HomeReviewsInterviewsStoreABlogsOn Writing

Over My Dead Body, by Michele Bardsley


The fifth installment in Ms Bardsley’s Broken Heart, Oklahoma series, Over My Dead Body tells the story of single-mother-turned-vampire Simone Sweet and man of mystery cum mercenary Brady Hayes. I would call these novels paranormal romantic comedies with an increasing element of suspense running through as an overall plot arc.

While it is possible to read and enjoy these books as stand alones-for example, I have yet to read the first two (and my anal retentive tendencies make that a constant itch, by the way)-I would definitely recommend starting with the first novel, I’m the Vampire, That’s Why to follow the progression of the overall story arc (more on this at the end of the review).

Unlike many other back cover blurbs, the ones for this series manage to encapsulate the novels quite well. Here’s the one for Over My Dead Body: (more…)

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home, by Michele Bardsley

Fourth in the Broken Heart, Oklahoma series, Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home changes gears slightly—this time, the heroine is both human and a stranger to the town and its recent… change in management, so to speak.

Some of you may remember that I am not particularly fond of the first person narrative (this and this and this and this reviews notwithstanding), but I find Libby truly delightful. Off the bat, though, I have one major complaint with the title—contrary to Because Your Vampire Said So, I really don’t see the tie between title and novel here.

Onwards with the back cover blurb:

It’s one thing to date a single father with emotional baggage… but quite another to date one who’s dead.

It’s only because of my work as a paranormal investigator that I, Libby Monroe, end up in a town like Broken Heart, Oklahoma, chasing down bizarre rumors of strange goings-on–and finding vampires, lycanthropes, and zombies. Oh, my!

I never expected to fall in lust, but sexy vampire Ralph Genessa is too irresistible. The fact that he’s the loving, sexy father of twin boys drives the nail into my coffin and wins my undying love. And you know what they say: Home is where the heart is. Only this town is being torn in two by a war between the undead, and I may be the only thing that can hold Broken Heart together.


Because Your Vampire Said So, by Michele Bardsley

The third title in the Broken Heart, Oklahoma paranormal romantic comedy series (and that’s a mouthful, no?) set in the small town of Broken Heart, Because Your Vampire Said So is my first novel by Ms Bardsley. The series is written in first person, with each novel narrated by its heroine. The series revolves around the single mothers in town, all of whom were turned into vampires during the events of the first book, I’m The Vampire, That’s Why.

In this installment, we learn more about the history of vampires, through short chapters taken from the memoirs of Ruadan, the first vampire and creator of the other six Ancients. These chapters are written by his son, Lorcan, and are quite different, both in tone and content, from the rest of the novel. (more…)