Review- Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford


Jane bites BackGenre:  Paranormal Romance

Author:  Michael Thomas Ford

Publisher: Ballantine, 2009

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it’s because she’s the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?


What would happen if Jane Austen was turned into a vampire? Michael Thomas Ford wondered and came up with JANE BITES BACK, a contemporary story about a vampire Jane (Austen) Fairfax who owns a bookstore in a sleepy upstate New York town. In the beginning of the story, no one knows that Jane is a vampire. She is content with her bookstore, her store assistant and feeding off of people who never guess what has happened. Her books as Jane Austen are so popular that her biggest complaints are that she doesn’t get royalties and her new novel CONSTANCE can’t find a publisher. All that changes when she does find a publisher, her sire  finds her and wants her back, and she becomes infatuated with a local hunk.

This is not a book in the style of Jane Austen, it is a book about Jane Austen as a current day vampire. AND it is done superbly. We are treated to the proper Jane who tries to fit into modern society and then to vampire Jane who defends againist those who would do her wrong. The cast of other literary characters who are also vampiric is icing on the cake. Michael Thomas Ford is an accomplished storyteller. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. The vampires don’t “sparkle” but there is a sense that they would make delightful company.

Jane Austen Vampire series:

  1. Jane Bites Back
  2. Jane Goes batty
  3. Jane Vows Vengence


Filed under Book review, Books, Paranormal Romance, Vampire

6 responses to “Review- Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

  1. Okay well this is one book I will have to check out. Jane Austen as a vampire, love the idea. Thanks Dot!


  2. Maybe not my type of book but it’s certainly an original idea!


  3. Edyta

    I don’t know what I think about this idea. Hmmmm


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