Peace, Blood, and Understanding
Author: Molly Harper
What I’m Talking About:
Wow! I hadn’t realized it, but it’s been over two years since the last Half-Moon Hollow book, and I was ready for more from this cozy, crazy town and its lovable denizens. Peace, Blood, and Understanding picks up after the conclusion of the previous book by following the first person POV of Meadow Schwartz. She’s a reformed vampire who had a serious anger issue after being turned against her will, and is currently under probation with Jane Jameson working as her case manager. Meadow works part-time for the Council office while making a go of her own tea shop.
Someone in Half-Moon Hollow is not happy with the way Jane and Dick are running things, which leads to Council representative Erik Weston coming to town to audit their division. He’s an arrogant, uppity jerk who doesn’t like the small town Half-Moon Hollow vibes. And of course, everything seems to go wrong when Erik arrives.
Peace, Blood, and Understanding is an enemy-to-lovers, rom-com, paranormal romance. Meadow has adjusted to her undead life and doesn’t like the idea of Erik messing things up. But she’s kind and generous, and she can’t help but try and win him over. There is an immediate attraction, which frustrates her because he’s such a jerk. Yet, as she gets to know him, Meadow starts to understand the man behind the Council persona. These enemies soon give into their desire and slowly learn to accept the other for who s/he is.
Along the way to the HEA, there are a couple side stories. First, as part of Meadow’s ongoing growth and development, she must deal with her parents, who disowned her after their illegal activities got her turned in the first place. Second, there is someone/s trying to sabotage Jane and Dick’s efforts to run a smooth, yet unconventional, Council Region. This leads to all sorts of wacky and sometimes dangerous situations. The story reminded me of the early Jane Jameson books, and I loved being back with the whole Half-Moon Hollow gang.
Peace, Blood, and Understanding is filled Ms. Harper’s trademark wit and silliness. I have missed this series and loved revisiting the gang. While not a perfect story, it hit all the right buttons and provided lots of fun.
My Rating: B, Liked It
About the Book:
Ever since Jane Jameson took over running the Vampire Council for Half-Moon Hollow, things have been a little unorthodox and that doesn’t sit well with the head office. Who would have thought vampires were so into bureaucracy and tradition?
Enter a vamp from corporate who’s determined to unseat Jane and get the council back on track—which means no more of this Kentucky neighborliness and mixing with humans, werewolves, witches, or anything else.
But Jane’s not interested in going back to the bad old days when the council was mired in corruption and tended to “accidentally” eat people now and again, but she might be in over her head this time. Good thing there’s a pretty new face in town who just might be the perfect distraction and help save Jane’s career.
Release Date: October 7, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Rom-Com
Format(s): e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/Edelweiss
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Reviews in the Series:
A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #2)
I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #2.5)
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #3)
The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #4)
Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow prequel)
Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #5)
Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #5.6) – Audiobook Review
Accidental Sire by Molly Harper (Half-Moon Hollow #6) – Audiobook Review