How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Series: Naked Werewolf #3
Published by Pocket
Published on: December 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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Caleb Graham is a werewolf by nature, a tracker by profession. He uses his “extra gifts” to find people, and not always in the most legal or ethical manner. He doesn’t care what they’ve done, or who wants them found, as long as his considerable fee is paid. He likes his life simple and uncomplicated.
Anna Moder, former physician to Caleb’s pack, happens across Caleb during a particularly violent “negotiation” that has left him bloodied and unconscious. She helps him, despite the fact that he’s cost her a car, so he insists that she stay with him on the road for a while. As they grow closer, Anna looks past the gruff exterior and and the questionable job to thoroughly decent werewolf underneath.
Anna – who is careful to edit her involvement with Caleb’s pack from their conversations – doesn’t talk about why a nice girl wants to live in the middle of frozen nowhere, but she’s obviously on the run from something. When Anna’s past collides with Caleb’s current assignment from one of his sleazier contacts, Caleb finally has to make a choice—protect his job…or his potential mate?
Even though it’s been two years since Molly Harper’s last Naked Werewolf installment, I had no trouble finding my stride again. This story takes place on the open roads of Alaska instead of in Crescent Valley, the pack’s home base, which made it easier to focus on the present rather than on having to reacquaint myself with some of the previous characters featured in this series. I enjoyed tagging along on the many adventures of werewolf bounty hunter, Caleb, and Anna’s fugitive status definitely helped to keep us both on our toes. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf is a lighthearted read about second chances and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
One of the elements that I enjoy most about Harper’s writing is her fun pop culture references; in this novel they are especially wolf-y in nature which made them doubly entertaining. How can you NOT laugh at “furry Lord Voldemort” and “Wolf the Bounty Hunter”? I love this author’s quirky sense of humour at the best of times but throw in werewolves and I’m putty in her hands. I also really enjoyed the dialogues between Caleb and Anna; long road trips are conducive to conversation and watching these two get twisted up in their respective lies while falling for each other was… interesting to say the least!
Caleb and Anna are my favourite characters to date in this series which may have something to do with this also being the best installment so far (in my opinion). The chemistry between these two is almost palpable; not only was there a near insta-connection between them but with readers as well. They are exactly what each other needs at this point in their lives. Anna needs to feel safe and Caleb needs to learn that not all bounties should be collected. Together they slowly begin to chip away at each other’s lies while also succumbing occasionally to their baser instincts. No Molly Harper book would be completely without at least a few smokin’ hot sex scenes!
I liked the simplicity of this book’s plot line; it managed to both entertain and play into this series’ overall story arc. I enjoyed making the connections between Anna and Dr Moder, the pack’s physician, and linking Caleb to previous stories told by fellow pack members. I was happy to learn that Maggie’s expecting a baby and I also enjoyed learning that there’s a more emotional side to this valley alpha. Watching Caleb try to hide his werewolf nature from Anna was priceless and ironic seeing how she was his family’s doctor for four years. It’s all of these little extras that make these novels so great and also guarantee that I never miss an installment!
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf combines furry adventure, witty humour and adorable romance like only Molly Harper can. I just hope that this time readers won’t have to wait another two years for the next book!