Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men (Jane Jameson #2) by Molly Harper
With her best friend Zeb’s Titanic-themed wedding looming ahead, new vampire Jane Jameson struggles to develop her budding relationship with her enigmatic sire, Gabriel. It seems unfair that she’s expected to master undead dating while dealing with a groom heading for a nuptial nervous breakdown, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and the ugliest bridesmaid dress in the history of marriage.
Meanwhile, the passing of Jane’s future step-grandpa puts Grandma Ruthie back on the market. Her new fiancé, Wilbur, has his own history of suspiciously dead spouses, and he may or may not have died ten years ago. Half-Moon Hollow’s own Black Widow has finally met her match.
Should Jane warn her grandmother of Wilbur’s marital habits or let things run their course? Will Jane always be an undead bridesmaid, never the undead bride?
Combining Mary Janice Davidson’s sass and the charm of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, this is an incredibly satisfying read for fans of paranormal romantic comedy.
I love these books—if you recall, my review for book #1, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, commented on much better I felt after my bad week just because Jane’s single worst day of her life was so absolutely terrible (and what can I say? I’m a writer and therefore have a pension for sadism toward characters). This book didn’t have quite the same hardships, though they were certainly mentioned a few times, but it was still a very light read and thoroughly enjoyable.
Jane has a very strong voice, and she is witty—her sense of humor grows on you, and I wanted to quote some of her lines on almost every page (but was concerned that out of context they would just be weird). Harper also has a wonderful sense of hyperbole in her character traits, and pretty much every character from the town has exaggerated quirks that make for great bursts of color (and even more hilarity).
Minor downside: predictable plot. This was pretty much the definition of a predictable plot, more so than the first book was.
Silver lining: even though it was a simple, predictable plot, I honestly think that made this story seem more real. Jane lives in a smallish town—only certain kinds of crazy things happen here. I would generally say that I’d rather have a plot that is simple but feels true than one that is complicated and seems forced (I think—I might very well disagree with myself later). I love complicated plots, don’t get me wrong, and I love to exercise my brain to try to keep up with them, but sometimes I get caught up in the probability of it all happening (what can I say—I’m getting a stats degree). Yes, I realize I mostly read fantasy. Yes, I realize this means that pretty much nothing I read is likely to happen. But every created world has rules to it, and in order for a storyline to be believable, you have to stick to those rules. I think Harper is very good at knowing where her box is and pushing its limits as needed (and I suspect she’s already laid the groundwork to reshape that box for the next book — yay!)
Posted on September 12, 2013, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged book reviews, books, jane jameson, molly harper, nice girls don't date dead men, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampires, werewolves. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.