Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1)
by Molly Harper
What is it about:
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 did I think of it:
There are a lot of stereotypical characters in this book, including the heroine, but as this is what you probably could call Paranormal Chick-Lit (horrible sounding term, btw) maybe you shouldn't expect too much character depth. This book is all about quirky and funny.
The events are a little out there at times, and predictable as well, but all in all this was a very entertaining and enjoyable read.
There were some unnecessary digs at Goths which annoyed me, but that seems to be all the rage with authors who write about vampires. As if Goths aren't among their readers...
Ok... Moving on from this pet peeve of mine.
The romance was enjoyable as well, although I see a love triangle coming up in later books. That might not be a bad thing in this case, as the love interest was a bit dull in my opinion. But then again the heroine is a 'nice girl', so maybe nice girls don't do love triangles.
Anyway: even though I might sound a bit snarky about this book, I did enjoy it. I might give the second book a try as well, to see if Jane indeed decides to ditch her love interest for someone with a bit more bite :-P
Why should you read it:
It's a fun and enjoyable paranormal read.