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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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    Amazon Customer Brecksville, OH, United States 02-06-12
    Amazon Customer Brecksville, OH, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great entertainment!"

    I downloaded this book based on all the other positive recommendations, and I was not disappointed! Just plain fun. Very well-written and narrated.

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    Sara Seattle, WA, United States 02-02-12
    Sara Seattle, WA, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "With respect, I disagree."

    (Spoiler alert!) Unlike many others, I am truly struck by how much Jane is like Sookie Stackhouse! They both live in the south in big, old, historic homes just outside of town that they inherited from beloved, older, women relatives. Neither of them have dated in a long time before they are both pursued by a couple of different vampires—one bad, and one good (and the good one is from the Civil War area). Jane and Sookie are both good friends with men who are seriously dating women werewolves. Both books mention Elvis sightings. Even the name “Hadley” comes up in both series.

    I disagree that it was funnier than other books I've read like the “Sookie Stackhouse" series. That said, Jane’s sense of humor is definitely more *sarcastic* than Sookie’s. To me, wit and sarcasm are not synonymous. As someone who laughs a LOT and laughs louder than is probably appropriate in many situations (hehe!), I had expected to laugh at this book. If dry sarcasm is your sense of humor, you may love this book. Since it is very much not mine, I didn’t laugh at all.

    Overall, I was a little bored reading this. I felt like I kind of just went through the motions to get to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 02-02-12
    Bonnie 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I always have to stand back and think"

    This author confuses me, although I keep coming back to her books and the reader. They are light listening that I always think, “ugh”. Then I think about them, enjoy the thoughts, and buy another book. I guess that I am just learning to appreciate this type of comedy. I LIKE her books!

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

    Reminiscent of True Blood. Easy to get in to and just enough action to keep me interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed the main character, her name escapes me. She was just ignorant and sweet enough to be funny.


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

    If she's the narrator, she adds humor :)


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

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mandy 01-30-12
    mandy 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun!"

    I enjoyed the book, proceeded to get the rest. A dramatic - not so violent vampire drama.

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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-30-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Great narrator, funny story"

    The narrator is perfect. The book is funny. I really like the female characters - definitely people I would like to spend time with. I am enjoying the series so far (almost done with book 2).

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    Heather Forrest Stewart 01-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love, love, love Molly Harper."

    Snarky, witty, sexy and fun. Amanda Ronconi gives depth and flare with her sarcastic inflection. I would highly recommend this and all other Molly Harper books.

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    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "such a funny series"

    I have so enjoyed this series of books. What a refreshing and funny take on being a vampire! It was touching and yet so funny, I laughed aloud many times. And the narrator is one of my favorites! Enjoy!

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    Richard Lawrenceville, IL, United States 01-22-12
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    "Shot in the Dark"
    If you could sum up Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, engaging, likeable


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mental and social state of mind with which the heroine dealt with her situations as well as the modern-day perspective she used to talk about it all.


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

    The attitude of a 27 year-old woman with a bit of a chip on her shoulder was brought out very well by the narrator.


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

    Not really unless you can call laughing out loud


    Any additional comments?

    I called this review a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Toledo, OR, United States 01-16-12
    Karen Toledo, OR, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a DJ who travels a lot and listen to books while I drive 4 hours in each direction weekly. I've been an avid reader since the age of 5!

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    "Cute Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was looking for something a little bit lighter and fun after some heavy topics. This definitely hit the mark. I had read the reviews and wasn't disappointed. Some parts had me actually LOLing. I liked it enough to download the second one which I'm currently enjoying.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    Southern, entertaining, fitting


    Was Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs worth the listening time?

    Definitely worth a listen


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  • markyb
    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
  • Harlequin864
    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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