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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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    A light, quick moving tale of vamps and werewolves, overlaid with snarky southern wit and charm. The performance was excellent, lending the proper southern twang without making me want to strangle her. Unless she was doing a character that needed to be strangled, of course!

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    Regina Yorktown Heights, NY, United States 03-26-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It was cute, but predictable. I understand it's the first in a series, so it leaves you hanging.


    What was most disappointing about Molly Harper’s story?

    It was a bit childish, except for the sex.


    Any additional comments?

    the author has an original perspective on a vampires life.

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    "A good laugh!"
    What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs the most enjoyable?

    Nice twist on the world of vampires. No better place than a southern state to have the protagonist deliver the frank description of


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    Beachy WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-24-12
    Beachy WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Fun Start to a Fun Series!"

    I enjoyed listening to "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs" so much that I went on to purchase the rest of the audiobooks in this series. I love the charaters, and Jane is just great fun.

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    Amy Garland, TX, United States 03-24-12
    Amy Garland, TX, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Juicy, Campy Fun"
    What did you love best about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    This light read is strong on humor and characterization. Jane is extremely likable and engaging.


    What other book might you compare Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs to and why?

    This story is a bit like the Sookie Stackhouse series, but it's funnier and lighter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was hooked from the scene at the bar where Jane is drowning her sorrows in electric blue lemonades.


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

    It definitely made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great fun!

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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 03-24-12
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Refreshingly funny delightful"

    Love this series. I've always liked vampire books but really this is the best ever. It's different in so many ways. It has everything. She covers the southern ways in such a way that it almost seems like home. The family dynamics are so funny.

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    debbra GOLDEN, CO, United States 03-23-12
    debbra GOLDEN, CO, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "southern twilight....NOT"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was very different and enjoyable.


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

    when she spoke to her Aunt.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She is really good with the different voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her getting fired.


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    Elizabeth Craig, AK, United States 03-20-12
    Elizabeth Craig, AK, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Pleasantly surprised."
    What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs the most enjoyable?

    I had listened to the first of the werewolf series by Molly Harper previously, and was unimpressed. I thought that this was a different author, and had been dismayed to learn that they were both Molly Harper books, with the same narrator. However, when I started listening, I found it hard to put down! Although this main character is also sulky and whiny, it fits her better, and plays into the plot in a way that it did not in the other series. The plot carried me on from beginning to end, with surprises at every turn. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.


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

    The surprise in the beginning about how the main character becomes a vampire is very funny and original.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Although I personally think the narrator's voice is nasal, that is not something I think she can improve upon. Her voice was a good choice for the part.


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

    This book was hilarious for a vampire novel, and that is something that many try for, and at which few succeed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read; this book would make a great vacation novel.

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    "Humorous Paranormal that laughs at itself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Molly Harper writes a great Intro to being a Vampire from the viewpoint of one conservative small town girl. Amanda Ronconi does a humorous job of giving a southern voice to the girl and the rest of the crowd in the book. The plot is not new but it has a fair number of twists and turns. It follows one of Molly's other books of an overbearing mother who wants to control everything and a dysfunctional sister. Overall the mix of characters and their influence on the new vampire provides plenty of reason to come up with reasons for walking around with my earplugs in while listening to the audiobook - regardless of where I am.


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

    Yes - just as good.


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    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 03-19-12
    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2006

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    What made the experience of listening to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book and it's narration. It is more of a performance than 'a reading', I felt like I got to know the character through the voice. I hope Amanda Ronconi, reads the next books in the series.


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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.

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  • 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
    Overall
    "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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