Series: Jane Jameson #1
Published by Pocket Star on March 31, 2009
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?
What I Thought…
- Could Molly Harper be any funnier? I doubt it. I can’t even begin to describe how awesomely funny and entertaining this book is. I devoured it. The plot line itself is funny, and adding in the quirky characters makes it even more so.
- I get why some people are comparing it to the Sookie Stackhouse series, but they aren’t really that close, with the most obvious difference being that Jane is vampire, Sookie is not. While I like the Sookie Stackhouse series I like this one a little better. It’s a lot more focused on only one or two things whereas I can get easily lost in the Sookie books because there is just so much going on.
- Jane is a new childe and is having trouble adjusting to her new life. She didn’t ask to be a vampire and isn’t really happy about it. She’s also trying not to tell her family, as her family isn’t really all that accepting. Her mother and sister were seriously annoying and condescending (“You don’t have any children so obviously you should sell/give this house to your sister because she has kids”)
- Jane is a special brand of awesome. She’s a librarian, snarky, loves smelling old books, nice, but not so nice at the same time. She’s not perfect thought so don’t let all the good stuff put you off. In real life I could see us being friends, I just hope the vampire thing wouldn’t stand in our way.
- Jane’s sire is Gabriel, who has a bit of an Edward complex, but thankfully not anywhere near as bad. Part of it has to do with his own sire issues and part because he’s attracted to her, but he doesn’t hover over her 24/7. He had a few not so great moments, one of which I totally didn’t see coming.
- Jane’s friend Zeb made up for the fact that Jane’s family is not so great. He took the news of her being a vampire fairly well and wanted to make sure she was able to adjust.
- There were several other quirky minor characters, and I happen to love quirky minor characters.
- The mystery in Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs was pretty good. Jane is being framed for murder and all these weird things are happening around her. Things get even harder for her when she realizes that vampire laws are a bit different and a little harsher, though there are some side benefits.
- Overall this was a really fun read and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Jane gets in to next!
“If you want to hurt me, fine. Take my books. Burn down my house. Shave my head while I’m sleeping. But nobody, nobody screws with my dog.”
“A woman puts on a new dress eyeliner lip gloss to please others. A woman paints her toes to please herself. And if there was one thing I was familiar with it was pleasing…There’s no way to finish that sentence without embarrassing myself.”
“I am not the kind of girl who trusts a man to tell her everything she needs to know in his own due time, so I did some research on my sire. You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.”