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You'll Understand When You're Dead

(Broken Heart #12)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  72 reviews
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Michele Bardsley...
You'll Understand When Your Dead is Book 12 in the popular, bestselling paranormal Broken Heart series...

When vampire Natalie Haltom starts receiving an influx of ghost suitors, she can’t seem to escape their amorous attentions. And with a ghost cow chasing her everywhere in town, she’s having the wo
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published May 27th 2015 by Freeman Publications (first published May 1st 2015)
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Marta Cox
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's always a joy to read a book by this author and her series set in Broken Heart is an absolute hoot! Broken Heart, Oklahoma is a town unlike any other with it's paranormal citizens and seemingly endless misunderstandings . I've read about the Vampires, Shifters and Fae who live there so it was quite interesting to see Matt the psychic move into town as I was curious just how his ability would affect the townsfolk . Well there's one person in particular who really does notice Matt and that's N ...more
Jean Smith
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A humorous take on what a single mom’s life as a vampire living in Broken Heart, Oklahoma turns out to be when her meddling daughter, Kimmie decides her life needs a bit of romance. Poor Nathalie doesn’t know what’s hit her when ghosts crawl out of the wood work toting flowers, chocolates, rings and proposals. Matt, Mr. Chivalrous himself saves the day when he announces their “engagement” in order to deter an overzealous ghostly admirer. The only problem with chivalry and lies is that they tend ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to live in Broken Heart. I love the mixture of paranormal creatures and humans, and how they all work together to keep the town safe.
I have not read many others in the series, but you don't have to read them all to understand what is going on. You get some tidbits of the history to understand the current state of affairs when it's necessary. There are so many laugh out loud moments, and they sneak up on you out of nowhere. From the meddling town to the ghost cow that is terrorizing Natal
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in the quaint community of Broken Heart, Oklahoma, the 12th standalone book in this delightful romantic series. Broken Heart inhabitants consist of humans, vampires, werewolves, fae, witches, psychics, among other magical creatures living in a cohesive crazy friendly environment. The focal points of the story; an erroneous spell, and a lie that begins a fiery romance. Michele's talent truly shines as she lures you into this rollicking enchanting story.

Impressive and engagi
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The series is a good one. This is Natalie and Matt’s story. Did not want to put it down till the end it made me laugh out loud. With some hot sex thrown in! Could be read as a standalone book but read the series because previous characters pop up in the book and their stories are just as funny.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The ghost cow hellbent on revenge was brilliant, in my opinion he was the star of the book. Thrown in with teenage drama, Elvis impersonators, nosy neighbors and a happily ever after made this an very enjoyable book.
Latisha Bramlett
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The author seems to be really slacking off the last few books. They read more like novellas than books. At least a this one made sense and didn't leave me feeling like I missed something.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
You’ll understand when your dead
When Kimmie and her friends cast a special dating spell for her mom, they had no idea that not only were they opening the world to ghosts to come date her undead mother, but also a demon out for her mother’s soul. Natalie, has no idea why ghosts keep popping up wanting to date her, but she she is rescued by new to town Matt who improvised by saying she was his fiancé. The wacky town of Broken Heart all jump on the wedding train and their simple lie quickly spirals
Betty Lambert
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book. This was so funny in spots but also had its serious moments. This is about Natalie Haltom starts receiving lots of ghost suitors and doesn't know why. She has a teenage daughter. She meets up with Vedere Pyschic Matthew Dennison, who moved to Broken Hearts to escape the legacy of the Vederes. He becomes a psychic for the vampire queen. Natalie wants to get involved with Matthew but can't seem to get rid of these ghosts that keep turning up. Her daughter is involved with 2 other girls ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Natalie meets Matthew in a tree in a field because of a ghost cow,lol! I won't tell you about the cow but there is a mystery there and her daughter, Kimmie makes the mystery even better. I really like the apple pie and all the people who help love along. There is lots of laughter and romance between the action going on. Being a vampire at this point is not a hindering factor. Read and enjoy as it is an excellent book!
Renae Rogers
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
A quick and easy read that was mildly entertaining. I received it free and I think it was unfortunate that it wasn't the first book in the series which would have been a better introduction to the world.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
It's been a while since I'd read a Broken Heart story. I knew it would be a quick read, but I took my sweet time about it. It read like a novella instead of a full book, but it was entertaining anyway.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Natalie's daughter Kimmie mistakenly opens a portal and lets in who knows what in a n effort for her to have her mom fixed up on a date. Matt has just moved into town and rescues natalie from her ghostly suitors.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very funny. A nice read for in-between-books...
A very fun short story with an accidental romance twist that was both humorous and sweetly sexy to boot.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Happy vampire?

