REVIEW: How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper

Title: How to Date Your Dragon
Mystic Bayou
Molly Harper
Publication Date: 
January 23, 2018
Audible Escape
Paranormal Romance
Length: 6 Hours 24 Minutes
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Rating: 3 Stars!

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…


I’m not a big connoisseur of paranormal romance. I’m more of a dabbler. Unless it involves aliens, I’m normally not that interested but I was intrigued by the synopsis for How to Date Your Dragon and was looking for something different to listen to when I first went back to work after my nearly two week vacation. This one was fun, and sexy, and I enjoyed my time listening to it quite a bit.

Jillian works for the League, whose main focus is to protect mythical creature, and when she’s sent to a small town in Louisiana to research how humans and different creatures interact, she thinks she might be in over her head. Upon her arrival she immediately feels welcomed by the local town folk; that is until she meets the sheriff Bael. Bael is extremely hesitant to have a stranger among his town, and he’s worried that secrets could be discovered and the quiet life of the town disturbed. Things get even worse when a series of murders begin to happen, and Jillian is the one to discover the body.

How to Date Your Dragon had a great amount of humor, and mystery, and kept me entertained from beginning to end. Where it fell a little bit apart for me was the romance. I felt like Jillian and Bael went from completely hating each other, to having hot sex on top of his hoard without any type of build up or transition into that “enemies to lovers” type territory. It just felt like one page they hated each other, and the next page they were all hot and steamy. Despite that though, this was a fun read, and I’ll be continuing with this audio series over the next couple of months.

Rating: 3 Stars!

About the Author

I’m journalist-turned-church secretary-turned-romance novelist. (That’s the normal career progression, right?) I hold a degree in print journalism from Western Kentucky University. And I like to think as someone who regularly meets deadlines, I’m still using it in some fashion. I live in a small town in western Michigan with my husband and two children.

I’m the author of more than thirty novels and novellas, most of them through Simon and Schuster. My first book, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, came out in 2009. My most recent title, GIMME SOME SUGAR, was released in April 2019. Most of my titles are available in print, as e-books and audio books at all major book retailers. Some are available exclusively in audio and ebook, because they are independently published.​

I’m represented by Natanya Wheeler of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. I recently announced the addition of two new titles to my popular Half-Moon Hollow series (Pocket Books), starting with PEACE, BLOOD & UNDERSTANDING (Fall 2019.) Audible is releasing an exclusive series, the MYSTIC BAYOU series, with HOW TO DATE YOUR DRAGON and EVEN TREE NYMPHS GET THE BLUES.

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