Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.
Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?
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2 stars, largely based on the painfully bad narration of the first half
I normally LOVE the Molly Harper-Amanda Ronconi team. This time the narration was painfully bad--so bad that it distracted me from following the story and came close to ruining the book for me. What the hell was she thinking to go with such a broad "pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd" Boston accent for an Irish woman? I understand that for part of the time she was presenting herself as having come from Boston, but in that case only her dialog should have featured that accent, not her first person narration.
The only way I managed to get through the book at all was because she pretty much drops that accent for the second half of the book. This allowed me to focus on the plot, which seemed particularly slapdash and full of holes. Admittedly, I don't read Molly Harper for her tightly plotted prose, but this was especially weak. There also seemed to be less wit than usual, but that may have been obscured by the horrible narration.
I'm certainly not giving up on Molly Harper audiobooks, but I will no longer view them as a guaranteed good time. Better to relisten to one of her Jane Jameson titles (which Amanda Ronconi narrates brilliantly) than to bother with this on audio.
Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.
This was the last Molly Harper books I purchased (I own them all) I found this story was refreshing. I love how the author uses the same characters over and over to make a new story. fabulous work The book had me wondering until the end who was working against our heroine . I can usually figure out the ending but, this one had me stumped. I loved the ending. Hope to read more Half Moon Hollow books soon.
This is so hard because there are so many great ones. I have to say my favorite was the main character and her quest to find the magical objects she is searching for.
The all were, she is a talented person and find her characters believable and each on it's own person.
The ending and it would be a spoiler to comment further
Keep up the fantastic writing. Waiting for more adventures.
Funny, sweet, romantic!
I love the Half Moon Hollow setting and all the characters who live there. I'm glad Jane and all the gang we included in this story.
The book was fun as all of Molly Harper's books. Amanda Roncini's narration was great and the southern drawls are nice & slow, but I thought the Boston/Irish accent a little off. The Boston words (with the missing "R"s) seemed to jump out at me and made me lose my focus on the story.
I love this series of instructional paranormal books. A number of Molly Harper's stories connect to one another in subtle and not so subtle ways. Like in "Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires" Harper starts each chapter with a quote from the "Handbook." ( which was purchased in Jane Jamison's occult bookstore) Our witch moves from Ireland to the back woods to discover her neighbor is HOT, and not quite human. Harper's characters are quirky and witty and generally kind. A sexy and fun read.
Say something about yourself!
Listened for Fun/Read for Review(Audible/Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: My favorite so far in the spin off series.
Story Thoughts: OMG this freaking cracked me up. Nola (the leading lady) had a quest that just made me grin. As a person who had two very strong-willed grandmothers, I could just imagine one of them handing me something like that while making me promise to follow through. Poor Nola found out that it was going to be quite the task and not easy at all. She tackled it like a trooper and gave me some great big laughs along the way. I am a big fan of when Jane and her crazy mama make appearances in the spin off series so that was just icing on the cake.
Character Thoughts: Nola was a great addition to the Half Moon Hollow bunch. She is smart, witty, a little witchy, and can hold her own in the smart ass department. Really I think the strong female characters of the Hollows are just fantastic and since most of them made an appearance in this book, I was thrilled! Then there was hot-stuff Jed! Jed made me swoon and even with a crazy family, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat. Swoon-worthy leading men are always a good reason to read a book but when they are hot-blooded shifters–it is a MUST!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Amanda hit it out of the park again. I admit that at first I thought she was dropping accents but then I was reminded that Nola was trying to hide her Irish behind a Boston accent. I don’t know how many narrators could pull that off but Amanda did! Seriously this is just a fun series to listen to on audio.
Final Thoughts: Fun Series and a MUST READ for me!
It's the same light and humorous storytelling that I've come to depend on Molly Harper for. I'm really looking forward to a sequel.
At the beginning of the audio book, I kept wondering what accent the narrator was going for, thinking it was a terrible attempt at anything recognizable(Was it supposed to be English or American?). But finding out that the main character had lived between Boston and Ireland, I went from being annoyed with the narrator to being amazed at her ability to capture the main components of either accent and to maintain them *almost* consistently throughout the book. Almost.
The comedy was laugh out loud funny
Great, animated, consistent
I enjoyed Molly harpers new approach to the paranormal world
I laughed so hard during this book that I think I scared my office mates. I got some really interesting looks while listening to this book.
I loved the enteraction of the new characters with the series veterans, it even picked up on the novellas characters too...it felt like adding a couple more members to a large dysfunctional family.
**Spoiler** I loved the scene where Nola figured out what was truly going on with Beau...not a curse just funky genetics
I started this book in the afternoon, and I had serious issues with turning it off so I could sleep. But it kept me alert for my commute.
I loved how the narrator used a different tone of voice for each character, I have gotten several where I cannot listen to the book because its like listening to stereo instructions read aloud. That is definitely not a problem with this book or narrator.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I felt this book was the same plot line as Care and feeding stray vampires. Just exchange names and creature of origins and you got the same story twice. I had the story completely figured very early on and I was not surprise one bit. I even rolled my eyes when Nola was (trying) to confront her evil mother by calling her "mean and selfish"... Really? My elementary school kids can do better then that. I think my favorite parts in the two books was the reference to pepperoni and pineapple pizza...which I love and is my favorite and everyone thinks I'm weird because of it....and the bit about men having World of Warcraft addictions (AKA my husband).
What I look for in my paranormal romance books is the mystery of the occurring paranormal event and the strong intense/ emotional attraction of the main characters. I felt like this author turned a paranormal town into an average mundane event, there was nothing special or exciting about having vampires, witches and shifters around. You might as well be sitting at the bar at Cheers waiting for Norm to walk through the bar ( just as predicted) so everyone can yell "Hey, Norm". Predictable is not exciting for me.
I would say pass on the credit cause it really was nothing special.
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