Review: How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

Posted March 17, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 27 Comments

Review: How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
How to Date Your Dragon

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Series: Mystic Bayou
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on January 23, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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The Delight

My first Molly Harper book!  I’ve said for a few years now that I was going to read her books.  Well, I spotted this title (what a hoot, by the by) and then that it was the launch of a new series.  So, I headed down on the bayou for some crawfish boil, anthropology studies, and a sexy dragon.

Review

How to Date Your Dragon is part of the Audible Exclusive series.  If it’s like another I listened to, I suspect it will release in print and electronic on a delay so no worries for the non-audio group.

The book opens with Dr. Jillian Ramsay reassigned to southern Louisiana to study and report to the League of Interspecies Cooperation on a small bayou town that is fully integrated with humans and supernaturals living aware and side by side in, well, mostly harmony.  I mean you’ve got your peeping tom gator shifters, gossipy bears, cranky brownie bakers, and a suspicious dragon sheriff, and some odd things going on back in the swamp but no town’s perfect, right?

Jillian is on her first field assignment and she might be a tad anal about her organizational habits and a whole lotta stubborn to do what it takes to get her research notes, but she is soon sucked in to Mystic Bayou life.  The suspicious sheriff doesn’t even deter her even though she has no idea what his species is which drives her nuts because she has a crazy need to know things.  They snip and snipe their way past irritation and suspicion into something more though Jillian still has the handbrake on because she is afraid of relationships after a gaslighting ex did a number on her.  Bael had his work cut out for him and I enjoyed that the author took the time to have him think like a dragon who is trying to understand human ways and get the human to understand him.

The story meandered at a slow pace while introducing the Mystic Bayou world, the quirky and fun characters, and setting up for the rest of the series, but I was kept entertained with the sparks coming off Jillian and Bael, the sheriff.  Then, things pick up the pace when Jillian discovers that Mystic Bayou is keeping a big secret and there is also a killer on the loose.

This was light and fun for the most part.  I had a good time with things in Mystic Bayou even if I was wary of Jillian in the beginning until I saw how she was going to be portrayed.  It is just a preference issue I have about people who, personally or for their careers, get snoopy and insist one share all, in this case, its for science.  She actually turned out to be strongly ethical and kind.

The murder was easy for me to suss out.  My guess was right on from the moment there was a murder.  I have no idea why my mind went there first, but I had who and why instantly.  I’ll bank that one against later failures.

It will be interesting to see how the town’s secret affects matters as the series progresses.  I really hope Jillian’s best friend Sonya (child of a brilly professor and a cold war spy) gets her own book.  Oh, and yes, we need our bear shifting mayor’s story.

This was a dual narrative work and I took a deep breath and plunged in.  Dual narration is an iffy thing with me because I find it distracting no matter how wonderful both or either narrator might be.  But in this instance, once I got used to Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis swapping off, I actually quite enjoyed both their work.  They both come with natural unique qualities to their voices that I liked and they embraced the spirit of the story, the characters, the pace and emotions well.

All in all, this was a great first outing with this author and I will definitely be going back for more.  The narrators will also be those I will keep my eye out for.  Can’t wait for the next light and fun paranornal romantic adventure down in Mystic Bayou.

My thanks to Audible.com for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #85 PNR
New Release #30
Literary Pickers #75 laptop
Audio #18
Take Back Control TBR #1
Books N Tunes #13 Johnny Horton’s Jambalaya Tune:  

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • It’s been a while since I haven’t read a book by this author but I used to enjoyt hem a lot! I really should try again!

    • I’ve heard that her older series are great. I need to go back and read them.

  • RO

    My goodness, sure sounds like there is a lot of shifting going on here,(lol) and with such interesting characters, it sounds like for the most part you enjoyed the fun read. Hugs and Happy Saturday! RO

    • Oh yes! This was a paranormal paradise of shifting. 🙂 I had a good time with it.

      Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Radiant Ro!

  • I couldn’t imagine anyone else narrating a Harper book than Ronconi. So I was iffy about Davis, but he ended up being pretty good, I thought. Ronconi was as is her usual a wonderful narrator for me. Great review! Mine posts Tuesday.

    • I’ve listened to her work on other series so enjoy her skill. Yes, Davis was great. I liked his unique voice.
      Oh cool! I’ll watch out for your review, Lorna. 🙂

  • I so want to read this. I read great reviews of it. I have to put it on the top of my list to get! Sounds like such a great book. Great review!

    • It sure was fun, Mary. I think you’ll have a good time with it. 🙂

  • Very nice review. I’ve read Ms. Harper before, but this was my first duel narration. I liked the story and the narration. ^_^

    • I am looking forward to going back for her older titles. Glad you enjoyed your first dual narration. Mine wasn’t as good as this one and neither was the second so I was wary, but it turned out great. 🙂

      • I haven’t done any other duel narrations. I’m glad my first experience was good, but I’m still scared/lyre to try more like it ^_^.
        Hope you enjoy some of there other work. It’s been a while since I read some of her stuff.

        • Thanks! I have a feeling I’ll like them.

          Crossing my fingers that you continue to have good luck with other dual narrations that you try.

  • Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed your first Molly Harper! I haven’t started this series but I do love Dragons and Louisiana so this sounds right up my alley! Lovely review, Sophia Rose!

    • Oh yes, for sure, Cyn! I thought she did a great job of adding humor and suspense, but keeping to the Bayou setting and people with this one.

  • Oh this sounds like it might be my kind of book. I’ll be adding this to my wish list for sure.

    • Yes, Mary! You really should. It was great fun. 🙂

  • This sounds like it’s a great listen. I also find multiple narratives distracting if one is good and the other is okay but I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    • It sure restored my interest in dual narration. I had two books before this with dual audio narration that were definitely of the distracting variety and I was getting ready to decide never to listen to those anymore, but now, I guess I will just keep giving chances. 🙂 Definitely a fun book.

  • I’ve read one book by this author I think, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I do remember I enjoyed it, but for some reason I never read any other of her books so far.

    the town with supernaturals and humans living side by side sounds like a fun setting for this book. That can be nice when your first guess of the murder is correct, although I also like it when I keep guessing or guess completely wrong now and then. That sounds great that the dual narration worked well here. Great review!

    • I want to read that Naked Werewolf series and her other Vampire one. The titles just crack me up.

      Yes, this small town has so many funny characters that I can’t wait to meet again. The mystery was pretty good. It was just a vibe I got and my own curiosity that had me nailing the culprit from the beginning. I don’t guess right like that too often. haha!

  • This is one that I keep going back to look at again and again. I do want to read it…or really listen to it. I love dual narration so that aspect really appeals to me. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • It was an impulse grab for me. It sounded good and I’ve always wanted to try her books. My only hesitation was actually b/c of the dual narration. I haven’t had much luck with that in the past, but this pair were great. Hope you get the chance, Carole!

  • Whew! Glad she turned out okay. I do enjoy Harper. I’ll keep a lookout for the ebook when it comes out 🙂

  • I enjoyed this one too 🙂

  • Shin Munerlyn

    A wonderfully written book. I suggest it to almost all of my friends. I would never ever have chosen this book to check out had it not been advised to me by my 2 amazing sisters. I likewise recommend to check out Susan Angel . Thanks PS: I appreciate this site.