Audio Review: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

Posted September 5, 2012 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Title: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Series: Half Moon Hollow #1
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Format: MP3, 8 hrs & 55 mins
Published: July 31, 2012
ASIN #: B008R63XDK
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: purchased
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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.

This is the 4th Molly Harper title that I have read and it’s official, I’m a fan! I will definitely be checking out her Nice Girls series sooner than later. That being said, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a feel-good-read that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Amanda Ronconi’s narration is cheerful and bouncy, the how-to tips at the beginning of each chapter are giggle-worthy and Harper’s writing is injected with some good ol’ fashion Southern charm. If you’re in need of a pick-me up or just a good laugh then try The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.

The main plot is pretty straight forward, which is one of the many reasons why I love Molly’s books so much. The story is detailed enough to keep readers entertained but still simple enough to allow other literary elements to shine through, such as her phenomenal characters and top notch wit. Several peeps from her Nice Girls series make cameo appearances which I’m sure only adds to the overall experience for long time fans. For my part, I have no clue who these characters are but can’t wait to make their acquaintance when I tackle her Jane Jameson books.

When I first started listening to this audiobook I was mildly confused on a few things that I feel are worth bringing up. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is the first full length installment in the Half Moon Hollow series. Driving Mr. Dead is a novella, which explains why it’s only 160 pages and why the main characters are different. I struggled with Miranda vs. Iris’ points of view. Plus, the fact that these two heroines have similar personalities and are read by the same narrator made it all the more confusing. Once I had all of my ducks in a row the story made a lot more sense. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize my mistake until the end. That’ll teach me to rely on GoodReads’ accuracy!

I really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi’s narration; she’s perfectly suited for the voice of Iris. You can hear the smile in her tone as she reads the story and she delivers Harper’s jokes with ease. The combination of Ronconi’s narration and Molly’s writing transforms this audio book into pure bliss.

It’s nice to take a walk on the lighter side of Paranormal fiction from time to time. Molly Harper is a seasoned pro at writing chick lit with fangs. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is full of silly characters, slapstick humour and sex. What’s not to love? I challenge you to read this book without cracking a smile!

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Recommendation: This book is fun, light and easy to like; the perfect pick-me-up.
Like this, like that: The Strange Neighbors series by Ashlyn Chase and the Wild About You series by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

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6 responses to “Audio Review: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

  1. @Karen I can’t wait to start her Nice Girls series. I think I’m going to go the audiobook route on that one too. I find a narrator adds something extra to her sarcastic writing style.

  2. Cool! I’ll be listening to this one pretty soon, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m glad the book holds up as a full length novel.