Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford is quite an entertaining possibility of what Jane Austen would have been like if she were a vampire. I found this book charmingly cute and delightfully refreshing. This is not a hot steamy romance and that is a refreshing change of pace in today's world of romance novels.
Jane Fairfax is the Jane Austen but she guards her secret like a cat guards a prize mouse. Having lived two centuries plus, Jane has moved around quite a bit and seen a fair amount of changes in city life as well as country life. What Jane doesn't see coming is two men of interest that will jog her reclusive life into high giggle mode and her first chance at being a published author in the current century.
The author has given us a cute laughable storyline with some accurate historical back story that will keep you interested from page one to the end. The hijinks's that Jane Austen gets herself into will keep you giggling like a schoolgirl to be sure. Oh and the fact that she meets up with a rival from her long ago past that still holds a grudge makes this even more enjoyable. Especially since this rival can't seem to keep from eternally screwing up everything she touches.
I must be honest and say that I have not read many romance books written by men and I say "kudos" to this author for showing me that there are indeed men out there that do know the difference between romance and sex. The pace of the story was quick enough to keep you enchanted but not so fast as to make you miss anything. My only suggestion to make his work a wee bit better would be to make the chapter transitions a bit smoother. Other than that I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (December 29, 2009)