Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson book 4)
By Molly Harper
Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of all things marital, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend Gabriel are coming along smoothly. But the road to wedded bliss gets bumpy when a teenage acquaintance is fatally wounded in front of Jane’s shop and she turns him to save his life. The Council pronounces Jane responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.
Jane’s kitchen at River Oaks barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. As if keeping her hyperactive childe from sucking the blood out of the entire neighborhood isn’t enough to deal with, the persnickety ghost of Jane’s newly deceased Grandma Ruthie has declared a war on the fanged residents of River Oaks. Suddenly,
choosing monogrammed cocktail napkins and a cake that she can’t eat seems downright relaxing in comparison.
Tensions inside the house are growing…and outside, a sinister force is aiming a stake straight for the center of Gabriel’s heart. Most brides just have to worry about choosing the right dress, but Jane fears that at this rate, she’ll never make it down the aisle for the wedding all nice girls dream of…
What a delight is was to return to Jane Jameson's world at the Hollow and River Oaks.
I was just introduced to Molly Harper's "Nice Girls" series this year so my wait for book 4 wasn't all that long...thankfully. Regardless, it was worth the wait. So many fun and wacky cool things happened in this book that I don't know where to start. Okay I can't hold this news in; Gabriel and Jane get married!! *throws flower pedals*
This is one of those book reviews that I simply want to say how much I loved the book and end it at that. With the exception of the obvious wedding, I don't want to give away any spoilers.
Jane's witty and humourous personality blazed all through Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbours. Page for page the book held my smile. I love that Molly Harper didn't decide to draw out Jane and Gabriel's dating life over a dozen books and just gave the fans what they craved. I know some great stories can come from them being a married couple and I hope Molly Harper continues with more of the series.
The characters really drive these "Nice Girls" stories and book 4 happily included all the friends that we have come to love. We even get introduced to a few new ones that perked my interest. It seems that River Oaks inherits a new teenage resident, Jamie. We were briefly introduced to Jamie in a previous book and in this book 4, Jane needs to turn the teen into a vampire in order to save him. Jamie becomes Jane's childe (I need to figure out how to say that word) and it makes for an interesting story line that comes across as giving birth to a teenager. As Jamie becomes Jane's full responsibility, I grew to really like their relationship. It added a great maternal element to Jane and it suited her. I also adored all the tense moments and then the fatherly type of relationship Gabriel had with the testing teen. Jamie opens the door for some potentially funny family dynamic future stories.
Even though Jamie is a teen in his last year of school, I felt he was pretty mature for his age. Considering he was disowned by real parents for now being a vampire, he seemed to hold it together really well. I was actually a bit surprised on how well he was holding up considering he was brought up in a really close family. I was really frowning on the treatment he received from his mom and dad. I also gathered that he is really good looking and was popular at school so I was curious why he wasn't trying to seek out some of his buddies. At that age, friends are everything. Lots of story still to be told there for sure.
Throughout the planning stages of the wedding Jane is stressing out about her mom, her newly formed relationship with her sister, her newly dead relationship with her wicked grandmother, siring Jamie and oh yes of course, someone trying to kill either Jane or Gabriel. So a typical time at River Oaks. I loved reading every moment and every sarcastic funny conversation. So worth the read.
You could read Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors as a stand alone but I would not recommend missing out on all the fun it took to get to book 4.
Teaser: swoon worthy proposal, poison arrow that can hurt vampires, wicked Grandmother, touching father/daughter moment