Monday, August 22, 2016

Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.


Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...


Series: Half-Moon Hollow #5 | Publisher: Pocket Books |  Genre: Paranormal Romance | Source: Publisher| Rating: 4 Cups

You may have heard me mention it a time or two, but I’m so addicted to Molly Harper’s snark-filled goodness and Where the Wild Things Bite was no exception.  
Here’s what’s going on. Anna Whitfield’s a bit agoraphobic but she doesn’t feel right just shipping off the highly valuable one of a kind book to Jane Jameson, so she does what all well-respected archivists would do, she buys a ticket and boards a plane to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky with plans to hand the book over directly to her employer. There’s just one problem stopping her plan from going off without a hitch, the pilot wants the book. When he destroys the cockpit then jumps out of the plane, Anna has no choice but to survive the wild woods of Kentucky with Finn Palmeroy, the handsome yet rakish vampire who was also on the plane.
Since first meeting Finn in The Single Undead Moms Club, I’ve been wanting to know more about him. I’ve found him fascinating then and even more so now. He’s a bit more shifty than Dick Cheney, the vampire not the former VP, but Finn’s just got this handsome and smooth demeanor so it was fun watching him with Anna.

         “So…your name is Anna Whitfield, and you are carrying this book around like it’s made of valuable narcotics because…”

          I sighed. “I’m a bibliographer.”

          He pulled a face. “One of those people who has sex in libraries?”

Oh, poor Anna. I felt so bad for her. Even though she was one vampire betrayal away from a nervous breakdown, she held her own and realized she was one tough cookie. I was rooting for her the entire way through.
The relationship between Anna and Finn was great. Given they were stranded in the forest, they only had each other to rely on and it made for some interesting situations. Even though Finn was a bit shady, I wanted him to get things right.
While this is still in the Half-Moon Hollow world, it actually takes place outside the Half-Moon Hollow and I found that interesting as well. I like seeing new characters brought in but still getting a glimpse of the characters I know and love.
Overall, I loved this one. It was snarky and fun but it still had tender moments. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the world of Half-Moon Hollow.  

I know some of you have been wondering about the reading order of the Jane Jameson and Half-Moon Hollow books so I thought I would help you out with this reading guide.
The Jane Jameson Series (also referred to as the ‘Nice Girls’ series) started it all. It contains four books—and a short—and this is a complete series. These books work best if you read them in order.
1-Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
2-Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men
3-Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
3.5-Nice Girls Don’t Sign a Lease Without a Wedding Ring (on Molly’s website)
4-Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors
Then we have the spinoff series, Half-Moon Hollow. These can be read without reading the Jane Jameson/Nice Girls series—although characters from the Jane Jameson series and Jane herself often pops up. Most of these can be read out of order.
0 Fangs for the Memories (novella) This one actually happens in the middle of Nice Girls Don’t Dead Men—Jane Jameson #2.
1- The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
1.5-Driving Mr. Dead (novella)
2-A Witches Handbook of Kisses and Curses
2.5-Undead Sublet (short story found in the Undead In My Bed anthology)
2.6-Special Valentine's Day Half-Moon Hollow Story (on Molly’s website)
2.7-I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (novella) This needs to be read before  The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire
3-The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire
4-The Single Undead Moms Club
5-Where the Wild Things Bite
5.5-Big Vamp of Campus (novella) This needs to be read before The Accidental Sire
6-The Accidental Sire (coming in 2017)

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