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7.15.2009

Review: Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley

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Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home (Broken Heart, Oklahoma #4) by Michele Bardsley
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 320 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 0451225503
Undead fathers really do know best...
To prove her journalistic chops, Libby Monroe ends up in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, chasing down bizarre rumors of strange goings-on—and finding vampires, lycanthropes, and zombies. She never expects to fall in lust with one of them, but vampire/single dad Ralph Genessa is too irresistible. Only the town is being torn in two by a war between the undead—and Libby may be the only thing that can hold Broken Heart together…

Author Site:
blog.michelebardsley.net


Not the highlight of the series. (2 stars)

Libby Monroe comes from a family of paranormal investigators, running PRIS, better aka Paranormal Research and Investigation Services. When PRIS decides to investigate some interesting rumors of paranormal activity near the town of Broken Heart things get wild when Libby is attacked by a zombie, a tainted vampire and gets mixed up in a battle between dragons all in the course of a few minutes. This kind of proof is exactly the sort of thing she needs for PRIS to get some respect. But there's a complication... she's hopelessly attracted to the handsome vampire widower, Ralph Genessa, who helped her escape the monsters. As if that wasn't enough she's also developed strange new gifts after her contact with the dragons.

While Libby and Ralph continue to be drawn together the battle with those who've threatened Broken Heart in previous books continues. Could Libby's new gifts be the key to defeating Lia? Will Ralph be able to avert family crisis with his twin boys and will Ralph be able to bring Libby into his new life as both vampire and widowed father? You'll just have to read Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home to find out!

I hate to say it but I was very disappointed with this installment in the series. Conceptually I like the series in general but have found the last couple of books somehow lacking. So far this has been the weakest of the bunch. Ralph is mentioned a lot in earlier books but now that he had his own book I expected to get to know him better, instead we're told the story from Libby's side of things. This makes Ralph pretty cookie-cutter and unfortunately he feels strangely generic. While other readers might find his attraction to Libby plausible I saw no actual reason for him to be drawn to her outside of her paranormal gifts. For me if the hero and heroine don't feel well matched I have a hard time enjoying a romance.

The plot itself felt contrived, as if a handful of ideas were written on slips of paper and drawn from a hat and this was the one that came out. It came together far too swiftly, with very little true conflict where I felt any of the characters were in danger. The previous heroes and heroines make appearances but none of them seemed important to the overall plot which was frustrating. The humor this series is characterized by was also weaker than in earlier installments.

In the end I don't know if I am going to continue reading this series or not. I know one dud shouldn't spoil a series but this one was exceptionally blase and dull and it wasn't the first that didn't win me. Ouch!

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