I received this book for free from NetGalley 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
Series: Naked Werewolf #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 31 December 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
The Naked Werewolf series is pure fun and this addition is no different. Anna Moder is on the run and making her way across the country doing one dead end job after another. She witnesses a violent altercation between two men and decides to help out the bloodied and injured werewolf Caleb Graham. He convinces her to stick around so we are given a road trip filled with quirky characters and a sweet romance.
Anna is the very epitome of a rolling stone too afraid to put down roots. From past experiences she knows not to get close to anyone as they are likely to betray her or get hurt. Her need to stay under the radar saw her acting as physician for Caleb’s pack but when that got too dangerous, she ran away. Caleb helps her realise that she is stuck in a rut and needs to take charge of her life – running constantly isn’t really living. Naturally it takes quite a while for the message to sink in and Anna gets in all manner of comical situations.
Caleb is a bit of an oddity as werewolves often need to stay close to their pack and territory. He makes a living as a bounty hunter where his superior tracking skills come in handy. He’s not so fussed about the morality of his job and only cares about whether he gets paid. While he’s used to being a lone wolf (sorry, I couldn’t resist), he can’t bring himself to let Anna go as she…smells nice. He wants to protect her even though he realises she is hiding an awful lot from him.
Props to Harper for one of the best opening lines I have read. Like all Molly Harper books, this one really needs to come with a disclaimer – dangerous to read while eating or drinking as you will probably end up spraying your book (or in my case, my Kobo). As I’ve read nearly all Harper’s books, I was forewarned and forearmed. The tone gets far more serious about half way through as Anna’s background is fully revealed but the playful nature never fully goes away giving the reader a rewarding mix of light and shade. As this is essentially a road trip novel, the plot meanders a bit while we wait for Anna to confess she knows Caleb is a werewolf or her to leave him in order to start her new life. The ending however is all action and rather satisfying.
Verdict? Very funny. Do yourself a favour and put this book on the top of your TBR pile.