Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Simon Schulster
Version Read: ebook
Publication Date: March 31st, 2009
Categories: fantasy, fiction, ghosts, humour, paranormal, romance, vampires, werecreatures
Summary (Goodreads): Once a devoted children’s librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she’s now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she’s an eternal bridesmaid — which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read. While Jane is trying to master undead dating, she is also donning the ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in history at her best friend Zeb’s Titanic-themed wedding. Between a freaked-out groom-to-be, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and Zeb’s mother, hell-bent on seeing Jane walk the aisle with Zeb, Jane’s got the feeling she’s just rearranging the proverbial deck chairs.
Meanwhile, Half Moon Hollow’s own Black Widow, Jane’s Grandma Ruthie, has met her match in her latest fiancé. He smells like bad cheese and has a suspicious history of dead spouses. But Jane’s biting her tongue. After all, would a nice girl really think she has a future with a vampire?
Oh my sweet lord! (Read that in a Southern accent, not an Australian one, please.) Poor Jane is torn between keeping Zeb alive through his ‘hazing’ by Jolene’s family members, and fighting him off with a stick. Our sassy, sarcastic former-librarian is back and at least this time someone is not actively trying to kill her. Well, probably.
Jane is ‘best maid’ at the wedding of Jolene Maclaine and Zeb Lavelle, and has to wear a horrifying peach nightmare to play her part properly. Part of those duties requires her to shield the bride-to-be from some of her future mother-in-law’s antics – although no-one thought they would have to save Zeb from his mama’s crazy antics. She also has to put up with her own mother, sister and grandma’s antics as well. Not to mention be there to let Jolene complain and ease her fears about her ridiculous cousins and aunts.
Mama Ginger, Zeb’s over-baring, slightly-nutty mother has been planning Zeb’s wedding for years. His wedding to Jane that is. So you can imagine that her opinion of Zeb marrying Jolene was not a positive one. Did I mention the wedding is Titanic themed? She would have succeeded in separating the lovebirds too if it hadn’t been for Jane’s ‘spider-senses’ alerting her to something fishy with her best pal. Also a hilarious scene with Dick who got to reveal what his special vampire power is – essentially he can ‘lustify’ women of all ages. He chooses not to because it takes all the fun out of dating.
There was also a poignant moment in this novel with the sudden passing of Mr Wainwright – who gives the store and most of his possessions to Jane, baring a few much smaller bequests to the others. Dick also reveals his familial connection to Mr Wainwright (Gilbert) and the two are forever better off for it.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys PNR with humour and genuinely interesting characters.