Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Jane Jameson #1
Published by Audible Inc., Simon and Schuster on February 19, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes
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?
My Initial Reaction…
I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny the story was. This was a purely fun read that had me literally laughing out loud every few minutes.
I bought this book on an audible $4.99 sale more because I love Amanda Ronconi’s reading than because of the book’s description. I’d never read Molly Harper, but the plot sounding promising. I was not disappointed! Ronconi’s witty reading style only improved on an already fun, witty writing style. The characters are great and Ronconi’s reading brings them to life, complete with Southern charm (or lack there of where appropriate).
I love the way Harper writes her characters – particularly Jane Jameson. Jane is so relatable and funny. Jane’s a bit nerdy and insecure – perhaps amplified by her being fired from her job at her small town’s library. She’s super witty and, since she has absolutely no filter on her thoughts, every other word is hilarious.
I particularly love Jane’s Aunt Jeti, who shares a lot of Jane’s personality traits. Jane’s interactions with her family are, in general, some of the greatest moments of the book. Her sire, Gabriel, is an interesting character that we’re just starting to get to know and he seems sweet, if a bit too protective and secretive. Her best friend Zeb is just as funny as Jane and his adjustment to Jane’s transformation was possibly the second funniest moment (beaten only by her transformation itself). There’s a lot of side characters and they are all pretty hilarious (whether they mean to be or not).
The basic premise of the story circles around Jane, a librarian who gets laid off and goes out to drown her sorrows in electric lemonades and mudslides – a decision that changes her life forever as an accident forces Jane to become a vampire. This has to be the funniest vampire transformation I’ve ever read – I promise you will be laughing out loud and not just for a brief moment, but over and over. In fact, this book – which is mostly about Jane’s transformation to that new life and some of the trouble she lands herself into in the process – handles all the traditional (and not-so-traditional) transition moments with hilarity.
This is, however, a character driven story. The plot is not going to keep you guessing nor make you anxious. Hell, you may not even really see the mystery because it’s just so damn obvious you didn’t realize you were supposed to be perplexed. But, even Jane’s shock at the very obvious revelation is another of those really funny moments that drive the story forward.
I gave Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs 3 stars, because as I much as I enjoyed the book and will certainly be reading the next, there is nothing earth shattering or shocking about it to push it into incredible or even great territory. Just a truly fun read.