Source: purchased for Kindle.
Genre: paranormal romance.
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.
Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet…
I’ve read a number of Molly Harper’s books – yet I read them all before I started blogging, it seems, so I never reviewed one on the blog. Well, in case you’re new to her work, Molly Harper writes really great paranormal romances that are actually laugh-out-loud funny. I haven’t read her Jane Jameson series (at least not in its entirety), but the Naked Werewolf series is one of my all-time favourite paranormals. Don’t let the rather awful covers put you off – you’re in for some serious fun.
Where the Wild Things Bite is the fifth instalment of the Half-Moon Hollow series and it’s just as good as the rest of her books. I binge read it in one evening when I couldn’t really focus on anything else (being 39 weeks pregnant is curiously demanding when it comes to mental capacities, gah) and it was the perfect antidote to stress and anxious waiting.
I might not agree with all of Finn’s decisions – he’s a shifty fellow, that’s for sure – but I liked how Anna dealt with him. She’s one tough lady despite the fact that she doesn’t come off as a particularly well-adjusted individual. I really liked her personal journey in this novel, I thought the first-person narrative was especially well-done here. I rooted for her from the moment I met her and she didn’t disappoint.
Anna’s narration is really funny, too – I don’t know how Harper does this lighthearted humor that never fails to cheer me up. She goes into absurd situations without making me roll my eyes at the story and the heroines are always just flawed enough to be endearing, yet never stupid or anything of the sort.
The setting – a Kentucky lake preserve – is unique to the romance genre, I think, which made the story all the more fun to read. I love big city romances as much as the next girl but I love surprising scenery such as this (you really should check out the Naked Werewolf series – that one takes place in small-town Alaska, so good).
Anyway, if you haven’t given Harper’s novels a try, you really should change that if paranormal romances are your thing. You’ll find little angst here – just some good fun.
Have you read Where the Wild Things Bite or any other Harper novels? What did you think?
I’d love a good recommendation in the funny paranormal romance genre if you have any!
I’d love to hear from you! :)