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.
"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)
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
I've had this series on my TBR list for awhile and after reading How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf by Harper I knew that I had to move this series up my reading list. Then my lovely husband got me a 12 months membership to Audible.com for my birthday, so Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs was my 1st "purchase".
I love the sarcastic humor that Harper uses in her books. Nice Girls is a fun light hearted read with mystery and romance set in the South were vamps are out to the public. Jane is turned in order to save her life but she does an excellent job of adapting to her new life. Plus it doesn't hurt that her sire is the yummy Gabriel.
Nice Girls reminded me of a mix between Undead Series by Davidson, Broken Heart Series by Bardsley and a touch of Sookie Stackhouse with the mention of fake bottled blood.
Not only did I enjoy the characters and plot line; but I found the narrator fun to listen to. She did the southern accent justice. And with me being from Arkansas, I've heard some really bad fake southern accents before. She didn't sound like Forrest Gump while reading the book. She added the extra twang when needed without over doing it.
I'm looking forward to downloading the rest of the series. Look for my reviews of more Molly Harper books in the near future.
I wasn't sure about this book when I chose it because I'm not really a vampire kind of reader but I was hooked after only a few minutes! It was alternatingly sad, funny, romantic, suspenseful and really just totally delicious listening. I'm definitely getting the next one!
It's clear that Harper has used the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series as a sort of springboard for her Jane Jameson series, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are solidly funny moments that had me snorting outloud (and unbecomingly) at work. Over all the readers performance was entertaining, but unfortunately there are a LOT of men in this book, and her voice for each of them started out sounding ridiculous, and eventually all started to sound the same: a gutteral raspiness that sounded like she'd been smoking for 40 years. Which, incidentally, was the same voice for the character that HAD been smoking for 40 years. Now, I understand that there's only so many voices one person can be capable of, so it's forgiveable. What is not so easily glossed over are the parts of the book that required a man's voice for...uh..."sexier" scenes. Then it just became unbearable, uncomfortable, and embarassing. So, while I enjoyed the story, I don't think I'll be able to sit through another performance which will, no doubt, include the same male characters sporting the same awful voice. I think I'll have to get the actual books from the library.
I am Who I am; and you are Who you are...so lets leave it at that.
I love Molly Harpers werewolf books so I decided to give this series a try. I would say it was a little disappointing. The story it self took to long to get to some kind of ending. It started of slow and continued to stay that way. I felt that a lot of the story was a filler to make the book longer. They tried to add some mystery to it but the book was mostly the main character whining that she has not gotten laid for a long time and also how much being unemployed sucks. The Mother in the book was so annoying that I wanted to slap something.
I will not say that I completey regret getting the book because if you have read any of Molly Harper books it was funny. It had her touch of humor all over it. If it was not for that and the Narrator the whole thing will but a bust. Amanda Ronconi has the accent for delivery Harper's sassy quips and one liners. The book did have one love scene...so if your not into that not your book. This series will probably one that runs a while..so if you dont was to get involve in another series not your book.
So in summary the humor was smile worthy. My ears are crushing on the Narrator's accent and ablitily deliver southern humor. I will probably get the other books in the series if I can't find anything else more interesting.
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
I loved this book, even though I'd bought it with absolutely no knowledge of the author. I'm one of those people who do not like blood and gore, nor stories that are too stressful. This book was simple fun. Between the narrator's perfect rendition of 'Jane Jameson', our heroine, and the authors style of writing, there were times I was simply laughing out loud. In fact, I carried my iPhone with me all over the house as I did my chores, just so I could keep listening! Then it went with me in the car and I had a hard time turning off the story so I could work!
If you like a book with spirit and a bit of sarcasm, but very relatable, this one if for you. I highly recommend trying it for light reading as you drive down the highway. Or perhaps while lounging in the bathtub.. as I did. :)
In fact, I like this book so much I am buying the next one in this series. And any other titles she may have here on Audible.
Say something about yourself!
I love the this series... can't wait for book 4. Highly recommend this author.
Yet another audio book I couldn't finish. Got through a couple of chapters but just couldn't force myself to keep listening. I don't know why everything thinks this is so hilarious. Didn't laugh out loud once - not even a little. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you won't like this.
Love Molly Harper, and enjoy listening to Amanda Ronconi. This book sucked me in, and I literally was downloading the next book the following day. Harper's writing is excellent. Spit coffee out a couple of times while listening, so I don't recommend drinking liquids at the same time.
I loved this goofy heroine. Made me laugh out loud many times, she is dying after being shot as a deer, gets turned by a vamp, and fights it all the way. Lots of southern charm thru out. Disfunctional family. crazy ghost, Loved it!! headed on to the rest of the series...
I love Molly Harpers stories and Amanda Ronconi's narrations. Well written and superbly narrated, I love the characters Ms. Harper creates. Another winner!
"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.
"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.
"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.
I really loved this book. I just love Jane, she's so funny and so is her Great Aunt Jettie! I also loved Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, Jeb and Jolene! I enjoyed the story and Jane's initial adjustment to Vampire life although she still has to earn acceptance in the undead community. Poor Jane was the subject of a hate campaign in the story with some unknown targeting her to try and drive her out of the community or kill her.
She also has to deal with a nightmare family, well her dad's understanding and supportive, but her mum is high strung and very interfering, constantly trying to change Jane. Her sister is also scheming and always trying to put her down, not to mention being jealous that their Aunt Jettie left her house and everything in it to Jane when her sister is quite covetous of the house and the antiques within it.
I look forward to seeing how things go with her family as they have not handled news of her turning very well, well again her Dad is coping well and supportive of Jane but the rest of her living family is not dealing well with the news.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series!
"Well worth a credit"
I really enjoyed this book. The character and story are both well written. Jane's character is great, she's funny, smart and full of sarcasm. Narration wasn't bad. Will definitely be getting the next in the series.
"I really wanted to like thisbook"
Oh, this book was so boring. It started off so well, but then just slowed to treacle and I really lost interest. I liked Jane's self deprecating humour, but there wasn't enough going on to really hold my interest
Did not finish - only got to about a third of the way through.
Performance: Amanda Ronconi narrated well, with distinct characters. I think I'd try her narration again
"A great discovery!"
This author and narrator are both new to me but I was very pleased with this 'discovery'. The writing is witty and light and though not rocket science, it is fun without the usual overdose of sex often found in this genre. Jane, the main character, is feisty.
The narrator does a good job capturing the right 'voice' for this type of fiction and the main character.
I'll be checking out others in the series.
"Love this series"
The combination of author and narrator is magical (no pun inteded) i love the world of half moon hollow and it's occupants. Having listened to the later series first i had a good idea of what was going to happen but this didn't take anything way from the story. I encourGe you to listen to all these books!
"Loved every second."
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.
I have two. Dick, and Aunt Jetty.
Highly recommended. I also recommend the other books in the series. They're all excellent.
"Light, funny, easy listening.."
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!)
Jane- just the right amount of crazy!
Brilliant as ever!
Of course! Vampires, werewolves, ghosts....what's not to love!
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