The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 31, 2012
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
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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
This book hit me in many different ways:
First, I love the fact that Iris is a snarky little thing. 🙂 I appreciated her attitude and her refusal to be cowed by “people” (vampires) more powerful than she. On the other hand, Iris also has a BIG MOUTH. Considering that no one was supposed to know that she found (and kept) Cal, I counted at least 6 people (not counting her little sister, Gigi) who knew at least something was going on with her and a vampire. Iris also made more than a couple of stupid decisions, so…
As I was reading The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, I noticed that I enjoyed everything EXCEPT the times when Iris made stupid decisions. Sadly, as the book continued Iris continued to make stupid decisions.
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a decently fast read but the middle and ending didn’t quite live up to the expectations set by the beginning of the novel. It started to get bogged down somewhere in the middle and I quite disliked the ending. Molly Harper is a NTM (new to me) author so the middle and ending has made me hesitate with going on with the series. One of my friends is a pretty big fan of the series and says that I should read this on audio instead – she said the narrator makes the story come to life and is a much better experience. We’ll see. I’m not making any promises.