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Publisher's Summary

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

Love in vein: bite into more of Jane Jameson's paranormal exploits.
©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Hysterical laughs are the hallmark of this enchanting paranormal debut....Harper keeps the quips coming without overdoing the sarcasm, and her take on vampire lore will intrigue and entertain even the most jaded paranormal fan." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Alicia
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 04-06-16

A great series. Easy and fun!

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Every now and then I will find a series to listen to. Something easy and light. I like knowing that for a little while I will not have to spend hours debating about what book to read next. The books are funny and entertaining. The narration is great as well. If you're looking for something easy and engaging, these books are perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I Love Molly Harper's Books

While the "Nice Girls" vampire series is very good, I prefer Harper's "Naked Werewolf" stories. Though both of the series are on the "lighter" side of the paranormal genre, they aren't lightweight on story or action. They're very cleverly written with humor liberally sprinkled throughout. It's obvious to me that Molly Harper has a great sense of humor because all of her books are hilarious, some more so than others. Most of her comedic scenes are quite deadpan (no pun intended) and snarky, which most intelligent readers can appreciate. They are often delivered in a quick succession of one-liners so a listener to the audio version should pay close attention.

In this, the first book of the "Nice Girls" vampire series, Jane, the main character, is one of those poor souls whom bad things just seem to happen to. Gabriel, the male protagonist, is a vampire. There is a dilemma between them from the beginning because he is her reluctant vampire sire, "turning her" only because he couldn't let her die. The attraction between them is undeniable creating an awkward but interesting father/boyfriend dichotomy. The supporting characters are quirky and fun. In true Harper fashion, Jane's family is semi-dysfunctional and she has "issues" with most of her female relatives. Harper weaves commonplace problems that readers can relate to into her stories as well as any author I have read (not that one can relate to being "undead", but the fact that Jane's family problems don't go away even after her "death" is ironic). She places her characters into dilemmas that many of us face and we become invested in the their lives. Almost by default, since humans are such naturally curious creatures, we want to know what will happen next; how they are going to get out of a predicament or solve a problem. To me, this is very characteristic of a great storyteller.

Amanda Ronconi's voice is perfect for Harper's stories and I'm glad she is the narrator for all of them so far. She differentiates between characters well so I was never confused about who was speaking. I greatly enjoy Ms. Ronconi's style of performing the books, not just reading them.

Besides this series and the hilarious "Naked Werewolf" series, I recommend two more stand-alone books by Molly Harper that are available on Audible: "Driving Mr. Dead" (which is a spin-off of the "Nice Girls" vamp series) and "And One Last Thing...." (which is not in the paranormal genre). If you enjoy comical paranormal romance/fiction with a little mystery thrown in just to make it interesting, you should really like all of these excellent books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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definitely entertaining

i was looking for a 'new' author and came across Harper. thought i'd give the book a go as i was in the mood for something light but not frivolous.
was pleasantly surprised at the funny (though not 'ha-ha') narrative and the engaging characters.
came back for book 2 and i'm now on book 3.
well wworth the read, as it would put a smile on your face...

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Hilarious! More comedy than romance

Molly Harper’s books are so funny! Sometimes I forget I am reading a romance novel. Her witty writing and Amanda Ronconi’s narration are the perfect combination. Just brilliant!

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre entry in the vampire romance category

The narrator's voice didn't do it for me on this book, though I have enjoyed Ronconi's narration in the past. However, I think the book itself is a fairly mediocre entry in the vampire romance category. Sort of heavy-handed humor, cliched comments, etc, though the scenes with the newly-made vampiress and her BFF seeing how many ways she can NOT die was amusing..Overall, kind of boring. This genre is saturated, though.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Find

Molly Harper's humor is much like the glitter on a gypsy wedding dress ,,, all over the place and way over the top. Her books are sort of like listening to the Librarian of the Damned channel Tina Fey (or the way 'round) I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A happy-go-lucky story with quirky characters

Molly Harper has become my go-to author whenever I’m in the mood for a happy-go-lucky story with quirky characters and Amanda Ronconi has the perfect sarcastic tone that helps add some extra oomph to an already hilarious tale. This book is a great way to break a reading slump or to lighten your mood. I think Murphy’s Law: “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, was written with Jane Jameson in mind. Each chapter begins with a cute quote from The Guide For The Newly Undead; Harper also did something similar in her The Naked Werewolf series and I’m happy to see that it wasn’t just a one-off because these tips are hilarious! Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs will make you laugh so hard that you’ll end up in tears (in a good way!).

