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.
"Once again this should have disclaimers"
Once again this audiobook should come with disclaimers about NOT eating or drinking while listening!
As always Molly Harper brings her razor sharp wit and sense of humor to her stories. With the help of Amanda Ronconi the voices of Iris, Cal, and Gigi come blasting into life!
Since I hate reviews that give too much away as far as the plot goes, I will say that having familiar Half Moon Hollow characters making guest appearances was like coming home!
I wish Molly Harper would write more for Iris and Cal because I could see some amazing adventures with these guys!
"I Love Molly Harper!"
I love Harper's writing it sounds like me and my friends hanging out if Vampires were real of course. I love the banter between her characters and all the snark.
Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing with her voice changes for each character and her line delivery is fantastic. The combination between Harper's humor and Ronconi's delivery has me laughing out loud on the train which can be a little embarrassing but worth it.
I highly recommend all of Molly Harper's books I must say and this one is right up there with the rest of them.
"The Dynamic Duo Strikes Again!"
The best team in Audio make for another terrific adventure. Molly Harper has by far the best sense of humor and Amanda Ronconi brings it to life. This has become one of my favorites from this author. It is more detailed and descriptive than the Werewolf series (although I love them too!) with the same sarcastic sense of humor as the Naked series.
I love all her books and hope she writes many, many more while teamed with the best narrator in the business. I promise anyone with a sense of humor will love any of Molly's books. They are my favorite!
"Vampire+Mystery+Spunky Female=A Delight"
Absolutely. The story is outstanding the characters have a pulse or not but you care for them none the less. I must admit I didn't see some of the plot points coming. This makes the listen all the more enjoyable.
The wittiness of Iris. There is just something about the skill in which Molly Harper invests into her female protagonists. They have heart, spunk, ingenuity and resourcefulness that tells me that if I had the opportunity to meet any of these wonderful woman including Iris, we would be instant friends.
Amanda allows her voice to more than speak the words. She brings passion, mystery and sometimes just plain silliness that I adore. I have loved every last one of her portrayals in Molly Harper's books.
Not every day sucks!
If you find this book enjoyable than I would recommend all of the Harper books in the Nice Girls Don't series and Driving Mr. Dead. Ms. Ronconi brings life to the delightful words that Ms. Harper has penned with grace and finesse.
"Molly Harper and Amanda, a fanatstic duo"
I have listened to all the books written by Molly and i love them all. Her books will have you laughing out loud on a bus /train. The fact that she is able to seamlessly tie all the characters together is fantastic. Great Job Molly I hope that this series continues
"GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY !!!"
You just have to look at the ratings for this audiobook to see how brilliant, funny, sexy and utterly charming this listen is. Then you have the pairing of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi which is synergy at its best.
Worth of credit? Definitely, totally, unconditionally and categorically YES.
I am anxiously awaiting the next Molly Harper book. I don't believe in all these vampires, either in the the book or in all the movies, but this book was down right funny. And Amanda Ronconi makes it even funnier. I broke out laughing more than one time.
I tried to figure out who would be the next character for the next book, but could not. Keep them coming MH.
"Spin off but just as funny as Molly's other books."
The story was a typical interesting story plot, but it was made great by the author's sence of humor and the narrator's ability to make it sound funny too. I love to laugh during a book, my day can lack humor so I need to have a release and feel the laughter bubble out of me.
Love, love, love Amanda. I was glad she was brought back for this book. She has the voice that can make a statement funny. Wonderful narrator!
For those who want more about the book itself...
This is the story of Jane's wedding organizer. She runs a day service for the undead and is hired to hide her client for a time so he doesn't become perminately dead.
They get to know each other and live happily ever after.
There is a lot more to the plot and it is hilarious at times, crushing at times, and down right fun read. If you want a light read for the enjoyment of reading something give it a try. If you like Molly's other books you'll like this one too. Happy listening!
"Sometimes too much is too much"
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.
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.
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.
"Classic Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi!"
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.
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.
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.
Read instructions CAREFULLY before attempting this at home.
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!!
"Points for hottie bad guy!"
