Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (Jane Jameson, #2) by Molly Harper

  • Title: Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (Jane Jameson, #2)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre:  Paranormal Romance
  • Format: Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (August 25, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416589430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589433
  • Author's website:  http://www.mollyharper.com/

"How were you turned?
"Its's not a story I tell most people," I said...
"Why not?"
"If there was a very special episode of 'I Love Lucy', where Lucy was turned into a vampire, she'd probably use my story. Let's just say I didn't have any choice. It was either death or this."

The events that led to Jane being turned would never be included among her more finer moments but rather would probably be listed at the top of her most embarrassing moments. It's not the type of tale you fondly recall and tell others. She'd lost her job, gotten drunk, had her car break down and the pièce de résistance? While walking home she was mistaken for a deer, shot, and killed. The only saving grace was that was the night she met Gabriel, her sire. As an added bonus Zeb, Jane's best friend, met his fiance, Jolene, a short time later at a meeting of the Friends and Family of the Undead support group. After seeing the bridesmaids dress Jolene picked out, however, she was second guessing whether she truly should add that to her list of things that did go right...

"I know, Janie, I know it's ugly," Zeb said, his big doe eyes all guileless and earnest. Dang it, I always buckled under the baby browns. "It is the world's ugliest dress. Of all the dresses you will ever wear, this is the one your body may reject like a faulty organ. As soon as I get back from the honeymoon, I will help you build the bonfire to burn this dress. But I'm asking you as my closest friend in the entire world, will you please just wear the stupid dress for one day?"

As the wedding plans start to come together Jane is to be Jolene's Best Maid (think Best Man/Maid of Honor) and Dick is to have the honor of being the Man of Honor. Jolene, in an attempt to keep the peace, asked Jane to hold  the coveted position. Werewolves, you see, can be a jealous and vicious bunch and having someone outside the pack was the only way that Jolene could think of to prevent hurt feelings among them and keep the from fighting for it. Tension flares and prejudices abound as some of Jolene's and Jeb's family and friends start plotting to break the happy couple apart. With a Titanic-themed wedding the question that begs to be asked is: will the two find themselves on 'Top of the World' or will their wedding plans be doomed like the ill fated journey of the Titanic?

Another hilariously funny book by Molly Harper. I adore all the characters in the book. Jane's family is a hoot and you just want to step in and come to Jane's aid with them. Her sister's suing her, her grandmother won't acknowledge her, and her mom is having a hard time dealing with Jane's death, or rather undeath, and has no qualms about showing it. Thankfully Jane gets by with a little help from her friends and a few informational books from Mr.Wainwright's bookstore. :)

Meanwhile, Jane's relationship with Gabriel is gaining momentum and they go on their first official date. Things start heating up between the two but Jane doesn't know where the two stand, she's hoping to find out. Plus, all their friends seem to be getting along and they are becoming a very close and tight knit group.

Some of my favorite quotes/moments:

- "If someone were going to design the perfect mate for me, it would be you. Even when you infuriate me with your pigheaded stubbornness and your temper and incredible lack of anything resembling self-preservation—"

- "You're the most fascinating, maddening, adorable creature I've ever met," he said, sighing and pushing my hair out of my eyes. "So, when I seem possessive or I'm raving like a lunatic, it's just that part of me is still very afraid that I'll lose that—that I'll lose you. I love you.”

- "When I was a girl, nice young men did not paw at young ladies in dirty alleys."
  When she was a young lady, Mama Ginger got cited for mooning a busload of tourists in town for the annual lace-tatting conventions.

Overall, this one gets a 5 out of 5 roses from me. A delightfully funny series with just the right amount of romance, humor, and drama. I highly recommend this one. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a FAN rating - the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice.

Funny side note: The names of Dick and Jane being used in this book brought back memories of another book someone once told me about, and yes, it's a real book. Just click on the picture of the cover below to be transported to Amazon where you can read the description:

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