Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper



Title: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

Series: Half Moon Hollow book 2

Author: Molly Harper

ISBN: 978-1-4516-4183-7

Publisher: Pocket Star Books

Format: Mass Market Paperback $7.99

Source: Publisher Rating: rating 5


“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.

Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire? (from the back of the book)

My Thoughts:  

I completely forgot that this book was the second book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow series so I read it before I read, or rather listened to, Driving Mr. Dead. (Nothing to worry about—the book didn’t burst into flames, my eyeballs didn’t fall out of head, no member of the undead community came by to sample my blood, more importantly I was not lost as these books are stand alone reads.)

As Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, Iris Scanlon has had to do some rather odd things although she has made sure to limit her contact with her undead clients to a minimum—preferably none at all if she can get by with it. However, when she trips over her newest client, Cal, who has been poisoned, her ‘no mingling with her clients’ rule flies out the window.

Bringing Cal into her home she must figure out how to cohabitate with the sexy vampire whilst trying to care for her teenage sister and figure out who is trying reduce Cal to a not so flattering pile of ash.

There is something about Molly Harper’s wicked witty humor that I cannot get enough of. Each time I pick up one of her books I know that hilarity is going to ensue and while The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was not as funny as her Jane Jameson series it was still jammed packed with lol moments.

For those of you who have read her Jane Jameson series (or Nice Girls series—which ever you prefer to call the series is fine by me, as my book club had a lively twenty-minute discussion a few nights ago about the correct title.) you will recognize several characters. Although if you have not had the pleasure of reading the previous series worry not as the book does stand brilliantly on its own by giving the reader the ample amount of info on the characters, both new and old.

Filled with paranormal hilarity that only Molly Harper can create The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires offers witty characters, a can’t put it down plot, romantic tension, and thankfully vampires that do not sparkle.

I read this book in less than fours and simply cannot wait for the next book, Witch Hunt.

I must applaud the art department because I think this cover is absolutely stunning.

Best Wishes & Happy Reading,

Angela Renee

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