• Peace, Blood, and Understanding

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,278 ratings)

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Peace, Blood, and Understanding

By: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
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The "enchanting" (Publishers Weekly) Jane Jameson series returns with this fun and witty paranormal romance following a vampire consultant who has nefarious plans to oust Jane from her role as the head of Half-Moon Hollow’s vampire council.

Ever since Jane Jameson took over running the Vampire Council for Half-Moon Hollow, things have been a little unorthodox, and that doesn’t sit well with the head office. Who would have thought vampires were so into bureaucracy and tradition?

Enter a vamp from corporate who’s determined to unseat Jane and get the council back on track - which means no more of this Kentucky neighborliness and mixing with humans, werewolves, witches, or anything else.

But Jane’s not interested in going back to the bad old days when the council was mired in corruption and tended to "accidentally" eat people now and again, but she might be in over her head this time. Good thing there’s a pretty new face in town who just might be the perfect distraction and help save Jane’s career.

©2019 Molly Harper (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Nice addition to the Half Moon Hollow universe

3.5 stars, rounded up because — Amanda Ronconi narration
Setting: Half Moon Hollow, KY Contemporary
Genre: Paranormal, rom-com

First off, aside from providing little relevant detail, the blurb is off. Yes, there is an auditor from HQ, but he isn’t “determined to unseat Jane” from her post as head of the local council. He, Eric Weston, an investigator and consultant with the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead, is more of an efficiency expert. He was sent to assess how Dick Cheney (the original, not the former Veep) and Jane Jameson are managing the local branch of the council. Yes, he can replace them if he finds too many problems, but there’s more to his visit than that. Including a personal murder investigation involving Dick. Meadow Schwartz (née something totally different — she being a scion of a family of the horsey set down in Lexington) is a relatively “young” vampire who, after being turned against her will several years ago, went on a murder spree. But they see baaad people. She is now under the supervision of the local council, where she also has a part-time job. When Eric and Meadow met it was hate-at-first-sight, and it didn’t get much better as his investigation progressed and she got defensive on Dick and Jane’s behalf. Their relationship develops despite disasters (accidents or sabotage?) at the council offices, a seedy PI looking for Meadow, and the usual Half Moon Hollow happenings.
Overall, this is a pretty good book, though not, in my opinion, as good as others in the series. I think Meadow and Eric could have been better developed, and the plot could have been a bit more — well, I don’t want to sat complex, but — so, just a bit more... je ne sais quoi. (Perhaps Ms Harper is pulling herself a little thin trying to keep up with the demands of the three series she is currently working) However, anyone who has read and enjoyed this and the Jane Jameson series will be pleased to find comfortable old friends showing up regularly.
The narration by Amanda Ronconi is, as always, perfect for Molly Harper’s style. I don’t think anyone could do a better job of it.

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Peace, Blood, and Understanding

I liked this installment of the series but it wasn’t my favorite book. The characters were funny and I loved getting more Dick and Jane.

But if I am honest I didn’t get the main characters chemistry together. They were both good characters but I just didn’t feel the romance.

Again Loved the Narration.

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as always the tree grows stronger

as always the tree grows stronger and better with each story letting the side characters grow into their own the only drawback is Molly has a way of making us want more and more and more can't wait for the next instalment in the half moon hollow series and to see which of the various characters will be given their own story and allowed to grow even more hopefully Dick Jane will have even more Adventures ask the representatives for the vampires in their sector

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Half Moon Hollow

Vampire friendly town. It's where I would like to live. Dick Cheney and Jane give you the laughs and sarcasm in every chapter

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so worth the wait

honestly loved this book, I was hoping for a smooth continuation and I got it

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Happy to be back in Half Moon Hollow!

It's been years since I last visited Half Moon Hollow! What fun to have another book available in the series. The HMH books have that little bit of extra snark that make Molly Harper's humor shine.

This is an opposites-attract story: Meadow is deliberately laid-back - she owns a tea/healing shop in HMH and Dick Cheney (not the ex-VP) affectionately calls her 'hippie-dippie.' She meets an uptight corporate employee who has been sent to access the HMH office's productivity. It's hate at first sight.... except that he smells soooo good....

And yes, Amanda Ronconi just keeps getting better. The woman is a goddess.

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Half Moon Hallow returns!

Another great story from Half Moon Hollow, plenty of laughs with a wonderful cast of characters.
We all wished we lived in a place of love and caring, with a side of snarky humor.
Molly Harper does another great “take me away Calgon” book.

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Mr. Darcy ad Ms. Hippie-Dippie

“I never use sarcastic air quotes; all of my air quotes are sincere.”
After several lackluster books in the series, this pair brings back frisky fun as Meadow and Eric clash and combust. Meadow is on the path to Zen and the Art of Vampire Maintenance, whereas Eric is all business.

“If this were a painting, it would be titled Awkwardness in Vampire Form.”
Nothing like hate flirting to bring the side eye and the build up to sexy bad decisions.

“Namaste, jackA.!”
While the Pride and Prejudice parallels were a little too in-your-face, with the town gals at one point even saying “you’ve been Darcy’d,” I mostly forgave his snobbishness and just went with the fun.

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Another great installment

REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
Meadow Schwartz just wants to live a quiet peaceful life filled with tea and her friends. But nothing can be that simple in Half-Moon Hollow. The Council has sent in an auditor to take a closer look at the way Jane and Dick are conducting business. Enter the stuffy uptight Eric Weston.

Another great installment from Molly Harper. I really enjoyed listening to Meadow’s story. As always Amanda Ronconi does an amazing job of bringing Molly’s characters to life. It was fun to see some of our past favorite characters pop up in Peace, Blood and Understanding. I love Dick’s nickname for Meadow “Hippy-Dippy”.

I can’t wait to see what is next in this series and what other secrets Half-Moon Hollow has in store for us.


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I purchased this book from Audible.com and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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Love both Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi

Molly’s books always keeps me entertained. I love Amanda’s narrative as she brings for the humor in the stories! Thank you again for a relaxing “read”.

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