Title: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4)
Author: Molly Harper
Source: Personal Copy (Audible Credits)
Published: February 28th 2012
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of all things marital, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend Gabriel are coming along smoothly. But the road to wedded bliss gets bumpy when a teenage acquaintance is fatally wounded in front of Jane’s shop and she turns him to save his life. The Council pronounces Jane responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.
Jane’s kitchen at River Oaks 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 a war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly,
choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake that she can’t eat seems 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…
Sitting down to write this review, I worried that I didn’t have much more to say about Jane Jameson. By book four, I’m normally worn out of a series, especially the ones that focus on mostly the same thing with no obvious goal in mind. Molly Harper’s Jane series, isn’t that way. As I finished Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, I found myself incredibly bummed that (for now, at least) it is the final Jane book.
I’ve learned that there is two things I can always expect from Molly Harper, her writing is amazing. She has me gripped from page one, laughing all the way through. But also, her narrator? Amanda Ronconi? She is the perfect compliment to Molly’s writing. (In fact? I listen to all of Molly’s books in Audio, then I’ll typically go back and read the paper version later. It just works for me that way – I LOVE the narration.
All of our favorite characters are heavily present in this book, but I’d rather focus on what’s new! Grandma Ruthie has a major role in this, one that I appreciate purely because of my dislike for the woman. (She gets what she’s had coming for a LONG time!!) But more importantly, Jane has a “child” now! (And I absolutely adore that whole story-line!! Every moment of it.) Even better, we finally get to know Ophelia, the creepy and powerful member of the Vampire Council. Dare I say, I actually liked her? Over all, this book was the perfect mix of old and new with the characters.
This book wrapped up the Jane story nice and neat, with a finality that I don’t necessarily like. I love Jane, and am sad that this sounds like the last of her story. Luckily? There is a spin-off, so we don’t have to leave Half-Moon Hollow just yet! (The Care and Feeding of Vampires came out in July!!!)