Author: Molly Harper
Publication: Pocket (February 22, 2011)
Description: Northern Exposure
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .
My Thoughts: This was a fun romance. I loved Mo's snarky attitude and great quips. Mo flees Mississippi to get away from her beloved by interfering parents. They are old-style hippies. Her mother is constantly dropping in, reading her mail, and clearing out processed food from her cupboards. Mo ends up in Grundy, Alaska where the local bachelors are eager to accept her with open arms. All the bachelors except Cooper are falling all over her to make her love Alaska. Naturally, it is Cooper who is most attractive to her.
Mo quickly feels at home cooking in the local bar and making friends. She loves the quiet house she is renting even though she frequently sees a black wolf prowling around. When she is attacked by someone wanting to rob the bar, the black wolf rescues her. When Cooper shows up on her porch with a bear trap around her ankle, she is forced to recognize that he is the black wolf.
Cooper has left home and his position as his pack alpha because he was forced to do something that made him feel guilty. He has been a surly presence in Grundy for quite a while. However, he and Mo hit it off and have a great relationship. At least, they do until a wolf starts attacking hikers and town folk and Cooper is afraid it is him.
This was a wonderful romance. I recommend it to those who like light, humorous romances. I can't wait to read The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf because it is the story of Cooper's sister Maggie.
What exactly is the etiquette involved when one finds out that her sworn enemy is a mythical creature of the night? Should I tell someone? Start smelting silver bullets? Call animal control?I purchased the paperback copy of this book at Amazon. It was also available for the Kindle.