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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow #1)

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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 any ...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Pocket
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Ian
My interest in a series tends to wane after the second or third book. It's not often that I'll get past the fifth book in a series, but here I am returning to Half Moon Hollow, KY for the sixth time and I'm still feeling the love.

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) by Molly Harper Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (Jane Jameson, #2) by Molly Harper Nice Girls Don't Live Forever (Jane Jameson, #3) by Molly Harper Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4) by Molly Harper Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

I don't know how Molly Harper does it. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires follows the same basic pattern of all the Jane Jameson / Half Moon Hollow books and, some of her characters - particularly her male characters are cookie cutter similar.

But she writes w
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Rachel the Book Harlot
"The man was just unsettling; there was no other way to put it. I couldn't seem to get my conversational bearings around him. And clearly, he had a negative impact on my decision-making skills, because I'd agreed to cohabitate with someone who was cranky, condescending, and prone to bouts of staggering insensitivity. If I'd wanted that, I'd get a cat."

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Meet Iris Scanlon, daytime assistant to the undead. Iris owns and operates the only vampire concierge serv
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Keri
A fun, snarky LOL read. Iris is working hard at getting her Vampire concierge business off the ground. She stops to drop of a contract to a new client and instead trips over his body in the kitchen. He has been poisoned but alive. Iris brings Cletus to her house and for an ungodly sum of money takes care of him. She refuses to call him Cletus, because she can't say it with a straight face so she calls him Cam instead. The feelings that he is stirring up in her are free of charge. Cam for his par ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess HOT
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: This was laugh out loud funny
Characters: Well Written
Plot: What do you do when you find a stray vampire
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Cal

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Just was I needed when I chose this book? Sometimes you want something light, not light on plot, but as in not heavy material. And this author always delivers a good laugh. This book let me laugh and I needed that. You ha
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Sophia (FV)

First reviewed at Fiction Vixen

Apparently I dozed off and missed the intro-novella to this spin-off series, Driving Mr. Dead. Dammit. Never fear, I bought it, and vow to read it. :) Don’t worry if you don’t read the novella or are not familiar with the Jane Jameson series that inspired the Half-Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper. I think this book stands alone well, however you will not appreciate the cameos by the characters in the Jane Jameson series or the references to Dick Cheney. See there
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Jacob Proffitt
I can't resist Molly Harper's books. Her humor so exactly fits my own and I like her quirky characters. This book isn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it very much.

In this book, Harper branches away from Jane and friends (though they do the occasional bit parts). In this case, we meet Iris Scanlon who is working as something of a concierge for vampires in town--something the older, less-couth vampires call a daywalker. Mostly, she runs errands and shepherds paperwork. She's careful to keep to just t
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Bookie | The BookChick
My Rating: ★★★★★

Book Description:
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 on
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This is the 4th Molly Harper title that I have read and it's official, I'm a fan! I will definitely be checking out her Nice Girls series sooner than later. That being said, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a feel-good-read that's sure to put a smile on your face. Amanda Ronconi's narration is cheerful and bouncy, the how-to tips at the beginning of each chapter are giggle-worthy and Harper's writing is injected with some good ol' fashion Southern charm. If you'r
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Iris Scanlon runs a daylight help service for vampires, their every fickle, bizarre and obscure demand she patiently fulfills and asks no questions. It isn't very glamourous but she fills a niche in the business of making money from vampires, and she sticks to a few very strict rules, like never meeting her vampire clients, never being in the vampire neighbourhood when the sun goes down and never inviting them to her home. Of course, after dripping over a poisoned (but very sexy) vampire named C ...more
Julie
Iris Scanlon is a young woman thrown abruptly into a world of responsibility and obligation when her parents are suddenly killed in a car accident leaving her as the sole caretaker of her younger sibling, Gigi. Iris is a very determined and responsible guardian. She is a unique entrepreneur catering to the needs of vampires who have "come out of the closet" and are part of our communities. She runs a one-woman errand/concierge service for vamps who cannot fulfill the mundane tasks of life that ...more
Erin Muses
Aug 17, 2012 Erin Muses rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Eloisa James' B&N Review column
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Let's start with a caveat - I don't like PNR. I have never had the urge to read about the undead or lusted over werewolves (I'm talking to you, Twilight!). This book, however, has me rethinking my stance. I bought it because of Eloisa James' review in her monthly B&N Review column; she just made it sound irresistible.

What a hilarious story! So much about this worked for me - the humor, the slight snark, the jackass of a hero, the many instances of the heroine stashing candy throughout her ho
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Melindeeloo
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was just the cute, light and humorous read that I needed. In this 'Nice Girls...' spin off, leading lady and errand girl to the undead, Iris, is not as funny as Jane but Iris is still very likable - and in a first person story that is so key. I liked the fact that Iris gets a vamp of her very own, despite her breaking her own rules about fraternizing with 'the fanged' and even though Cal, who is not one to take notice of humans, is grumpy enough that the re ...more
Liz
Oh holy hell!! I laughed my ass off reading this book!!!!! LOVED IT!!

