Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson #4) by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket/Feb. 2012
Jane Jameson series
Kind thanks to Pocket for providing a review copy
Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.
Jane’s kitchen barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. As if keeping her hyperactive childe from sucking the blood out of the entire neighborhood isn’t enough to deal with, the persnickety ghost of Jane’s newly deceased grandma Ruthie has declared war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake she can’t even eat seem downright relaxing in comparison.
Tensions inside the house are growing…and outside, a sinister force is aiming a stake straight for the center of Gabriel’s heart. Most brides just have to worry about choosing the right dress, but Jane fears that at this rate, she’ll never make it down the aisle for the wedding all nice girls dream of…
REVIEW (This is #4, and while there aren’t any spoilers, if you haven’t started the series, you can check out my review of Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs)
This review will be short and sweet, but that’s only because it’s #4 in the series, and I loved it just as much as the previous 3! Jane is settling into life with her vampire boyfriend Gabriel at her ancestral home, River Oaks. Things are good for Jane, but of course, if you’re familiar with this series, you know that Jane can’t stay out of trouble for very long. There’s a wedding on the horizon, and of course Jane isn’t expected to get through it without being set on fire, targeted for death, or similar disaster. True to form, Gabriel is attacked, Jane’s Grandma Ruthie is haunting River Oaks, Jane has a new vampire childe to take care of, and a wedding to plan (bring on the taffeta revenge!) All in all, it’s business as usual in Half-Moon Hollow.
I love this series, and the laughs come often in this installment. Reading these books is very similar to literary comfort food. I’m always happy to spend lots of time with Jane, Gabriel, and the gang at River Oaks. Molly Harper is wonderful at writing about the foibles of family (even of the non-blood related type), the pitfalls of being undead in a small town (where everyone knows your business), and always infuses these books with a healthy helping of heart and plenty of romance. Fans of Stephanie Plum will eat this series up, and of course, I highly recommend it!