Audio Review | Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men

September 13, 2013 Reviews 2

Audio Review | Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead MenNice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Jane Jameson #2
Published by Audible Inc., Simon and Schuster on January 28, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 376
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

With her best friend Zeb’s Titanic-themed wedding looming ahead, new vampire Jane Jameson struggles to develop her budding relationship with her enigmatic sire, Gabriel. It seems unfair that she’s expected to master undead dating while dealing with a groom heading for a nuptial nervous breakdown, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and the ugliest bridesmaid dress in the history of marriage.

Meanwhile, the passing of Jane’s future step-grandpa puts Grandma Ruthie back on the market. Her new fiancé, Wilbur, has his own history of suspiciously dead spouses, and he may or may not have died ten years ago. Half-Moon Hollow’s own Black Widow has finally met her match.

Should Jane warn her grandmother of Wilbur’s marital habits or let things run their course? Will Jane always be an undead bridesmaid, never the undead bride?

Combining Mary Janice Davidson’s sass and the charm of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, this is an incredibly satisfying read for fans of paranormal romantic comedy.

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My Initial Reaction…

As expected Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men was hilarious. This is one of those books that people start looking at you like you’re crazy because you can’t help laughing your ass off, regardless of what public place you’re in.

The Narration…
Amanda Ronconi, how I love thee! I’ve said it a bazillion times, but if you want a guaranteed great listen, pick out a book Ronconi narrated. She just brings those characters to life and she’s particularly great at making the sarcastic wit of Jane come through. I have a feeling I wouldn’t love Nice Girls quite as much without Ronconi.

The Characters…
Jane is wonderful. I love her sense of humor; it’s sarcastic and perfectly timed. It also helps that she’s a total book worm like me – in Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men she has this running comparison of herself to Eleanor from Sense and Sensibility  by Jane Austen (one of my all-time favorite books!). I think she’s way off, but I love the comparison anyway. Seeing her deal with Jolene’s family was particularly great in this one.

Gabriel, on the other hand, really isn’t doing anything for me. I don’t trust him, for one. But perhaps more importantly, I forget about him. I liked him in Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs but I feel like we see a lot less in him in Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men. And I really don’t have anything else to say about him – he’s just there sometimes and sometimes he’s not.

Thankfully the cast of supporting characters more than make up for my bland reaction to Gabriel. They are a colorful, dramatic, and hilarious group from Zeb and Jolene with their Titanic themed wedding to meddlesome parents to the just downright hilarious Aunt Jedi and spacey Mr. Wainwright. And who could forget Dick? I mean his name alone tends to bring along a few chuckles, particularly the way Ronconi says it. 

The Story…
Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men centers around Zeb and Jolene’s upcoming nuptials. Have I mentioned how much I love Jolene? She’s just so blunt and country and lovable. But the wedding is bringing out some serious stress for her, Zeb and Jane. Jane mostly because she’s the one Zeb’s mom has always wanted her to marry and she’s making it no secret. Zeb and Jolene have it coming from both sides and Zeb is starting to crack. But who wouldn’t when some members of your fiancee’s family are welcoming you with attempts on your life that are called “playful”? Perhaps a wedding with Titanic as its theme was doomed?

Ultimately Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men was a lot of fun, but nothing earth shattering. There was more of a mystery to it then in Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs but, once again, I found it entirely too predictable. There was one moment that surprised me a little and had me tear up a bit, but I should have seen it coming. This isn’t a book you read for the amazing plot, but for the really great interactions between the characters.

Concluding Sentiments…
If your looking for a complicated plot, keep on looking. But if you’re looking for a light, fun, hilarious read Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men is exactly what you’re looking for.
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three-half-stars

About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicorns and bleeding roses, I was writing essays about having political arguments with my dad at the dinner table. (Whoever made the other person laugh at their own political party won the argument.) I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, but I also knew there was very little chance I could make a living writing books, so I went for the next best thing – newspaper writing.

I majored in print journalism at Western Kentucky University and used my shiny new degree to get a job at my hometown newspaper. I married my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. And for six years, I wrote about school board meetings, quilt shows, a man “losing” the fully grown bear he kept as a pet in his basement, and a guy who faked his death by shark attack in Florida and ended up tossing pies at a local pizzeria.

I loved my job at the paper. I loved meeting new people every day and never knowing where I would end up. But somehow, the ever-shifting schedules of a police officer and a reporter did not equal “family friendly.” One of us needed to take a normal job for the sake of our young daughter. I took a secretarial position at a local church office, which left me with dependably free evenings for the first time in my adult life. David was working the night shift that summer and I was losing.my.mind. We were living in “The Apartment of Lost Souls” while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the “blue screen of death.” Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter of potty-training for about six months.

Normally, when things get tough, I can take solace in reading. But I surveyed my packing box of favorite books with the apathetic air of someone who stands in front of the open refrigerator for 10 minutes and can’t find anything. Nothing sounded good. So I just sat down and started writing something I would want to read.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

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2 Responses to “Audio Review | Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men”

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      I just recently finished the first book in her Alaska series and I think I agree. Jane Jameson is funnier and Naked Werewolf is sweeter I think. I love them both, but I think I KNOW I prefer the BF (whose name I can’t remember at the moment) better in Naked Werewolf.

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