I was pleasantly surprised with Molly Harper's latest, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
I've read all her work (and I love Amanda Ronconi as her narrator) but generally felt that all her main characters across different books were largely the same. I had expected this book to be the same as the last one, Driving Mr Dead, since the premise is very similar, and was delighted to see that it was not only different, but also much more substantial, with well thought-out and fleshed out characters.
As per usual, the main point of the book is humour and romance, and the plot isn't that thrilling if you're not into botany but mostly serves as a mechanism to facilitate trials and opportunities for the romance to develop. At times the humour seems like an unrealistic reaction and detracts from a sense of peril, but since I don't think this is a genre of books which is supposed to be taken very seriously, it didn't ruin my experience.
The story progresses at a good pace and kept me interested all the way through.
The highpoint of the book for me was the sexy-evil-bad-guy scenes, even though I'm probably not supposed to cheer for him.
"Molly Harper does it again"
Loved, loved , loved this book. Molly Harpers books hit the perfect note in me. There is romance without all that over thye top slushey stuff and copious amounts of laugh out loud moments written beautifully and delivered to perfection by Amanda Ronconi.
I have read everything thing Molly has written and loved them all
"Funny, great story and excellent narrator!"
Yes, I would be happy to listen to this book again in future.
I have listened to all of the Jane Jameson books and I really enjoy Half Moon Hollow and it's supernatural population so was keen to learn more about some other residents of the Hollow. As always the female characters were strong, independent and feisty, while the vampires struck the balance of tough and flawed and as usual, the romantic hero was a very attractive character.
Amanda is a great narrator and perfect for Molly Harper's books. Her characterisation is great, everyone has a unique voice and delivery that suits their character perfectly. Her pace is spot on - not too fast and not too slow - and her inflection is great.
Lots of parts of the book made me laugh, Molly Harper's writing is witty and very clever.
I love the way Molly Harper characterises her vampires as flawed but in a funny way, not in the tortured, brooding way some other vampire series have gone for. She really brings a smal, southern American town to life without being derogatory and you really get a feel for the quirks and foibles of southern traditions.
"Fun and frolics in the hollow"
Funny, quirky and made me smile a lot, a great story line too. With murder, espionage, and some great twists.
"Funny book keeps you entertained."
Light and interesting story and a little different. So an enjoyable story.
It's just something different. The thought of someone having a business providing day time services to vampires seems a great idea.
That's a hard question as I enjoyed it all. The interactions between Iris and her younger sister were good fun.
Yes found it very compelling to know what happened next.
"funny lighthearted story"
I really loved her werewolf series set in alaska and they were much more chuckle worthy than this so I liked them slightly more. I plan on reading or listening to as many of her books as possible though. th
yes although one of the ones she narrates for molly harper she puts on an astoundingly terrible Irish accent, that is one to avoid if your Irish or british or just know and care what an Irish person should sound like. (its a bit like sean connery playing a spannish dude and and christopher lambert playing a scottish one in highlander lol)
yes and im sure i will listen to it again at some point.
I'd listened to a Molly Harper previously and loved it so I thought I'd try another. The narration was excellent and really the best thing about it. The story was very similar to the last one and it is clear the author doesn't stray too far from the formula. That said it was entertaining and got a lot better as the story developed, very funny towards the end.
"The care and feeding of stray vampires"
This book had me snared from the beginning,
I love how the writer showed a good sense of humour.
I would 100% reccomend this to anyone as a good read.
"Laugh out loud"
What a talent! The subject of vampires is so popular now that it must be almost impossible to get a new angle but Molly Harper has managed it beautifully - brilliant witty dialogue and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion - not just between the heroine and hero but also the other characters in the book - excellent narration too - very refreshing and easy listening!
"Very pleasant surprise"
I really loved the book. I was searching for some light novel to doze off with and expected something Anita-Blake style but although it's obvious the author knows the work of L. K. Hamilton, I have found this book much more enjoyable than later books in the A.B. series. The amount of suspense and romance is balanced just right to keep you listening and enjoying every minute. Also, the narrator has done a great job. I liked her representation of various characters and her pronunciation was perfectly understandable which is something I as a non-native speaker highly appreciate. A lovely story in a lovely form.
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