I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Jane is fired from her librarian position and proceeds to drown her hurt away at a local bar where she mets Gabriel, a handsome stranger. She leaves the bar still drunk. Suddenly, her car breaks down. Then to top it off, she is accidentally shot by a drunk hunter. Hunky stranger Gabriel is really a vampire and brings her over so that she will not die in a ditch. What follows is a humorous tale of how Jane adjusts to her life as a vampire and dealing with her family who she has left in the dark over her conversion. There are quirky friends, annoying relatives, and sexual tension with her sire Gabriel. I thought this was a humorous read, but if you are reading this for heart pounding sex and romance then this isn't your book. I liked Gabriel, but I don't think their relationship was executed as well as it could have been. There was a little bit of a mystery thrown in, but for the most part, this book is about an ordinary woman being turned into a vampire and how she adjusts. Jane is a really likeable character, and I loved her witty banter. The other characters are not developed as well as they could have been, but I am sure they will be developed more in the next book. I almost gave this 3 stars instead of 4 because I don't think this is something that I will care to reread. I am interested in reading the next novel though.
Molly Harper writes sharp, witty very, very, very, very funny books. I have yet to be disappointed. This is the first in her vampire series and the second book of hers I read and the second book of hers I fell in love with.
The books are somewhat similar to the Sookie Stackhouse series but lighter, tighter and funnier. Harper's vampire series' books don't get bogged down in the elaborate creation of an alternative universe, as the later books in the Stackhouse series do. They just enjoy the world they've been plopped down in.
Harper's books have some plot and some suspense but are chock full of fascinating characters. Her characters are so entertaining, you almost resent when she pulls you back into the plot and away from relating to an individual character. Dick Cheney is one of my favorite characters of all time and should have a series of his own.
The first book is spent setting up the series. You meet almost all of the characters, you get quite a bit of background about each. And you laugh, a lot. I've said before, I see a lot of similarities between Harper's books and the early Janet Evanovich books. Reading this book I found myself bursting into laughter at the most inappropriate times.
The narrator fits perfectly with the writing style and the flow of the book. She is very much the voice of Jane Jameson, a great heroine, but she is believable with all of the characters.
I really recommend this book.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
Molly Harper is a genius at sarcastic but loveable heroines! Jane says all those things you "wish you'd said", which is admittedly easier for a fictitious character to do than those of us who drive home after getting snubbed by a coworker thinking "gosh I wish I'd told that snotty girl .....(fill in the blank)". Jane fills in all the blanks. This is, essentially, a book about her adjustment to waking up undead, with family dynamics, a bit of mystery and a bit of romance thrown in.
Our hero is Jane's "sire" Gabriel, but honestly, I found his part in this book to be rather small, considering I found it in the romance section on audible. He's not exactly a sweep you off your feet sort of hero, and the plot of the book doesn't focus on the relationship. I'm not saying this as a complaint, merely an observation.
Never the less, the book works on so many other levels that it's impossible to complain or even feel the lack.
The narrator was "the perfect Jane". I can't imagine it being done better. No matter how funny a writer might be, a poor delivery can stuff it up. Effective humor is all about timing and cadence, and Amanda Ronconi delivers both seamlessly.
PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.
Although I found this book more amusing than funny, I did have several muffled sniggers! This book had the mystery, romance, humor and the fantastic (in the form of vampires) all wrapped up in a nice quirky, snarky package. The narrator was awesome too. A very enjoyable listen, and I just purchased the 2nd book!!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Molly Harper’s books are so funny! Sometimes I forget I am reading a romance novel. Her witty writing and Amanda Ronconi’s narration are the perfect combination. Just brilliant!
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Not only is Molly Harper a very good storyteller, but the sense of humor that she writes into her characters is just amazing. I laugh out loud every time I read one of her books. It's great to find a romance writer who doesn't just write tear-jerkers with heavy emotion and drama.
This book was a quick listen, it drew me in from the beginning and kept my attention.
I'll definitely be reading more of this series and looking up more of Molly Harper's books.
I also have to say that Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator for this book. She keeps pace with the story very well and reads the characters in a way that gives them personality and carries Molly Harper's humor without being awkward.
A story that had some depth and a lot less going on about nothing.
older, monotone and bland
Not really! The concept of the story is good but that is it. I didn't even complete the book!
I couldn't stay interested in the story because of all the mind numbing rambling. I could see where it COULD be humorous, but I was so bored that I couldn't enjoy it. I have listen and read many, many books. Some good, some great and some ok. This was the only listen that I didn't finish. Sorry! Not trying to be cruel just being honest.
YES! One of the most humorous takes on vampires I've ever heard. I laughed so hard I actually was in pain. (not complaining) If you like Sookie Stackhouse, and Simon Green's "Night Side" (which both have lots of humor) you'll really love this one.
When Jane first wonk up realizing she was a vampire.....LOL
Amanda Ronconi was amazing reading this, and All the Characters were fantastic. I loved Jane best.
All I can say it was the best money I ever spent. I only paid $4.95 because is was a special sale. I read the reviews and I love the genre, so I figured for that price what could I loose........I just bought the rest of the series......and started the second book...I'll be listening and I'll just laugh out loud. and the my son or other family member will look at me, and just shake their head. (I told them I'd let them listen when I was done)
Molly Harper has a wonderful sense of humor and character development. Amanda Ronconi .is the perfect narrator for this series. I hope she continues, her southern accents and different voices are just fantastic and really bring a great delivery on the humor. I recommend this series highly
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I haven't even finished this book yet, but I've already purchased the others. Jane is an excellent character, and this is a great departure from a lot of the sappy dramatic romances involving vampires. It's got me laughing out loud.
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JANE JAMESON IS THE TYPE OF WOMEN THAT TROUBLE ALWAYS FIND. SHES SMART, WITTY AND HAS A GREAT SINCE OF HUMOR WHICH MADE FOR A GREAT STORY. THIS IS A GREAT SERIES WITH AMAZING CHARACTERS AND A GREAT NARATOR.