Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review - Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper

Title: Fangs for the Memories
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #4.5
Author: Molly Harper
Release Date: November 2, 2015

“Molly Harper writes characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews), but how did Andrea and Dick Cheney fall in love? Join Half-Moon Hollow’s favorite couple for a trip down memory lane—to a time when Mr. Wainwright was newly dead, Jane Jameson was a newbie vampire, and a budding paranormal romance was not yet uncorked…

Half-Moon Hollow’s supernatural social event of the season—Zeb’s Titanic-themed werewolf wedding—is coming up, and Dick Cheney (not that Dick Cheney!) needs a date. But Andrea’s had enough of clever, handsome, and rakish to last a lifetime, and Dick Cheney is certainly not the sort of man you bring home to mom (not that Andrea’s deadist parents are speaking to her ever since she dropped out of college and became a blood surrogate.) Shameless, relentless, roguish, with a Stetson-worthy swagger, a naughty sparkle in his eyes, and a constant smirk—oh, and fangs—no, Dick is the last person (er…vampire) Andrea wants to date.

But the infuriatingly irresistible man who lives quietly on the edge of a criminal underworld knows exactly what he wants, and once he surprises Andrea with a thrilling hot and dirty kiss behind the paranormal bookshop, she knows what she wants too: Dick. All it takes to ignite their unconventional courtship is a near-undeath experience that confronts Dick with a choice between turning Andrea, losing her forever, or tapping into his countless shady resources in this hilarious and heartwarming enovella that revisits the early days of Molly Harper’s Nice Girls series—one that “makes me laugh and laugh” (USA TODAY).

I can't imagine reading a Half-Moon Hollow book that I don't love. This series always just gets me in all the right ways. It's snarky, but not in a predictable monotonous way. Every character has their own personality and each story has its own particular charm. 

As a reader, I've known Dick Cheney (the vampire, not the vice president) and Andrea for quite a while. I've followed them through numerous adventures, but all through someone else's eyes. Finally getting to take a trip into Andrea's private world was a treat. She's always seemed a little impersonal as a side character. Funny and sweet, of course, but not a character who was so easy to understand. Then her relationship with Dick came out of nowhere. Not unexpected due to his persistence, but it was just so wonderful to finally see behind the curtain into the events that jump-started their relationship. 

Fangs for the Memories was definitely short and sweet, a little nibble at the world, set during a time that readers know well, yet even an outsider wouldn't be uncomfortably out of place. That's another thing I love about this series. They're so interconnected that going from one to the other almost feels seamless, except for the change of main perspective. The town and side characters remain constant, and yet, each book manages to be mostly a standalone—with enough side explanations to help a new reader, done in a clever, concise way so as not to bore a long-time reader. It's just a feel good book, sweet, sexy, and clever as hell. Definitely a must read! 
~ Review by George

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 MollyHarper.com or at SingleUndeadFemale.blogspot.com.

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