How to Run with a Naked Werewolf
Pocket Books / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.99 digital
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 not quite-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.
Molly Harper treats us to another installment of her Naked Werewolf books with How to Run with A Naked Werewolf, the third in the series. Harper is back with her trademark snark, capable heroines and loping lupines. Literally. While Anna Moder may not think she needs rescuing, bounty hunter Caleb Graham thinks otherwise. It is in his genetic makeup after all; wolves protect the females of their pack, even if they are human.
Anna Moder is on the run. Again. Her stint as a retail service engineer in the backwater town of McClusky, Alaska, came to an abrupt halt when she crossed paths with a werewolf who came out on the losing end of a gunfight.
Fortunately for Caleb Graham, Anna was the Crescent Valley pack doctor. Was being the operative word. She had left without as much as a goodbye.
Her life was complicated. In fact, Anna wasn’t even her real name, it was Christina Campbell-Bishop, and she had fled her medical career and an abusive husband. When she receives word that there is a “development” with her ex-husband Anna knows she can’t draw attention to the pack. The last time she had seen him, he had inflicted severe physical damage that consisted of a broken jaw, a skull fracture and internal injuries. The man was so twisted; he tried to convince the paramedics that his wife had an “accident.” Anna tried to navigate through a flawed system to gain legal protection but decided that assuming a new identity was her only option.
Now she is on the run again, this time with a wounded werewolf. Caleb keeps this bit of information to himself and Anna doesn’t let on that she knows. She is, after all, very good at keeping secrets. What she isn’t so good at is trusting a man, especially one that makes a living by chasing down people in a not quite legal fashion.
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.
Once Caleb convinces Anna to stay with him until he can get her to her safe location in Anchorage, it is all she can do to keep her paws off of him. The two somehow manage to connect without sharing all the details of their past. In fact, Anna finds herself beginning to trust Caleb, something that she thought would never happen. His presence begins to soothe her and she begins to crave the physical contact of Bitey McWolfPants.
A hot flush ran from my chest to my belly and settled between my thighs. Old, lovely, familiar sensations—lust, excitement, giddy teenage zeal—had me squirming in my seat. My eyes widened at the strength and dexterity of his tongue as it moved over my skin. If he could do that to a fingertip, what could he do to my—I was jolted out of this rather indecent speculation by Caleb’s suddenly veering off the road the throwing the truck into park. My seatbelt seemed to melt away, and Caleb was climbing across the seat.
His mouth. My God, his mouth was hot and so very wet against mine. He wrapped my legs around his waist, pressing me back against the seat and his thick, solid, denim covered erection against me.
I moaned into his mouth, threading my fingers through his hair with one hand and clinging to his neck with the other. His hands spanned the width of my waist, sliding down the front of my jeans and yanking them open. The dark depth of his eyes melted away and gave way to predatory gold.
After Anna and Caleb reveal their innermost secrets to one another, Caleb’s feelings for her give her the hope that she can find love again. That is, until she discovers that his wolfy nature isn’t the only thing Caleb has kept hidden from her. It seems that his being in the parking lot of the store in McClusky wasn’t simply a coincidence. Anna must now decide if she believes Caleb’s reasons or is she is going to run again.
Harper has tackled a difficult topic and given a voice to victims of domestic abuse. Anna Moder never blames herself, nor does she see herself as a victim. She did what so many women are afraid to, she left. When confronted by her abuser, she stands up for herself and refuses to allow herself back into the situation. With the help of her new pack, she is able to finally break the cycle of abuse.
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Stephanie is a high school social studies teacher who enjoys escaping from reality with a good book. She is the mom of two energetic sons and when she isn't chasing herself in circles, she can be found lurking on Twitter @KindlesConsort.