Book review: Dead Over Heels – Theresa Braun

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I am trying to broaden my reading in 2017. A bit more science-fiction, a lot more Grimdark and Fantasy, some non-fiction stuff and who knows what else?

When I offered to review ‘Dead Over Heels’ for Theresa Braun I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Certainly, the cover art suggests a sort of horror, romance read and this is quite close to what I eventually found. Now, romantically tinged horror stories aren’t normally my thing, I’ll be honest, but there is a lot to like about this novelette from Theresa. Now, if this was to be the sort of sugar-coated paranormal romance story I was originally expecting then it would’ve probably ended up on the did-not-finish pile. However, thanks to Braun’s great characterisation, wicked twists and originality, I found myself thoroughly invested in this short tale.

When Veronica meets Sebastian at a peculiar restaurant the couple begin to notice things aren’t quite as they seem. In fact, the guests are disappearing into thin air! is this a result of the spell Veronica has cast in order to find Mr Right? Or is something else at play?

I like Theresa’s writing style a lot. It’s very easy to digest and the story races along at a fine pace. The two characters are fleshed-out well enough for you to invest some of your time into them and the chemistry between the two is excellent and realistic. The dialogue is believable, witty and sharp. Braun isn’t afraid to spill a little blood and the ending of this short tale is really good, very cleverly crafted.

Could I take many more pages of this? probably not, but as a novelette it works incredibly well. It felt good to read something a little out of my comfort zone. If you have always steered clear of this sort of story then perhaps it is time for you to give it a whirl. At less than an hours reading it isn’t a huge commitment to make. And, you never know, you might just end up enjoying it as much as I did!

4/5 stars

Pick up a copy from here.

Check out Theresa Braun at TheresaBraun.com

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