Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper

Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow #5) by Molly Harper
Published in July 2016 by Pocket Books.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased for Kindle.

Genre: paranormal romance.

My rating:

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…

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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.

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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! 

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  • Greg Hill

    First of all I love that title. It’s nice to have a little humor too to balance out the fantasy elments. And it can be a fine line between having flaws and being TSTL or irritating. Sounds like this author does a good job with that.

    • Yeah, Molly Harper is great at humor – her books are always a laugh. I don’t read many “funny” books (I mean books that actually fall into the “humor” category) but these are great.

      And I had to Google TSTL. Learning new, useful words every day! :D And yeah, I hate the kind of character you’re talking about – I’ve never read a fantasy book with this problem but you meet such characters VERY often in bad chick-lit. (Like the Shopaholic series, that was painful…)

      • Greg Hill

        Don’t feel bad, I had to google TSTL too. I saw someone use it and now I’m using it. Sometimes it’s irritating when I see an acronym I don’t know, and now I’m doing it ha ha.

        • Nah, I enjoy these things. It might sound weird but English is my second language, so my experience with learning new words is different from yours. :) It took me ages to figure out what “tl;dr” means, for example, some of these are just arcane.

  • I really enjoyed this one too! I haven’t read Harper’s Jane Jameson books either, but I really need to. Harper has this fabulous sense of humor that I adore. I feel the same way about Finn. I didn’t agree with his decisions sometimes, but I respected Anna in her own decision to want to be with him in the end.

    • Yeah, I’m thinking about tackling the Jane Jameson series soon, I need this kind of funny fluff in my life right now. :)

      And I agree, Anna made her decisions rationally, it wasn’t some stupid infatuation – and Finn did kind of redeem himself in the end.

  • I’ve read one Molly Harper book and it was the first of the Naked Werewolf books and I really enjoyed it and I have no clue why I never read any of the rest! She writes such funny paranormal romance and you can’t help but enjoy them so please explain to me why I am not buying all of her books? I think she deserves a revisit and I need to read some more. But maybe after I’ve cleared the pile of twenty books by my bed because I have a shopping addiction.

    • You really should give her books another go. She’s the best! But yeah, I saw you’re binge-reading another UF series, so I understand why you’d be reluctant to add more stuff to your tbr! :D

  • Tough but not particularly well-adjusted…yeah, I think that fits almost all of Molly Harper’s protagonists! Hahaha. I love it though.

    I actually *just* finished the Jane Jameson series last month, when I listened to the 4th book on audio. Obviously I had spoiled myself on some of the plot points from reading the Half Moon Hollow series, but I still really liked it. Molly Harper is so funny!

    • I know, her heroines are fantastic. They’re awkward but smart – never stupid. They don’t make me roll my eyes and that’s what I’m looking for in humorous lit. :)

      Yeah, if you read a spinoff series, you’re bound to spoil yourself. I’m thinking of tackling the Jane Jameson series soon – while we wait for Harper to write another novel. :)