Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Simon Schulster
Version Read: ebook
Publication Date: March 31st, 2009
Categories: fantasy, fiction, ghosts, humour, paranormal, romance, vampires, werecreatures
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?
Jane has a pretty spectaculary bad day in this book – and I’m not talking about the one where she was fired, handed a twenty-five dollar voucher to the local bar ‘Shenanigans’ with free potato skins (Ewww. Can someone explain those to me please?), shot by a drunk driver deciding to do some deer shooting and left for dead. No, I mean where she lasts four hours in a night-time telemarketing job, is faced with some pretty crazy vampire-hate and smells so badly of cigarette smoke that her very luscious sire can’t stand to kiss her and it takes several days for her to wash her hair out. Those aren’t her only bad days either the poor girl. Who said being undead was supposed to be easy?
Jane is a girl after my own heart. A lover of books (not just reading) and slightly clumsy she endeared herself to me within the first few pages. I love MCs that are able to do that. She wasn’t especially whiny either, as some main characters in this genre tend to be. Molly Harper has the ability to be very tongue-in-cheek and gave Jane a little bit of self-deprecating humour, without going overboard with it. The sassy, sarcastic parts were also well done and never seemed out-of-place or mean.
Jane lives in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Jettie, much to the utter horror of her grandmother (who is Jettie’s sister), mother and sister. Aunt Jettie, who has been hanging around the house in ghost form since her death, is one of the few family members who undestands Jane and accepts that she is not like the other people in her family. Jane’s father inspired her love of literature, her Aunt Jettie inspired her love of just about everything else.
I mentioned a ‘luscious sire’ in the first paragraph, which is fairly typical of these books. Gabriel Nightengale is a long-term resident of Half-Moon Hollow, although he occasionally left or faked his death in order to keep prying eyes away. He meets Jane at Shenangians and gently sobers he up over cups of coffee and conversation. He is somehow drrawn to her in a way he can’t explain. He also followed her from the bar in order to assure she arrived home safely. Unfortunately, he wasn’t following her quite close enough and she was shot and left to die by a very drunk deer hunter. (He thought she was a deer, and then thought the shot had missed.) Gabriel offered to prevent the total end of her life as she lay dying in his arms beside the road.
Fortunately Gabriel is not quite as peculiar or possessive as some male leads in the PNR genre – he is quite stand-offish with Dick (who I’ll discuss later) but he is a notorious womanizer and I’d be worried too. He’s also not too demanding about playing ‘hide the sausage’ with Jane either. He takes his time, and it’s only in the last third of the book when they actually get to have sexytimes. There’s a bit of making out and such, as you would expect in a PNR but it’s not over the top, which is nice.
I’m not going to mention too much about the ending here because it would give it away but let’s just say there is a pretty wicked girl-fight and a hostage situation involved.
Favourite things about the book: Dick Cheney (no, not that Dick Cheney. He was, as Dick points out, Dick Cheney before the other famous one was born, and will be long after the famous one has died), Jane quoting Green Eggs and Ham as a refusal, Aunt Jettie’s ghostly activities.
Dislikes: Part of the ending, in regards to Jane and Gabriel’s relationship. There was a bit of a fight between them and then it seems sort of magically resolved at the end. Prehaps the major part of the ending changed Jane’s perspective somewhat.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes Paranormal Romance (PNR) but wants a bit of plot and a bit of humour thrown in. Also anyone who enjoys vampires with a bit of depth and interest, and who are funny. If you don’t like funny vampires, don’t read this. If you are looking for serious vampires, don’t read this either.