Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Publisher: Pocket Books/Audible Inc
Publication date: March 29th 2011
Length: 8 hrs 4 minutes
My rating: 3.5 stars
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.My Thoughts:
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. . . .
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf was cute, entertaining and filled with humor; the perfect kind of book to put a smile on your face and lighten your mood.
I met Maggie in the first book. She’s Cooper’s sister and the chosen Alpha of their pack when Cooper refuses to take up that position. Maggie’s life is the pack, dealing with a whole host of issues on a daily basis: mediating disagreements, looking after their elderly members, patrolling the land, and defending the pack from any possible threats. A big threat has entered her territory in the form of a geeky but gorgeous man, Nick. He’s up in Grundy investigating rumors of werewolves and looking for the real story behind the folklore, risking their exposure if he gets too close to the truth.
Of course, Maggie is attracted this hunk-of-nerd, but Maggie can’t let her feelings for him get in the way of protecting the pack. Also, mating with just a regular human lessens the chances she’ll have children who shift into wolves. Still, these two can’t fight the pull and soon they’re spending more and more time together.
In the midst of all this, someone is anonymously attacking Maggie. A few times it seems like a prank, but these attacks are getting more dangerous, but Maggie can’t pin down the perpetrator. To me, it was sort of obvious who was behind all this, but it didn’t occur to Maggie which was a little hard to believe at times.
Maggie behaved like a spoiled child in the first book and so was very unlikeable. It took me a while to warm up to her, and while she was much better in this installment, Maggie never truly won my heart over. Nick was a sweetheart and a hero my bookish self really appreciated! Yet, I really didn’t have strong feelings for the romance, because I never felt their connection intensely. Maybe I questioned what Nick saw in Maggie? Not sure what didn’t wow me. Still, the story was quite entertaining with a fun group of secondary characters and I really loved the setting of Alaska, as well. I missed being in Grundy for most of this book, part of its appeal was its Northern Exposure type of vibe I got from the story and this was missing here.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf and while I enjoyed this installment it didn’t hold the same appeal. Still, it was a lot of fun! I think the narration really enhanced the story with Ms. Ronconi giving life to the dry, sarcastic humor I love so much. I plan on reading the next in the series How toRun With a Naked Werewolf, very soon.