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 fiance. 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?
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I must say that ordering these books by Molly Harper White was a laughable choice. I laughed so hard at the one liners and found the books to be so entertaining. I will keep an eye out for more by this talented author!!!
If you want a hot and steamy romance, this isn't the book for you. However, it's absolutely hilarious! I laughed out loud multiple times while listening to this book. Couldn't wait to start the next one and bought the next two immediately. My only criticism is that some of the character voices that the narrator used were annoying.
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Worried about turning into bride-zilla? Nothing will make you feel better about your own wedding planning mishaps than reading about Jolene’s upcoming werewolf nuptials. Between her family’s questionable traditions, a future mother-in-law from hell and a theme that’s centered on a sinking ship; there’s no shortage of drama in Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men. Molly Harper’s unique sense of humour never fails to bring a smile to my face and even a few laugh-out-low moments but when her story is narrated by Amanda Ronconi the whole experience becomes doubly enjoyable. In this installment we get the best of both worlds: Jane Jameson AND werewolves!
I’m currently in the midst of planning my own big day so I absolutely loved reading about Jolene’s werewolf wedding disasters. She’s a fictional character so I didn’t feel bad about laughing at and even feeling better because of her misfortunes. There are several things that I am dreading about this whole “getting married” process but I was comforted by the knowledge that no matter how bad it gets, it’ll never be this bad. The wedding cake snafu was hilarious and I almost started crying from laughing so hard when the new couple had their first dance to Celine Dion.
One of my favourite characters in this series has to be Dick Cheney; every time he’s in a scene I just know that within no time I’ll be trying to suppress an uncontrollable case of the giggles. We uncover what his secret “vampire” power is and it’s so blatantly obvious yet ridiculously preposterous at the same time. I was as shocked as Jane was to learn the truth but couldn’t resist doing a quick *facepalm* over having missed the clues. Cheney even goes so far as to vamperize Jane’s car; you won’t believe the modifications that Harper dreamed up! This guy should get his own spin-off series. Seriously!
I loved getting to know more about the werewolves in this series; some of their wedding traditions are downright weird but they were definitely good for a laugh. Female wolves don’t consider the B-word to be derogatory and Jane quickly catches on to that fact; it was funny listening to her vent her frustrations over dealing with Jolene’s crazy family by repeatedly using the term. Unfortunately, the bride-to-be quickly caught on to Jameson’s scheme and makes her tone it down. It was great while it lasted though!
The only reason why I haven’t finished this series yet is because I find that the audiobooks are a great way to get me out of a reading slump so I always try to keep at least one in reserve. Molly Harper never ceases to entertain and Nice Girls Don’t Date Men is a great addition to her repertoire. If you haven’t listened to a story narrated by Amanda Ronconi yet, this series is for you.
For the second book:
In the second book, the storyline is focused on her BFF Zeb's wedding and his seriously screwy mom's antics trying to ruin the wedding. Trying to deal with all the difficulties, Jane becomes more independent and comes into her own. I still think she is a wuss when dealing with family, but I know she does REALLY good in the third book. Another fun book from a fun series
For the whole series:
I liked the premise of the first book a lot. A small town librarian getting shot accidentally and turning into the vampire and then getting mixed up with murder and mayhem. I think the Jane Jamison books are essentially cozy mystery with a vampire twist. It doesn't have the usual fight against the races, apocalyptic prophecy nor the dark outlook other paranormal series often have.
The series is really really funny, especially the snarky, quarky and snide comments Jane makes. Some might compare the series to the Betsy series, but IMHO there is a BIG difference. I actually like the main character! Sometimes I wish she wasn't so nice, but I suppose in real “family feud” people do have love/hate relationship with loved ones just like her and try desperately hard not to ruin what relationship they have. So if you like paranormal stuff but not really into violence, blood, or doomesday story, this is a great series!
The same characters as the excellent first book in the series ("Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs"). However, your reaction may depend on how whether you find Jane's dysfunctional family humorous or hateful. Tending toward the latter reaction, the humor wore thin for me and I got tired of Jane's whining and immaturity. There seemed to be very little character growth. But I am grumpy! If you are a sunnier person you may like this second in the series as much as the first.
PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.
This story focuses maily on Jane's friend Jeb and his wife-to-be Joliene and their impending nuptuals. Jeb's mom, Mama Ginger, is extreamly persistant thru the whole book on trying to break up the happy couple and have Jeb marry off to his life long friend, and our heroine, Jane, but Mama Ginger doesn't know Jane's been turned. The book also continues in the developing relationship between Jane and her sire, Gabrielle. If you liked the 1st book, you'll enjoy this book as well!
