Audio Review: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

Posted September 5, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 1 Comment

Audio Review: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly HarperThe Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published by Audible on July 31st 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Audio | Goodreads

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.


As always Molly Harper has brought the snark and sassy in The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. This is the second book in the Half Moon Hollow series, which is a spin-off from Harper’s Jane Jameson series.

TCFSV almost read like the 1st book in the spin-off series instead of the second. There was more mention of Jane in this one than Driving Mr. Dead. And Iris was thinking of adding a transport service to her vampire concierge business. But Driving Mr. Dead was the start of the transport service so I wonder if Harper wrote TCFSV before or at the same time she wrote DMD. It was a little confusing but not enough to mess with my head. In any account you can read either book first and be ok.

I always enjoy Harper’s humor in her books and she delivers in TCFSV. But I found myself thinking that Iris and Jane (main character from the JJ series) was pretty much the same character in some ways. But that might have to do with the fact that I’ve listened to Jane’s books on audio and TCFSV and they have the same narrator. Although I love Amanda Ronconi it can be a bit confusing listening to Harper’s books since she narrates all of them. I have remind myself with each series that this is a different character. So if I had read TCFSV like I did DMD I most likely would not have felt like Iris and Jane were the same character.

Like in all of Harper’s PNR books there is a mystery to be solved and a romance that grows between the heroine and the uber sexy male vampire. I like the fact that we get glimpses of other characters in the Half Moon Hollow world through this spin-off series. With each story we get from the small town it looks like if Harper continues the town will be nothing but a super natural town full of vampires and werewolves. Which would be super fine by me; all of Harper’s characters are fun and just enough sexiness to them that I would totally love to live in Half Moon Hollow.

If you enjoy light and fun reads with snarky humor you must check out Molly Harper’s The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.





About Amanda Ronconi

Amanda is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voiceover work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

Amanda’s new solo show, Kempner, will debut in 2016.

About Molly Harper

Molly is the author of the Jane Jameson series, which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever and Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors.

Molly continues stories in the Jane Jameson universe through her Half-Moon Hollow series, Driving Mr. Dead, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, Undead Sublet, and A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses. Undead Sublet is a short story in The Undead in My Bed anthology. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses and a special free audio holiday novella, I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas and the upcoming The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire.

Molly also writes about werewolves in her Naked Werewolf romance series, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf and How to Run With a Naked Werewolf.

Her first-ever “haunted house story,” Better Homes and Hauntings, will be released in June 2014.

Molly will launch her first-ever contemporary romance series with My Bluegrass Baby, Rhythm and Bluegrass and Snow Falling on Bluegrass.

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