Review | Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by: Molly Harper

Book: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Date Published: August 25 2009

Summary:

Once a devoted children’s librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she’s now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she’s an eternal bridesmaid — which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read. While Jane is trying to master undead dating, she is also donning the ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in history at her best friend Zeb’s Titanic-themed wedding. Between a freaked-out groom-to-be, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and Zeb’s mother, hell-bent on seeing Jane walk the aisle with Zeb, Jane’s got the feeling she’s just rearranging the proverbial deck chairs.

Meanwhile, Half Moon Hollow’s own Black Widow, Jane’s Grandma Ruthie, has met her match in her latest fiancé. He smells like bad cheese and has a suspicious history of dead spouses. But Jane’s biting her tongue. After all, would a nice girl really think she has a future with a vampire?

Why I read this book:

This is the second book by: Molly Harper in the Nice Girls series. I was intrigued by the first one enough to want to know more.  It was worth my time.

Review/Reaction:

This book deals with the upcoming nuptials of Zen and his werewolf fiancé Jolene.  Every chapter started with an excerpt from Mating Rituals and Love Customs of the Were.  No matter how far I was in I kept expecting Jolene to hijack this story in her POV to tell the significance of those excerpts. Instead we see how it relates to Janes life instead, sometimes though in the content of the upcoming wedding.

This book shows Jane being more assertive.  She knows that something is up with Gabriel and she’s not playing dumb about it. Sure she still wants to ostracize herself about it, but near the end she’s asking the questions that need asking.

Now this book really grew on me in the frustration department.  The way that little old woman manipulate those around them and discount everyone else in favor of their own situation and feelings wanted me to throttle the whole lot of them. I wanted to throttle Mama Ginger for being so damn manipulative and blind.  I wanted to throttle Zeb for not standing up for himself.  I wanted to throttle Jane’s mom for trying not to deal with why the sisters aren’t talking and just trying to brush over it.  I wanted to throttle Jane’s sister for being such a bitch.  Seriously, get over yourself.  And the grandmother and her high expectations and the rules don’t apply to me, deserves the worst of it.  I know those situations were supposed to be funny, and I did get the humor, but they also irritated the crap out of me.  People, take a good look at how you are acting and realize your idiocy because certainly other people see it, and if you saw someone acting like that you would probably look at them in abject horror.  Or maybe not.  Maybe you would applaud them for being such strong individuals because they are willing to do what it takes to manipulate the world to their liking.

There are a lot of really good subplots that the author does an amazing job at juggling.  Things she left dangling in book one get tied up in book two.  Some keep dangling but because she has delivered on tying up the necessary elements I know that in the last book she will tie up the remaining loose threads. Or at least hope that she will. There is a lot to keep a reader interested besides the main story.  And some may complain over that too, that perhaps the story wonders a little.  It’s a bit of a supernatural family feast, and it can be distracting but it was definitely fun.

Final Thoughts:

As a second installment in the series it was very good.  I appreciated all that Molly Harper did, and I look forward to finishing up the third book.  This series is growing on me the more time I spend with these characters.

Rating: 7.5/10 (better than the first book, but not quite an 8)

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