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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1 | [Molly Harper]

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.
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Why we think it's Essential - The Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi pairing has become the stuff of Audible legend, and it all started with this book. If you ever feel like the vampire romance genre has all gotten a little bit too serious and swooning for its own good, this is the perfect antidote. The kick-off to the delightfully quirky and laugh-out-loud funny Nice Girls;... series, as well as an equally popular spin-off series, this book has been a non-stop hit with our listeners. — Emily

Publisher's Summary

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

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?

Love in vein: bite into more of Jane Jameson's paranormal exploits.

©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hysterical laughs are the hallmark of this enchanting paranormal debut....Harper keeps the quips coming without overdoing the sarcasm, and her take on vampire lore will intrigue and entertain even the most jaded paranormal fan." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Funny, but not a lot of sparks in the romance area"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 08-25-12
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This was a laugh out loud read"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 02-24-12
    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Funny, Witty and Fast Paced"

    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.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kickez United States 06-19-10
    Kickez United States 06-19-10 Member Since 2010

    PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.

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    "Quirky, snarky, sexy, - my kind of book!"

    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!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-21-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Hilarious! More comedy than romance"

    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!

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 11-24-12
    kytten Rosemount, MN, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Love Molly Harper's sense of humor"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Syndi Decatur, TX, United States 10-24-12
    Syndi Decatur, TX, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "NO STORY OR PLOT JUST A LOT OF RAMBLING"
    What would have made Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs better?

    A story that had some depth and a lot less going on about nothing.


    Has Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    older, monotone and bland


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really! The concept of the story is good but that is it. I didn't even complete the book!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-22-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "Totally Hysteriacl, Loved ever single chapter"
    Would you listen to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    When Jane first wonk up realizing she was a vampire.....LOL


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Amanda Ronconi was amazing reading this, and All the Characters were fantastic. I loved Jane best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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)


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 06-12-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 06-12-12

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "Refreshingly comical"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 04-29-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "MOLLY HARPER IS AMAZING"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
    bicesterUnited Kingdom
    11/18/10
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    "Fun and funny characters"

    I just love this series of books! The interplay between the characters is very funny and the books just zip along. The narration by Amanda Ronconi is spot on and the story is very engaging.
    As a 40 something truck driver who usually listens to Sci-Fi when travelling up and down the country you might not think that these books are aimed at me but I'm glad I gave them a try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    10/11/12
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    "Very enjoyable, light, humorous, vamp romance"

    I picked this book out more or less at random as something light to listen to. I've been having difficulty reading actual text and I've turned to audiobooks to "read" more. I am particularly glad I picked this one.



    Jane is a librarian who suddenly discovers herself to be unemployed, gets drunk at a bar, gets shot (mistaken for a deer), and has the choice of being dead, or undead. A few days later she wakes up a vampire. She has a best friend who is almost as dotty as she is, and an overbearing mother. But now that she's undead she has her favourite (dead) relative to keep her company and a suave, attractive sire who she fancies something rotten, but he did turn her into a vampire. On top of that, someone seems to have it in for her, and she needs a new job.



    At least she lives in a world which knows vampires exist. The setting is wonderfully cynical; just my kind of concept. The existance of vampires was revealed as part of a disability lawsuit. Each chapter begins with a quote from the "Guide for the Newly Undead," and the local vampire community holds meet-and-greet parties for newbie vampires, hosted by a vampire property agent (how could anyone tell the difference).



    The narration on this one is good. Amanda Ronconi pulls off the accents, even an English one, nicely and it felt like she enjoyed reading the story even as I laughed my way through it.



    I'll be putting the second in the series on my wishlist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    4/13/10
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    "Very funny modern twist on vampire tale"

    If you like Charlaine Harris then you will like this. Molly Harper writes with a funny, dry wit. Her tale of Jane Jameson's turning and life with her family, friends and boyfriend/sire is very engaging and had me laughing out loud while listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hsymmonds
    8/25/14
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    "Loved every second."
    What did you like most about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    Everything. It was brilliant. Absolutely hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. Amanda Ronconi delivers each character brilliantly and doesn't make them sound fake. She manages to portray male characters well too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have two. Dick, and Aunt Jetty.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. I also recommend the other books in the series. They're all excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    8/1/14
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    "Light, funny, easy listening.."
    What did you like best about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs? What did you like least?

