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April 11th, 2012

Book Review 208: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

Nice girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson #4)
Author: Molly Harper
Paperback: 337 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (February 28, 2012)
Full Disclosure:  Received from publisher for review

Whats it About According to GoodReads:

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…

What I Thought: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the Jane Jameson series is a series that will make you laugh so hard that it hurts, and then make you feel so sad that you’re crying into a handkerchief wondering where it all went wrong.

I was over the moon excited when I found out that there would be another Jane book, and then when the chance to review it landed in my lap I lept on it with a hell yes! I couldn’t wait to see what happened with Jane and her crew of misfits. And let me tell you Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors did not disappoint.

Jane’s life has finally settled down. She’s got her bookstore, her great group of friends, a fiance and a new childe. Yup, you read that right. In what appears to be hit and run, Jane is presented with the choice to either let a local teenager die, or give him the wonderful gift of unlife.

You would think that would be enough for poor Jane, but nope. Tack onto all of her problems the fact that someone is trying to kill Gabriel and is using her to do it, and you’ve got enough stress to make someone go insane. However in typical Jane fashion she seems to handle everything with a bit of snark and a prayer.

I think the best part was the helpful childe rearing tips that appeared at the start of the chapters, they were really funny and just kind of helped set the tone for each chapter.

As with the rest of the series there was some things that were predictable but honestly nothing that took away from the story and there was enough going on in the background of the story that there could easily be another book in this series. Or even a spinoff of this series because even though Jane and Gabriel get their happy ever after there’s still enough emotional baggage with the secondary characters that I feel could still be explored.

Do I Recommend: Yes, plop yourself down with a nice cold beverage and dive right in. I would suggest reading the other books in this series first for all of the good background details, but I don’t think if you picked this one up you’d be too terribly lost.

Other Books in this Series:
Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

 

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