Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.
Now the children's-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby...or litter. Step Three: Figure out who's been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is suddenly becoming a matter of life and undeath.
©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)
I have come to terms with the fact that I am one step away from actually being Jane Jameson. Okay two... I would actually have to be turned into a vampire as well.
Jane graduated in 98 from a Kentucky high school, as did I, and has a snarkiness I can only describe as the result of someone trained on after-school episodes of Animaniacs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and being well-versed in Austen and other classics (right down to the Firth-Ehly version of Pride and Prejudice). She's the oddball of the family because of her quick wit and knowledge of random facts, and to top everything off, I get every single reference she makes right down to the way southern women make punch for showers. The cherry on top of this creepy resemblance is the author went to Western Kentucky University, as did I. (The one step difference mentioned above is she took library studies whereas I took theatre).
That's where the simlarities end, however, as I do not have to put up with the family members Jane does, nor do I have a best guy friend married to a werewolf. Or a vampire boyfriend... let alone being one myself. And, unlike Jane, I have the sometimes brutally honest ability to say what's on my mind, which, if Jane was capable of doing, we would not have this hilarious series.
Jane's inability to communicate properly (as is sometimes the problem with most protagonists) gets her into yet another pickle. Gabriel too, since he refuses to tell her whats going on with this random letters he gets. Quite a lot of non-communication goes on in the book and finally comes flooding out of characters like they were given truth pills before their big exits. Even Jenny gets to reveal her inner turmoil. I believe the Pixar people would call this "monologuing." Yet, in taking this novel lightly as I have from the beginning, it was an enjoyable experience. 5 stars.
Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.
I don’t usually pace myself whenever I read series, I’m more of a back-to-back kind of girl, but the Molly Harper / Amanda Ronconi duo deserves to be savoured because they make outstanding audiobooks together. NICE GIRLS DON’T LIVE FOREVER is a winning amalgamation of smart aleck humour, three dimensional characters, snappy writing, and excellent narration. The story is more action-packed than usual, and I loved the werewolf tidbits that are scattered throughout this book. It’s the little details that make a series stand out, and JANE JAMESON’s got them in abundance!
These novels usually tend to be pretty straightforward in the plot department, so I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this installment’s story. The Courtneys were hilariously stereotypical blondes, and I loved the dynamics between Jane and her two BFF’s: Jolene and Andrea. The latter character is also involved in another thread that was unexpected, but due. And, of course, there’s no shortage of laugh-out-loud moments including Dick’s attempt at “cheering” Jameson up after her supposed break-up with Gabe which proves to be oddly effective. Who knew that getting drunk, swallowing your feelings, and starting a bar fight could be so therapeutic!
I did have one major beef with this novel, and that was Jane and Gabrielle’s continued on-again-off-again relationship woes. I’m not big on the whole “create drama within the main couple with miscommunication” ploy unless the protagonists’ love is still fairly new. Jameson and Nightengale have been together pretty much since book 1, yet they haven’t learned to talk to each other which frustrated me to no end. However, the werewolf morsels did help to distract me from this minor annoyance with their unique details that were both enlightening, and a little scary. I am just thanking my lucky stars that human babies are not born with a full set of teeth like weres are. Ouchie!
What can I possibly say about Amanda Ronconi’s narration that I haven’t said already? Harper’s writing is entertaining enough on its own, but when paired with this talented woman’s voice, it achieves a level of awesomeness that puts it in a league above the rest. Ronconi navigates Jane’s world like it’s her second skin while also doing an excellent job of the secondary characters, and delivering all of the punch lines with pizzazz. She’s one of my top 3 favourite narrators, and this series is the reason why.
NICE GIRLS DON’T LIVE FOREVER is another fun filled installment in a series that consistently delivers barrels of laughs.
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever is the third book in Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series, which is a cross between Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, with the slightest hint of Chick-lit.
As is always the case with Molly Harper, the storytelling is brilliant. My earlier slight disappointment in the world building is gone, and this story is romantic, funny, sexy, fast paced, and at times poignant. The story takes place in the quirky small town of Half Moon Hollow where vampires have been ‘out of the closet’ for a while now, and share the air with humans, ghouls, witches, ghosts, and werewolves. Makes for some interesting reading!!
Amanda Ronconi does a phenomenal job of bringing Jane Jameson and her friends to life. Her voice is just rough enough to give Jane the edge you'd expect from a sassy vampire, as well as give all of the characters truly distinctive voices. I love that I know who's speaking without the "Jane said..." or "Jolene said..." Honestly, Ms. Ronconi is a very talented narrator!
Once again I can wholeheartedly recommend this amazing author/narrator team!
Yep, Molly's humor is great and Ms. Ronconi's narration is outstanding when it comes to that Southern hospitality and personality.
No, I'd recommend, because it's fun and light hearted and knows it's silly, without being over the top or getting full of itself, it's more of a wink to the audience.
She delivers a great performance and makes brings Jane and co. to life.
This is a good book, but it's the weakest on the first three books in the series. I will read the last, but this book felt rushed, the way Jane rebuilds relationships with some characters felt like a sitcom, and not what I would expect from a book. The conflict at the end also felt rushed and it's like OK, interesting and BOOM it's over. It'll be interesting to see where the last book in the series ends up, and I hope it's better and more flushed out than this one.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Funny one liners, plot was better than the last book. Amanda Ronconi was great as usual, she has a sarcastic voice that is perfect for Jane. Glad the book didn't go quite the way the synopsis described, which made me not want to read it very quickly it has taken me almost 4 months to start it from the last book in the series. I am amazed that Jane has been a vamp for over a year and she is so dense when it comes to learning new things. Especially since she is supposed to be really smart. As a fan of Pride and Prejudice I love the references to the book that was made in the story. The side characters are funny and very realistic people. This book is actually 8 hours 29 minutes and has Nice Girls Don't bite their Neighbors first chapter at the end.
I would listen again because the story is just so much fun. I've also read the book in e-book format and enjoyed it but listening to it made it so much better.
I absolutely love the styrofoam fight scene between Jane and her sister. It seems in that moment Jane really starts to grow up and realize that most of her problems stem from her poor communication skills. It also seems to ring true with most sibling relationships I know.
I've listened to almost all of the performance's Amanda Ronconi has done of Molly Harpers books and they are all fantastic. She is pitch perfect on her delivery of the story. This performance was just as good as the rest, though I think my favorite is How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
All of them, honestly, I cannot pick just one.
Yes and I did.
Anything from Molly Harper is a great buy.
With the first Jane Jameson book, I was hooked. I listen to audiobooks while I drive. While listening to these books, I worry that the people passing me may think I'm crazy because I am alone in the vehicle and laughing out loud. The series is extremely entertaining. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever does not disappoint.
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.
This book has a combination of humor and mystery that is absolutely delightful. I couldn't stop listening to it. I can't wait for another in this series. I hope the author doesn't stop with just four.
Yes, the story is well written, witty and fun.
The way the main character (Jane) is developed, how despite the fact that fate seems to conspire against her, her good sense and positive outlook gets her through. The exasperating family reminds me of my own, I think most people can relate.
Hmmm there are so many good scenes - I got a chuckle going when she had to deal with her benefactors nephew - especially when she snarled at him and his reaction.
I am a bit of a sucker for a happy ending so I think the meeting of minds with her sister - I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil the story. Family is a big part of these stories and all the stuff you have to put up with from the relatives.
Nice girl makes good - eventually!
Start with book 1 'Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs' it would be a shame to not enjoy the entire romp.
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