Reborn Yesterday | By Tessa Bailey
Paranormal Romance | Book Review
A timeless love story with bite.
It was a night like any other for funeral home director Ginny Lynn, until the exceptionally handsome—and unfortunately deceased—young man on her embalming table sat up, opened his emerald eyes and changed the course of her life forever, making her feel quite fluttery while he was at it.
Humans aren’t supposed to know Jonas Cantrell, or any vampire, exists. It’s kind of a major rule. Despite his instantaneous bond with perfectly peculiar Ginny, he has no choice but to erase her memories of their one and only meeting.
That was the plan. Before a reluctant Jonas can wipe Ginny’s mind clean, she reveals a secret that brings their worlds crashing together. Human and vampire. Past and present. Darkness and light. And while their love is strictly forbidden, it might be the only thing that can save them…
Narrative and plot
It has been a while since I read a vampire romance, and this one had been on my radar for a long time. Needless to say, I expected the genre and the story to evolve in some way. However, the story stayed in its known and cliched format where the prey falls for the predator. This is hardly a spoiler in this format. What surprised me was that it took the tried and tested format of storytelling and narrative, yet again glorifying a penchant for peril and the thrill that came with it.
The plot is entertaining, of course, with the right amount of pacing and quite likable characters. However, the romance while I enjoyed reading wasn’t fresh enough, if I am being honest. The last vampire story I read went along similar lines and there wasn’t a lot of innovation there.
Characters and Conflicts
Reading about controlling male behavior in the name of protection no longer appeals to me as an adult. Perhaps that was my one big turn-off for what was an otherwise steamy romance. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the chemistry between Jonas and Ginny. The effervescent nature of Ginny and particularly her friendship with Roksana was endearing. The fellow vampires made it an interesting read as well.
However, the conflict and the entire ordeal that the reader has to go through in order to achieve the most favorable outcome for the main characters was just old wine in a new package. Perhaps it wouldn’t have shocked me as much if the critic I follow didn’t hype it as the most adorable romance ever.
Reborn Yesterday is your regular girl meets vampire and they fall for each other love story. If you keep your expectations in check and go for it, this is actually quite a decent read. I haven’t yet decided whether I should follow this series or not. If you have read the rest of the books in this series, please let me know in the comments what you thought of it.