Series: Half Moon Hollow #1
Published by Audible on July 31st, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Owned Audible Book
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I am a fan of Molly Harper.hecc Seriously, love her. And I was a little sad that the Jane Jameson series was over, but thrilled to start the Half Moon Hollow books. And I was not disappointed! I really liked Iris and the job she had created for herself as a daylight worker for vampires, a job which I could imagine running myself. She takes care of her little sister and her life is a fairly normal routine of trying to make money to support herself- until she stumbles across her newest vamp client, poisoned and dying on his kitchen floor. Hijinks ensue.
This is not a story of love at first sight by any means. Iris is very weary of vampires, as one should be, but is persuaded to help Cal because his offer of money would mean a great deal to her financial stability. Cal, for his part, is a bit superior and seems to think his money is enough to deal with any of Iris’s qualms at harboring a vampire that someone obviously tried to kill. Theirs is a relationship that has to grow a bit before the romance takes off- and I liked all of the other action in the book that filled in the mean time.
Like Iris’s on again off again hookup, Cal’s jealousy, Iris’s little sister, Ophelia (head of the vampire counsel and who is dating Jane’s adopted vampire son), the mystery of who is behind the poisoning of Cal, and all the humor, wit and sarcasm that Molly Harper weaves into every page. I love that Harper can mix sexy, steamy romance with laugh out loud humor. I am in awe. I only fear the day, which will be soon, when I’ve caught up with all her books and have to wait and wait for her newer books. Alas, that is lovely torment of finding an author you can’t get enough of, but it’s a torment that I’ll gladly endure.
Bottom line- read Molly Harper now. She has something for everyone. Like sexy vampires? Read her Jane Jameson or Half Moon Hollow books. Like sexy werewolves? Read her Naked Werewolf series. Like non-supernatural romance? She’s got those too. Like to laugh, even a little bit? Read them ALL!
All the Molly Harper books I’ve listened to have been narrated by the amazing Amanda Ronconi. In fact, she’s the main reason I choose the audiobooks over the printed version. Molly Harper is funny in any format, but I love how Ronconi truly brings the characters alive. Especially if there’s a southern accent involved! In some ways it feels like Molly Harper is the one narrating, because Amanda Ronconi just seems to read it so naturally that it’s hard to believe she’s not just narrating her particularly supernaturally prone life. I’ve listened to many books narrated by Ronconi, and she’s one of my top favorite narrators. As long as she’s the one reading Molly Harper’s books then I’ll continue buying them off of Audible. And honestly, I’m much more app to buy an audiobook if she’s the one doing the narration.