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Hunting Human, by Amanda E. Alvarez


Release date: March 28th, 2011

What a great Debut Novel! Very promising shifter series. It had a few FBOS (First book of series) issues, but they were minor.

We start out in the past by a few years.

Our heroine Elizabeth, has a spine built of steel. While on a vacation with her best friend Rachel in Europe, they find themselves kidnapped and at the mercy of monsters. Literally. Men who turn into wolves, and force them to run for their lives through the woods while they hunt human instead of deer.

Flash forward to present day.

Our hero Braden is strong and sexy, and a more beta than alpha Werewolf. While visiting his friends mom at her coffee shop, he is immediately drawn to the new employee, and he and Beth begin dating.

They both have secrets. Secrets they should have shared, but didn’t and boy do they come and taser the shit out of them both.

I loved all the characters, and the way they were all written and interacted with each other. I didn’t find any shallowly written characters, which was refreshing.

I thought the villain(s) were terrific monsters, and uber creeptastic.

The climax was done well; aside from one TSTL moment, on the part of Braden. I understand why this particular too stupid to live (TSTL) moment occurred, but Braden was written smarter than this, and it felt like perhaps it could have been written differently. However the story was still good.

I hope Amanda Alvaraz continues on with this world she created, and with this group of wolves in particular. I would love to see Chase, Lucy, Caleb, and even Mike, get HEA’s (Happily Ever afters)

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, by Molly Harper


From the Publisher: I purchased this novel, release date Feb 22, 2011

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

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When I read a Molly Harper Novel, I know these things:

1) I will be entertained
2) I will Laugh
3) I will be invested in her characters happiness
4) I will love all the characters
5) There will be some type of light mystery

Now, I’m not saying these novels are formulaic, I’m just saying that I know what to expect, as far as quality of writing, and enjoyment factors.

Mo, our leading lady, is running away (at 29 years old LOL) from her over-bearing and pushy parents, and is intent on “Finding Herself”

Cooper, our resident werewolf and leading dude, is a very gruff, withdrawn, but honorable male with bark.

Sparks fly when they meet, but Cooper doesn’t really know how to communicate… he’s kind of an ass. You could call him a slightly tortured hero with a side of Woe is me, and you wouldn’t be wrong. I liked him though.

It was really funny learning Mo’s full name, and O.M.G I can’t believe what some parents do to their children in the name department. Geesh!

So, overall if you are a fan of Harper’s, or just a fan of light, easy to read, contemporary romance with a side of werewolf, you will like this book, especially if you like to laugh.

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