Reviewed by: Jannelle
Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1).
Fangs for the Memories is the story of how Andrea and Dick Cheney (not the Vice President) fell in love. While Jane’s story progressed and side characters in Half-Moon Hollow began to emerge, Dick and Andrea sat (not so quietly) in the background, awaiting their turn.
Fangs for the Memories is a flashback novella that is meant to take place around the time that Zeb is getting married and overlaps events that we were made aware of (like Zeb’s wedding and Mr. Wainwright’s passing) and those we were not (like the blossoming of Dick and Andrea’s relationship).
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Dick and Andrea’s story. When it was finally released, I didn’t look at any of the book details I normally do—blurb on the back, quick synopsis, page numbers, etc.—because I was just that into getting started. What did happen to leak through was the fact that it was a novella, but Harper does such a fantastic job with these short stories between full-length novels, that it didn’t faze me.
I’m hesitant to say that Dick and Andrea’s story was a bit of a dud. Don’t get me wrong—it was a great story, just not what I was expecting. That could entirely be because of the hype I made it out to be—this epic full-length novel with soap opera cliffhangers—and it was the complete opposite of that. Fangs for the Memories was short, sweet, and to the point with a slow and steady plot that reminisced about the beginning of their relationship rather than focus on the latest villainous plot (which we usually see in a Jane Jameson novel).
What I loved about Fangs for the Memories is the backstory on Andrea’s previous romantic relationships, which resulted in a deeper insight to her character. While it might have been touched upon briefly in other installments of the series, I couldn’t recall mention of her past and was hooked on any glimpses of her life outside of Half-Moon Hollow and what that meant for the progression of her relationship with Dick. It was also touching to see Dick’s sweet (and slightly less shady) side.
I listened to Amanda Ronconi’s narration of the story and it was a quick listen (within the day), which I’m assuming could be said the same about the ebook version. I love Ronconi’s narrations and her take on these Half-Moon Hollow regulars—Jane, Dick, Ophelia—are always fantastic and consistent with the previous novels’ narration.
So, is Fangs for the Memories worth the purchase? Well, I think so. Hype aside, it was a great addition to the ever-wonderful Half-Moon Hollow series and appeases the curiosity of how exactly Dick and Andrea became an item.
If you think you need to wait to read Fangs for the Memories or think you have to read other books in the series before this one, you don’t. It reads great as a standalone, but can definitely be appreciated having read other installments in either the Half-Moon Hollow or Jane Jameson series.
Sexual content: scenes of a sensual nature