    Loved the quirky take on vampires and their way of life: the guide for the newly undead!If I'm honest, I didn't feel that much chemistry between Jane and her 'maker' (sorry I'm a truebie!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane- just the right amount of crazy!


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Brilliant as ever!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Of course! Vampires, werewolves, ghosts....what's not to love!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tanice
    4/12/14
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    "crazy jane"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version but i really like the audio version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    When Jane was just turned and woke up to see Gabriel and flew up to the ceiling


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    she painted the picture superbly, i could not have done it if i was reading the book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Every time Jane spoke i laughed..The girl is crazy!


    Any additional comments?

    I already read all the books in the series and I absolutely loved them especially when Jane stuck it to her grandma, really enjoyed the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Launceston, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Turns the vampire idea on it's head!"

    Loved it! The MC is entertaining, articulate, self-deprecating and delightfully ordinary. Well, considering. Her reaction to the events is quite plausible and the story develops nicely. I love her manic family as well. THe narrator is perfect for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "An excellent, humerous, urban fantasy."

    I picked this book out more or less at random as something light to listen to. I've been having difficulty reading actual text and I've turned to audiobooks to "read" more. I am particularly glad I picked this one.

    Jane is a librarian who suddenly discovers herself to be unemployed, gets drunk at a bar, gets shot (mistaken for a deer), and has the choice of being dead, or undead. A few days later she wakes up a vampire. She has a best friend who is almost as dotty as she is, and an overbearing mother. But now that she's undead she has her favourite (dead) relative to keep her company and a suave, attractive sire who she fancies something rotten, but he did turn her into a vampire. On top of that, someone seems to have it in for her, and she needs a new job.

    At least she lives in a world which knows vampires exist. The setting is wonderfully cynical; just my kind of concept. The existance of vampires was revealed as part of a disability lawsuit. Each chapter begins with a quote from the "Guide for the Newly Undead," and the local vampire community holds meet-and-greet parties for newbie vampires, hosted by a vampire property agent (how could anyone tell the difference).

    The narration on this one is good. Amanda Ronconi pulls off the accents, even an English one, nicely and it felt like she enjoyed reading the story even as I laughed my way through it.

    I'll be putting the second in the series on my wishlist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    3/7/11
    Overall
    "Fang-tastic!"

    If you are a lover of the Sookie Stackhouse - True Blood books, you'll love this!
    It's funny, refreshing and made me smile. It's nowhere near as ermmm.... 'adult' or 'naughty' as the Charlaine Harris books but a good listen. I really liked the narrator, she has a great voice and accent. I listened to the whole book in three days (whilst doing house-work) and have just downloaded the next one which I'm looking forward to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tania
    Tring, Herts, United Kingdom
    1/2/11
    Overall
    "Highly derivative: Sookie Stackhouse with fangs"

    I bought this on the strength of the other reviews. In fairness, if I'd been in a coma for the last five years and never come across a Southern-virginal-beautiful-oddball-girl-with-supernatural-powers type heroine, then I would have been quite impressed by this book and its story of an alternative world ridden with supernatural beings. However, having worked my way through most of the True Blood books and dabbled in much of the rest of the genre, I have to say that this is a profoundly unimaginative rip off and basically more of the same - only Sookie has a different name and is a vampire, rather than telepathic. There are slightly more jokes, but nothing that laugh out loud so it can't, imho, even claim to be a satirical version of the same.

    If you've run out of True Blood/Twilight/etc. etc. and are desperate for a new fix, this might be just up your street, but if you feel that the whole vampires coming out of the closet story line has been done to death, then I wouldn't recommend this title at all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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