Review of How to Run With a Naked Werewolf

December 27, 2013 Book Reviews, Review Archive 1

Review of How to Run With a Naked Werewolf

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Published by Pocket on Dec. 31st
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham—that’s a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

The problem is—Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a notquite- legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession. On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law. Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?

Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge . . . to join Caleb in running with the wolves.

Also by this author: Fangs for the Memories (Half-Moon Hollow, #4.5), The Single Undead Moms Club

Molly Harper is one of my favorite authors and I love her Naked Werewolf series. It seems like I have been waiting forever for her to finally get the third book in the series published!! So I am not sure what happened but to me this book just didn’t stand up to the first two books in the series, maybe it was because I had waited so long that I just thought it was going to be so good and I hyped it up in my mind to much.

Don’t get me wrong I still really enjoyed it I just didn’t think it was as funny as her normal books are. I think the seriousness of the topic might have weighed it down a bit.

Anna has been on the run for a while, she is running from her husband. Her husband was horrible abusive and when she ran the first time he found her and broke her jaw. This time she has learned to use a different name and she is about as far from civilization as you can get and still be in the US. She had run off to Grundy, Alaska and took a job as the medical physician to the werewolf pack that lived there lead by Maggie their alpha.  When she got word from her contact that Glenn was getting close to her trail she decided it was time to up and run again. So she left Grundy and went to a different town in Alaska, it was there that she seen a man get shot. Being a doctor her instincts took over and she couldn’t help but run over and help the man.

Calab is a bounty hunter and a werewolf. He is a part of the wolf pack that Anna use to doctor but he has been spending most of his time on his own. He feels very protective of Anna especially since she saved him from the crazy gun man. Even though his wounds would have healed on their own. He takes it upon himself to make sure that Anna is safe but she doesn’t want to saved by him. She tries running the first chance she gets but he catch her in a really funny position as she tries crawling out a bathroom window.

Soon they start warming up to each other and get into a routine and she even helps him keep track of his jobs through a computer. The only thing is is that they have both being lying to each other. Anna’s name is really Tina and she dances all around telling him why she is really on the run and he tries not to push her. Caleb’s secret is a little bit bigger than hers and when she finds out she flips out.

The normal humor is weighed down by the heaviness of the abusive situation that Anna had been in that forces her to run.

Usually Molly Harper has me rolling and almost in tears from laughing so hard when I read her books, but this time I just didn’t  find it as funny. There was really long descriptions about Anna’s abusive  relationship with Glenn that was frankly a little boring to me. I know it’s a part of the whole reason she was running but after a couple pages of back story I started skimming.  Even though I say it’s not as funny it still does have some pretty funny moments. I really did enjoy it but I don’t think it’s the strongest book in the series, my favorite will always be the first one. It was nice to hear about some of the characters from the previous books.

Over all if you enjoy paranormal romances and like some humor in them then you should try the Naked Werewolf series. Even though this one could be read as a stand alone I think you should start with the first one to get the feel of these books.

“Stupid, stupid plan.” I huffed, struggling against gravity and my lackluster upper-body strength. “Stupid gravity.”

“Is there a reason you’re hanging out of the bathroom window by your feet? Caleb asked wryly.

“I object to this job on moral grounds…on several levels. Quests for evil rings rarely turn out well. Too many potential Gollum issues. Also, I don’t like the idea of working for a guy whose name could belong to a Star Trek villain.”

 

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