Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
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.
I’ve enjoyed Molly Harper’s sweet characters and stories in the past so when I got the opportunity to read How To Run With A Naked Werewolf I jumped on it even though I hadn’t read any others in this series.
Anna has been on the run for what seems like forever. Her abusive husband always seems to find her and after one particularly bad encounter she’s been trying to outrun him since. She changes her name, hair color and job frequently, never utilizing her medical training except for when she was working for the werewolf clan she stumbled upon. Leaving the clan and the only friends she had allowed herself in a long time was difficult but she did it to protect their secret, knowing her husband would surely use them to rope her back in.
When Anna witnesses a brutal attack on a man behind a bar she steps in to help him only to discover he’s also a werewolf. Bound by the need to help she hauls him to a hotel room to let him heal but has every intention of leaving him the instant she feels he’s okay. Caleb is not only a werewolf but part of the pack she deserted, making Anna wonder if he has ulterior motives in crashing into her life.
Caleb enjoys being a loner, for the most part. His job as a bounty hunter affords him the opportunity to be on his own and not face the clan and the past he himself is running from. He knows Anna isn’t who she seems and he’s intent on finding out all her secrets regardless of whether she wants him to or not. What he’s not prepared for is the achingly painful past that Anna is running from or his feelings as he gets closer to the beauty he is trying her best to get away.
While I enjoyed Harpers humorous take on situations and the light feel of the book (aside from the abusive husband who doesn’t actually come into play till towards the end), I found myself getting bored as I navigated through it. For all intents and purposes I should have loved this one so I tend to think it was just my mood when I happened to read it. I didn’t get fully on board with Caleb and Anna until quite far in the book, much farther than I would have liked. Their relationship evolved slowly mainly because of Anna gun-shyness at anything even remotely looking like a relationship and her fear of Caleb dragging her back to the clan against her will and putting them all in danger.
I did really like Caleb and his laid back, easy going personality that slowly broke down all of Anna’s walls. I especially liked the rare displays of protectiveness he displayed towards the end when he perceived the threat to Anna and his clan. Anna’s spunky personality kept the story line flowing even in times when the book got a bit heavy with her past physical abuse.
Molly Harper is an excellent author who I’ve always enjoyed. For whatever reason I couldn’t get into this story as much as I wanted to but I did enjoy aspects of it. Harper’s author voice is always one I enjoy.
I give How To Run With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper 3 stars