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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow series) by [Harper, Molly]
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Editorial Reviews


”Harper is simply fantastic.”
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“HILARIOUS.”—Publishers Weekly

“A chuckle-inducing, southern-fried version of Stephanie Plum.”

About the Author

Molly Harper is the author of the popular series of paranormal romances set in the small Kentucky town of Half-Moon Hollow. She also writes the Bluegrass series of contemporary ebook romances, most recently Snow Falling on Bluegrass. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Kentucky with her family. Visit her on the web at

Product Details

  • File Size: 3131 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (July 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BPD2NE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sandy S. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF STRAY VAMPIRES is the new (August 2012) release and spin-off from Molly Harper's Jane Jameson Nice Girls series. I was introduced to the writings of Molly Harper through her Naked Werewolf series and thought I would give Jane Jameson a try. I must say the humor and comedic writings with which Molly weaves her storylines had me giggling and laughing.

Iris Scanlon, our heroine, is a take-charge young woman, raising her teen-age sister in a world where vampires and humans co-exist since the Great Coming Out of 1999- although not always a happy co-existence. Keeping food on the table and a roof over their heads in the fictional town of Half Moon Hollow, Iris owns a business (Beeline) that caters to humans and vampires-part events coordinator, part concierge services, and part personal organizer. As a "daywalker" she is a Daytime Vampire Concierge-doing special services for her undead clients who would otherwise be `indisposed'. But her most recent trip to a new client's temporary home would find Iris sprawled on the floor trying to save the `life' of a `poisoned' vampire.

Cletus (Cal) Calix is an ancient vampire with ties to the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead. In the town of Half Moon Hollow to investigate a series of unprovoked and vicious attacks by vampires against humans, Cal finds he is the victim of a potentially deadly poisoning and in the care of a very human female who has no desire to become friends, which suits Cal. Weak and barely able to stand Cal will find himself attracted to the spunky female and protective of her younger sister Gigi.
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I want to start off by saying that I am utterly destroyed to have given a Molly Harper book a 3 star review. Not that three stars is a bad thing, it's just that I'm usually a raving fan-girl filled with *OMG's*, *LOL's* and other adolescent acronyms. Alas, I just wasn't feeling this one :(

It started off cute enough with Iris, Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky's resident day walker aka day-time gopher for vampires. After her parent's sudden passing she was thrust into the position of guardian to her teenage sister. With little use of her degree in botany in backwoods Kentucky she starts up her vampire concierge business.

While dropping off her standard new-client contract at Cal's home she stumbles, literally, upon an injured, and immobilized Cal Calix . Although, weary of welcoming an injured vampire into her home Iris is coaxed (by a lot of monetary reimbursement) to heal and home the stray vamp. Along the way it is revealed that Cal is working on top secret vamp-council business having to do with a deadly compound that's been discovered in bagged blood. His job is to discover who is tampering with the blood and put a stop to it. Because of his poisoning Cal is suspicious of the Council and hides away in Iris' home until all can be discovered. Along the way a partnership forms between the two and emotions blossom. But with a murderer on the loose no one is safe.

The premise was cute enough. Lonely single-guardian parent-type chick hooks up with hot slightly brooding- type vampire to solve a mystery and save the day. Unfortunately I got lost along the way amongst a heck of a lot of plant talk (I don't garden, if it involves dirt you won't see me around) and a relationship I just wasn't feeling.
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So I have to say that this is so far my least favorite read from Molly Harper. Does that make it a bad read? No, not at all. I just didn't feel super compelled to read this book. Usually when I really like a book, I look for reasons and get creative in order to read. IE. Telling my husband that I have to wash my hair when really I just want to sit in the bathroom away from the baby and read. Haha. I didn't feel the compulsion to hide away some where and get totally invested in this book.

The Good:

Iris and Cal are likable enough. I don't have a problem with with of them. Are they memorable? Will they go down as in my top 20 favorite couples? Naaaaaah. But they were cool for one another. And they made the story flow well. Grumpy vamp + uptight spinster = two lonely people getting it on! Oh yeah!

The Bad:

I'm starting to wonder if I prefer to listen to Molly Harper's stories rather than read them. I'm also starting to wonder if first person is the smartest way to tell these stories. Obviously first person accounts are pretty lopsided but they are even weirder to me from a love scene point of view. It was very wham, bam, thank you maam. I didn't care for it. If it's going to be glossed over, then fine, gloss over. But don't write a crappy one. This one was NOT strong.

The Ugly:

For some reason, my Kindle version has grammatical errors. Not a lot but I'm starting to drink the Grammar Nazi koolaid (mind you, it's only for judging other people's works and not my own, bad girl that I am, I don't care about the double standard) and it was annoying. There were maybe like 6. But at least once or twice I had to re-read something cause I was like "Am I tripping or does that sound wrong?". I also think the mystery aspect of the story moved rather slow. But all in all I enjoyed the book.

I'm looking forward to reading the next installment which very well be executed via Audible.
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