Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: 3/5
With Molly Harper’s books, there’s hardly a direction where it can go wrong. Cozy and immensely readable, they certainly don’t wow me, but they’re easy to settle down with. Of itself, How to Run With a Naked Werewolf can be read as a standalone. However, there are pesky details about other characters from previous books and that generally makes it a lot more absorbing than it would ordinarily me. Granted, I myself have only read How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf, but it was fun to re-visit Mo and Cooper.
This third installment is a touch more serious than the first, as the MC, Anna, is a victim of domestic violence. I don’t really know if Ms Harper properly deals with it, but at least, she didn’t blunder about with an issue like this. She does try to reflect the irrevocable consequences of abuse on Anna’s mentality and her way of living. Yet, nothing could detract from the fluffiness of the book.
Anna is runaway doctor, actually the Pack’s doctor, the PACK’s doctor. As in, the pack run by Maggie, whose book I haven’t read. Due to devious circumstances, Anna ups and runs away, one day, leaving her settled and comfortable life in the valley. From then on, she roams town to town, works lowly-paid jobs and keeps losing wait. Until one day, she gets involved in an attempted murder despite her best intentions to drive straight into the opposite direction. Oh and she saves Caleb’s life, Maggie’s long estranged cousin and who decides to keep her in his back pocket, and also fondles and almost bites her whilst unconscious. Here’s when the story starts. It takes place in Alaska as a road-trip, scenic views of tress and snow passing by. The homeliness of Flirt isn’t here, instead it was running and chasing down folks.
The plot is linear and plays out predictably. It contains a lot of flirting, sexual tension and build-up(with a heavy dose of payoff sure to please Harper fans). There’s hardly any conflict. But the characters were cute, and Anna had a strong head on her. Sometimes, I questioned lines in her narration and she pissed me off with her remarks here or there, but overall, she was funny and upbeat. I didn’t expect much from Caleb yet what I saw was solid and kept me content.
There are some inconsistencies with the writing- take this really stupid one: she says that he had to practically tuck her in and pull off her shoes, and in the next sentence says that she stayed awake only long enough to lock the door after him. Logic fail. Cue dum-dum-dum! The most annoyed I was by Anna’s constant efforts to explain everything Caleb did. Reasons behind every little thing that might come across too dominating or slightly threatening, which got tiring and I just wanted to see it for myself, I have that much brainpower to figure these things out.
And this line that I read for the zenith time in this book- that mocking white grin splitting his tanned face. Did you know it puts me in of the Joker- the Heath Ledger Joker?
Molly Harper fans will surely be please with the latest installment, which didn’t top the first book for me.
Ending with, cover? What happened, Pocket books? The first two were so great- naked werewolves jumping humans, and this one reminds me of naughty Christmas books. But thank you, anyhoo, for giving a galley!