Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Dusty Pages Review: 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 their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.

Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?

I actually got this as an audio book, having enjoyed several titles in the parent series - Nice Girls and am used to the dulcet tones of Amanda Ronconi bringing to life the residents of Half Moon Hollow. I always worried that because I was so used to hearing her voice the main character of the Nice Girls series - Jane - that every other female lead would sound like her. Not the case. Ms. Ronconi managed to give Iris her own unique voice and showing the true talent of the narrator, you can hear the difference when Jane makes a cameo later in the book.

We originally meet Iris Scanlon in the last Nice Girls book - Nice Girls don't bite their neighbours when she is contracted to plan Jane's wedding to Gabriel. I remember her from this book as being a very capable woman who got Jane's unique perspective on things and handled cranky vampires with ease. I was very pleased to see her get her own story and having to deal with a cranky, condescending, but hunky vampire of her own. The interplay between Iris and Cal is witty and down right hilarious at time. There were points at which I was chuckling away like an idiot to stares from other people who weren't hearing what I was. The romance is a slow fall but you can tell its a deep one. As there are more books creating a separate Half Moon Hollow series. I am looking forward to immersing myself back into this work of Kentucky Vampires.

I give it

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