Monday, June 18, 2012

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Nice Girls Don't Live Forever" by Molly Harper


Nice Girls Don't Live Forever by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
(Jane Jameson #3)

Paranormal Romance -- Vampires
For Ages 18+
Pocket Star/Audible--2009/2010
Audiobook, 8 hours and 28 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars



SUMMARY

Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson’s sexy sire, Gabriel, has always been unpredictable. But the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

Now the children’s-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly-renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby . . . or litter. Step Three: Figure out who’s been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is becoming a matter of life and undeath...

MY THOUGHTS

As the third book in the Jane Jameson series, Nice Girls Don't Live Forever dives straight into former librarian turned vampire Jane's life.  On their much anticipated European trip, Jane and her sire/lover Gabriel have had a falling out and now Jane is heading back home.  Throughout the trip, she felt like Gabriel was hiding something from her and, when she discovered some discarded love letters in a trash can, Jane decided she had had enough.

Most of this book deals with Jane's recovery from her fight with Gabriel and her attempts to concentrate on other parts of her supernatural life.  Like the others in the series, Nice Girls Don't Live Forever contains a multitude of entertaining mini-adventures paired with an overarching mystery.  Readers see Jane deal with the re-opening of her inherited occult bookstore, attempts to join the local Chamber of Commerce, the meddling of her always annoying family, and the impending birth of her best friend Zeb's baby...or babies.  Jane also has to try to solve the mystery of who her mysterious stalker is and how they are connected to Gabriel.

As always, each of these plot lines is narrated with Jane's signature sarcasm and outlandish outlook on the world.  I really admire this trait in Harper's writing especially with how she is able to take the most mundane events and turn them into crazy, entertaining adventures.  Also, the cast of this series continues to add so much life to the story.  I especially loved the interactions that Jane has with her vampire friend Dick and his new girlfriend, and former blood surrogate, Andrea.  I will warn fans of the series that there is not too much Gabriel in this book due to the fight and the stalker mystery.  But, readers still get the hints of romance with him and Jane which are always so sweet.

With this installment, the Jane Jameson series has officially become one of my favorites!  Everything about it works for me from the humor to the characters to the romance.  Molly Harper has become an auto-buy author for sure! 


SERIES INFORMATION

Jane Jameson
1. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
2. Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men
3. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever
4. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors

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