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    Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley
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  • Published: Apr 30th, 2009

bardsley_dead.jpgReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher: Penguin
4.5 stars

In the fifth book of her Broken Heart vampire series, Michele Bardsley ups the ante by adding a much darker element to this book.  While humor is still a major aspect, there is more menace in this tale.  Over My Dead Body begins with a bang and keeps the action going until the last page.  And keeps the reader guessing–like me– when I read the first paragraph:

“Killing Braddock Hayes changed my life—such as it was—forever.  Committing murder should change a person, at least a person who still has a conscience, and I sure as hell had mine.”

Whoa!  Even if I weren’t already a fan of this series, I would be sucked into this story with that line.  The vampire heroine killing her love interest in the first chapter spells trouble and we readers are jonesing for some answers.  Simone Sweet, newly turned vampire and resident mechanic of Broken Heart, Oklahoma is no stranger to trouble.  After being abused and nearly murdered by her ex-husband, she escapes to Broken Heart with her young daughter, Glory, who has not spoken a word since that fateful night.  Seeking a safe haven, Simone never counted on becoming one of the undead.  Broken Heart has since become a sanctuary of sorts for the paranormal community, and Simone has settled into a normal—or normal if you’re paranormal—life.

Braddock “Brady” Hayes is a former PRIS (Paranormal Research and Investigation Services) operative who is in Broken Heart to help install a security perimeter around town, an Invisi-shield, which when fully operational would make Broken Heart “disappear” and thereby protect all who live there from those who would rather rid the world of paranormal beings.  Brady is always willing to consult with local mechanic, Simone, about the Invisishield, but he’s more interested in getting up close and very personal with her.  He’s a tall, dark, handsome and oh so buff former military man, who is ogled by every woman in town, but he only has eyes for Simone.  He definitely makes her undead heart beat faster, but she’s overly cautious about becoming involved, for many reasons: her last relationship was a disaster, to say the least; and becoming intimate with Brady—a human—is not a good idea, since they would be bound together for 100 years; and Brady is way too perceptive and Simone doesn’t want him learning the truth about her past.  But Simone’s past is about to catch up to her in a big and very bad way!

When someone starts murdering vampires, the citizens of Broken Heart must band together to find the culprit.  Simone seems to be connected to murders. Or is she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If she is to save herself and ultimately Broken Heart, she must trust Brady and tell him about her life before she came to Broken Heart.  She may be surprised how closely Brady’s own past is linked with hers and the evil that is determined to destroy them all.

Michele Bardsley has done it again!  This is one of my favorite paranormal series for sheer entertainment value. To get the most out of the Broken Heart series, it’s best to read them in order:  I’m The Vampire, That’s Why, Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire, Because Your Vampire Said So, Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home, and the latest. Clever, action-packed, and sensual, Over My Dead Body is a helluva page turner that’s not to be missed!

4 Responses to “Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley”

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  1. Marisa
    on Apr 30th, 2009
    @ 3:44 pm

    Great Review Gannon. I’ve been behind in this series and now you make me want to catch up. I love a heroine ‘on the run’ so to speak. Bardsley has a great way of combining humor and action and I’m looking forward to this one.

  2. Gannon
    on Apr 30th, 2009
    @ 5:40 pm

    Thanks, Marisa. Michele really does have a way with humor and action and this book has loads of both! Hope you enjoy it…when you catch up. 🙂

  3. orannia
    on Apr 30th, 2009
    @ 7:18 pm

    Thank you Gannon! I read the first in the series and really enjoyed it but I didn’t enjoy the second as much…it wasn’t that it was badly written (because it wasn’t!) but..I think at the time it just didn’t feel different enough from the first, if that makes sense. However, this one sounds interesting. I might have to pick this series back up, so thank you!

  4. Gannon
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 7:22 am

    Glad you liked the review, orannia. I’ve had the same thing happen with books in a series also, but this one is definitely different from the rest. Hope you enjoy it!

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