Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

Publication Date: March 31, 2009
by Pocket Star
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: copy from publisher

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 is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

I would probably give this 3 1/2 stars. It's definitely not the best paranormal I've read, but it was entertaining. The story was pretty predictable, and I wish the main character had been a little bit smarter. The part where she worked as a telemarketer really resonated with me, though. I had a very brief job as a telemarketer, and it was like my own personal hell. With every call, I just prayed that the person would hang up on my quickly. So that part alone raised my enjoyment of the book a few notches.

I'm not warming up to the love story, though, as it feels a little bit abrupt and like there's really no chemistry, it just happened. I've got the whole series lined up on my nightstand to read (I need to review the latest one), so I'm definitely continuing on with it.

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