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?
©2013 Molly Harper White (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Probably not, since the accents were so ridiculously distracting. I did enjoy the story though.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Hilarious as usual! Molly Harper is an automatic download. She always leaves you with a smile. I liked how the new plot connected to the grandfather and tied everything together in the Hollow. So nice visiting with old friends from Half Moon Hollow.
I enjoyed the crazy accents, because really how would a Boston/Irish accent sound?
If you keep writing them, I'll keep downloading! :)
I am having trouble listening to this- I usually LOVE this narrator but the in and out accent is sooo annoying!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (fantasy/romance) - This is the usual clever story I've come to expect from Molly. It isn't my favorite, but it's still really good. The Publisher's Summary pretty much covers what I have to say about the story, and to add more would be giving something away. There are
some unexpected twists in the story, and the ending is adorable.
PERFORMANCE - As other reviewers have commented, Amanda is totally off on this performance. Some kind of Boston/Irish accent that she does sporadically. It's a bit distracting but doesn't ruin the cute story.
OVERALL - Recommended for females only. Contains a sprinkling of F-words and a couple sex scenes which are short but not very explicit. This is Book 2 of the series, but the story stands alone. Some of the characters will be familiar, however, if you've listened to Book 1.
I really miss the laugh-out-loud humor of the Jane Jamison series and the story 'And One Last Thing'. Those stories made me laugh so hard at times that I'd cry. And every time I listened to them, it would be like visiting old friends. That was why I started buying every audio book by Molly Harper. Lately though, the stories are slipping into mediocrity. The just don't have that same spark that set them apart anymore. I hope this is temporary because I miss the old Molly Harper magic.
Good book, but the accented narration missed the mark. At times she sounds like Arianna Huffington and at others like anything else. I don't mind accents and I expect Arianna's accent in an Arianna book. Ms. Ronconi is off on this one.
Happiness is a good book!
I adore Molly Harper, I love Amanda Ronconi. With that said I think the good thing these two had going.....is OVER. Usually, Mollys books make me laugh out loud and Amanda seals the deal. I didn't love the characters, the story was weak and the narrator sucked. It was difficult to finish it as Amanda ruined it with the terrible, terrible accent. I'm shaking my head over this one. I didn't laugh once. Not even a giggle. I'm seriously depressed over this failure as I looked so forward to this book.
First and foremost, I LOVE Molly Harper's books. I have listened to all of them in the audiobook format and until now have never been disappointed. I am very sad to say that the narration so is poor that I find myself distracted from the great writing. Until now I have really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's work. However, the Boston accent is so bad in this recording that at first I actually thought it was a joke and part of the storyline. The narrator will read an entire passage with no accent whatsoever and then throw in one or two of the well-known cliche Boston accent words (pahk the caah, etc.). When she does this I'm a instantly snapped out of the story and focused on the strange accent.
While I agree a series should stick with the same narrator whenever possible, if the author felt the Boston accent was too important to the story to lose (I haven't finished the book, but at this point that doesn't seem to be the case) a different narrator would have been a better choice.
I always anxiously await Molly Harper's work and will continue to do so. I hope any future new accents are fully vetted before recording begins. Harper's books deserve the best possible narration and unfortunately this one misses the mark.
I have every Molly Harper book and am never disappointed. Another easy listen with just the right amount of humor and romance. One of the few authors that makes me laugh out loud.
I love Amanda Ronconi and the fact that she narrates all of Molly's books.
Honestly, I haven't finished it yet. I am having a very hard time getting interested in the storyline and the characters. So far I'd have to say this is my least favorite.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms Ronconi in Molly Harper's other books, but not this one. There was a mention in the book about the main character having a mix of accents, but that couldn't explain this mess of accents. Ms Ronconi seems to frequently forget the accent(s), then remember for a few minutes and then slip back to her regular voice. I find it jarring and very distracting. I think it would have been much more successful if Ms Harper had written Nola's character with with only one accent for Ms Ronconi to deal with.
"New story involving familar characters"
Entertaining and engaging, and amusing to hear other characters from previous stories seen through the eyes of a new narrator. I found her a teeny bit slow on the uptake at times, and her Irish dialogue didn't quite ring true, but a US readership probably wouldn't notice that. Wondered why she was aware of were creatures, but the one character who was a werewolf wasn't mentioned in that context.
"Great Story. will keep you listening"
Time well spent listening. no messing around with the story just straight to the point.
Jed because we all love a mysterious hunk of a man to rescue you.
Anyone with a real Irish accent, but i have to say she gave it her all.
"Horrible Irish Accent but very funny"
Bless Amanda Ronconi for giving it her best shot, but her imitation Irish accent got thicker and thinner ... frankly it waxed and waned all over the place! OK so there was some excuse as her character's accent was also apparently from "all over the place" but still.
Other than that, I found this book a light, fluffy, easy listen with some genuinely funny bits that had me laughing my way through an enormous amount of jumble sale sorting. The plot twists weren't particularly challenging but it was really good fun. Also, I like the Half Moon Hollow series and it was nice to meet some people who are alive for a change!
I've been smirking about the Armadillo monster for some time now. How often can you say that??
"Wierd accent but engaging story"
I really look forward to Molly Harper books for a great escapist break from reality. And Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator, but the accent was VERY strange for Nola. I was picking up bits of Australian... then Boston then, Ireland, really disturbing.
Jed seemed a bit to dim to be the romantic interest, but the cosy Hollow friendships are always comforting - if only real life was full of financial windfalls and friends that would do anything for you.... ah Fantasy is great.
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