In the next book in Molly Harper's beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!
Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...
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As a huge fan of Molly Harper and of the Half Moon Hollow series I jumped on Rebound the first day it was released. If it weren't for Amanda Ronconi's standard-setting brilliant performance I wouldn't have made it through this one. While Harper's plots are usually wonderfully multi-layered with the main plot surrounded and supported by other well-crafted sub-stories, Rebound barely had anything at all. The 'Gigi + Nick' story felt flat and, as a love story... meh. Their pairing made absolutely no sense and the two of them together seriously lacked the chemistry of the couples in the previous books.
Other reviewers have mentioned the issues of character/personality continuity. Believe them. Incongruent actions and responses stopped me in my tracks every time. The biggest example of character inconsistency is Gigi herself. I didn't like this version of her one bit. She came off as a self-centered spoiled air-head - not the smart, snappy, and independent girl that I couldn't wait to read about. Keeping the characters true to themselves would have created opportunities for a much fuller and more satisfying story.
Throughout the book I couldn't shake the notion that I was reading about an older guy with no redeeming features (except his 'man-parts') preying on an impressionable, emotionally needy, and dim-witted young girl. Not the usual Molly Harper fare.
I expected more of an interesting and believable story for GIgi. This fell short of the mark.
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
I was so excited for this book, preordered it, went back and listen to I'm Dreaming of a Dead Christmas to get ready for this book. Then it was like.....WHAT? What happen to the chemistry and the excitement? Some where between the last book and Gigi and Nick's actual love story all that I had been waiting on and all the excitement just left! I even rewind my player thinking I missed a crucial point between Gigi finding out who Nick was and the moment they jumped into the sack......what happened to build up, why so much trust even when he was trying to kill her. This story just did not play out right for my taste. Too many times I found myself wanting to slap one of the characters and found that the love was to instant!
After reading her sweet and funny short story about Christmas, I couldn't wait to read the next book. TDDRV was funny, but much more explicit than I expected. The described sex just wasn't my cup of tea...or mug of blood, for that matter.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire is the follow-up to the short I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas.
Seriously any author that can work in references to Daryl Dixon, Soft Kitty, My Little Pony (especially Rainbow Dash) and Dr Who into a paranormal romance it they not sounded forced is an author you should be reading!
Gigi aka the human, computer geek:
Gigi is the younger sister of Iris from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. Gigi was raised in part by Iris after their parents' death. Iris runs a business that works with vampires and now Iris is one herself. So Gigi is no stranger to a life with vampires. In fact being a human has put her in the minority of her little group of friends/family. But Iris doesn't want Gigi to be sucked (no pun intended) into the vampire world. She only wants her little sister to live a normal and safe human life.
But Gigi can't get one, Mr. Tall Blonde and Bitey, off her mind ever since that toe curly kiss they shared when she was home for Christmas break from college. And then there's little thing where she accepted an internship with the Vampire Council. Gigi is now neck-deep in the vampire world.
Nik aka The Rebound Vamp:
Nik is Mr. Tall Blonde and Bitey, he's also Russian and a long time friend of Gigi's bother-in-law, Cal. Oh, and he works for the Vampire Council. And he has a memory issue.
Nik is in town working for the council and doing Cal a flavor by watching over Gigi. But Cal doesn't know that Nick has taken a hands on approach to watching Gigi.
I was in a listening slump and team of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi brought me out of it. (Like I knew they would.) Really the team of Harper and Ronconi is great for a fast and fun listen. Harper pens the quirky characters with a snarky humor and Ronconi's voice brings them to life no other could.
I'm super excited that we are getting other book in the Half-Moon Hollow series, The Single Undead Moms Club, in October!
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Another Harper book that includes my favorite fictional character of all time - Dick Cheney. Not that Dick Cheney, but the 200 year old slightly shady but lovable con artist vampire with the most inappropriate collection of tee shirts in the world.