Iris Scanlon is a small business owner. She runs a business that does daytime errands for vampires. Yeah, vampires. They came out of the coffin a few years ago but they still need help doing the mundane tasks that most of us take for granted. Now, Iris doesn't love vampires. To be honest, she doesn't really trust them all that much. But they are in need of a service and its a service she can provide. She has her sister to take
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Cathy
Her books are always very cute as long as you can buy into the basic romance premise of people falling in love very quickly. And this one adds in that cliché that I always have trouble with where the guy is a few thousand years old, cold-hearted and uninterested in love, but suddenly in a matter of days just can't help falling for and turning his life upside down for our lovely in many ways but really rather ordinary heroine. It's that silly paranormal romance novel thing, you just have to go wi ...more
CaroleDee
I want to start off by saying that I am utterly destroyed to have given a Molly Harper book a 3 star review. Not that three stars is a bad thing, it's just that I'm usually a raving fan-girl filled with *OMG's*, *LOL's* and other adolescent acronyms. Alas, I just wasn't feeling this one :(

It started off cute enough with Iris, Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky's resident day walker aka day-time gopher for vampires. After her parent's sudden passing she was thrust into the position of guardian to her te
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Felicia
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!

Story Talk:
“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
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Half-Moon Hollow is a wonderful, quirky little town, full of both humans and vampires. Iris Scanlon has created a niche for herself by running a business that caters to vampires' daytime needs such as shopping and running errands. Staying clear of her clients during nighttime hours, Iris's only contact with vampires is the local governing council. However, when she finds her newest client, Cal, lying poisoned on his kitchen floor, Iris cannot say no to his request for help. Now Iris finds hersel ...more
Olivia ツ
I usually complain about reading too many series but this made me wish for an Iris/Cal sequel. Funny, witty and with the right amount of romance.

Favorite quote and one of the reasons most of us read vampire books:
Vampires are wily, seductive creatures. Even if you think you are resistant to their charms, you are most likely thirty second from losing valuable undergarments.
Amber
Sep 22, 2014 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amber by: Maida
I'd give this one 3.5 stars. It's interesting that books can be a good 3.5 star or a bad 3.5 star. In this case it was a good 3.5 star. I liked it, but the ending took away a half star for me. I just have a huge problem when the guy doesn't come back on his own volition. He was going to stay away until her sister came and got him? Not okay with me. I had a harder time also connecting the the heroine in this one as well as the hero. Neither were quite as likable as the characters in Driving Mr. D ...more
MandyM
Wasn't really moved by this story. I think the suburban-soccer-mom type heroine is not so appealing to me. The humour was lacking compared to other stories I've read by this author and the relationship between 'Vampire Concierge' owner Iris and vampire investigator Cal lacked chemistry.
Carolyn F.
Quirky-ish paranormal romance. I have no idea why I just could not get into this book. It got to the point where today I had to make myself finish it. The romance is okay, the heroine is funny, but it just seemed to drag for me.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

In the Molly Harper tradition, another light and funny vampire story is born. I really enjoyed this one. I listened to the audiobook and thought Amanda Ronconi did a great job narrating.
Kami
Iris Scanlon is a very talented woman. She has made a business helping vampires. She is a wedding planner, party planner, personal shopper, personal assistant...... the list goes on.

Iris receives clients through the counsel a lot of the time. Iris might work with vampires but she does not trust the vampires. The exception to this is Jane and Andrea which has earned some of her trust. Because of this Iris is sure to make her rounds and deliveries to the vampires homes before sundown when she woul
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Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Iris Scanlon makes her living by being Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire assistant. In other words, a glorified errand runner for the tasks vamps would rather not bother with. Because of this she has a healthy understanding of the way they work and as a result has implemented a strict no personal involvement clause, be it in friendship or something more. But when she finds her latest client, Cal, poisoned, she knows she's in for troubl
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Paige
4.5! A must read!

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF STRAY VAPIRES was so good! I was unsure at the start, but man did it pick up and I feel in love. I found there to be so much witty banter between the characters that the story just sailed on smoothly and just had me grinning all the time. This was just a really fun book.

Iris Scanlon may work with vampires, making day deliveries for them, but she’s made it a point to interact with them as little as possible. Not that she has anything against the dead, but
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t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Nov 28, 2012 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR lovers who loves wit and snark with thier read
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: Bookie
Another awesomely funny tale from Molly Harper. With all the wit and snark of her other books and an uptight Vampire..you have to read this.

Description:

ris 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 frien
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Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
3.5 stars

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 transp
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Darcy
This book had me laughing so much, it was like a screwball comedy from the 40's. Iris's business seems to be sucking so much of her time, but she is making a go of it. It all comes to a stop when she literally falls over a vampire. It is with that one fall that everything changes. Compelled to help Cal, Iris finally starts doing more than just running errands for vamps. First he is hiding in her house, then they are dancing around each other, soon there is no dancing at all.

The whole poisoned bl
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My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicor
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Other Books in the Series

Half Moon Hollow (4 books)
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2)
  • Special Valentine's Day Half-Moon Hollow Story (Jane Jameson, #4.5; Half-Moon Hollow, #2.6 )
  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3)
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1) Nice Girls Don't Live Forever (Jane Jameson, #3) Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (Jane Jameson, #2) Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4)

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For the sake of developing her character.”
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