I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.
4.5 in Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow series had literally no description, to tell you how much I generally enjoy them, let me just say I snapped it up with absolutely no clue what it would be about. But Because I did not know what it was about, and apparently wasn’t paying enough attention for when the blurb finally came out, I decided to hold off on reading this until I had read Single Undead Mom’s Club. which I really didn’t need to do it turns out.
“Molly Harper writes characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews), but how did Andrea and Dick Cheney fall in love? Join Half-Moon Hollow’s favorite couple for a trip down memory lane—to a time when Mr. Wainwright was newly dead, Jane Jameson was a newbie vampire, and a budding paranormal romance was not yet uncorked…
Half-Moon Hollow’s supernatural social event of the season—Zeb’s Titanic-themed werewolf wedding—is coming up, and Dick Cheney (not that Dick Cheney!) needs a date. But Andrea’s had enough of clever, handsome, and rakish to last a lifetime, and Dick Cheney is certainly not the sort of man you bring home to mom (not that Andrea’s deadist parents are speaking to her ever since she dropped out of college and became a blood surrogate.) Shameless, relentless, roguish, with a Stetson-worthy swagger, a naughty sparkle in his eyes, and a constant smirk—oh, and fangs—no, Dick is the last person (er…vampire) Andrea wants to date.
But the infuriatingly irresistible man who lives quietly on the edge of a criminal underworld knows exactly what he wants, and once he surprises Andrea with a thrilling hot and dirty kiss behind the paranormal bookshop, she knows what she wants too: Dick. All it takes to ignite their unconventional courtship is a near-undeath experience that confronts Dick with a choice between turning Andrea, losing her forever, or tapping into his countless shady resources in this hilarious and heartwarming enovella that revisits the early days of Molly Harper’s Nice Girls series—one that “makes me laugh and laugh”
Yep, we finally get Dick and Andrea’s story. It isn’t a full fleshed one really, I would consider this a tidbit. It is an important tidbit because it shows where Dick and Andrea’s relationship shifted, but I would say this absolutely is not a short story for new readers, or to entice new readers. (Come on new readers, why do you need to be enticed, this series rocks and you should just start it already.) This is the sort of thing you throw slavering fans to keep them appeased and off your back for just a little longer.
Molly Harper, we are appeased, for about a month or two I’d say. It may even be enough to keep us only mildly rabid until the next book, Where the Wild Things Bite, which is coming July 2016. I mean I knew I liked Dick, he was too funny and like the awful older brother you don’t exactly want your friends to know about. But I never expected to fall in love with him myself. “Totes adorbs” as my students like to say. Plus, much like Andrea I have a soft sort for the actually redeemable shady character. No, not the so-called redeemable Bad Boy, but the Shady Character who isn’t precisely good, but definitely isn’t bad. Dick is a winner, and while we got to see that in the end, it was super sweet to see how Andrea saw enough of that to start something with this raunchy, irreverent, shady character.
It is fun stuff and I seriously recommend this series, and this is an absolute must read if you are already a fan of the series, but it isn’t remotely the place to start for new readers.