Friday, December 20, 2013

[ARC Review]: "How to Run with a Naked Werewolf"

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Books (December 31, 2013)
Series: Naked Werewolf, 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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?

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My Review:

Picking up Molly Harper's How to Run with a Naked Werewolf was just what I needed. Equal parts funny and cute this book was a fun romp from beginning to end! I really enjoyed Ms. Harper's voice, and within a few pages I knew that I had found a new author to follow; I've been kicking myself, wondering why I waited so long to start one of her books.

There are times when I want a more “serious” paranormal romance. You know, the kind where it's the couple (and future couples) against the Big Bad Evil and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. But there are other times when I grow weary of these stories. Ms. Harper writes more lighthearted PNR that will make you giggle and snort, and there's nothing wrong with that! I love the “silly” PNR just as much as I do the more intense side of the genre; it all depends on my mood.

Abe shot Caleb a sly look. “Oh, I like her. You deserve her, buddy. I'm looking forward to watching how this plays out. You in a relationship? That's like one of those shows about guys who wrestle with wild gators. I don't know how it's going to turn out, but it will be bloody, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to laugh.”

Tina (aka, Anna) was a good heroine; I liked her. I felt sorry for her and all the problems her dick of an ex-husband had caused. I was rooting for her, wanting her to finally escape him and get her own HEA. She was determined, and despite everything that had happened to her, she wasn't weak.

 Caleb was a refreshing hero. He had a good dose of alpha-male in him, and he had his moments of “Me man, you my woman” kind of things, but he was also very sweet and funny. He wasn't weak by any means, but he also wasn't trying to be King Alpha-Hole.

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf  is the third in this series. I have not read any of Harper's previous books. However, I was not lost jumping into this series so late, and I felt like it could easily be read as a stand-alone. That being said, before I reached chapter 4, I knew that I wanted to go back and read the rest of the series. It was a combination of Harper's voice and writing style, along with the snippets Tina shared about her time in the pack's village, that made me anxious to meet the rest of this silly but tough pack. I will definitely be reading other books by Harper, and will not hesitate to recommend her books to readers looking for a fun shifter romance!


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

*Note: The quote used belongs to Molly Harper; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it.

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I can't believe I haven't picked up Ms. Harper's books before now! It's been a while since I had this much fun reading a PNR. Really, I was torn between giving this 4 or 4 1/2 stars, I enjoyed it that much. Either way, I highly recommend trying this author!

As you may know, this month's Shifter-a-Thon-Read-a-Long pick is book 1 in the series (How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf). We will be discussing it Dec 29th on the group's GoodReads page. Be sure to join the group and stop by -- I just finished Flirt this week; another solid 4 stars! 

Have you read Molly Harper before? Which book is your favorite? Do you like "light" PNR, or do you prefer the darker, more complex novels? 


Until Next Time,


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Red Iza said...

I didn't know that series, added it to my list ! Thanks for the review :D

The_Book_Queen said...

I think you will enjoy her books! :) I look forward to your thoughts on the series.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

I LOVE this series Danielle! It has felt like ages since the last two came out. I really didn't think there would be more and seriously squee-d when I saw this one a few months back lol Glad you enjoyed it!

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm definitely a fan of her work now -- I can't wait to read book 2; Maggie seems very tough, but sometimes that makes for the best times! :)
Nothing better than having a favorite series/author squee moment!

Lover Of Romance said...

great review! I also loved this one as well. Glad to see you enjoyed this one.

The_Book_Queen said...

It was a very fun read -- I'm glad I had a chance to try this author!