Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Driving Mr. Dead (Half Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper

Book: Driving Mr. Dead (Half Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper
Release Date: 27 Dec 2011
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Paranormal, Romance
After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service.
Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Council official Ophelia Lambert.
Collin, a paranoid, aristocratic vampire with a debilitating fear of flying, refuses to let the case out of his sight. Miranda needs this time on the road to decide whether to permanently cut her ties with the fiance that had an "emotional affair" with a childhood pal, but Collin’s neatnik tendencies are driving her around the bend. The man acts as if leaving a fast food wrapped on the passenger seat is reason for a full-on CDC de-contamination scrub-down of the car. All she can do is promise to stop intentionally doing the things that make his stiff upper lip twitch with irritation.
As more and more mishaps occur on the road trip from hell, Miranda and Collin work together to meet his delivery deadline. Hotel rooms are destroyed. Beloved cars are defiled. And somewhere along the line, client-driver hostilities become snarky flirtation.
Will Collin and Miranda make it to the Hollow in one piece? And if they do, will Miranda leave old, safe relationships behind for something new and well, just plain weird?
Buy It: Kindle eBook

Review: The snark! I really liked the narrator's voice. Okay, I'll confess. I loved her voice. Miranda was funny, clever, sassy, and perhaps a touch crazy. That's my kind of heroine! It's a delicate balance that occasionally can result in an obnoxious, over-the-top, annoying character but when done right, they're my favorite. I'm so glad that Harper did it just about perfectly because within the first few pages I was salivating for more. Occasionally Miranda slipped into the too silly but I already adored her enough that I didn't mind.

I squinted at the faded, peeling road sign that marked the fork off Sedgemoore Road. I was pretty sure the bold block letters were painted sometime during the Lewis and Clark expedition.

My first impressions of Collin... I found him immensely amusing but couldn't for the life of me see him as the love interest. In fact, if Miranda hadn't occasionally mentioned his appearance and her physical attraction to him, I would picture him in my head as Lurch from The Addams Family (super tall, pale, no facial expression or sense of humor - completely unsexy right?). Once the book starts heating up my original un-receptiveness to him as the hero didn't matter. YUM!

I was pleasantly surprised by how funny Driving Mr. Dead was. It reminded me of the earlier Stephanie Plum novels (by Janet Evanovich) which I absolutely love. Everything that can go wrong does in hilarious ways to poor Miranda and Collin ends up suffering for much of it - which may or may not have led to several serious cases of the giggles. Whenever Collin is personally affronted by circumstance I had to laugh.

Driving Mr. Dead was an absurdly humorous, charming and addictive read. I absolutely cannot wait to continue on with The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. My only regret in reading Driving Mr. Dead is that I didn't save it for a long car ride or something of that nature.

Rating: 4½ Bites (Phenomenal, loved it -- Really enjoyed it)

What did you think of Driving Mr. Dead? Link me your review or leave your thoughts in a comment!
Have you ever taken a trip and had everything that could go wrong do so? All of my family vacations growing up were hellish on their own, luckily additional things didn't happen. I can't imagine hiking in 100 degree heat and discovering we'd been robbed or something.
What interesting job would you want if you worked for vampires? Miranda was a chauffeur... I think I'd want to take on their gardening. I bet vampires would want some interesting and exotic plants!


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