Friday, January 6, 2012

Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper

Jane Jameson's book 2

Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men

by Molly Harper

Book Blurb: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?

I really enjoyed the pop culture reference lovin Jane Jameson in Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. I preferred this book two over the first book, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. This book was toned down comedy wise compared to book 1 and I found the humour to be less forced and more natural. Jane Jameson has some great lines. I was at work when I read these lines in the lunch room and I was giggling like crazy. 

Fortunately, among werewolf women, the word "bitch" is not offensive. I was having a lot of fun with that. 
     "Hey there bitches!" I called as I came through the door. "What are my favorite bitches up to today?"
     The only response was a chorus of unenthusiastic, drawled "Hi"s" and "Hey's"

In my review of the first book, I made a mention of how Jane didn't seem to really put much thought into her being a vampire and the repercussions of her new life. I found that a lot of those issues I had previously disappeared with Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. She had an eye opening epiphany when she babysat an infant for a few hours so I feel she firmly came to terms with the no child bearing issue and comfortably resolved that. I also felt she made a lot of headway with her family. I liked her new backbone and how her sister is set up to be a villain. Jane's mom could be so many moms I know. She is perfectly written and I actually like their mom/daughter dynamic. 

Jane has accumulated a great new set of friends while still remaining close with her lifelong best friend, Zeb. I liked the various sub stories going on in the book with the secondary characters and the few mysteries popping up. Some of which are unresolved so it's a great catch for readers to move on to the next book, Nice Girls Don't Live Forever

Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men was still really light on the romance but that isn't a complaint. Jane and Gabriel are definitely in a relationship (albeit not a steaming one) but they are in a very believable relationship where they don't spend 24/7 with each other or heavily rely on each other every waking moment. In fact, Gabriel is obviously doing something secretive behind Jane's back and I hope that secret is revealed in book 3, Nice Girls Don't Live Forever. I am strongly confident that it is not cheating with another woman however it does make me curious.  

All in all, Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men was a great read that had some really great scenes. I love the secondary cast and the over feel of the story. I am eager to move to book 3. 

Teasers: Unicorn secret revealed, monetary winfall, Dick's Vampire ability is awesome, a wedding of Titanic proportions

1 comment:

Julie said...

Dick is amazing. (Yeah...if someone didn't know I was talking about a character in this book, that could be totally taken out of context...;) And I agree with the comedy being toned down and Jane growing. I really like your review for this one. :)