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The Undead Single Moms' Club - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published April 28th 2018
The things we do for our kids
The Single Undead Moms Club, Molly Harper, books about vampires, romance novels, romance with vampires, supernatural romance

Single mother Libby Stratton is dying of leukaemia. Not wanting to leave her six-year-old son, Danny, alone, she pays a stranger to turn her into a vampire. While this does mean she will still be around to see her son grow up, even if she can only visit the park and push him on the swings at night, there are some downsides to her newfound unlife. She has to contend with prejudice from other mothers in the PTA who don't like having a vampire around the school, and her in-laws suing her for custody of their grandson. To further complicated matters, she becomes embroiled in a love triangle between her vampire sire and a sexy tattooed biker, and all the while a mysterious hooded figure has been hanging around and menacing her whenever she is out alone.

The Single Undead Mom's Club is the fourth book in Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow series, but it will still make sense if you haven't read the first three since it is a self-contained story that focuses on a different main character. There are some minor spoilers for the earlier books and a few of the characters from those appear in this one. In the universe of the series, vampires have revealed their existence to the living and, after a brief period of upheaval, life has carried on more or less as usual. Vampires by and large abide by the law and drink only either blood from willing donors or a synthetic substitute. It pays not to think too hard about the premise, and just sit back and enjoy the romance as it unfolds. Molly Harper's writing is a lot of fun, with plenty of witty banter and jokes. As for the romance, if you like gruff, muscular men who turn out to have a heart of gold then Molly Harper's books are for you.

It's probably not the author's fault, but the cover art annoyed me. Firstly this was because, as is often the case in movie posters, and not so often with books, only half her face is visible. Secondly, she is shown eating a cookie, when in the Half Moon Hollow series vampires do not eat... cookies. In fact, the main character is so revolted by the smell of human food that she can only bake brownies for her son's school's bake sale fundraiser while wearing "one of those masks like they have in Breaking Bad". I'm not sure why publishers do this, but it sometimes seems like cover art is created and approved by someone who never read more than the title of the book.

The Single Undead Mom's Club
is a fun read full of laughs, romance and also some contemplation of the sacrifices parents make for their children. If you like this one you will probably also enjoy How To Run With A Naked Werewolf, from Molly Harper's other series about werewolves living in Alaska.

Published: 2015

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