Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 8 hrs 55 mins
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 31, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
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After really enjoying the Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper, I just had to move on to Half-Moon Hollow!
Iris Scanlon runs her own little business doing daytime work for the local vampires. She does her best to make sure all of her jobs are done by the time these vampires wake up. Unfortunately, there is one job that changes her whole life. She runs into an unconscious client. She’s torn on whether she should take off or help the guy. Iris being Iris, even after a scare, still decides to help this vampire. Even if she has to hide him from everyone, including the Council.
Cal doesn’t know what the hell happened. He arrived in Half-Moon Hollow, made it to his new apartment, and then everything is gone. He finds himself on the floor with a strange woman over him. Cal completely takes over. Poor Iris gets sucked into Cal’s mess despite all of her rules.
I really enjoyed Iris. She has a great sweet tooth with candy hidden everywhere. Some of my favorites too! Her life really gets taken over by this vampire. Trying to keep him hidden from her sister, helping him recover, hiding him from everyone. It is just a whirlwind. It gets hard when she has to start doing something of the investigating herself. She is so totally out of her element.
As the mystery rolls on, we see Iris and Cal develop some kind of relationship. Neither are quite sure what it is at the start and it was fun to watch them try and navigate what was going on.
The Care and Feeding of Strange Vampires was so much fun. We have the mystery that will keep you guessing, with pieces that you never thought were part of the plot. Then we have the tangled relationship Iris and Cal have. All rolled together it made for a really fun, quick ride through Half-Moon Hollow. Where for such a small town, a lot of crazy stuff goes down. I loved Iris’s wit and sarcasm which we find a lot of in Molly Harper’s books. All the characters will make you laugh with their commentary, but Iris especially because it just doesn’t fit her persona. Amanda Ronconi does such a great job bringing all the character’s personalities to light, allowing you to really get the amusement that is supposed to come across. I love her narrations.
Now, I’m really behind in reviews, so be prepared to take a journey down the Half-Moon Hollow world!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Audiobook Challenge