Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket/March 2009
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children’s librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that’s sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane Jameson has just been fired from her job as a children’s librarian and handed a gift card to Shenanigan’s (beer and flair!) for her severance. If that isn’t insulting enough, her car breaks down after her Shenanigan’s bender (don’t worry, she sobered up before driving), and while walking home, she trips and falls in a ditch, is mistaken for a deer, and shot by a drunk hunter (you’ve got to love that). Luckily, the tall, dark, and handsome stranger that talked her up in the bar decides to follow her home. Turns out this hottie is a vampire, and he turns Jane in order to save her life. So now, losing her job isn’t her biggest problem. Now Jane is a vamp, a fact that she’s eventually going to have to explain to her nosy family, and in a small town like Half Moon Hollow, her secret is bound to come out sooner or later. Then there’s that vamp that attacks her and ends up dead. The Council is blaming Jane, and if she doesn’t find out who the culprit is, she may be dead for good.
I LOVED this book, just flat out loved it. Jane reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum with fangs, and her insecurity and little quirks make her one of the most lovable vamps you’ll come across in paranormal romance/UF today. She shares a rambling, very old farmhouse with her Aunt Lettie (who’s dead, by the way), has a best friend who’s a guy (and who the author compared to Steve Zahn, which I loved), a car she calls Big Bertha (held together by duct tape and a prayer),and is quite inexperienced in the sexy times department. Not to worry, though! That’s where her sire, Gabriel Nightengale, comes in. He’s old fashioned, kinda stuffy in a charming way, and totally smitten with Jane. He’s charmed by her sarcastic mouth and innocence, and will do anything to protect her. While the romance is certainly a major theme here, the author builds tension between the two like nothing else, and trust me, you’ll be rooting for them to “get it on already!!”. Well, at least, I was. They keep getting interrupted by the unfortunate goings on in Jane’s newly undead life. The harassment is escalating, she desperately needs a job, her best friend is acting strange, and dealing with her family is a constant worry. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from The Guide for the Newly Undead, and made me laugh (and snort) more than once. In fact, the whole book made me laugh, and I zipped through it in no time. I can’t wait to dive into the next Jane adventure, and suspect I’ll be reading the next 3 right after another. If you love quirky characters, witty writing, and a fun, supernatural filled world you can sink your teeth into, this series is for you!