Thursday, July 26, 2012
Driving Mr.Dead by Molly Harper
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Publisher: Audible, Inc (December 27, 2011)
Length: 5 hrs. & 2 min.
Description from Goodreads:
HELL ON WHEELS
After failing as a magician's assistant, a photographer, and most recently, a bride, Miranda Puckett takes a position as a driver for Beeline, Half-Moon Hollow's premiere vampire concierge service.
Miranda's assignment? Driving Collin Sutherland, the world's most fastidious vampire from Washington to Kentucky, so he can deliver a mysterious black case to Council official Ophelia Lambert.
Collin, a paranoid, aristocratic vampire with a debilitating fear of flying, refuses to let the case out of his sight. Miranda needs this time on the road to decide whether to permanently cut her ties with the fiance that had an "emotional affair" with a childhood pal, but Collin’s neatnik tendencies are driving her around the bend. The man acts as if leaving a fast food wrapped on the passenger seat is reason for a full-on CDC de-contamination scrub-down of the car. All she can do is promise to stop intentionally doing the things that make his stiff upper lip twitch with irritation.
As more and more mishaps occur on the road trip from hell, Miranda and Collin work together to meet his delivery deadline. Hotel rooms are destroyed. Beloved cars are defiled. And somewhere along the line, client-driver hostilities become snarky flirtation.
Will Collin and Miranda make it to the Hollow in one piece? And if they do, will Miranda leave old, safe relationships behind for something new and well, just plain weird?
This book picks up in Half Moon Hollow made famous by the Jane Jameson series. Molly Harper introduces readers to Miranda Puckett. Miranda is a smart aleck and has amazingly bad luck. I felt sorry for the girl. The wackiest and weirdest things seem to always happen to her. Now she is driving a cranky and anal vampire across the country on a three day deadline. The way she treats Collin had me constantly laughing out loud. Although born into a family of lawyers, Miranda is very down to earth and treats the pretentious Collin as a regular person. Along the way Collin's icy dead heart starts to thaw. He is a nice guy, but I didn't feel anything special about him. He slowly develops a personality and does a complete turn around. There wasn't a happy middle along the way. Maybe its because Miranda's personality is just so awesomely overpowering. The appearance of characters from the Jane Jameson series was a nice touch. This was a good book, but not as good as some of Ms. Harper's other books. If you are looking for a light hearted read and a good laugh don't pass this one up.
I did listen to this book on audio from audible.com. I have to admit that Amanda Ronconi is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. She has a great pacing to her voice and does wonderful with books that have a little "snap" and comedy in them. I give this book a 3 1/2 STAR rating.
*This is not a YA book