Sunday, October 7, 2012
Review: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands--from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg--gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship--and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.
Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he's imperious, unfriendly and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance--in the form of her very own stray vampire.
Molly Harper is one of my go-to authors when I want a lighthearted paranormal romance that will make me laugh, and The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires delivered, just as I knew it would. Each chapter begins with a tidbit of information about vampires, sort of like a tongue-in-cheek rulebook that you could reference before tackling the job of "babysitting" for yourself.
Vampires are wily, seductive creatures. Even if you think you are resistant to their charms, you are most likely thirty seconds from losing valuable undergarments.
Ah, if only Iris followed her own advice. Her relationship with Cal begins when she delivers supplies (aka blood) to his house for the first time, only to find him lying on the floor in desperate need of assistance, which she reluctantly provides. Cal had been poisoned and offers Iris an obscene amount of money to let him hide at her house. From that point on hilarity ensues as Iris tries to keep her younger sister Gigi from knowing Cal is staying at their house, tries to keep her dull ex-boyfriend Paul from discovering her new friend, and tries to keep her business with the vampires afloat...all while helping Cal discover which vampire wants him dead. Things gradually escalate between them and pretty soon Iris knows more about vampires than she ever imagined possible, and suddenly, keeping a vampire for her very own seems like exactly what she was looking for all along.
I liked watching the transition Cal makes as he lives with Iris because his experiences until that point are fairy limited so he starts out treating Iris like a maid, practically snapping his fingers when he wants something. Of course, Iris doesn't take too kindly to his antiquated viewpoint, or his attitude, and gives as good as she gets. You can't help but laugh!