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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires | [Molly Harper]

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

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.
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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 and romance - in the form of her very own stray vampire.

©2012 Molly Harper White (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Anastasia Colchester, United Kingdom 04/08/2012
    Anastasia Colchester, United Kingdom 04/08/2012
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    "Points for hottie bad guy!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with Molly Harper's latest, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
    I've read all her work (and I love Amanda Ronconi as her narrator) but generally felt that all her main characters across different books were largely the same. I had expected this book to be the same as the last one, Driving Mr Dead, since the premise is very similar, and was delighted to see that it was not only different, but also much more substantial, with well thought-out and fleshed out characters.

    As per usual, the main point of the book is humour and romance, and the plot isn't that thrilling if you're not into botany but mostly serves as a mechanism to facilitate trials and opportunities for the romance to develop. At times the humour seems like an unrealistic reaction and detracts from a sense of peril, but since I don't think this is a genre of books which is supposed to be taken very seriously, it didn't ruin my experience.
    The story progresses at a good pace and kept me interested all the way through.

    The highpoint of the book for me was the sexy-evil-bad-guy scenes, even though I'm probably not supposed to cheer for him.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    leanne Florida,USA 30/08/2012
    leanne Florida,USA 30/08/2012 Listener Since 2010

    I do like kick butt chick vampire slayers

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    "Molly Harper does it again"

    Loved, loved , loved this book. Molly Harpers books hit the perfect note in me. There is romance without all that over thye top slushey stuff and copious amounts of laugh out loud moments written beautifully and delivered to perfection by Amanda Ronconi.
    I have read everything thing Molly has written and loved them all

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Edinburgh, United Kingdom 10/03/2014
    Joanna Edinburgh, United Kingdom 10/03/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny, great story and excellent narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires again? Why?

    Yes, I would be happy to listen to this book again in future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have listened to all of the Jane Jameson books and I really enjoy Half Moon Hollow and it's supernatural population so was keen to learn more about some other residents of the Hollow. As always the female characters were strong, independent and feisty, while the vampires struck the balance of tough and flawed and as usual, the romantic hero was a very attractive character.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Amanda is a great narrator and perfect for Molly Harper's books. Her characterisation is great, everyone has a unique voice and delivery that suits their character perfectly. Her pace is spot on - not too fast and not too slow - and her inflection is great.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of parts of the book made me laugh, Molly Harper's writing is witty and very clever.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Molly Harper characterises her vampires as flawed but in a funny way, not in the tortured, brooding way some other vampire series have gone for. She really brings a smal, southern American town to life without being derogatory and you really get a feel for the quirks and foibles of southern traditions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Malone Sussex 20/03/2014
    B. Malone Sussex 20/03/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny book keeps you entertained."
    Where does The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Light and interesting story and a little different. So an enjoyable story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's just something different. The thought of someone having a business providing day time services to vampires seems a great idea.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    That's a hard question as I enjoyed it all. The interactions between Iris and her younger sister were good fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes found it very compelling to know what happened next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Sussex 05/02/2014
    Helen Sussex 05/02/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "funny lighthearted story"
    If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

    I really loved her werewolf series set in alaska and they were much more chuckle worthy than this so I liked them slightly more. I plan on reading or listening to as many of her books as possible though. th


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    yes although one of the ones she narrates for molly harper she puts on an astoundingly terrible Irish accent, that is one to avoid if your Irish or british or just know and care what an Irish person should sound like. (its a bit like sean connery playing a spannish dude and and christopher lambert playing a scottish one in highlander lol)


    Was The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires worth the listening time?

    yes and im sure i will listen to it again at some point.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suej UK 26/01/2014
    Suej UK 26/01/2014
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    "Fun"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd listened to a Molly Harper previously and loved it so I thought I'd try another. The narration was excellent and really the best thing about it. The story was very similar to the last one and it is clear the author doesn't stray too far from the formula. That said it was entertaining and got a lot better as the story developed, very funny towards the end.


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    Kirsty Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Kirsty Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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    "The care and feeding of stray vampires"

    This book had me snared from the beginning,

    I love how the writer showed a good sense of humour.

    I would 100% reccomend this to anyone as a good read.

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    Amazon Customer Wales 03/02/2013
    Amazon Customer Wales 03/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Laugh out loud"

    What a talent! The subject of vampires is so popular now that it must be almost impossible to get a new angle but Molly Harper has managed it beautifully - brilliant witty dialogue and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion - not just between the heroine and hero but also the other characters in the book - excellent narration too - very refreshing and easy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Praha, Czech Republic 28/12/2012
    "unknown" Praha, Czech Republic 28/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Very pleasant surprise"

    I really loved the book. I was searching for some light novel to doze off with and expected something Anita-Blake style but although it's obvious the author knows the work of L. K. Hamilton, I have found this book much more enjoyable than later books in the A.B. series. The amount of suspense and romance is balanced just right to keep you listening and enjoying every minute. Also, the narrator has done a great job. I liked her representation of various characters and her pronunciation was perfectly understandable which is something I as a non-native speaker highly appreciate. A lovely story in a lovely form.

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    Amber SALISBURY, United Kingdom 01/12/2012
    Amber SALISBURY, United Kingdom 01/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Was laughing and grinning all through this book!"

    This book is absolutely fantastic! Iris really is a relatable female character, and I was oh so thankfull that she is sensible, cares for other then herself and yet can also be fiery and flipping hilarious! Unlike twilight.

