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?
My Thoughts :
I have read some pretty amazing but emotional books lately and for my next read I needed something a little less dark and a bit more fun. So when I found this novella from Molly Harper hidden on my Kindle I knew it was the perfect choice! This author always makes me laugh out loud.
Driving Mr. Dead is set in the Jane Jameson world and even mentions Jane more than once. So it wasn't hard getting to used to the vampireness or background from this already established series that I already know so well. For a short story there was a lot packed into it. I of course did laugh a few times and although I needed some time to warm up to Collin I did like Miranda pretty much from the start. A bit of a potty mouth, like myself, trouble seems to find her where ever she is. She was a hoot.
I liked the short story but of course it was over too quickly for me. Of course I admire authors who manage to pull off a whole story in a third or fourth of the amount of pages they would usually use up but I am a huge lover of the full length all inclusive stories.
Definitely a must read for any lovers of Molly Harper's hilarious work and style. Roll on Summer when her next Vampire comedy/romance comes out!
Jane Jameson Series :
#1 - Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
#2 - Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men
#3 - Nice Girls Don't Love Forever
#4 - Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors
#5 - The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Due out this Summer)
Naked Werewolf Series :
#1 - How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
#2 - The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
And One Last Thing...