Nice Girls Don’t Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper | Audio Review

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Nice Girls Don’t Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper | Audio ReviewNice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Jane Jameson #4
Published by Audible Studios, Simon and Schuster on February 28, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

WITH THIS RING, I THEE DEAD.

Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

Jane’s kitchen barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. As if keeping her hyperactive childe from sucking the blood out of the entire neighborhood isn’t enough to deal with, the persnickety ghost of Jane’s newly deceased grandma Ruthie has declared war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake she can’t even eat seem downright relaxing in comparison.

Tensions inside the house are growing…and outside, a sinister force is aiming a stake straight for the center of Gabriel’s heart. Most brides just have to worry about choosing the right dress, but Jane fears that at this rate, she’ll never make it down the aisle for the wedding all nice girls dream of…

My Initial Reaction…

These books always bring me to tears with laughter and Nice Girls Don’t Bite their Neighbors was no exception!

The Narration…

I know you’ve got to be tired of hearing me say it, but for anyone who hasn’t heard me yet I’ll say it again. Amanda Ronconi is an incredible narrator. I would (and have) pick up a book just because she’s narrating it. She brings the wit and snarkiness of her characters to life perfectly and I always the variety of voices for all the different characters. You can’t go wrong with Amanda!

The Characters…

I just adore these characters. I connect with Jane so easily – she’s a book worm living the dream, running her own bookstore. *sigh* Oh and did I mention that she’s finally marrying her sire – Gabriel? It took me a while to fall for Gabriel but his proposal finally brought me over to his side. He’s always been a bit removed from the rest of the group in my opinion, but in this book he finally seems to be part of the drama.

Of course, right in the thick of the drama are Dick Cheney and his wife Andrea. Gah, I love these two! They’re like the poster children for opposites attract and every minute with them is hilarious. There are no words for how ridiculous Dick is and Andrea is as witty and smart as Jane, so what’s not to love?

I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with how little we see of Jane’s best pre-turn friend, Zeb, his wife Jolene, Jane’s Aunt Jetti and Mr. Wainwright. These are four of my favorite characters and, while they were still there, they’ve definitely started moving on and living their own lives. When it mattered most, though, they were all right there in the middle of things and supporting Jane – who seems to have the worst luck of any vampire, ever.

And then there’s the two newest additions to the gang – Jane’s sister, who I not only love but am so glad to see not fighting with Jane anymore, and Jaime – Jane’s “son.” Throwing in Jaime was a lot of fun for the story – even if a bit predictable. Dealing with a teenage vampire is about as fun as dealing with a teenage boy – full of hilarious embarrassing moments and food/blood shortages.

The Story…

Jane’s life is just so complicated, nothing ever is simple for her. It would help if someone wasn’t always trying to kill her. This time, she’s trying to plan her wedding (with a period theme! Loved it!) and all the while she and Gabriel keep having near death experiences. The first one earned her the hatred of the entire town and a new son, further complicating (and enriching) the story. The level of mystery is pretty much non-existent, since from pretty early on you know what’s up. But that’s not the point of these books, in my opinion. The point is watching Jane and the gang trip all over themselves as they try to figure out who’s out to get them. Let dumb plans, witty banter, and disastrous fall out ensue. For me, the most epically hilarious moment of Nice Girls Don’t Bite their neightbors was when they finally found who was behind it all. It was so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but laugh, hysterically – despite being on the bus.

Concluding Sentiments…

This was a very satisfying conclusion to the Jane Jameson series. I laughed so hard I cried, and a couple times, I cried for reals (which was totally unexpected for this series). I’ll miss this crazy gang, but I’m really happy with where Molly Harper left us.

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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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15 Responses to “Nice Girls Don’t Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper | Audio Review”

  1. bhooms

    This definitely would be a great series to do on audio Brandee. Of course I’ve told you that more recently than this post, but I’ll say it again. Thanks for the shearing…

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      This series made me laugh harder than any that I can remember. The first book in particular – best death scene ever 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      This definitely would be a great series to do on audio Brandee. Of course I’ve told you that more recently than this post, but I’ll say it again 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Just seeing his name made me LOL. Gah, I love him. You’ve read Naked Werewolf all the way through too, right? If not, don’t finish reading this comment because total spoiler…. I loved seeing him and Andrea cross over in Naked Werewolf and I’m really hoping there’s potential there for a new crossover series centered on the work Andrea’s doing. A whole series with Dick as the main man 🙂
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Series being finished is a big motivation for me too – no having to wait for the next book to come out. This series isn’t amazing, blow you away kind of reading, but definitely laugh your ass off with some great characters, which you totally need now and again.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Oh yes, I definitely agree – Amanda Ronconi is an incredible narrator, she’s probably the one who won me over for audiobooks. I started this series because she narrated it, completely unfamiliar with Molly Harper and the series at the time.
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