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Title: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: Jane Jameson #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Chick-Lit
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors is the final book of the Jane Jameson vampire series. This time around, Jane’s life is finally coming together. She’s living happily with Gabriel, has made up with her estranged sister, Jenny, and her book shop is successful. But this is Jane, and something is bound to go wrong. When an errant car strikes and kills Jamie, the dairy delivery teen, he asks Jane to turn him into a vampire. Now Jane is a sire, and has to deal with the fallout of changing a beloved hometown high school student. Oh, and it looks like maybe someone is out to kill Gabriel in an act of revenge.
Overall, I really enjoyed this final book in the series. Although at first, I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it. The book starts light and happy, but turns dark very fast. Jane’s horrible grandmother sets out to ruin Jane’s life and frankly, it’s a bit much for me. It hurt to know how awful her own grandmother is to Jane. Additionally, Jamie’s parents and friends don’t take his turning into a vampire well at all, causing me additional sadness. Luckily, the issues are both dealt with head-on, and I found myself really enjoying the talk between Jamie’s mom and Jane. It was realistic and a little bit hopeful.
I was also a bit put off by the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s death, which are revealed at the end of the book. I know this is just fiction, but it was a little too over-the-top and manipulative in a way. However, I love how Jane dealt with the news. She’s a great sire/mom.
The overall story of Jane’s life preparing for her wedding and being a new “mom” to Jamie were both highly enjoyable. I also liked the mystery of who is trying to kill Gabriel. The story is filled with Jane’s wonderful sarcasm and wit, making me laugh out loud more than once. The supporting cast just gets better with each story.
By now, this the fourth title, I find comfort in Amanda Ronconi’s performance. I love each voice she gives all of the characters. She’s pretty consistent from title to title, although I felt Jenny’s voice was little different and sounded more like Jane’s this time around. My only complaint is that there seem to be several voiceovers within the first few chapters of the book. It’s still Amanda, but it’s clear that the sentence or two were not recorded at the same time; they were added in at a later date. It was very bothersome to me, but luckily either it stopped or I didn’t notice it as the book progressed.
While I wish I’d listened to these books before reading the spin off Half Moon Hollow series, I’m glad I finally had the chance to find out more about Jane and how the whole HMH gang comes together. The Jane Jameson series is a wonderful bit of crazy, maddening, zany fun and extremely entertaining in the audiobook format.
My Rating: A-/B+