    And Cal, the male vampire, is damned sexy but so much more mature and yet portrays someone who has lived for thousands of years in a realistic way.

    I would recommend this to anyone who loves vampire books but is also looking for a female lead character that isn't a silly teenage girl who just wants what she wants without actually thinking about real life implications.

    The two adult scenes were damned hot too! ;D

    Best I've read so far!!

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  • yasmine32068
    Jacksonville, FL, United States
    01/08/12
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    "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    Any additional comments?

    Once again this audiobook should come with disclaimers about NOT eating or drinking while listening!

    As always Molly Harper brings her razor sharp wit and sense of humor to her stories. With the help of Amanda Ronconi the voices of Iris, Cal, and Gigi come blasting into life!

    Since I hate reviews that give too much away as far as the plot goes, I will say that having familiar Half Moon Hollow characters making guest appearances was like coming home!

    I wish Molly Harper would write more for Iris and Cal because I could see some amazing adventures with these guys!

    43 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Cantonment, FL, United States
    01/08/12
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    "The Dynamic Duo Strikes Again!"
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    The best team in Audio make for another terrific adventure. Molly Harper has by far the best sense of humor and Amanda Ronconi brings it to life. This has become one of my favorites from this author. It is more detailed and descriptive than the Werewolf series (although I love them too!) with the same sarcastic sense of humor as the Naked series.

    I love all her books and hope she writes many, many more while teamed with the best narrator in the business. I promise anyone with a sense of humor will love any of Molly's books. They are my favorite!

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Turmenne
    PEABODY, MA, United States
    01/08/12
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    "I Love Molly Harper!"
    What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    I love Harper's writing it sounds like me and my friends hanging out if Vampires were real of course. I love the banter between her characters and all the snark.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing with her voice changes for each character and her line delivery is fantastic. The combination between Harper's humor and Ronconi's delivery has me laughing out loud on the train which can be a little embarrassing but worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend all of Molly Harper's books I must say and this one is right up there with the rest of them.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • CAROLYN
    newark, New Jersey, United States
    23/08/12
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    "GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY !!!"

    You just have to look at the ratings for this audiobook to see how brilliant, funny, sexy and utterly charming this listen is. Then you have the pairing of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi which is synergy at its best.

    Worth of credit? Definitely, totally, unconditionally and categorically YES.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • LoveRomanceTales
    United States
    03/08/12
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    "Vampire+Mystery+Spunky Female=A Delight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story is outstanding the characters have a pulse or not but you care for them none the less. I must admit I didn't see some of the plot points coming. This makes the listen all the more enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wittiness of Iris. There is just something about the skill in which Molly Harper invests into her female protagonists. They have heart, spunk, ingenuity and resourcefulness that tells me that if I had the opportunity to meet any of these wonderful woman including Iris, we would be instant friends.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda allows her voice to more than speak the words. She brings passion, mystery and sometimes just plain silliness that I adore. I have loved every last one of her portrayals in Molly Harper's books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not every day sucks!


    Any additional comments?

    If you find this book enjoyable than I would recommend all of the Harper books in the Nice Girls Don't series and Driving Mr. Dead. Ms. Ronconi brings life to the delightful words that Ms. Harper has penned with grace and finesse.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • NDiaye
    barberville, FL, United States
    02/08/12
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    "Molly Harper and Amanda, a fanatstic duo"

    I have listened to all the books written by Molly and i love them all. Her books will have you laughing out loud on a bus /train. The fact that she is able to seamlessly tie all the characters together is fantastic. Great Job Molly I hope that this series continues

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Oakley, KS, United States
    04/08/12
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    "Spin off but just as funny as Molly's other books."
    What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    The story was a typical interesting story plot, but it was made great by the author's sence of humor and the narrator's ability to make it sound funny too. I love to laugh during a book, my day can lack humor so I need to have a release and feel the laughter bubble out of me.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love, love, love Amanda. I was glad she was brought back for this book. She has the voice that can make a statement funny. Wonderful narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    For those who want more about the book itself...
    This is the story of Jane's wedding organizer. She runs a day service for the undead and is hired to hide her client for a time so he doesn't become perminately dead.

    They get to know each other and live happily ever after.

    There is a lot more to the plot and it is hilarious at times, crushing at times, and down right fun read. If you want a light read for the enjoyment of reading something give it a try. If you like Molly's other books you'll like this one too. Happy listening!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Donna Thomas
    Memphis, TN
    07/08/12
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    "Enjoyed It--Funny"

    I am anxiously awaiting the next Molly Harper book. I don't believe in all these vampires, either in the the book or in all the movies, but this book was down right funny. And Amanda Ronconi makes it even funnier. I broke out laughing more than one time.

    I tried to figure out who would be the next character for the next book, but could not. Keep them coming MH.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Rio Oso, CA, United States
    01/08/12
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    "Cute romance with some laughs"

    This was a very enjoyable listen. The short quips and jests that the main characters traded with one another were quite amusing and made me smile and at times laugh out loud. It has a cute love story and I would probably listen to it again when I feel the need for a little light-hearted romance.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Leesa
    Smalltown,AL
    31/12/12
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    "Witty, Charming and I Love Love Love It!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires the most enjoyable?

    It reeked with quick witty remarks, Iris is FULL of personality!! Molly Harper is now added to one of my favorite authors. Also I love Amanda Ronconi's narration skills.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    I totally enjoy her tone of voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I snickered all through it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the credit or just buy it!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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