.

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  • James
  • 02-05-18

Another instantly addictive book!

This woman makes by mike rides to work bearable!
Love her work, having read all her books. I always find a certain joy, in zoning out in a wonderfully rich and characterful story my Molly Harper

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  • Attila
  • 02-03-18

Excellent!

Unique world, unique story, unique characters, a very nice tale. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • patricis
  • 01-26-18

Excellent

Loved this new series. Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis brought the audio book to life.

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  • Roobarb
  • 01-26-18

This was fun

I loved this, dragons, gold, romance, intrigue, suspence and a flick to the end I didn't expect. Yes!

When's the next out? Can I have it now please?

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  • L
  • 01-25-18

Great

This was another great book by Molly Harper, and a fantastic start for a new series. It was pack full of the usual wit and humour you expect from this author, with well rounded characters and a fun storyline. The narration was really good as too which is always a plus. They both have clear, pleasant voices and did an amazing job of bringing the characters and story to life. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Nedine
  • 01-24-18

How to Date Your Dragon

What made the experience of listening to How to Date Your Dragon the most enjoyable?

This is where it fell down. I don't mind different narrators for different characters, but have two narrators for the same character makes the story very disjointed and hard to follow. I learn a characters 'voice' and having someone else then do that same voice just throws me off too much. I LOVE both Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi so writing this was difficult. I'm not knocking Jonathan Davis's work either. One or the other or one for each different character, not both doing the same please :)

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  • Vicki
  • 02-03-18

great story - nice to have a new idea from Molly.

What didn’t you like about Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis ’s performance?

Amanda was great, as always but there were inconsistencies in Jonathans' performance and issues with his production / editing. I would've preferred just Amanda.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful