Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "How to Run with a Naked Werewolf" by Molly Harper

How to Run with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #3)
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper; Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
(Naked Werewolf #3)

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For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Paranormal Romance

Pocket Books -- December 31, 2013
Audiobook,8 hours and 39 minutes
Purchased from Audible

THEMES
Alpha Hero, Romantic Comedy, Unique Setting, First Person Narrative, Tormented Heroine

SUMMARY
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.


FIRST LINE
"If Gordie Fugate didn't hurry the hell up and pick out a cereal, I was going to bludgeon him with a canned ham."

MY THOUGHTS
Molly Harper is just one of those authors that I connect with very easily and she always provides me with a good, entertaining story.  While her Naked Werewolf books have not been my favorites, I still enjoy the Alaskan setting and her personal twist on the werewolf romance.  How to Run with a Naked Werewolf is the third (and possibly last) of the series and is definitely my favorite.  This particular story provides readers with two strong-willed and fully-developed characters in Anna and Caleb, a fun road romance, and a nice balance between Harper's classic humor and a more serious tone in relation to Anna's past.

Anna Moder was the director of the medical clinic in the Crescent Valley, a community of werewolves in the middle of rural Alaska.  Dr. Moder is a human who was placed in the Valley to handle the government required paperwork associated with births/deaths that could be seen as suspicious by people who are unaware of the existence of supernatural creatures.  But, she is hiding a big secret that forces her to run from one of the only places she's ever thought of as home.  Of course, it is through pure irony that, while running, Anna is thrown into a difficult, but hilarious situation with one of the few Valley residents she never met, Caleb Graham.

I absolutely adored Anna's character!  She is the quintessential Molly Harper heroine with her quirky sense of humor, independent spirit, and ability to just go with the flow in even the weirdest of circumstances.  But, what made her stand out to me was that she was able to maintain such a personality after going through such trauma in her past.  It is quickly revealed that Anna is running from an abusive husband who is obsessed with finding her and her ultimate goal is to get to Anchorage where a contact will help her develop a new identity.  I really appreciated the obvious research that was done on domestic abuse which showed great respect for those who find themselves in such situations.

Caleb was a minor character in The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf and all that fans of the series really knew about him was that he was a loner who worked as a bounty hunter.  This book provides more insight into both his job and how it reflects his personality.  His own family situation has shaped him to avoid settling down until he meets Anna and is thrown for a loop from that point on.  I loved the combination of strength and vulnerability that is found in Caleb.  He is an alpha hero, but has some beta characteristics that I appreciated.  For instance, he is very protective of Anna especially after learning about her past, but, for the most part, avoids smothering Anna's spirit because that is something that attracted him to her in the beginning.

This story mostly revolves revolves around Anna and Caleb's travels with her trying to get to Anchorage and him trying to make a living.  I loved all the unique characters that this couple gets to meet as they work on Caleb's cases with one of my particular favorites being Trixie, the Amazonian stripper with an unfortunate medical issue.  I do think this book could be read as a stand-alone since most of the plot takes place away from Grundy and the Crescent Valley, but, for long-time fans, it was great to see cameos of some of our favorites like Mo, Cooper, Samson, Maggie, and Nick.  And for Harper fans in general, there is a fun and surprising scene with two of my favorite characters from her other paranormal series.

I listened to How to Run with a Naked Werewolf on audio with Amanda Ronconi as the narrator.  I have said it many times, but it always bears repeating.  Amanda Ronconi just gets Molly Harper's writing style and voice.  Her performances are always entertaining and just make me laugh out loud at certain parts.  I've never actually read a Molly Harper book so I can't attest to their entertainment value as paper copies but the audio versions are some of the best I've listened too.  If you want to give Harper a try, I can't recommend listening to one of Ronconi's narrations enough.

4 STARS



STEAM LEVEL
Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions.

FAVORITE QUOTES
"Of course I would walk away from one of the largest werewolf pack settlements in North America, only to end up trapped in a run-down motel room with a wounded one. Only someone with my logic-defying bad luck could possible defeat the unlikelihood of those odds. I was the ass-backward Red Riding Hood."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
2. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
3. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

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4 comments:

  1. great review! I also loved the unique setting of this series, and this book was my first book from this author, so I really enjoyed her. I am reading the second book this week, so I am excited. Reading that quote just made me want to read it again!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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  2. I read the first one in this series, and liked it. This one looks right up my alley, and I think I might try to audiobook, too! Yay for narrators that get an author's writing style, right? Thanks for the rec.

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  3. Great review. I'm a fan of werewolves so count me in to reading-listening this one.
    Ruty@Reading...Dreaming

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  4. Oh I cannot wait for this one! I think it's in the package arriving tomorrow from Amazon. *fingers crossed* I just loved this series. Good to hear it's as fun a ride (and that there's cameos from the others that totally makes me happy).

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