Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

Title:  The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Half Moon Hollow #1
Main Characters: Iris and Cal
Release Date: July 2012
Publisher: Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Molly Harper sense of humor as well as a suspense story line? This was a good combination! 

This book was interesting because you got a better in depth viewpoint of many of the characters that we met in Driving Mr. Dead....little details like the fact that Iris is young. I pictured her as middle-aged before this book and I sure wasn't picturing the head of the Vampire Council as a vampire in a 16 year old's body. I had to readjust my viewpoint of several of the characters.

This book was about Iris who runs the Vampire concierge service, but she works diligently to make sure she never has to interact with the vampires. She has no desire to put her life at risk that way. That policy gets blown out of the water when she finds Cal, poisoned and weakened and needing a safe place to hide from whoever is trying to kill him. He bribes Iris with an obscene amount of money to provide that place. Not only is Iris concerned with her own safety, but she's raising her younger sister, GiGi, who's only seventeen. 

Every character in this book was great. I really enjoyed Cal and Iris. Cal is weakened by the poison through much of the book and I love that Iris can't resist helping him. She's just a kind-hearted person. But I think that the relationship between GiGi and Iris was my favorite. Their parents died when GiGi was twelve so Iris has basically raised her. They have a great relationship...part parent/child, but there was still the heavy influence of the friendship that sisters have. Molly Harper achieved a great balance in their relationship that I really enjoyed. I also loved it when Cal and GiGi began to interact and how incredibly  protective he was of her. When he's threatening honestly is one of the best scenes in the book....and there truly were a LOT of good scenes.

I enjoyed this book and am loving this new series. It's definitely a winner in my book. Part snark, tons of fun, paired up with sexy, brooding heroes and very real heroines. I heartily approve!

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