Title: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
Series: Jane Jameson series, book 1
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children’s librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that’s sure to become Half Moon Hollow ledged. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And tanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do? (from the back of the book)
Fired from her job, spent her severance Shenanigans gift certificate on drinks that glowed, mistaken for a deer and shot by the town drunk, then turned into a vampire by the hot guy she flirted with at the bar.
To say that Jane Jameson was having a bad day would be a bit of an understatement although once undead always undead so she must suck it up and start getting accustomed to her new life (or should that be unlife?). Yet being a newly created member of the undead community is a tad bit easier than actually telling your parents that you have died and grown fangs, dealing with a sister that you squabbled with whilst being a member of living community (imagine the magnitude of the fights once she realizes Jane is undead), and there is the whole I-think-I-love-my-sire-although-he-is-way-more-mysterious-and-has-far-too-many-issues-to-even-be-considering-entering-into-a-relationship-with-him-but-the-attraction-is-too-much-to-bear-so-I-will-give-it-a-go thing Jane has to figure out. And, as though that isn’t bad enough, she is being set-up to take the fall for a string of vampire murders.
Throughout Jane’s Adventures in Undead Land, we see her making new friends of the paranormal variety, trying to dine on her best friend Zeb (who meets a love interest at the local support group for friends and family of the undead), fighting off Missy, a psychotic undead realtor (although I haven’t met too many realtors that haven’t been a little on the batty side of life), all the while trying to avoid having to consume her mama’s potpies (which Jane’s mother believes is the cure-all for everything). Plus she has to deal with her sire, Gabriel’s dislike of Dick Chaney (not the former vp, but a sleazy vampire, with a closet full of t-shirts he may have robbed from a college boys closet, that you love to hate who happens to be Jane’s friend and Gabriel’s childhood friend from the Civil War days that he has had a falling out with over some gambling debt).
read devoured Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series I knew that it was of the upmost importance for me to read her Jane Jameson series, so when Pocket Books asked me if I wanted to review them, I jumped at the chance (plus I did a wee little Happy Snoopy dance but that’s another story).
Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, was funny, witty, enjoyable, and unable to put down. Jane’s transition from children’s library to member of the undead was well worth reading. The characters were brilliantly snarky, truth be told I could see myself being friends with them as we share the same odd sense of humor. And while I loved the whole lot of them (main and secondary), I was eager to find out more about Gabriel and while we see a bit of his backstory in the first novel it wasn’t nearly enough which left me yearning next installment.
Overall Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs was a sinfully delicious, humor-filled, light romance whose main character had an addition to Jane Austen as well as useless trivia (although I did learn that the dot over an ‘i’ is called a title)
Here is one of my favorite bits:
“I am your sire. I am to guide you through your first days as a vampire. Your first feeding is a rite of passage, a sacrament. It will not be wasted on some hormone-driven frenzy. This is why I wanted you to feed from me.”
“I will not drink it in a house, I will not drink it with a mouse. I will not drink it here or there, I will not drink it anywhere,” I wheezed, hoping I was able to communicate adequate sarcasm through the crippling belly cramps.
“Did you just quote Green Eggs and Ham?”
For future reference, my sire did not appreciate being silently flipped the bird by his panting, twitching, protégé.
― Molly Harper, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs page 39
Having read, loved, devoured Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series I thought that I would do a giveaway.
The Molly Harper Pack contains:
Mass Market Paperbacks of the following:
Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
1 Handmade Salt glazed Goblet (made by a lovely and talented friend of mine)
1 Tin of Cranberry Blood Orange Tea from The Republic of Tea (not pictured)
1 Tin of Hot Apple Cider Tea from The Republic of Tea (not pictured)
As I have devoted this week to Molly Harper’s Vampire novels, each day of the week I will feature a review of the books in the series.
To be entered for this Molly Harper Pack, leave your name and a valid email address.
If you comment on each review during Molly Harper Week, you will receive extra entries.
Extra entries will also be given to followers of the blog as well as those who answer the question of the day.
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Giveaway Ends September 17
All items were purchased by me.
Best Wishes & Happy Reading,