After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service. Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Council official Ophelia Lambert.
Collin, a paranoid, aristocratic vampire with a debilitating fear of flying, refuses to let the case out of his sight. Miranda needs this time on the road to decide whether to permanently cut her ties with the fiance that had an "emotional affair" with a childhood pal, but Collin’s neatnik tendencies are driving her around the bend. The man acts as if leaving a fast food wrapped on the passenger seat is reason for a full-on CDC de-contamination scrub-down of the car. All she can do is promise to stop intentionally doing the things that make his stiff upper lip twitch with irritation.
As more and more mishaps occur on the road trip from hell, Miranda and Collin work together to meet his delivery deadline. Hotel rooms are destroyed. Beloved cars are defiled. And somewhere along the line, client-driver hostilities become snarky flirtation. Will Collin and Miranda make it to the Hollow in one piece? And if they do, will Miranda leave old, safe relationships behind for something new and well, just plain weird?
I should start this review by admitting that I am a certified Molly Harper fangirl! I just discovered her hilarious brand of paranormal romance earlier this year and have read almost everything she's written. I will say that, even with all the expectations I had, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this book and its characters. There are quite a few things I expect when I read a Molly Harper book and Driving Mr. Dead went above and beyond on almost all accounts!
The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Harper's writing is a plucky, often hapless heroine who is thrown into an unusual situation and deals with in very comical ways. For this book, Miranda Puckett is our lucky lady. She is an impulsive woman who seems to have had almost every job one can think of. Her current position is as a chauffeur for a vampire concierge service and her main mission is to safely transport vampires from one place to another with the help of some nifty protective measures on her car, the Batmobile.
I really liked Miranda's personality and determination. She has had to go through some difficult situations in her life and in this book yet she seems to take things in stride, for the most part. I thought the subplot of her dealing with her possibly wrecked engagement to be really poignant especially when she muses over how much she changed herself for the guy. It was really nice to see her find someone who appreciated all the crazy, wonderful things about her.
Collin was a very unique hero especially for a vampire. He is old (in years, not looks) and pretty stodgy at the beginning. There are some obvious OCD tendancies in his personality which I thought was a fun twist on the "normal" paranormal hero. Collin has real reasons for his hermit-like existence, but I won't go further into those in an effort to avoid spoilers. As a character, I thought he showed alot of growth in a few pages as he learned how to relax and enjoy his immortal life.
Collin and Miranda were a hilarious couple. They went through absolutely everything on this road trip and learned to lean on each other in order to get through it. It was really sweet to watch their interactions transform from irritation to attraction over the course of the book. Plus, like any good Harper book, there was plenty of spicy, funny sex.
All in all, I really liked this slightly shorter than normal book from one of my favorite authors. I should also add that some of my favorite parts also included a few quick appearances from the old Jane Jameson gang. Dick Cheney FTW! If you are a fan of Harper's writing or just funny paranormal romance, I highly recommend this book.
Favorite Quote: Did they make Adam's apple porn? Was that a thing? Would I be scarred for life if I Googled it? And if I couldnt find any pictures, could I take my own?
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