Author: Molly Harper Title:
Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires Series: Half Moon Hollow #1 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Pages:
384 Release Date:
2012-07-31 Genres: Paranormal Romance
“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.” Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down. Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?
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My initial thoughts based on the title and the cover were that this was going to be a sappy love story with tons of sex. I expected the female lead to be a prissy chick. I was soooo wrong. Yes, there’s a love story, and yes there is some sex. However, it’s got a great plot, and it’s definitely not sappy. And, the female lead is the total opposite of what I expected. I loved the characters in this book!
The basic story is: Iris finds a vampire in trouble. She agrees to let him stay with her as long as he pays her. While at her home, he befriends her younger sister. Iris and the vampire (Cal) become intimately involved. Meanwhile, Cal wants to continue his investigation of vampires being poisoned. She wants to help him, especially after she’s attacked. There’s a good bit of action and mystery as Iris and Cal try to find out who is behind everything.
I only spotted one little boo-boo. Near the end of the book, the author says that John is older than Mr. Marchland. Then, she says that Mr. Marchland is older.
This particular spot in the book seemed a little rushed in terms of the writing and editing, but it bounced back quickly.
I enjoyed how the relationship between Cal and Iris was hot physically but kind of cold emotionally, until closer to the end of the story. Basically, Iris had to break through Cal’s hard shell and give him a reason to want to stay with her.
Overall, I loved The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. I will definitely read the next book in the series, which is A Witches Handbook of Kisses and Curses.
I recommend this book to adults who like a family-oriented main female character, a tough male lead who needs cracking, and a lot of funny parts mixed in with the suspense and romance.