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Bordering on the absurd, you have to look at this second installation of “Nice girls” in the same sunny, light-humored fashion as the first and following novels. This particular book even more so since it is based solely on ridiculous family and friend meddling to the point of non-realistic altitudes most plotlines can’t reach without the audience finally giving up on the shreds of realism left. Fortunately, this is also a book involving vampires, werewolves, and UK-fan ghosts so the height of believability is significantly higher due to the genre.
This is the sequel most fans hope for in a beloved book. A chance to see known and loved characters from a previous work while staying true to the same feelings earned before. Sure, this means the character doesn’t grow in leaps and bounds as normal characters do, but this is also the brilliance of the book. How many Twilight fans would LOVE to get their hands on a fifth book? And for what… a chance to see something new from loved characters. That’s exactly what this book accomplishes so I adored it for what it was – a chance to see Jane bumble through another eight hours of confusion and snarkiness.
5 stars, easily earned for the good time this listener had
This book had me laughing out loud at the most inappropriate moments. My favorite books in the genre are the Sookie Stackhouse novels. This first Jane Jameson book has characters (including the all important secondary characters) that are as interesting as those books, dialogue even more hysterical and a quick, clever plot line. I don't know if the series will have the depth of detail as the "Sookieverse;" that remains to be seen. But it was a great spend of a credit and kept me from biting the toddler next to me on the long cross-country flight. I am downloading the next two immediately.
Molly Harper's Nice Girls series is quite a fun listen. It's the kind of story you will want to listen to more that once.
Harper gives her charaters a rich and witty dialogue. Making you laugh out loud more than once.
Beware: if you are listening to this book in a public place, people will think you are CrAzY! (It's that good).
I highly recommend buying all three books from this series. You will not be disappointed.
molly harper has managed to write an engaging series of books. It has a lightly humorous vein (pardon the pun) your average nerdy bright girl who never quite fit into the normal social set. A wickedly handsome hero who isn't all vanilla and spice. throw in a food neurotic werewolf girlfriend and a couple of ghosts, and strained family ties and you have yourself a chuckling good time. enjoy.
I really enjoyed this instalment in the series! Things are getting tense between Jane and Gabriel with Gabriel away a lot and not telling Jane where he's going or what he's doing. She's also being propositioned by a high school crush and not telling Gabriel about it plus she's not really discouraging her crush either at first.
Things are also tense with Zeb and Jolene due to interference from Mama Ginger and 'playful' hazing from Jolene's family. Mama Ginger is quite obsessed with her belief that Zeb and Jane should be together and is quite hilarious at times with her antics (of course Jane, Zeb, Jolene and Gabriel don't find them too funny!).
I also found it very amusing when we discovered what Dick' vampiric gift is! There's further drama from Jane's family too as things escalate slightly between her and her sister and Grandma Ruthie (who has a new 'fiance' who's not what he seems). We also learn about Mr. Wainwrights family origins which are a little surprising!
Yes it's a slightly predictable story and you can see the ending coming before the characters but that is part of the charm of these books. I listen when i'm doing busy work to make the time pass quicker. They are easy to follow, lots of LOL moments and you fall in love with all the characters!
This second book was actually better than the first, and that's really saying a lot, because the first one was amazing
"Light hearted and funny"
Another solid 4 star read from molly harper. The books never fail to have me chuckling, love the half moon hollow and naked werewolf books.
"Another excellent book from Ms Harper"
I love Molly's books! They are always good fun with a bit of romance and some laughter as well. You do need to read the series in order so that you know why Jane is a vampire and works in the bookshop but this was a great addition to the series. This second book continues with the planning of the wedding of Zeb and Jolene and also adds more background to other characters such as Dick and Gabe. Although it's mostly a book about vampires, other supes are present as well as a couple of resident ghosts. As always Amanda Ronconi's narration was excellent. I have never actually read one of Ms Harper's books, (and I've 'read' most of them') as I would miss the way Amanda Ronconi narrates all the different characters and the different accents she uses. This one finishes on a bit of a cliff hanger (no spoiler) so I can't wait to read the next one in the series to find out what happens. Completely recommended.
This was one of the best books I've listened too this year and loved ever chapter.
This Molly Harper series is fantastic!! The main characters are hilarious and really engage the reader (or listener) All of the Molly Harper books I have listened to have been read by the same person - she is so good!!
Would highly recommend Molly Harper books!!!
This book is well written, but I found the main character to be pathetically spineless and infuriating to anyone with the slightest bit of independence.
I actually finished the book feeling angry at her, and most of her family.
I really enjoyed the first Molly Harper book - Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, and this book continues the wonderfully funny, quirky story about vampires, werewolves and Kentucky Mommas, Grand-mommas and family.
This truly made me burst out laughing while walking the dog - don't think of this book in the same vein as some other recent vampire books - this is just great - with sparkling dialogue and engaging characters.
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