The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
|Series||Grundy Werewolves #2|
|Tags||humor, modern, paranormal romance, werewolves|
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.
Review & Comments
Although this is the second book in the series, it's perfectly feasible to jump right in here without reading the first book, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf ... which is convenient since this is all together a better book than the first.
Maggie is the young, female alpha of her pack - characteristics that make her unusual and make her life very interesting. She's got an agressive intolerance for bullshit that serves her well as alpha and also makes for a very satisfying narrator.
Her lead male, Nick, is a bit stereotypical and not as fleshed out as he could be. But his sterotype isn't the normal brooding alpha romance male or the common slick'n'sexy romance male. In fact, the author almost manages to pull off an actual geek. (So long as you ignore the way she mangles MMO history.) Nick's role here, though, is really as a setting for Maggie - and he does an excellent job of that.
The plot and pacing both are much tighter than in the first book. About halfway through I thought I had the whole thing figured out. I didn't. I did have some of it figured out, though, so when the whole thing was revealed I felt both clever and surprised.
I also found myself laughing quite a bit. Maggie's voice isn't unique - she'll blend into the sarcastic not-too-girly wiseass paranormal humor romance character melange soon enough - but she is an excellent example of the type and a lot of fun to read.