The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published by Audible
Published on: March 24, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hrs & 13 mins
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In the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!
Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...
Whenever I just want to sit back, and enjoy a quality audiobook, I turn to Molly Harper & Amanda Ronconi. My last listening session with them was in June 2014, so clearly I was in desperate need of a fix because I finished THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE in one day. As soon as I clicked ‘play’ my smile was locked into place thanks to the fun quotes from The Office After Dark: A Guide to Maintaining a Safe, Productive Vampire Workplace—this installment’s fictional how-to manual—and there it stayed.
We first met Gigi in I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, and it was nice to finally get the continuation of her story, and find out who her mysterious vampire stalker was. She’s the last human in the Jameson / Scanlon circle, so I was curious to see whether she’d stay that way, or join the rest of the HALF-MOON HOLLOW supes. She’s also the youngest POV to date which lightened Harper’s already breezy writing style even more, and made her character’s sometimes questionable decisions and go-with-the-flow attitude easier to grasp which is always beneficial in insta-love type situations.
The plot wasn’t a brain buster, but still kept me on my toes, and I really enjoyed seeing Ophelia get kicked off her high horse. My favourite secondary, Dick Cheney, didn’t have as much dialogue as I would have liked, although Nik was a pseudo Russian version of him which was an acceptable substitution. It was entertaining watching Iris in all of her overprotective big sister splendor, and how their group of friends banded together when Gigi’s life was in danger. Plus, this author’s latest batch of pop culture references were real winners: GAME OF THRONES & THE WALKING DEAD.
Amanda Ronconi pulled out all the stops once again with her exuberance, accents, voices, and sound effects. She’s a pro at pinning down the emotions that each scene calls for, and always gives her 100% in every performance. Harper’s sense of humour is increased tenfold by Ronconi’s narration, and because of that I ALWAYS opt to listen over reading. I can’t recommend Harconi enough; they are the benchmark by which I measure all Chick-Lit Paranormal Romance and a MUST for all audiobook junkies.
THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE was like riding a killer water slide, except the whee lasted for 9+ hours.
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I have listened to the werewolves and Jane Jameson but haven’t gotten to these Half Moon Hollows ones. I love this author narrator combo. Ronconi just gets Harper’s sense of humor and goes with it.
Tanya recently posted…Mar 27 2015 #FitReaders Check-In
I like the sound of this, but once again it is part of a series that I haven’t read it. Thus, the dilemma… Not all plots have to bend the brain – in fact, just lately, I discovered that easy plots have a certain charm too (if “consumed” sparingly, lol) All in all, this makes me wish for summer, heat and the beach… Yeah 😀
Ramona recently posted…Zen Monday: Rain
This sounds like a fun read, though the pop culture references will likely go over my head on this one. I don’t watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. *gasp* Great review!
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I think books like this, with a really strong sense of humor, would definitely be enhanced in the audio version with a fantastic narrator. I’m so glad Amanda knocks it out of the park, you’re definitely making a really convincing case for me finally giving an audiobook a try Carmel!
I really do need to try this author, so many people love her and always say how hilarious her books are.
Glad you enjoyed this so much Carmel!
kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Sometimes we need one of those fun books that make us smile and enjoy ourselves non-stop! And listening to an audiobook all in one sitting? That quite says something!
Great review Carmel!
Pili recently posted…Mark This Book Monday: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson!!
I need to read the rest in this series. I’ve only read a few books by Molly, but loved them. All that snark and humor makes it a great fun read. Thank you for the review.
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Sounds like a lot fun Carmel! Maybe I should finally take the plunge and listen to the first book in the series.
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I totally loved it too. Gigi sometimes was a little annoying but I think it was on par for her age so I couldn’t hate her for that. Plus how could I not root for a computer science nerd to get the sexy vampire? 🙂 I do want a novella of the other two geeks falling in love 🙂
Felicia The Geeky Blogger recently posted…Audiobook Review: A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
That sounds like a lot of fun.
Mary Kirkland recently posted…Happy Raturday!
I think I would’ve liked this better in audio. The humor is on point though. After they met with Nolan and Jed’s shark bipedal shift, Nik and Gigi paled in comparison for me.
Braine recently posted…Boob Tube Binges Epic Edition: Marco Polo and World Without End
Molly Harper is one of my favorite authors, but I’m SO behind on her novels. She’s a writing machine. That’s great you really loved this one – bummer Dick Cheney didn’t have much dialogue. I love him too!
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I still got one of her older ones to read
blodeuedd recently posted…Con & Conjure – Lisa Shearin
This series looks so fun. One of these days I need to try it.
Sophia Rose recently posted…Return to Me by Kelly Moran #Review
I love her writing and I’ve only listened to the holiday one in the offshoot series. I’ve read all of the main series. I’m happy we get more of Gigi! I enjoyed that character.
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I love Molly Harper books but for some reason I haven’t read/listen to this series. Question, do I need to listen these books in order or do they work as stand alones?
BookaholicCat recently posted…Early Review: Normal by Graeme Cameron
Sounds like it was an exciting one. I haven’t read anything by Molly but sounds worthwhile for sure
I have the the care and feeding of a stray vampire I bought a while back on my NOOK…hopefully I’ll get to it soon 🙂
sharonda recently posted…Sharonda’s Challenges Update
I need to read this series. I finally read one of her other books but wasn’t all that impressed, but was told it wasn’t one of her best. So now I need to give her ‘good stuff’ a try. lol
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Uhm Dick Cheney? Sorry, I’m stuck on that tidbit. Lol.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by this author but I used to have a great time with them. I really should go back to them… soon. This one sounds good too! thanks for the review!
I’m hoping that I can start listening more at work again. I’ve got so many audios that I want to listen to and this is one of them. This is a winning author/narrator combo.
I listened to the first book in this series and read the others, but I STILL hear Amanda’s voice. I enjoy it a lot and am picking up some of Molly’s other series on audiobooks because they make such a great team!
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Hahahaha omg that title. I’m seriously considering this because I think I haven’t read a book like this one (and I want to at least try everything) Thanks for the review, Carmel. I’m gonna check out the start of the series. 😀
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I was already looking forward to this one (b/c as you said, winning combo of author & narrator) but now I really can’t wait! Definitely gonna splurge a little on Audible now. I really liked what we saw of Gigi in The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, but I still need to read Dreaming of an Undead Christmas before diving into this one. Glad it was such a fun ride!
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I’m glad this put a smile on your face, Carmel. Molly Harper was my first audio book and you’re right about her style and Ronconi’s narration. I should pick up #2 in the series. 🙂
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