Jane Vows Vengeance by Michael Thomas Ford
ISBN: 9780345513670
Publication date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In sleepy upstate New York, Jane’s wedding preparations have taken on a bloodsucking intensity. So when Walter suggests they ditch it all and combine their marriage and honeymoon with a house tour of Europe, Jane jumps at the chance to flee Lord Byron and the lingering threat of Charlotte Brontë. But to Jane’s chagrin, more than one secret from her past is about to resurface.


From an Agatha Christie–style murder mystery to a wedding interrupted by the ghosts of the Princes in the Tower to a shocking revelation about Walter’s mother, nothing about this trip is less than pure mayhem. And when a chance encounter puts Jane on the trail of a legendary device reputed to restore a vampire’s human soul, will our beloved heroine finally be able to vow her love and devotion—or will a vampire hunter’s vengeance drive a stake through her eternal life? 

Jane Vows Vengeance is the third book in this series by Michael Thomas Ford. Jane Fairfax (a.k.a. Jane Austen) is a bookseller and a best-selling author. She is engaged to Walter Fletcher, an architect, and continuing to deal with his mother, a dedicated vampire hunter, Miriam. To make matters worse, Jane’s been given an ultimatum by her soon-to-be mother-in-law, tell Walter the truth about her vampirism AND get pregnant. Jane isn’t even sure the latter is possible, but since she loves Walter, she’s willing to endure almost anything to make this possible. Or so she thinks . . . 

After Walter announces that they should go on an architectural tour of Europe and combine it with their honeymoon, Jane agrees. But who goes on a honeymoon tour with their mother-in-law? You guessed it, Jane and Walter . . . because his mother wants to be there to witness the great event. Things are going reasonably well on this tour until the so-called wedding day when another “surprise” awaits Jane . . . her husband . . . whom she hasn’t seen for more than 150 years. Needless to say, this puts a damper on the wedding and subsequent celebrations. 

Jane Vows Vengeance has moments of comedic relief and continues to provide the reader with a better understanding of the quirkiness of all of the characters. This story features less romance and much more intrigue centered on a myth that may allow Jane to become fully human after 200 years of being a vampire. As Jane struggles to have her previous marriage “annulled,” she is also on a quest to find the mythical object that may restore her humanity. (I forgot to mention, she is also trying to find the right moment to tell Walter who she really is and what she has become . . . piece of cake!) Jane Vows Vengeance seemed a little less light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek as the previous stories. This wasn’t a bad thing and provided a new experience in the series (definitely a good thing as some series become mired down by trying to duplicate the look and feel of previous titles). Jane Vows Vengeance is a quick and enjoyable read that provides a different perspective into the lives of Jane, Walter and Miriam. Let’s hope this isn’t the end of the Jane Fairfax series.

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I had to escort my parental units to see their gerontologist yesterday and decided to read for pleasure while awaiting the appointments. Since my to-be-read-for-pleasure list is so long, the choices seem to be never ending, but I finally chose to read Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford and I’m very glad I made this choice.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Jane Bites Back is a very well-written and well-developed story about Jane Austen as a vampire bookstore owner residing in upstate New York in the 21st century. That alone gets us off to a really good start and then we learn that this Jane has received 116 rejection letters for her latest manuscript (well it was written when she was still alive but still . . . ). Just when she begins to despair that she’ll never be able to write again, she receives an email that her manuscript has been accepted and will be published within months. To make things slightly more interesting, she is enamored with a local contractor and is almost ready to move that relationship to the next level when an unfortunate ex appears. This “ex” just happens to be the vampire that turned her and he is Lord Byron. Now lets throw in a slightly deranged Charlotte Bronte (yes another vampire) into the mix, along with devoted Austenites versus Bronteites. I could tell you more but I’ll simply say that this book is extremely funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and a delight from beginning to end. After completing Jane Bites Back I wasn’t ready to put this Jane Austen away, so I promptly began reading Jane Goes Batty

Jane Goes Batty takes up just where Jane Bites Back left off. Jane is now being followed by a film crew and is in the midst of having her book filmed. She’s slightly ticked off because the screenwriter and director have taken liberal creative license and changed her work to the point of being unrecognizable. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a vampire hunter on the loose and it turns out to be her boyfriend’s mother. Oh, and the deranged Charlotte Bronte is still out there somewhere. This book involves a bit more romance in an on-again/off-again nature between Jane and Walter, as well as her store manager Lucy and the rabbi Ben. Byron is still up to his old tricks and is chasing after Jane and trying to make amends, while chasing after and obsessing about men and women. Did I forget to mention that there’s also a slightly demented romance blogger in town during the filming and a new book editor on the scene? You wouldn’t think these elements could work but they do, and quite well. The humor is still there but this book provides slightly more intrigue along with the paranormal slant. This was just as good as the first book and I’m a little sad to have to put this Jane Austen away for a while and wait for the next in this series, Jane Vows Vengeance