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10.14.2008

Review: Because Your Vampire Said So by Michele Bardsley

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Because Your Vampire Said So (Broken Heart, Oklahoma #3) by Michele Bardsley
Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET ECLIPSE, 320 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 0451223861

Released: May 2008 (Reviewed: May 2008)
When you’re immortal, being a mom won’t kill you— it will only make you strongerEven though all the non-vamps in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, skipped town, Patsy Donahue has kept her hair salon up and running thanks to the werewolves prowling around. They know how important good grooming is, especially a certain rogue shapeshifter who’s as sexy as he is deadly. Now, if only she could put a leash on her wild teenage son, who’s up to his neck in danger. The stress would kill Patsy, if she wasn’t already undead. But her maternal instinct is still alive and kicking. And no one had better mess with her own flesh and blood…

Author Site: http://www.michelebardsley.net/

Broken Heart, Oklahoma, come for the PTA meetings! (4 stars)

Before I say anything more, let me stress that this book can't stand alone. If you haven't read the previous books not only will this one make very little sense but you'll be missing out on the better books in the series thus far.

Introduced to us in I'm The Vampire, That's Why, our heroine, Patsy, was brought in as a 40-year-old single mom running her own hair salon. Because Your Vampire Said So brings Patsy back in her very own story, still doing hair and trying to be a good mom to her son Wilson, despite the fact she's now undead. No-nonsense and very tell-it-like-it-is Patsy tells us her adventure with a bold voice which the author pulls off nicely. It's rare to find a first person narrative with this much slang and sass that isn't horrific.

Patsy's love life heats up when a mysterious werewolf drops into her world and saves her life. Only trouble is, he's not the guardian she was told was coming to protect her. Meanwhile, the Consortium has brought in the Ancients to Broken Heart, setting a trap for Kosche and his villains. It is through the originator of Patsy's bloodline that she learns she can talk to the dead and raise what essentially amounts to a zombie army. Not the coolest powers in Patsy's opinion but once she's learned to use them they come in handy. As it turns out, Patsy's sexy werewolf savior, Gabriel, and his motley band of parakind are outcasts seeking the woman prophesied to be their Queen and Gabriel's lover. But there's a lot more to Gabriel is no ordinary werewolf just as Patsy's no ordinary hair-dresser.

I wanted to give this book three stars. I am a slow reader but I read this in a day, it was pretty short. I expected it to be light reading but not that light. It also felt rushed and the romance between Gabriel and Patsy seemed more like a case of lust on her part and him believing in a prophesy. It was just a little forced and quick for my taste. That could have been excusable if the story itself didn't suffer from the same problem. Even still this was a fun book, a cute read and I love Bardsley's style and the world building she has done for this clever series.

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