Book: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Author: Molly Harper
Article Type: Audiobook Review
About the Book: 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.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: Not quite as fun as Driving Mr Dead (and I still think this should have been book 1) but still a very fun ride!
“I couldn’t have loved her more if she was my own child. But sometimes I considered shaving her eyebrows off while she slept.
For the sake of developing her character.”― Molly Harper, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
At the heart, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a story of family. I love the dynamic between Iris and her sister. Every time they were the focus, I smiled–A LOT! Iris had to raise her sister because their parents died when Iris was in college (her sister is about 10 years younger) and she has done a fantastic job. Enter Cal, Greek Ancient Vampire who was just poisoned and well Iris’ world is turned upside down. I loved how Cal interacted with the sisters and their love story was sweet. I thought the poison storyline was just ok but the humor kept me rolling till the very end!
“Don’t tell them he’s upstairs , I commanded my brain. Tell them he moved to Pacoima to start a commune for vegetarian vampires. Tell them he’s looking into getting a sex-change operation and renaming himself Lulu Pleshette.” ― Molly Harper, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Characters are where Molly Harper shines! She always writes the wittiest, cool (more in a geeky way though), and inherently flawed (in the best ways) characters. They are always easy to identify with and you want to root for them. She has a fast paced delivery of one-liners that will, at times, make you snort or laugh out loud. Cal, Iris, and Gladioli are all fantastic. Plus we get to see most of the crew from the Jane Jameson series which is always fun!
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi at a running time of 8 hrs and 55 mins
I loved the audiobook. Amanda has just enough snark to pull these characters off without a hitch. She does this series (and the Jane Jameson series) very well. I will say that I am not a fan of her man voices (though the accent helped in this one) but the women voices more than make up for it!
Final Thought: I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out 🙂