Sunday, November 1, 2009
Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Star Books Paranormal Romance
Copyright Date: 2009
Print Date: September 2009
Series: 2nd in the Jane Jameson series. The 1st book is Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. The 3rd book, Nice Girls Don't Live Forever should be out January 2010.
Book Description (from back cover):
Forever a Bridesmaid, Never an Undead Bride
Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid — which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read. While Jane is trying to master undead dating, she is also donning the ugliest bridesmaid's dress in history at her best friend Zeb's Titanic-themed wedding. Between a freaked-out groom-to-be, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and Zeb's mother, hell-bent on seeing Jane walk the aisle with Zeb, Jane's got the feeling she's just rearranging the proverbial deck chairs.
Meanwhile, Half Moon Hollow's own Black Widow, Jane's Grandma Ruthie, has met her match in her latest fiancé. He smells like bad cheese and has a suspicious history of dead spouses. But Jane's biting her tongue. After all, would a nice girl really think she has a future with a vampire?
I ended up requesting the local library buy this (which makes me its first reader!). I really need to find out if there's a limit to how many I can request because oh what fun I could have.
Anyway, I enjoyed it. I like (most of) the characters — Jane, Gabriel, Dick, Mr. Wainwright... It was frustrating knowing there was more going on with Zeb that Jane (and others) weren't paying enough attention to notice sooner, but then Jane was distracted with other things.
Like being a bridesmaid and all the efforts that entails, complete with counseling, mediator, and horrible dress. (I'm so grateful that my sister's wedding was small, and the only limitations about the dress was it had to be pink — which is one of my least liked colors, but looks fairly good on me.) Or handling more family drama. Speaking of which, it was nice to see Jane's mother in a better light.
I'm still waiting to know what's going on with Gabriel (I'd better get answers come January), but otherwise found this a satisfying and fun romance.