- Author: Theresa Braun
- Published: November 2016 by Frith Books
- Category: Paranormal, Romance, Book Review, Blog Tour, Novelette.
Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.
After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?
Just when she’d about given up with online dating, Veronica decided to lend fate a helping hand and experiment with a candle spell. A developing online relationship ensued and a couple of weeks later, after messaging back and forth, she agreed to meet Sebastian. Their date was set for The River House, the venue chosen by Sebastian because it was supposedly haunted and he knew Veronica was fascinated by the paranormal.
Veronica and Sebastian were getting on famously, finding they had strangely similar experiences with their parents, when Veronica noticed an older couple at a nearby table.
The woman at the table looked familiar to Veronica, reminding her of her mother. The couple weren’t drinking or eating and Sebastian asked the waiter to send drinks over to their table. The waiter’s answer flabbergasted them both.
Theresa Braun packs a lot into this novelette of just thirty-eight pages; including romance, tragedy and the paranormal. Well written with depth and enough information about the characters to get a good feel for them. The opening few paragraphs are an instant hook.
None of this is his fault, but here we sit in the police station. The cold, white walls are scuffed and dirty. Scrolling mug shots of wanted criminals flash by on a mounted monitor. My hand is clutching Sebastian’s, although I’m not sure he’s even aware of it after all we’ve been through.
His eyes are glazed over, his sandy colored hair both matted and cowlick-y. He wears the circumstantial evidence: a scratched face and a split lower lip. Not to mention, his gray shirt is caked with blood and soaked in sweat.
The story is narrated by Veronica, informally in the first person, which holds the attention as the reader experiences the strange and traumatic events with her as they unfold. An engaging story with a smoothly flowing plot, no unnecessary padding and the pacing is just right. A clever spin on the title which is only revealed at the end. There are twists throughout and the ending is totally unexpected and shocking. A quick, enjoyable read.
I chose to read and review Dead Over Heels for R&R Book Tours based on a copy of the book supplied by the author/publisher.
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About Theresa Braun
Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. She blogs about writing, television shows, movies, and books, and all things dark. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, in Hindered Souls, in The Horror Zine, in Schlock! Webzine, and by Frith Books. Upcoming stories to appear in Monsters Exist and Hardened Hearts.
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