How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio Review

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How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio ReviewHow to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Naked Werewolf #3
Published by Audible Studios, Simon and Schuster on December 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Down, Boy!

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.

My Initial Reaction…

I launched into How to Run with a Naked Werewolf immediately after finishing The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, eager to continue watching the lives of my favorite Alaskan community. And once again, I was shocked and disappointed. Someday I will learn to read the synopsis for this series (assuming it’s not over), since had I read it, I would have known that How to Run with a Naked Werewolf did NOT actually take place in Grundy, Alaska with the Colombian Basin Pack.  And yet somehow, it’s my favorite book in the Naked Werewolf series so far. 

The Narration…

I know you have to be sick of me praising Amanda Ronconi – I’m almost tired of it. And yet, she continues to deliver fantastic performances. She just GETS the characters and makes them come to life, complete with appropriate differentiation between characters and of course, her trademark snark. I recommend any book read by her.

The Characters…

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf is told from the point of view of Anna, whose connected to the Columbian Basin Pack we love by being their former doctor. Their former doctor on the run. Anna was hiding out with the pack (though they didn’t know it) because she was running from her husband. He got controlling and abusive and she finally had enough. But he’s the type that won’t let her go – and now he’s caught her scent again, so she’s on the run again. As you can imagine, her experiences have made Anna a bit skiddish, particularly around men. She doesn’t trust them (or anyone, really). But at the same time, she’s a strong chic, even if she’s not fully aware of it. I mean, it takes a lot to run away from that life, not to mention to become a doctor to werewolves!

And it’s lucky for Caleb that she’s been a werewolf doctor, because when she first meets him it’s saving his butt. He’s injured in a shoot out and she helps him escape and then tends to his wounds. It takes her only minutes to realize that he’s healing way too fast and that he must be a werewolf too. In fact, she figures out quickly EXACTLY who he is. He’s also connected to the Columbian Basin Pack – he grew up there, but with his father’s death, he doesn’t spend much time there. Instead, he’s a bounty hunter, putting his wolfy skills to money making use. He’s sort of what you’d expect in a bounty hunter – he’s got a job to do and he’s doing it – pushing emotions aside. But he’s got a softer side, which Anna totally brings out in him.

The Story…

So the story for How to Run with a Naked Werewolf revolves around this massive road trip basically. Anna has to get to her new papers and life, Caleb has jobs to do on the way, so he takes her along with him. What makes it really fun is that Anna doesn’t tell Caleb that she knows who he is – so he thinks he has to hide that he’s a werewolf from her. Waiting to see that shoe drop was entertaining – I kept thinking it was going to happen and then it wouldn’t!

The other really fun part of this plot was seeing their relationship grow, despite Anna’s lies. They fall into this comfortable friendship. She gradually opens up to him and he gradually relaxes around her. She starts helping him with his work – doing all his paperwork and organizing his jobs – of course she’s doing it to push him along towards her destination more quickly, but it turns into this perfect relationship. And all the while they’re flirting, but never crossing that line. And you’re waiting for that shoe to drop too – when will they realize that they’re falling in love?

Concluding Sentiments…

As always with these books, there was tons of humor of the sassy and snarky kind. You’ve got a snarky heroine and an overprotective wolf, which Molly has proven time and again makes for a fanastic combo. Loved every minute!

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About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicorns and bleeding roses, I was writing essays about having political arguments with my dad at the dinner table. (Whoever made the other person laugh at their own political party won the argument.) I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, but I also knew there was very little chance I could make a living writing books, so I went for the next best thing – newspaper writing.

I majored in print journalism at Western Kentucky University and used my shiny new degree to get a job at my hometown newspaper. I married my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. And for six years, I wrote about school board meetings, quilt shows, a man “losing” the fully grown bear he kept as a pet in his basement, and a guy who faked his death by shark attack in Florida and ended up tossing pies at a local pizzeria.

I loved my job at the paper. I loved meeting new people every day and never knowing where I would end up. But somehow, the ever-shifting schedules of a police officer and a reporter did not equal “family friendly.” One of us needed to take a normal job for the sake of our young daughter. I took a secretarial position at a local church office, which left me with dependably free evenings for the first time in my adult life. David was working the night shift that summer and I was We were living in “The Apartment of Lost Souls” while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the “blue screen of death.” Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter of potty-training for about six months.

Normally, when things get tough, I can take solace in reading. But I surveyed my packing box of favorite books with the apathetic air of someone who stands in front of the open refrigerator for 10 minutes and can’t find anything. Nothing sounded good. So I just sat down and started writing something I would want to read.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.


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20 Responses to “How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper | Audio Review”

    • Berls

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Thanks Michelle! This has to be my favorite book in the Naked Wolf series, I definitely recommend it.
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    • Berls

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Road trip books are always great IMHO and then the way the relationship between Anna and Caleb developed was really fun to read. I definitely recommend.
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  1. Vilia

    You nailed my thoughts on this one. Road trip novels can either go really well or really badly and thankfully this one was sublime. You might enjoy “Golem in my Glovebox” by R.L. Naquin if you want another epic road trip novel. It’s urban fantasy rather than PNR but it has a similar style of humour.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Vilia!! I’m all about UF, so I’ll check it out. I see that it’s book 4 in the series – would you recommend the whole series, or should I just jump in with that one? I love a good road trip book, they can be so fun. I loved it when Kim Harrison did it in her Hollows series… I’m pretty sure it was Pale Demon, if you haven’t read it yet, and it was FANTASTIC! Though you do have to read that series in order.
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    • Berls

      Is there going to be another one? I looked for news about other ones when I finished this and I didn’t see anything. I loved the cross over with Jane Jameson series (something I’d been waiting for ever since someone bought books from Jane’s bookstore about werewolf births from Alaska) and I would love to see a spin off that merges the two and has Andrea and Dick right at the heart of it!
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  2. Stormi

    Really? It was your favorite. It was my least favorite of the three. The first one with Mo is still my favorite. I never listened to this series on audio but I listen to the Nice Girl series on audio and I have high praises for the narrator as well, Amanda Ronconi ROCKS!! 🙂 I do hope there are more in this series but I am not sure if there is going to be as it seemed to take a while for this one to come out.
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    • Berls

      I loved the Nice Girls series – the first book especially had me LMAO. Best death scene EVER!! I just loved the characters in this book – though I’ve always been a bit disappointed that we don’t see more of Mo. I miss her!
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  3. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    So, I really need to read some Molly Harper. I have no excuse b/c I have SEVERAL of her books already. I’m glad you were able to like this one despite being caught unawares about location and lack of pack. You already know the same kind of thing happened to me with Scarlet, and it turned out to be my favorite in the series (so far) too. PS–I finally just moved book 1 to my kindle, so it will now be staring me in the face 😉
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    • Berls

      Yay! I love this series and the Jane Jameson/Nice Girls series. I still need to read Molly Harper’s other books, but she’s a definite go-to author for a good laugh and lovable characters. Oh- btw- I’m reading Scarlet right now and LOVING it! I was so glad that you’d already warned me about the POV change though, or I would have had a hissy fit at the start!
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