Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Driving Mr. Dead (audiobook) by Molly Harper

Title:  Driving Mr. Dead
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: A
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi 

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Half Moon Hollow #.5
Main Characters: Miranda and Collin
Release Date: December 2011
Publisher: Audible
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Story Overview:


After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service.

Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Council official Ophelia Lambert.

Collin, a paranoid, aristocratic vampire with a debilitating fear of flying, refuses to let the case out of his sight. Miranda needs this time on the road to decide whether to permanently cut her ties with the fiance that had an "emotional affair" with a childhood pal, but Collin’s neatnik tendencies are driving her around the bend. The man acts as if leaving a fast food wrapped on the passenger seat is reason for a full-on CDC de-contamination scrub-down of the car. All she can do is promise to stop intentionally doing the things that make his stiff upper lip twitch with irritation.

As more and more mishaps occur on the road trip from hell, Miranda and Collin work together to meet his delivery deadline. Hotel rooms are destroyed. Beloved cars are defiled. And somewhere along the line, client-driver hostilities become snarky flirtation.

Will Collin and Miranda make it to the Hollow in one piece? And if they do, will Miranda leave old, safe relationships behind for something new and well, just plain weird?

My Review:

Overall... 4.75 star
Performance....  5 star
Story... 4.75 star

Loved, loved, loved this book. It should be noted that I listened to this audiobook on a road trip to my teenage son's new college, so he had to listen to it, too. He also LOVED the the point that I have the first full-length book in the series on audio too and he immediately told me to start it when this one ended. 

There is never a greater odd-couple than Miranda and Collin. Seriously, if something bad is going to happen, Miranda is going to be right in the center of it....and it is going to be big, and destructive, and completely unexpected. Collin is extremely regimented to the point of being completely anal retentive and OCD. He does not deal with chaos the point that he hasn't left his house in 65 years. He's a recluse and as such doesn't have great people skills. Miranda never met anyone she doesn't like, except maybe Collin. She's perpetually optimistic. He's not and at first they clash on every level possible, but then they begin to get to know each other and the magic begins to happen. 

Truly I loved this book. I can't tell you how many times we both were laughing out loud. My son was exhausted and kept trying to go to sleep, but couldn't when the audio was playing because the story was so riveting and entertaining.

The narrator on this was incredible too!! Her accents were spot on and never once did they slip. Even if I didn't know who was talking because of the text, her inflections were perfect and so distinct for each character that there was never a question. 

I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook. It's nice because the book is officially a novella so the audio runs just a bit over 5 hours...PERFECT for a road trip. If you were ever considering breaking into listening to audio books, this would be a good one to start with!


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Amanda is a great narrator and this whole series is done really well by her :)

Patricia Eimer said...

I'm not normally a m/m fan but this sounds good.