Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.
Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he's imperious, unfriendly, and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant", Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue and romance - in the form of her very own stray vampire.
©2012 Molly Harper White (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Don't get me wrong. I still very much enjoyed this book. But truthfully, it wasn't author Molly Harper at her best.
The narration was great. Amanda Ronconi, "gets" Molly Harper's dry humor and works it with true perfection.
Still, I found this story to be lacking in some ways. The mystery /adventure just didn't do it for me.
That being said : Would I buy it again? Sure. Because even when Ms. Harper isn't at her best, she is still twenty times ber than most of the writers out ther
Let me start by saying that I am a huge Molly Harper fan. When I purchased this book I thought it was going to be a continuation of “Driving Mr. Dead” and her antics with Collin Sutherland. I wish it had been.
I love Molly’s books because I can escape from reality and laugh out loud. I kinda, sorta did that with this book but it was not as funny as her others. It did have the mixture of funny situations, bossy vampire and feisty female, annoying teenager and had me laughing but not out loud like her former books.
The love story between Cal & Iris got a little too much like a “gothic romance” during some of the love scenes. Molly went a little overboard in that department this time. I kept wondering, “What is Molly reading that is influencing her”? Along these same lines the lead vampire, Cal, is rude. I guess that goes with the whole gothic scene? Fortunately, Iris is a modern day gal that does not put up with rude.
Several times Cal grazes Iris’ neck/veins. I didn’t think that vampires just stopped there. Who knew and it was not explained.
There was some action in the book in the form of a mystery and Molly did keep me wondering. The book was an escape and funny but not as belly laughing as usual. This was just not up to her former books.
Plain and simple I Love to Read! Books take me places and make me feel the world...
Sexy, Fantastic, Addicting!
I love it all!
I loved cal in this book!
Cals relationship with GG!
I Love all of Molly's books!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This was a fun, witty and lighthearted romance. I really enjoyed her writing and the narrator was fantastic! I can't believe it took me this long to discover this author.
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This is the 4th Molly Harper title that I have read and it's official, I'm a fan! I will definitely be checking out her Nice Girls series sooner than later. That being said, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a feel-good-read that's sure to put a smile on your face. Amanda Ronconi's narration is cheerful and bouncy, the how-to tips at the beginning of each chapter are giggle-worthy and Harper's writing is injected with some good ol' fashion Southern charm. If you're in need of a pick-me up or just a good laugh then try The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
The main plot is pretty straight forward, which is one of the many reasons why I love Molly's books so much. The story is detailed enough to keep readers entertained but still simple enough to allow other literary elements to shine through, such as her phenomenal characters and top notch wit. Several peeps from her Nice Girls series make cameo appearances which I'm sure only adds to the overall experience for long time fans. For my part, I have no clue who these characters are but can't wait to make their acquaintance when I tackle her Jane Jameson books.
When I first started listening to this audiobook I was mildly confused on a few things that I feel are worth bringing up. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is the first full length installment in the Half Moon Hollow series. Driving Mr. Dead is a novella, which explains why it's only 160 pages and why the main characters are different. I struggled with Miranda vs. Iris' points of view. Plus, the fact that these two heroines have similar personalities and are read by the same narrator made it all the more confusing. Once I had all of my ducks in a row the story made a lot more sense. Unfortunately, I didn't realize my mistake until the end. That'll teach me to rely on GoodReads' accuracy!
I really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's narration; she's perfectly suited for the voice of Iris. You can hear the smile in her tone as she reads the story and she delivers Harper's jokes with ease. The combination of Ronconi's narration and Molly's writing transforms this audio book into pure bliss.
It's nice to take a walk on the lighter side of Paranormal fiction from time to time. Molly Harper is a seasoned pro at writing chick lit with fangs. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is full of silly characters, slapstick humour and sex. What's not to love? I challenge you to read this book without cracking a smile!
This was a very enjoyable listen. The short quips and jests that the main characters traded with one another were quite amusing and made me smile and at times laugh out loud. It has a cute love story and I would probably listen to it again when I feel the need for a little light-hearted romance.
Quirky, funny and relatable.
As with all of the series, it is the strong female lead with a funny/quirky personality that draws me in.
Pronunciation. English is not my first language, so I enjoy the performance of a professional native speaker.
Her voice. I find her voice strangely therapeutic, I often re-listen to the stories just to hear her voice.
The way she 'makes voices' for the different characters, it feels natural and helps keep the narrative clutter-free, as I can tell which character is 'speaking' from the way Amanda reads them.
The bit where Jane uses her special skill to include Iris in her social circle.
The Half-moon hollow and the 'original' Jane Jameson series is a guilty pleasure that I keep coming back for more of.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
This book has everything all rolled into one very entertaining story. Even though it's a romantic mystery with vampires involved, I found myself laughing out loud several times at things that were said (mainly by Gigi). The female narrator does a great job of actually making Cal, the male vampire, sound sexy. If Ms. Harper writes a sequel, I would definitely read it!
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I am so in love with Molly Harper's books and the way Amanda Ronconi brings her characters to life. Molly Harper is an auto download for me.
Harper has a new book out in a different series, not out on audio yet, but I already downloaded e book. Give it a try - its called "My Bluegrass Baby". I am really hoping Ronconi will get to narrate if this goes to audio.
"Was laughing and grinning all through this book!"
This book is absolutely fantastic! Iris really is a relatable female character, and I was oh so thankfull that she is sensible, cares for other then herself and yet can also be fiery and flipping hilarious! Unlike twilight.
And Cal, the male vampire, is damned sexy but so much more mature and yet portrays someone who has lived for thousands of years in a realistic way.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves vampire books but is also looking for a female lead character that isn't a silly teenage girl who just wants what she wants without actually thinking about real life implications.
The two adult scenes were damned hot too! ;D
Best I've read so far!!
"still my guiltiest pleasure."
If I ever get sad, ill, lonely, happy, bored, hungry, angry or euphoric Molly Harper and Halfmoon Hollow are the only cures!
I really enjoyed this book and found myself chuckling several times. The characters are great and well written and the story is also well thought out. My only issue with these books are that they have a tendency to give away what's going to happen in books you may not have read yet. I don't mind too much but it can spoil it a bit when you already know where a book is going before you read it. Will definitely get the next in the series.
"Oh what lives they have!"
This is the second book in the series I've read and I'm definitely hooked. Iris is the main female in the book, with her sister GG a close second. The male lead is Cal, a very, very old vampire, who, according to Iris is very hot. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone as it's an around good book.
"Well written and performed"
This book is really funny. It's an adventure, romantic comedy and delivers on all fronts. It's enjoyable and fun. Not deep so it's relaxing and enjoyable.
The main 3 are equally great. Their characters are full of personality.
She delivers the stories various aspects and characters really well. She sums up the characters really well.
It made me laugh.
It is well worth buying and I plan to get the rest of the series.
Epic, couldn't put it down 100 times better then twilight and 50 shades of Gray.
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