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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires | [Molly Harper]

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

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.
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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.

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    Ducky Florida, United States 06-24-13
    Ducky Florida, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Classic Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi!"
    Would you listen to The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires again? Why?

    Yes! I listen to all of Molly Harper's books many times and will continue to do so. I love the snarky wit and great one-liners. MH's books are loaded with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    I don't want to be too specific since I hate giving spoilers, so I'll just say...begining to end. I do guess if I HAD to pick one, I would say when Iris falls oner Cal...literally.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She is such a PERFECT fit for Molly Harper's snark. I don't think you could find anyone better and don't know if I would continue listening to the series, or any of MH's books for that matter, if AR stopped doing the narration. I would still READ the books, but not listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Read instructions CAREFULLY before attempting this at home.


    Any additional comments?

    Molly Harper is a funny, talented, snarky writer. Add that to Amanda Ronconi's funny, talented and snarky narration and you can't loose. This team is one of my very favorites. WARNING: Do not attempt to read while eating, drinking or needing to empty your bladder, because if you do attempt this while reading, one or three things WILL HAPPEN: You will either choke on your snack, spew your drink or pee yourself from laughing. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! ENJOY!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alley United States 08-02-12
    Alley United States 08-02-12 Listener Since 2009

    I am an artist that loves to read! I have a great husband and we adopted my sister And my brother, they are both adults now! We have a cocker spaniel Lilly and a Norwegian forest cat Inanna!

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    "Always a great story!"
    If you could sum up The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, Fantastic, Addicting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    I love it all!


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    I loved cal in this book!


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

    Cals relationship with GG!


    Any additional comments?

    I Love all of Molly's books!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 12-23-12
    Lisa United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Another Magical Audiobook from Harper/Ronconi!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Stavely, AB, Canada 11-20-12
    Sharon Stavely, AB, Canada 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes too much is too much"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I enjoy the voice of the author. Very much so. The narrator has a good grasp of the cadence and speech patterning for the different characters.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The story is okay. It's a fun listen, but it's not really informative. You either buy the premise of there being a village of werewolves in Alaska, Ontario and elsewhere, or you do not. There's no attempt to convince the reader of the fact. This gives the story a sense of veracity that makes it even more fun.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    There's a couple of very explicit sexual scenes that I feel do very little to drive the story in the explicitness. There's just no need for the description of the actual act and foreplay. These scenes are jarring and took me right out of the story's entrancement. There's nothing wrong with a sexual scene in a story, mind. Just that these are too much. Just too much, too clinical and too explicit in terms of the lightheartedness of the story.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 11-16-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Another Hit!"

    What can I say, but thank you Ms. Harper for another wonderful listen. You and the estimable Ms. Ronconi are a force. This was a truly enjoyable story, rife with action, a lil intrigue and some laughs. Thank you

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 09-11-12
    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2007

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "Missing the Quick Wit & Humor from Previous Books."

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "My fist Molly Harper book"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 08-15-12
    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to Molly's usual funny books"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads Wakefield, QC, Canada 08-13-12
    RabidReads Wakefield, QC, Canada 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.

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    "Chick-lit with Fangs"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Angelia Lancaster, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books, it's my great escape.

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    "Watch out Caring and Feeding Vampires could be Hot"

    I have to say, I just loved this book. It was light and funny. I found myself laughing out loud and getting strange looks from people. Molly Harper does not disappoint with this one and Amanda Ronconi is a talented narrator. Laughing is good for you and throwing in a little romance and mystery does not hurt either. This was well worth my credit. I always get a Molly Harper book when I want to have a laughing good time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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