Just a few Half-Moon Hollows books I read | Part 1

September 9, 2016 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 5

Just a few

Sometimes I just can’t pull off a review, but still want to share what I’ve read. When that happens, I’ll share them in this feature 🙂

Last month, for the Can you read a series in a month? challenge that Michelle and I hosted, I read the Half-Moon Hollows series and loved it as much as I thought I would. I read 9 books, so I’m going to share them in three sets of three 🙂

Let me just give a general review for all three for Amanda Ronconi, the narrator. I knew I’d love these in part because I adore her and I adore her reading Molly Harper’s books. I was not let down. Her voice is perfect for the snarky humor and she gives life to the personalities Harper writes so well.

Just a few Half-Moon Hollows books I read | Part 1Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #0
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on November 2, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 2 hours 8 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Join Half-Moon Hollow's favorite couple for a trip down memory lane—to a time when Mr. Wainwright was newly dead, Jane Jameson was a newbie vampire, and a budding paranormal romance was not yet uncorked.…

Half-Moon Hollow's supernatural social event of the season—Zeb's Titanic-themed werewolf wedding—is coming up, and Dick Cheney (not that Dick Cheney!) needs a date. But Andrea's had enough of clever, handsome, and rakish to last a lifetime, and Dick Cheney is certainly not the sort of man you bring home to mom (not that Andrea's deadist parents are speaking to her ever since she dropped out of college and became a blood surrogate). Shameless, relentless, roguish, with a Stetson-worthy swagger, a naughty sparkle in his eyes, and a constant smirk—oh, and fangs—no, Dick is the last person (er…vampire) Andrea wants to date.

But the infuriatingly irresistible man who lives quietly on the edge of a criminal underworld knows exactly what he wants, and once he surprises Andrea with a thrilling hot and dirty kiss behind the paranormal bookshop, she knows what she wants too: Dick. All it takes to ignite their unconventional courtship is a near-undeath experience that confronts Dick with a choice between turning Andrea, losing her forever, or tapping in to his countless shady resources.

Fangs for the Memories is book 4.5, but also book 0. I have no idea how that happened, but I will say, I think it makes more sense as book 0 because it’s a nice transition from Jane Jameson to Half-Moon Hollow. The characters, Andrea and Dick, were pretty focal in Jane Jameson’s series and I loved getting to see more about how they finally hooked up in this book. I also loved getting background on Andrea. But it also started showing us a bit more of the other characters we get to know better in the series, so it was a good start for me.
4 stars Pretty Great

Just a few Half-Moon Hollows books I read | Part 1The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #1
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on July 31, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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 & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.

In The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, I really enjoyed Iris and her relationship with her sister, Gigi. I loved the way she takes care of his sister and tries protect her. And I think what warmed me to Cal was the way he started doing the same thing. I enjoyed this one, though I didn’t laugh quite as much as I would have liked for a Harper-Ronconi book! Oh and the garden theme (names, her work, the poison) was a fun touch!
3.5 stars pretty good

Just a few Half-Moon Hollows books I read | Part 1Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #1.5
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on December 27, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased


After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service.

Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Council official Ophelia Lambert.

Collin, a paranoid, aristocratic vampire with a debilitating fear of flying, refuses to let the case out of his sight. Miranda needs this time on the road to decide whether to permanently cut her ties with the fiance that had an "emotional affair" with a childhood pal, but Collin’s neatnik tendencies are driving her around the bend. The man acts as if leaving a fast food wrapped on the passenger seat is reason for a full-on CDC de-contamination scrub-down of the car. All she can do is promise to stop intentionally doing the things that make his stiff upper lip twitch with irritation.

As more and more mishaps occur on the road trip from hell, Miranda and Collin work together to meet his delivery deadline. Hotel rooms are destroyed. Beloved cars are defiled. And somewhere along the line, client-driver hostilities become snarky flirtation.

Will Collin and Miranda make it to the Hollow in one piece? And if they do, will Miranda leave old, safe relationships behind for something new and well, just plain weird?

Driving Mr. Dead was my favorite of this set and quite possibly the whole series. I just loved LOVED these characters. Miranda and Collin are very much opposites attract and it led to hilarious moments! The things that happened on this road trip are just too much and I could have read a much longer book about them. (side note: I seem to love road trip books). I laughed so much, this was just a great time and a sweet romance. If you’ve read these, you’ll know what I mean when I say the car’s paint job might have been the best touch 🙂
5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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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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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

5 Responses to “Just a few Half-Moon Hollows books I read | Part 1”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    So this is a spinoff series of Jane Jameson? It sounds like you had a pretty good time with these and I know how much you like the Harper/Ronconi duo. 😉 I still have to get back to Jane’s books! I hate that I started another series and have let it fall to the wayside. :/ But I’ll get back to it, I promise! 🙂 Also, I like these little mini reviews. It’s a nice way to share your thoughts and not too time consuming for you. Right? I hope you had a great weekend, Berls! {{{hugs}}}
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  2. Lola

    That’s great you managed to read 9 books for this challenge. I hope I can join next time! I think I have read one book by this author, about werewolves and I thought it was fun, but haven’t read any of her other books. Sounds like this series is good! That’s weird how it’s book 0 and 4.5 at the same time, but I am glad to hear it worked as book 0 for you. Oh and road trip books sure can be great. Great reviews!
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