How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

March 8th, 2018 Kimberly Review 41 Comments

8th Mar
How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
How to Date Your Dragon
by Molly Harper
Series: Mystic Bayou #1
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
Length: 6 hours and 33 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4.5
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Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay's career has taken a turn south.

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. Mermaids and gator shifters swim in the bayou. Spirit bottles light the front porches after twilight. Dragons light the fires under crayfish pots.

Jillian's first assignment for the League could be her last. Mystic Bayou is wary of outsiders, and she has difficulty getting locals to talk to her. And she can't get the gruff town sheriff, Bael Boone, off of her back or out of her mind. Bael is the finest male specimen she's seen in a long time, even though he might not be human. Soon their flirtation is hotter than a dragon's breath, which Bael just might turn out to be....

Audiobook MURDERMYSTERY paranormal ROMANCE

I’ve only listened to a novella by Molly Harper, and blogging friends have encouraged me to try more, so when How to Date Your Dragon, the first in the Mystic Bayou series became available I knew it was time.  I am so glad that I did. I loved the town of Mystic Bayou and its inhabitants. Harper quickly pulled me in, as did the stellar narration.

Eep! I enjoyed this first in series and loved the worldbuilding Harper created for the Mystic Bayou series. The story delivered a murder-mystery, humor, and romance. I quickly imagined this paranormal romance series nesting among my favorites.

Shifters of every variety live openly with humans in the small town of Mystic Bayou while the rest of the world remains unaware. The League for Interspecies Cooperation studies these creatures and as concerns grow that the secret world of shifters will be exposed they decide to begin a study of Mystic Bayou, Lousiana. It is their hope it will be an outline for future societies. Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay’s first assignment is derailed, and she is sent to Mystic Bayou after her mentor is injured.

As one would expect of a small southern town, the folks in Mystic Bayou aren’t exactly happy to see Jillian. They don’t take kindly to strangers especially ones who intend to study them. From the moment Jilian parks her van outside of city hall and meets the mayor, a bear-shifter named Zed I was hooked. City Hall houses everything, including the local sheriff’s office. Bael Boone, whom Jillian describes as the finest specimen of a man she has seen in a long time, is not at all happy to see Jillian. If he had his way, she’d be leaving town.  I loved their initial banter and couldn’t wait for more!

The story, available first on Audio, is narrated by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis. Amanda was the perfect choice for Jillian. I was pleased they decided to add Jonathan Davis to the mix While he is a new to me narrator his accent and deep baritone voice lent itself perfectly to the male voices. He truly enhanced the humor, particularly for Zed and Bael.

Mystic Bayou is such a fascinating town. It consists of a tiny main street and then there are homes set along the bayou and deep in the woods. There are all sorts of creatures and some unusual anomalies which should prove to be very interesting. I loved the concept of Jillian being an anthropologist and interviewing residents. While she may not have field experience, her handling of the town and in particular Bael was well done and hilarious to witness. Groping shifters, pie, and Bael made for good times.

Harper threaded an exciting murder-mystery into the tale that added suspense and aided the romance. All resulted in a fun, entertaining and engaging listen. There are well-placed sex scenes that were delicious without being overly detailed making this a good fit for everyone. I loved how the story wrapped up and teased us with things to come.

Fans of paranormal romance featuring shifters, humor and fleshed out characters with a touch of mystery will want to grab their earbuds and listen to How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper.

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About Molly Harper

Molly Harper

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

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41 Responses to “How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper”

  1. Lindsi

    Ohhh, yes! This sounds wonderful! I loved the title, but the synopsis was great, too. Your review was all the icing I needed. The setting sounds lovely, and I really think this will be something I’ll enjoy. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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    • Kimberly

      Yay, I am glad this was a hit for you as well. A lot of authors I listen to do dual narrations and this was a good pairing.

  2. Berls

    I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m a huge Harper fan. I didn’t realize there were two narrators – that’s something new for Harper! I look forward to reading it though – I have it all downloaded from Audible.

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  3. Tracy Terry

    Still determined not to begin any books that form a series unless of course …. lengthy list. I’m just not too sure if this is worth breaking my self imposed ban for and yet at the same time I fear reading it I find myself committed to reading the series. Something I hope makes sense to others and not just me.

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    • Kimberly

      The struggle is real. I am letting go of romance series and focusing more on UF and Paranormal series. So many are ending that I’ve read/listened to so I am not feeling overwhelmed.

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