I always enjoy a new entry into this series, if only because I get to revisit so many old friends. Even though the newer books in the series aren't quite as hysterically funny as the original, they are still always good natured and full of eccentric characters that you are not sure you would ever like to meet in real life.
This book deals with Gigi, a character introduced in the previous book, the younger sister of Iris who owns a Vampire concierge service. Gigi falls for an ancient Russian vampire, who looks only slightly older than 20 year old Gigi and Amanda Ronconi as always does a great job with all of the accents. We also learn more about the scary Ophelia Lambert, the forever 16 year old head of the Council who may be the most frightening teenager who ever lived.
If you are looking for a humorous, quick read, I recommend this book by Molly Harper and read by Amanda Ronconi. If you haven't read any of the earlier books you should start there.
Others have covered the plot holes and loss of continuity from the previous books, and while that's uncomfortable, what really soured this book for me was how dark this one was. Part of what made the previous books so much fun was how Molly Harper painted a world where vampires are still people. Being turned is just the start of a new set of problems in your daily life, problems best handled with snark, sarcasm, and good friends.
Amanda Ronconi rules, as always.
While the "friendly" vampires are still present, vampires in general are now shady, dangerous predators, to be treated with caution and respect. This perspective first showed up in The Care and Feeding, but there it was possible as a reader to treat Iris as a unreliable narrator in this respect; Gigi may share Iris's prejudices, but the self-help book quoted at the beginning of each chapter is replete with dire warnings about the importance of not provoking your vampire colleagues. Jane’s earlier commentary about how vampires tend to be the same mix of good and evil as un-undead humans is repudiated.
Gigi has taken a job working for the Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead. Shortly after orientation, Ophelia calls a Stalinesque meeting of the entire staff to accuse an employee of theft. The theft, she announces is already proven, and the employee is tortured while the entire group is made to watch. Further, the point is explicitly made that although the character is a vampire, the particular torture technique employed is permanent, even on vampires. Not fun, and not even a little funny.
The vampire "hero" is about 400 years older than Gigi, who is already the youngest of Molly Harper’s heroines. Nick's first interaction with Gigi in this episode is to attack her. She barely escapes with her life. Her reaction, after getting away and telling her family about the attack -- is to date him? Against her family’s strong objections. What the heck? Even after she learns he's under a spell that causes him to forget his feelings for her and try to kill her, she continues to sneak around trying to find chances to be alone with him.
Nick attacks Gigi repeatedly throughout the book. Each time, she makes excuses for him instead of taking steps to protect herself. At one point, she consciously decides to allow him to kill her without resisting. When he comes to his senses and calls off their relationship as a result, she's butt hurt about his cowardice and lack of commitment. Every time they're alone together, my skin crawled as I wondered what he was going to do next, and the narrative would be sure to point out again, whatever he did wouldn't be his fault.
The sex: ick. The laugh out loud humor in the sex scenes in Harper's other books makes them worth listening to (sex scenes read aloud is usually more embarrassing than ), and I've always believed the chemistry between the characters. In this one, the sex was just porn. These two characters didn't seem to be ready to consummate their relationship, unless this is an homage to college hook-ups?
The most recent Naked Werewolf book has a character on the run from her abusive ex-husband. I can't understand why Harper would choose to glorify this abusive relationship, and allow the narrator to keep making excuses for him. He hurts you because he can't help it is a terrible message to embed in a romance novel.
There's always been violence in these books, but before it always felt like cartoon violence. Only the bad guys stay hurt, and the good guys fight, but it's clear from the beginning that no one is in any danger (like when Jane fights with her mortal sister, they smack each other around using with foam bolsters).
Finally, Ophelia. She's always been a pain in the butt, but there have been hints she's amused by the friends' antics, and in the end, she's always been exerting her influence for a fair outcome. She's been on the periphery of the group, and if anything, it was time to give her her own story and bring her into the circle, not turn her into the villain. (Here again, there's the 400 year age gap between her and her love interest, and despite trying to kill Gigi in an insane rage, Jamie continues the relationship with her? He's stern about it, but sternly expressing disapproval seems a tepid response to your significant trying to kill your best friend.)