I discovered Molly’s books backwards; after having enjoyed her werewolves so much I just had to check out her vampires too! Please keep in mind that I am left-handed though so I tend to do things a little out of whack compared to most. Jane and I hit it off instantly! How can you not want to learn more about a character who gets fired from her job, drunk, mistaken for a deer and then shot within the first few chapters? You can’t. Jameson is ditzy, sarcastic and lovable. She’d probably drive me crazy in real life but as a fictional character, she’s freaking hilarious! Her shenanigans are laugh-out-loud funny and the situations she finds herself in are baffling in their absurdity. More often than not I found myself thinking “this could only happen to Jane”.

There’s a decent amount of world building in this novel which is expected seeing how it is the first installment of this series. I enjoyed learning about Harper’s vampires, the undead council and especially Jane through her internal monologues. The main story struck me as kinda odd; at first I wasn’t really sure of its direction and then as the pieces came together I was quite stunned by the overall turn of events. They were… unexpected. I’ll be curious to see what the next installment has in store because I had trouble identifying a plot line that’d continue into the next book. I’m thinking that these novels might be episodes in the mini-series that is Jane’s life which is fine by me because Jameson’s world definitely isn’t dull!

The side characters are just as lovable as the main one; I especially liked Gabriel and Zeb. The former is undeniably sexy but begins this story with a stick up his butt. At first I found him stuffy, a little stuck-up and rather mundane but, as the book progresses Jane slowly chips away at his snooty outer shell. I enjoyed watching his transformation and by the end I was putty in his hands. Zeb’s a normal guy who suddenly finds himself with a werewolf girlfriend and a vampire for a best friend. At one point, he repeatedly stabs Jane just to watch her heal. Their experiments with her undead-ness are beyond funny!

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is good, clean, fun and guaranteed to make you look like an idiot because you will laugh out loud and receive dirty looks from those around you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This was a laugh out loud read

Molly Harper writes sharp, witty very, very, very, very funny books. I have yet to be disappointed. This is the first in her vampire series and the second book of hers I read and the second book of hers I fell in love with.

The books are somewhat similar to the Sookie Stackhouse series but lighter, tighter and funnier. Harper's vampire series' books don't get bogged down in the elaborate creation of an alternative universe, as the later books in the Stackhouse series do. They just enjoy the world they've been plopped down in.

Harper's books have some plot and some suspense but are chock full of fascinating characters. Her characters are so entertaining, you almost resent when she pulls you back into the plot and away from relating to an individual character. Dick Cheney is one of my favorite characters of all time and should have a series of his own.

The first book is spent setting up the series. You meet almost all of the characters, you get quite a bit of background about each. And you laugh, a lot. I've said before, I see a lot of similarities between Harper's books and the early Janet Evanovich books. Reading this book I found myself bursting into laughter at the most inappropriate times.

The narrator fits perfectly with the writing style and the flow of the book. She is very much the voice of Jane Jameson, a great heroine, but she is believable with all of the characters.

I really recommend this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Would you consider the audio edition of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs to be better than the print version?

Audio is much better!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

It's packed full of humorous moments.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and I just LOVE her voice!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a few laughs. Molly Harper has that effect.

Any additional comments?

It's a fun listen. If you want a listen without all the sexual content then you'd like this. I prefer "HOTTER" stuff. But I do love Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi and the laughs I get from listening to this combination is worth doing without the more steamy stuff occasionally.

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  • Jan
  • VALDOSTA, GA, United States
  • 12-20-11

Somewhat Entertaining

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

While occasionally funny and moderately entertaining, it would not make my list of recommendations to friends. I put it in the category of potato chip books???OK enough to read but you wouldn't want a steady diet and not terribly memorable.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 02-04-16

Well worth a credit

I really enjoyed this book. The character and story are both well written. Jane's character is great, she's funny, smart and full of sarcasm. Narration wasn't bad. Will definitely be getting the next in the series.

