Book Review: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbours

Posted February 27th, 2013 by in book review / 0 comments

Title: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbours (Jane Jameson #4)
uthor: Molly Harper
Publisher: Simon Schulster
Version Read: ebook
Publication Date: December 29th, 2009
Categories: fantasy, fiction, ghosts, humour, paranormal, romance, vampires, werecreatures

Summary (Goodreads): Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.
Jane’s kitchen barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. As if keeping her hyperactive childe from sucking the blood out of the entire neighborhood isn’t enough to deal with, the persnickety ghost of Jane’s newly deceased grandma Ruthie has declared war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake she can’t even eat seem downright relaxing in comparison.
Tensions inside the house are growing…and outside, a sinister force is aiming a stake straight for the center of Gabriel’s heart. Most brides just have to worry about choosing the right dress, but Jane fears that at this rate, she’ll never make it down the aisle for the wedding all nice girls dream of

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbours is the funniest novel in the Jane Jameson series. There are a couple of very sad moments, but it is mostly very funny. This time Jane is the one walking down the aisle, and she’s having mixed feelings about the whole deal.

Jane finally accepts Gabriel’s proposal. She’s denied him about five or six times previously, so he is quite glad to have her accept finally. However, things really take an interesting turn when Jamie Lanier, a teenager she used to babysit and who now delivers milk to the store, is hit by a car and killed. Jane fulfills his request to turn him as he lays dying in her arms. Dick and Andrea were there at the time and were able to confirm this to the Council. Unfortunately for Jamie, his parents don’t handle his vampirism very well. This was particularly sad because he’s still only just a boy and wants his mum and dad, and even his sister, to love him. The parts of the novel that involved this particular plot were really well handled.

In the midst of preparing her ‘childe’ for his life as a vampire and dodging her mother’s trickier qeustions about the wedding, Jane also has to deal with her Grandma. Who is now a ghost residing in River Oaks and refusing to leave. She’s not making life any easier though – Grandma Ruthie is a menace of poltergeist proportions. She also stays pretty hidden so it is hard for Aunt Jettie and Gilbert to catch her with their ghostly speed. She is not the sort of ghost you want hanging about in your home. Especially since she has the slightly warped idea that only she is suitable to live in River Oaks. In fact Grandma Ruthie scares the heck of Jane while she’s in the bathroom, minding her own business, having a shower.

Whilst all this is happening, Bud McElray’s brother Ray is trying to kill Gabriel as revenge for him killing Bud. (What is it with boys and an eye-for-an-eye?) His first attempt occured just after Jane and Gabirel had snuck in some ‘Happy Sexy Fun Time’ out in the woods as they were finding it very difficult to do so with Jamie in the house. The Council decide to put a security team on the house and woods to keep everybody safe. Unfortunately the Council’s team are fairly inept for vampires and can’t find Ray anywhere (even though, as we find out, he is essentially under their noses the whole time).

As payback for their bachelorettes’ Andrea and Jolene take her out to the same strip club they go to for Jolene’s bachelorette and try to embarass her as much as possible. In order to pay them back for the hideous bridemaids she was forced to wear at their weddings, Jane picks hideous yellow dresses for Andrea, Jenny and Jolene. The Council’s security are forced to crash the party when Ray appears, but much to Jane’s frustration, he gets away.

Grandma Ruthie meanwhile is doing everything she can to make life at River Oaks decidely unpleasant. When she interferes with one of the most important parts of the wedding, efforts to dislodge her from the house are redoubled. Fortunately Jolene is able to come to the rescue on this particular item. I think her aunties owe her a favour and Mimi (Jolene’s mother) likes Jane quite a bit.  Shortly after this they are able to evict Grandma Ruthie in a very funny scene, which served her right. Jane proves she is a great actress also.

Eventually, the wedding day arrives, and Jane is all set to walk down the aisle. Unfortunately this is Jane’s life and things aren’t madfe easy for her because she gets kidnapped. I won’t tell you what happens because that would spoil it. However it is also a very funny scene, and also quite poignant in parts as well. Happily though, Jane is finally able to marry Gabriel in their delightful themed wedding. (It’s very tasteful and very Jane. Even her mama can’t find fault in it.)

Taking another chance on international travel, Jane and Gabriel go on their honeymoon. They are greeted with an interesting surprise when they arrive home, and discover the real reason Jamie was hit by a car and (almost) killed. They also discover it is time to say goodbye to two of their favourite people.

This book made me laugh the most out of all four in the series, our girl got her happily-ever-after and it was entirely plausible. The paralels to things that could happen to anybody throughout the series make it really readable. I was really glad to see that Jane was getting along with both her mother and her sister, due to some major airing of grieveances between the sisters in the previous book. There was also some major effort on behalf of Jane mother to ensure both her girls realise how much she loves them – and she became even more relaxed after the death of her mother.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal/supernatural humor with some romance as well.

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