Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

Title: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow #2)
Author: Molly Harper
Source: Self Purchase
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (336pgs)
Published by Pocket Books

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship—and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity.

Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.

I want to start off by saying that I am utterly destroyed to have given a Molly Harper book a 3 star review. Not that three stars is a bad thing, it's just that I'm usually a raving fan-girl filled with *OMG's*,  *LOL's* and other adolescent acronyms.  Alas, I just wasn't feeling this one :(

It started off cute enough with Iris, Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky's resident day walker aka day-time gopher for vampires. After her parent's sudden passing she was thrust into the position of guardian to her teenage sister. With little use of her degree in botany in backwoods Kentucky she starts up her vampire concierge business.  
While dropping off her standard new-client contract at Cal's home she stumbles, literally, upon an injured, and immobilized Cal Calix .  Although, weary of welcoming an injured vampire into her home Iris is coaxed (by a lot of monetary reimbursement) to heal and home the stray vamp. Along the way it is revealed that Cal is working on top secret vamp-council business having to do with a deadly compound that's been discovered in bagged blood.  His job is to discover who is tampering with the blood and put a stop to it.  Because of his poisoning Cal is suspicious of the Council and hides away in Iris' home until all can be discovered.  Along the way a partnership forms between the two and emotions blossom.  But with a murderer on the loose no one is safe.
The premise was cute enough.  Lonely single-guardian parent-type chick hooks up with hot slightly brooding- type vampire to solve a mystery and save the day.  Unfortunately I got lost along the way amongst a heck of a lot of plant talk (I don't garden, if it involves dirt you won't see me around) and a relationship I just wasn't feeling.  Sure, Cal and Iris had some crazy, hot, dirty, sexin, but when the 'I love you's' starting to fly I just wasn't believing it.  I know, it's a romance book, and usually I would agree that 'insta-love' is to be forgiven, but I've been spoiled with Harper's previous books and just wasn't feeling it.
Thankfully Harper's sense of humor didn't let me down and I was still laughing my butt off throughout the day.  So, I will still recommend The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires because in the world of Paranormal Romance Harper is still at the top of my list.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful review. I have yet to read this one but it does sound like a book I'll enjoy reading. I like her books and am looking forward to it.


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