I am always on the look out for a story that will surprise me or make me laugh while telling a good tale
People who don't care about those pesky "details" like in character reactions.
No. I wouldn't want to hear the whining.
Amanda is great!
Spoilers just from the opening:
I was looking forward to this book. I love the snark and sarcasm, and while that is there, you have to remember continuity!
In the morning, she is "attacked" by her brother-in-law and instantly reacts. Hours later, she is attacked but freezes? Seriously?
During the second attack, she releases a colloidal silver cloud around her head. When she gets home, none of the vampires react to her skin being coated in silver? No hiss or sizzle, they just hug her and hold on. Great comedy opportunity missed
Then we have roll call. All of the Friends/family are there, as they RACED over to support Iris while Gigi is attacked in a parking lot miles away. This includes inappropriately long hugs, but then a stranger arrives. Gigi goes into fighting stance, pulls her weapons, and says, "That is my attacker". These women, who are KNOWN for over the top reactions just stand there. Again, seriously? She has to SHOW them where she injured him, and they just stand there until a kiss is brought up? THEN, they order him away from Gigi, and tell him to never see her again. WTH?!?
Did I start a new series? I thought this was Half Moon Hollow! Full of wit, snark, sarcasm, and over the top reactions! Women who would defend each other to the last tripped over stake.
At this point, I had to stop reading. I couldn't take it anymore.
"Why is he a rebound vampire?"
*Warning spoilers, but I've tried to keep them vague, if you've ever read a Harper novel you know that you know the general formula anyway ;)!*
I enjoy listening to Harper's books, good easy listening. However the character development in this book was really weak which meant that I didn't really warm to Gigi or Nick's character at all. We didn't really find out anything about them. Gigi's a 20 year old 'computer nerd' with a difficult past and Nicks a Russian vampire who does favours for his friends, that really is pretty much all we know. They fall in love after about 5 meetings as far as I can tell and 2 of those involved him not being himself. Then apparently they are going to spend the rest of their lives together? She's only 20, she hasn't even finished uni yet, and they barely know each other! I know it's a story about vampires and obviously that means that we suspend belief but the whole time I was just thinking well that's all fine and well but you guys have barely ever been in the same room for more than 5 minutes? Also why is this book called 'The dangers of dating a rebound vampire'? Why is he rebound?
Amanda Ronconi is fab as always.
"Excellent book as always from Molly Harper"
I love the light-hearted style of writing. Often vampire books are violent and aggressive but not the Half Moon Hallow series.
I loved the growing relationship between Gigi and Nicholas
I have listened to all the Molly Harper books and Amanda has been a good ambassador, quality work.
It is the style of book I can put on in the car with my husband on our journey to Scotland without him complaining - it is an entertaining listen.
The only criticism I may have is that Molly Harper tells the backstory from other books on most of the characters first time they appear in this book which is irritating when I have read all the previous books.
At the top with all the other books from this author. An easy comfortable listen that keeps you smiling.
I love series and these follow a group of people not just one person getting into lots of problems, it makes them more 'human' if you get my drift.
In the interrogation room, definitely funny!
"Easy listening and fun"
Not as good as the Nice Girls series and the Story is a bit weak but I can't help liking this. I love the narration of these books and they are easy to listen to and enjoy.
"Another great story"
I love Molly Harper. Funny, interesting & fast paced. Great story with all the old favourites being part of the story. Not a stand alone book as it would lose a lot without the listener knowing the history of all the characters.
As enjoyable as the rest of the series.
Amanda Ronconi is a brilliant narrator, I can't imagine anyone else reading Molly Harper's books. Really looking forward to the next in the series.
"Prepare to laugh out loud on the bus!"
Another lovely book from Molly Harper. I have most of her books, and always find them both funny and immensely entertaining.
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