Novelette Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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“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?” (Source: Goodreads)


When it comes to short stories of any form, whether it’s simply that or a novella, I’m always iffy. Usually there’s certain details that can be expounded upon or characters that don’t develop entirely. After all, there’s only so much that can be accomplished without a full length novel. Opening up Theresa Braun’s novellette, Dead Over Heels, I can’t recall what I thought. I definitely didn’t expect something so totally complete.

Dead Over Heels begins setting the scene for a couple of after some sort of incident. Using the “hook and return” concept, Braun then goes backwards to tell readers how the main characters, Veronica and Sebastian, ended up where they are. What unfolds is a hauntingly sweet tale of the joys and frustrations of dating, coupled with a few darker notes. As the story progresses, things take a supernatural turn that not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but blew me away. I did not see the ending coming, and that is a feat. I can’t wait to read more from Braun!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀💀

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