Title: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: July 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Purchased for Book Club Read
Buy Links: Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository
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 only Iris can help.
Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity.
Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto the Cocktail Society Book Club when I met Shannon from “Cocktails and Books”. I’d seen Molly Harper’s new book around the blog-land a couple of times, but didn’t really look into it until I joined the CSBC. Boy am I glad I did!
I picked up both “Driving Mr. Dead” and “The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires”. While DMD is technically the first book in the “Half Moon Hollow” series, TCFSV actually takes place first. We meet Iris, who runs a service for Vampires to take care of their day time needs while they sleep.
Iris keeps herself at a distance from her clients, making sure to be in and out of their homes before their wake up as dusk. When she drop off some contracts at a new clients home, she accidently stumbles over him – literally. Her newest client is unconscious on the kitchen floor!
I loved the interaction between Iris and Cal. They have quite the chemistry although they are both fighting it. I loved the witty banter between them and the sexual tension. Cal’s gruff and unfriendly attitude keep Iris on her toes, and she keeps him equally unbalanced!
Cal is determined to find out who poisoned him and why; he recruits Irish to help him and go places he can’t. Despite the potential danger, Iris agrees. These two manage to get into all sorts of trouble and tangled up in some nasty business. Can he figure out what’s going on before Iris or her sister get hurt in the process?
Will I recommend this book? Most definitely. I really enjoyed Molly’s writing style and picked up her Naked Werewolf series as soon as I finished this book, as well I added her Jane Jameson books to my wish-list! Will I read mo00re by this author? Yes, yes, yes!