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  • Helen
  • 01-25-16

I really wanted to like thisbook

Oh, this book was so boring. It started off so well, but then just slowed to treacle and I really lost interest. I liked Jane's self deprecating humour, but there wasn't enough going on to really hold my interest

Did not finish - only got to about a third of the way through.

Performance: Amanda Ronconi narrated well, with distinct characters. I think I'd try her narration again

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  • Maria2702
  • 12-23-15

A great discovery!

This author and narrator are both new to me but I was very pleased with this 'discovery'. The writing is witty and light and though not rocket science, it is fun without the usual overdose of sex often found in this genre. Jane, the main character, is feisty.

The narrator does a good job capturing the right 'voice' for this type of fiction and the main character.

I'll be checking out others in the series.

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  • Beccy
  • 06-20-15

Love this series

The combination of author and narrator is magical (no pun inteded) i love the world of half moon hollow and it's occupants. Having listened to the later series first i had a good idea of what was going to happen but this didn't take anything way from the story. I encourGe you to listen to all these books!

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  • Harlequin864
  • 08-25-14

Loved every second.

What did you like most about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

Everything. It was brilliant. Absolutely hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. Amanda Ronconi delivers each character brilliantly and doesn't make them sound fake. She manages to portray male characters well too. <br/><br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have two. Dick, and Aunt Jetty.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. I also recommend the other books in the series. They're all excellent.

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  • R
  • 08-01-14

Light, funny, easy listening..

What did you like best about Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs? What did you like least?

Loved the quirky take on vampires and their way of life: the guide for the newly undead!If I'm honest, I didn't feel that much chemistry between Jane and her 'maker' (sorry I'm a truebie!)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane- just the right amount of crazy!

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliant as ever!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Of course! Vampires, werewolves, ghosts....what's not to love!

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  • seer
  • 04-12-14

crazy jane

Would you consider the audio edition of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version but i really like the audio version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

When Jane was just turned and woke up to see Gabriel and flew up to the ceiling

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she painted the picture superbly, i could not have done it if i was reading the book

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Every time Jane spoke i laughed..The girl is crazy!

Any additional comments?

I already read all the books in the series and I absolutely loved them especially when Jane stuck it to her grandma, really enjoyed the books.

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  • Ian Smith
  • 04-07-13

Turns the vampire idea on it's head!

Loved it! The MC is entertaining, articulate, self-deprecating and delightfully ordinary. Well, considering. Her reaction to the events is quite plausible and the story develops nicely. I love her manic family as well. THe narrator is perfect for this.

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  • Niall
  • 08-08-12

An excellent, humerous, urban fantasy.

I picked this book out more or less at random as something light to listen to. I've been having difficulty reading actual text and I've turned to audiobooks to "read" more. I am particularly glad I picked this one.

Jane is a librarian who suddenly discovers herself to be unemployed, gets drunk at a bar, gets shot (mistaken for a deer), and has the choice of being dead, or undead. A few days later she wakes up a vampire. She has a best friend who is almost as dotty as she is, and an overbearing mother. But now that she's undead she has her favourite (dead) relative to keep her company and a suave, attractive sire who she fancies something rotten, but he did turn her into a vampire. On top of that, someone seems to have it in for her, and she needs a new job.

At least she lives in a world which knows vampires exist. The setting is wonderfully cynical; just my kind of concept. The existance of vampires was revealed as part of a disability lawsuit. Each chapter begins with a quote from the "Guide for the Newly Undead," and the local vampire community holds meet-and-greet parties for newbie vampires, hosted by a vampire property agent (how could anyone tell the difference).

The narration on this one is good. Amanda Ronconi pulls off the accents, even an English one, nicely and it felt like she enjoyed reading the story even as I laughed my way through it.

I'll be putting the second in the series on my wishlist.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-11

Fang-tastic!

If you are a lover of the Sookie Stackhouse - True Blood books, you'll love this!
It's funny, refreshing and made me smile. It's nowhere near as ermmm.... 'adult' or 'naughty' as the Charlaine Harris books but a good listen. I really liked the narrator, she has a great voice and accent. I listened to the whole book in three days (whilst doing house-work) and have just downloaded the next one which I'm looking forward to.