Nice Girls don't have Fangs

(Jane Jameson, #1)

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

"I'd had postapocalyptic nightmares like this, dreams of walking into the library and finding it ravaged, abandoned to scavengers, and, possibly, zombies. Apparently abandoning the library to Mrs. Stubblefield and her neice was not much better."

This first book of the series is adorable. Jane is a recently fired librarian who, down on her luck, meets a stunning guy in a bar. They talk for a few hours, but her bad luck starts again when she's leaving the bar. Mistaken for a deer, she's shot and left for dead on the road. She's turned into a vampire to give her a second chance - although these aren't the evil, nappy vampires of modern lore and legend.

Jane is quirky and fun - not only does she love books and has a passion for libraries, but she's a good person with a sense of humor. Seriously, I fall in love with characters like this who love books that much. Gabriel is a heart-throb by description and I'm curious where that will go. Jane's family leaves a lot to be desired - Jerry! Jerry! anyone? The sister is her own brand of evil.

Besides suiting to new changes with her new nighttime lifestyle, there's other characters introduced - like Dick, who is amusing. The situation with her old library is one of the best parts, but I loved the new bookstore she finds. I was a little surprised on who the villain was at the end, although in the back of my mind I had it figured out. It was a pretty epic showdown fight, but the council got on my nerves - is there a rule every vampire council has to be obnoxious and smug? Ew.

   Book Quotes:

“The love of a good woman can save a man" I remember Gabriel saying. "Or it can drive him to fits of unspeakable madness.” 

“Note to self: Try to stop reacting to surprises like a cartoon character.”

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