Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dusty Pages Review: The Single Undead Moms Club

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.
I can't imagine being a single parent to be easy. Being an undead single parent however is just plain hard. Libby - short for Liberty - made a decision, that she would not let the cancer kill her, that she would find a way to be with her young son who needed her. Who wouldn't turn to vampirism. All through the book you are routing for her character, after all the hell she is put through, she steps into yet another mind field and you just have to admire that sort of determination.

As with all Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow books, there is a blend of extremely snarky humour and Romance. In this tale, the Romance comes in the form of Wade. A redneck biker that I wasn't sure I wanted to trust at first, despite the fact that he was almost a poster boy for being a single father in a small southern town - though as the book series progresses, Half Moon Hollow, seems to be much bigger than I originally thought.

I found Libby's Sire to be too charming. The sort of man that uses charm to disarm you, so that he can disappear with your life savings later - but what were we supposed to expect of  a vampire who would turn someone for money. No spoilers but his motivations are murky. I did however grow to like him just the tiniest bit and am hopeful that we might encounter them again in the future. I would love to know if Libby and Wade ever joined their two families in a permanent way.

I give it

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