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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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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 12-23-12

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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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 11-16-12

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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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 08-24-12

Loved It! Loved It! Loved It!

What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

It was funny, suspenseful, and well written and read....this is a book that I will listen to again... Molly Harper is now one of my new ATF's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Iris, she is great, smart, funny, and sexy!!!!

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

Iris of course...just superb! Cal is a close 2nd!

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

She risks herself to save him and her sister...she was brave and I loved her even more for it!

Any additional comments?

Just give this a listen...you wont regret it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyjia
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 08-19-12

Mystery, Intrigue, but still kinda mediocre

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

No I wouldn't, even for a friend looking for a twilight fix. The world of the story stroke me as interesting, the fact that the leading lady does day services for the newly revealed vampire community is a new angle not explored by any book i've seen. But my gripe is that the plot was quite unbelievable at many points. Any time she got in a close encounter with these vampires attacking her, she should have died but some how she doesn't without any consequence. By the description of the character she is doesn't seem all that attractive, she consistently makes comments to insinuates that vampires are monsters, and she does the bare minimum to make sure the vampire is alive and comfortable. The vampire male lead clearly thinks that humans are cattle and has admitted unapologetic, that he has killed alot of humans both good and evil and is only into finishing his job.Apart from the tension churned from just being in close contact with each other, there is no real connection there, and all the steamy encounters in the world will not convince me otherwise.

The plot however was decent, there is an interesting twist at the very end to learn who the killer is and their whole scheme, so the book is not without its high points.

What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

Quirky, nerdy, funny

Was The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires worth the listening time?

I don't think so, but thats just an opinion.

Any additional comments?

At the end of the day, I didn't like the main characters, by the end of the book they were not developed enough for me to care. I would not read a follow up to his book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Clever and witty-if you like the genre

On recommendation from my youngest daughter-who is into paranormal romances, I downloaded a couple of Molly Harper novels. If you like light paranormal romance I'm sure you'll love this book. I'm recovering from hip surgery and very much needed something different to listen to, having read and heard everything I could imagine, I decided to try this different-for me- novel.

I understand all the reasons for laughter that filled most of the reviews. Harper is a funny writer but, honestly, if this topic isn't something you normally enjoy, most likely you'll roll your eyes at "Care and Feeding". It's basically one step up from young adult writing...lets call it "Twilight for the Twenties and Thirties."

Amanda Ronconi gives a cute voice to the heroine-she's ideal for this and similar books.

I have another Molly Harper book to listen to and I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much as this one. It's not something I usually like but it wasn't awful...it was just different.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Witty and well performed as ever

The story was great and the performance wonderful. It was nice to see new sides to some of our oldest Half Moon Hallow characters too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Cute, light romance with a tiny mystery/plot

I don't know why so many people say this book is funny - I didn't find it to be particularly funny (and yes I do have a sense of humour). I will admit, however, that it is light and fluffy, so maybe that is what makes it funny? dunno... but there certainly weren't any moments that made me giggle, nor did I notice any moments where I thought the author was aiming for funny and missed...

It is a fast read, and it's not very deep, but you wouldn't be reading Harper for a deep novel anyway, would you. The mystery is just entertaining enough that you kinda wonder who the bad guy is, but mostly the story is about the main character's personal life/growth so the bad guy - and the entire 'suspense' thread - is mostly irrelevant.

I almost felt there was a problem with the time-component of the story. The vampire is staying for one week, then two, but we're told 'several' days pass a couple times, so I am not sure if they fell in love in 3 days, or in 9. Either way, it is a rapid about face for an ancient vampire. But, to be fair, these books assume 'true love' will happen nearly immediately - that is one of the reasons people buy them, for the romance (or soft-porn as the case may be).

In this case, there are no graphic details (but they do have a bit of semi-detailed sex), and it is not gory. Really, it is a lighthearted vampire romance novel with a tiny bit of non-romantic suspense to it. I would read more by Harper, but only if I wanted some brain-fluff. The narration is very good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love Half-Moon Hollow!

I really like Molly Harper. She is able to balance wit and snark perfectly. I have liked the glimpses of Iris that I have gotten in some of the other books so I'm glad she got her own story. I like the Jane books, but I have really liked the other Half-Moon Hollow books so much more. Amanda Ronconi did her usual good job. If you like Molly Harper this is a must add to your collection!

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Witty, Charming and I Love Love Love It!!

What made the experience of listening to The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires the most enjoyable?

It reeked with quick witty remarks, Iris is FULL of personality!! Molly Harper is now added to one of my favorite authors. Also I love Amanda Ronconi's narration skills.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

I totally enjoy her tone of voice.

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

I snickered all through it.

Any additional comments?

It's worth the credit or just buy it!!!

8 of 13 people found this review helpful