Review of BACK TO BITE YOU, a novella from the Bayou Gavotte Series by Barbara Monajem

Title: Back to Bite You, a novella, prequel to the Bayou Gavotte Series
Author: Barbara Monajem
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Story Setting: Bayou Gavotte, a small town in Louisiana
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Pages: 74

_5894306Words from Author Barbara Monajem

I hope you enjoy reading Back to Bite You. It’s a prequel to my series about the funky little town of Bayou Gavotte. The first full-length novel in the series is Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil, in which Ophelia, the vampire landscaper in Back to Bite You who has sworn off men, finds the one hunk she can’t ignore:

Dark secrets abound in the town of Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, from blackmail to fetish clubs to murder, and when blood-and-love starved vampire Ophelia Beliveau calls the police to scare away whoever is desecrating her garden, Detective Gideon O’Toole unearths more than he ever dreamed.

The other books in the series are Tastes of Love & Evil and Heart of Constantine.

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Here are the links of my reviews of her other books of the series.

Book 1: Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil

Book 2: Tastes of Love & Evil

Book 3: Heart of Constantine


Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil

Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil

Tastes of Love & Evil

Tastes of Love & Evil

Heart of Constantine
Heart of Constantine







22038922About the Story: When vampire Mirabel Lane goes to Bayou Gavotte to hide out from the mobster she just dumped, the last thing she expects is to inherit a house. No, make that the second to last thing. What she really doesn’t expect is to fall for the previous owner’s gorgeous grandson.

When Gerry Kingsley goes to Bayou Gavotte to check out probable gold-digger and possible murderer Mirabel Lane, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with the irresistible twenty-something vampire. No, what he really doesn’t expect is to unearth―once and for all―his family’s dark, convoluted past. This novella is a prequel to the Bayou Gavotte series. (Click on book cover to purchase.)

My Thoughts: I don’t know how Barbara Monajem is able to produce a story as a novella and have me fill that I’ve eaten a full-course dinner! In each return to Bayou Gavotte I am delighted to be back in her world of good-citizen vampires with high moral ethics. I didn’t feel the story was cut-short, although I would have loved to linger longer in the town. Perhaps the author will surprise us with another full-length novel in the series.

The story was action-packed and moved forward at a good pace. Of course, as a novella, she can’t spend lots of time in description, but if you’ve read her other books, you’ll be able to envision this rather kinky and lovable town.

As I’ve read her other books in the series, it was nice to travel back to this little town, meet a few new vampires and people, learn further the quirks of the town and enjoy Mirabel and Gerry’s love story. With the allure of vampires it doesn’t take much to strike the match of passion!

Gerry Kingsley was more than a match for Mirabel Lane. He was smart and didn’t have “a stick up his behind” as Mirabel thought. They discover together the dark secrets of Gerry’s family. There was some suspense putting me a little on edge. I didn’t even know a villain or two existed within the story which added another twist of interest.


“The house,” April said ominously, “was supposed to come to us.”

Ah. He blew out a long breath and waited.

“He left it to his girlfriend!” June cried. “Mirabel Lane.”

“Never heard of her.” Arthur had always had one girlfriend or another—pleasant, older women by and large.

“They’d known each other for less than a month,” April hissed. “Until a week before his death, it was bequeathed to us. She seduced him into changing his will.”

June’s horrified shudder might have been appropriate if Grandpa had been attacked by a succubus and hauled off to a party in Hell.

Gerry tried reason. “Aunties, look on the bright side. You don’t want that ramshackle old house. It’s been falling apart for years, and he refused to spend a penny fixing it up. He wouldn’t even let me do it for free.”

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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2 Responses to Review of BACK TO BITE YOU, a novella from the Bayou Gavotte Series by Barbara Monajem

  1. Barbara Monajem says:

    Thanks, Eileen. I am indeed working on another Bayou Gavotte story, but it’s taking shape very slowly. I’ve been distracted by too many other projects, so it may be quite a while! 🙂


  2. Your fans will wait! I’m sure it will be wonderful.


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