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Guest Review: Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Posted June 12, 2014 by Natalia S in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rhythm and BluegrassNatalia’s review of Rhythm and Bluegrass (Bluegrass, #2) by Molly Harper 

Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

Since my first introduction to Molly Harper and her unforgettable character of Jane Jameson, I’ve loved all of her books.  For me, the best thing about Molly’s books is that they prove what all English teachers tell us growing up. “Have an engaging first sentence!” Molly’s first sentences never fail to draw me in, along with the titles of her chapters.  They fit the stories incredibly well, with a hilarious twist! I always really love her characters and their originality. This book contains all of her usual sparks.

Bonnie is a historian, who dedicates her life to preserving artifacts. She is assigned to preserve as much as she can from the McBride Music hall in Mud Creak, Kentucky. Will is the Mayer of mud creak, and wants to tear down the building in order to save his town. I loved this Preface. As I’m a musician, I’m all for preserving the history of our music. Bonnie’s love for history was so real. Her passion was infectious.

The characters of the town were original and hilarious. However, unlike all the rest of Molly’s books, I’m not sure how I feel about the romance. Perhaps the book was too short, but I didn’t get the reason for Bonnie and Will’s attraction. Also, I think I am biased, but I didn’t like Will too much, either. He was so bullheaded! I feel that there was no foundation between them as a couple.

Regardless of my doubts, I still enjoyed this book. It had all the elements of Molly harper that we love. Wonderful humor, a good plot, and hours of entertainment. I am looking forward to her next book coming out later this month.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from Pocket Star.  You can purchase the book here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Author Revealed (+ a Giveaway!): Molly Harper

Posted July 24, 2012 by Holly in Giveaways | 19 Comments

Today we have a great video clip to share with you. Author Molly Harper shares a bit about herself (she has a clown phobia..who knew?) here:

Author Revealed: Molly Harper

We also have a copy of Molly’s latest novel, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, to giveaway!

“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.
Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?

What do you think? Should we care and feed stray vampires? Leave a comment for a chance to win! Contest ends Saturday, July 28 @ 11:59pm. Please note: you must include a valid email address with your comment to be eligible. Contest available to US residents only.

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Guest Review: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

Posted October 26, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Ames’ review of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper.

Baring It All

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. . . .

This is the sequel to How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and it features Cooper’s sister, Maggie, who is the alpha (yay kick-ass female alpha FINALLY!!) of their local pack. And Nick is the scientist who has come to prove that werewolves do exist. Despite the threat to her very existence, Maggie cannot stay away from nerdy Nick.

Ok, I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first. The story is told from Maggie’s POV so there were a few limitations with that. The one to suffer though is Nick. We get that he’s a hot nerd…but that’s about it. There wasn’t enough from him to make him stand out, which is a shame because nerds are hot. 🙁 Also, I couldn’t get behind them falling in love so quickly. It was like the author took a short cut to them getting together. I can’t blame her because things are so much fun once they do get together.

What makes this book so much fun is Maggie’s personality. She needs to be tough because she’s the alpha and she has to take care of her pack. She needs someone to help shoulder her burden, not take it over completely (like the other male werewolves who try courting her would do). She puts her pack before herself, and she was even going to give Nick up for her pack. She’s also very physical and will cut you if you piss her off. She’s also really funny and here’s a sample of her internal dialog:

He traced the lines of my thighs with his fingertips to bring my legs over his hips. He ground into me, his denim-covered –oh, my God!– pressing into my hot, uncovered…lady business.

I really had to start using grown-up words.

I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first. I couldn’t get a hold on Nick’s character and their romance felt rushed. Maggie’s character still makes this a fun entry into this series.

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Posted October 26, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Ames’ review of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper.

Baring It All

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. . . .

This is the sequel to How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and it features Cooper’s sister, Maggie, who is the alpha (yay kick-ass female alpha FINALLY!!) of their local pack. And Nick is the scientist who has come to prove that werewolves do exist. Despite the threat to her very existence, Maggie cannot stay away from nerdy Nick.

Ok, I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first. The story is told from Maggie’s POV so there were a few limitations with that. The one to suffer though is Nick. We get that he’s a hot nerd…but that’s about it. There wasn’t enough from him to make him stand out, which is a shame because nerds are hot. 🙁 Also, I couldn’t get behind them falling in love so quickly. It was like the author took a short cut to them getting together. I can’t blame her because things are so much fun once they do get together.

What makes this book so much fun is Maggie’s personality. She needs to be tough because she’s the alpha and she has to take care of her pack. She needs someone to help shoulder her burden, not take it over completely (like the other male werewolves who try courting her would do). She puts her pack before herself, and she was even going to give Nick up for her pack. She’s also very physical and will cut you if you piss her off. She’s also really funny and here’s a sample of her internal dialog:

He traced the lines of my thighs with his fingertips to bring my legs over his hips. He ground into me, his denim-covered –oh, my God!– pressing into my hot, uncovered…lady business.

I really had to start using grown-up words.

I enjoyed this one but not as much as the first. I couldn’t get a hold on Nick’s character and their romance felt rushed. Maggie’s character still makes this a fun entry into this series.

3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Posted October 20, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 3 Comments

Ames’ review of How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper.

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. . . .

I read and enjoyed the heck out of Molly’s contemporary romance And One Last Thing… earlier in the year so when I saw some positive buzz for this book, I overcame my paranormal burnout to pick it up and give it a try. I’m so glad I did. I thought How to Flirt was a fun, fluffy paranormal with some crazy characters that charm your socks off.

Mo has run away from the South to Grundy, Alaska for a change. She had a failed relationship to get over and she really needed to get away from her mother. Her parents are died-in-the-wool hippies and all Mo has yearned for is normalcy. Unfortunately, the one man who can warm her up on a winter’s night in Alaska happens to be a werewolf. How normal is that?

I loved Mo. She was a really fun character. She ends up getting a job in Grundy’s most popular watering hole working as a cook. She also whips up the most amazing desserts. She’s made quite the place for herself in Grundy. She really is a great character. And Cooper? I loved how mean he seemed at the beginning. Very reticent. And Mo can’t resist him even though he drives her crazy. Mo drives him equally mad. *g*

I like the juxtaposition of a Southern Belle in backwater Alaska.

“Just enjoy it. It’s a little harmless flirting. You don’t have to worry about serious intentions until they start offering you meat.”
I arched my eyebrow. “Is that some sort of double entendre?”

The werewolf stuff doesn’t even bother me. 4 out of 5 Recommend if you want some laughs.

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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