“Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson’s sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.
Now the children’s-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby…or litter. Step Three: Figure out who’s been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is suddenly becoming a matter of life and undeath…”
Thoughts: Continuing the ongoing dramedy that is Jane Jameson’s afterlife, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever picks up roughly two months after the shenanigans from Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men. This time, instead of weddings, the reader gets the pleasure of following Jane through store ownership and burgeoning civil responsibilities through her experiences with the local Chamber of Commerce, and her best friend’s impending parenthood. Wackiness ensues in typical Jane-like fashion.
What makes this third novel so special is the fact that Jane truly grows into her own as a vampire and strong female. While Jane always had sass, she did not always have the gumption for confrontation. She was not spineless, but there were quite a few paragraphs devoted to the proverbial wringing of her hands as she kept her frustration to herself. Thankfully, in her desire to become a new and improved Jane, she finally starts taking matters into her own hands, not shying from painful truths and open dialogue. This leads to some of the funniest and best scenes in the entire series, while the reader is torn between wanting to cry with laughter and cheering Jane as she does so.
Amanda Ronconi continues in the same vein as in the previous novel/audiobook experience – absolutely brilliant. She adds the perfect level of snarkiness and Southern twang to the story that epitomizes Jane. After listening to her for two novels, she has definitely become a narrator I would seek out and to whom I would listen again and again.
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever remains the fun, funny, and romantic story that one has come to expect from Molly Harper. The continual subtle mockery of the genre only adds to the overall fun. Everyone needs a good laugh every once in a while, and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever provides some much-needed comic relief from whatever ails you.
Acknowledgements: Mine. All mine.