Friday, March 23, 2012

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, Book 1) by Molly Harper

  • Title: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (March 31, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416589422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589426
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     "What did you do to me?" I whispered, shaking away the memory and wiping my mouth.
     "You know what I am. You know what you are," he said quietly, as if we were talking about being Episcopalian. "I offered you a choice, and you took it."
     I shot him what I hoped was a truly scathing glance. "Some choice. I was dying. Some drunk shot me from a pickup. Why couldn't I have just woken up with gonorrhea like every other girl of loose moral fiber?"

Jane Jameson was your typical girl next door type with a little more snark. She worked at the local library as a children's librarian and was happy with her life. Everything changed, however, when her boss, Mrs. Stubblefield pulled her aside to speak with her privately. While she'd been fed a line about budget cuts, she knew the true reason she was being fired was so that Mrs. Stubblefield could hire her stepdaughter, an unemployable pyromaniac. Armed with the gift certificate she was given instead of severance pay, she went to Shenanigan's in an attempt to drown her sorrows. Little did she know that was just the start of her personal rendition of 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' and Alexander had nothing on her. By the time all was said and done she would have been fired, killed, and turned into a vampire. Sometimes you just can't win for loosing.

What do you get when you cross Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series? Well, in my humble opinion, you get Molly Harper's Jane Jameson series. This was such a fun and enjoyable read for me. I loved how the main character was a Children's librarian and the book theme carried through it. There were so many good lines that if I listed them all I'd probably have half the book quoted. When the publisher approached me to read the series I immediately said yes because I adored Ms. Harper's 'How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf' and have been attempting to fit the sequel into my reading schedule since it came out. Yes, I'm kind of like a kid in a candy store when it comes to books, and my desire to read is bigger than my capacity to do so. Darn it!

The world in which the series takes place has only recently had vampires come out of the coffin, so to speak. Humans don't really trust them and prejudices run high. The bad rap that vampires earned from movies like Bram Stroker's Dracula is still believed/held by the majority of society. Let's face it we all fear the unknown, especially when they're attached to a group with supernatural abilities that sport fangs and drink blood. 

Jane is the type of character I can definitely relate with. She's smart, loves reading, and her knowledge of facts had me grinning.  Have you ever heard the expression, "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all"? Well, that kind fits Jane to a tee, at least on the night she was turned. Always the sort to lay low and live under the radar she is now one of the most gossiped about people in her town of Half-Moon Hollow. She'll have to deal with and come to terms with her new chocolate free (I know how cruel, right?) undead life and have to face the fact that some of her friends and family will have a problems accepting her newly found undead status. She also has to deal with the vamp who made her one.

Jane's first impression of Gabriel Nightengale, her sire, was that he was tall, dark and yummy. Described as having "unnaturally white teeth", with good skin, and hair that was "longish, winding in dark, curling locks from a slight widow's peak to his strong chin." His eyes were "deep gray, almost silver, with a dark charcoal ring around the irises." The two are attracted to each other, but the fact he is her sire sometimes blurs the boyfriend/daddy line in the relationship. Add into the mix Jane's best friend Zeb who is trying to deal with her becoming a vampire and Dick, a playboy vampire who used to be friends with Gabriel, and you've got a fun group of characters.

Some of my favorite lines/quotes:
-"I’ve never done this before. I didn’t go to human bars. Mudslides aside, I’m not much of a drinker. Club people are not my people. Now, book-club people—"

-"I am your sire. I am to guide you through your first days as a vampire. Your first feeding is a rite of passage, a sacrament. It will not be wasted on some hormone-driven frenzy. This is why I wanted you to feed from me.” “I will not drink it in a house, I will not drink it with a mouse. I will not drink it
here or there, I will not drink it anywhere,” I wheezed, hoping I was able to communicate adequate sarcasm through the crippling belly cramps.
“Did you just quote Green Eggs and Ham?"

- 'You can take the girl out of the library, but you can't take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.'

Overall I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses and look forward to reading the rest of the series. 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. It should be noted, however, this one was leaning very heavily toward a STEAM rating.

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