Natalie was made a vampire against her will, but she has learned to "live" with it. Great fun read, loved the characters!
Susan Wright
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Nancy Bodie
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story!

This was a well written story! Each of the books of this series have great characters and storylines that are well paced and fun to read!
Teray Harris
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

It was humorous, witty, and personable, but so darn short! The characters were lively and loveable! I'm excited to read more!
Willow Salix
As with many a good series, I've found that these books have been steadily going down hill the more is released. Not a great book, an OK one, but not up to the standard of her earlier books.
Beverly Farr
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy read

Romance between an undead and a psychic. Not your usual novel. The characters were likeable, even the ghost cow. I enjoyed it.
Judy Lewis
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I love it! You'll Understand When You're Dead is the newest addition to Michele's Bardsley outrageously funny Broken Heart Series and it totally rocks! We return to our favorite supernatural community, Broken Heart, Oklahoma, to witness the latest budding romance between handsome psychic, Matthew Dennison and lovely vamp, Natalie Haltom. And oh my goodness, it's not only a community affair, it's a good time for all! The s
Kim Bishop
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first experience with the Broken Heart Series was pretty amazing. I jumped in knowing this was book twelve of a series that was new to me but didn't care after reading the description. Book twelve is about vampire Natalie Haltom, and her daughter Kimberly. They live in the small town of Broken Heart, OK, where most of the residents are paranormals. With the help of magical pixie dust, the vampires are able to eat regular human food without horrible consequences. Score one for the pixies! Nata ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Another short story that really left me with too many questions and a sub-par villain that makes you wonder why he was a problem in the first place.

Meet Natalie, a vampire baker living in Broken Heart with her teenage daughter. Meet Matthew, a psychic who just moved to Broken Heart to start anew. Throw in some randy ghosts and a concerned daughter and that's pretty much the story.

While I liked the dynamic between Natalie and Matthew and liked the scenes between the teenagers wondering what to d
Jennifer Holzapfel
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Bardsley never disappoints. The 12th volume of this series is as good as the first. It is better than the standard paranormal fare. I fell upon her first book while wandering the library, I then became totally hooked. It has all paranormal creatures living in a town that is not visible to anyone but those that live there, yet evil has a way of sneaking in. The residents of the town are so close, they help each other, no matter what they are, fey, witch, were beings, vampires, fairies, p ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You’ll Understand When You’re Dead 5 stars

More mayhem from the paranormal town of Broken Heart. The town of Broken Heart has grown by leaps and bounds since Lorcan went on a rampage years ago and killed eleven single parents that were eventually turned into vampires. Between all of the paranormal species along with the few hundred or so humans the town has now grown to over 5,000 residents. They range from all shapes and sizes from giant dragon’s to the tiniest of pixies. They even have their di
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, I'm a fan of Ms. Bardsley. I have read other books she's written. Just not this series actually which is surprising. They vary cost wise from 5-8 dollars and most are 8. Thats probably why I havent read them. I read this one though because it was a free a couple weeks ago and I snagged it. I'm not familiar with the series but I kinda get the gist. Reading book 13 though I can see why reading from the beginning can help. The other characters and seeing what this town is about. Although you CA ...more
The One Tree
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
No spoilers...

This novella opened up at the acknowledgements, which I might add, were short and sweet, before moving onto the prologue.

Upon reading the prologue I thought that I'd selected a young adult or young teen book to read, however heading into chapter one soon had me forgetting that I might not be as interested in this book as I first thought.

It's not often that I read a story all the way through - in one sitting I might add - with a silly grin on my dial, but today I did. By page fifty
Angel Hatfield
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Natalie has been a vampire for three years. After being betrayed by her ex-husband to a cult that wanted to kill her (and thus her getting changed into a vampire), she’s in no rush to jump back into the dating pool. So why are ghosts suddenly appearing, ready to sweep her off her feet? Matthew is a powerful psychic who has just relocated to Broken Heart to escape a legacy and to start over. When he sees Natalie being attacked by
Trina Misiak
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trina Misiak
You’ll understand when you’re dead by Michele Bardsley
You’ll Understand when You’re Dead
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Michele Bardsley does it again! In ‘You’ll Understand When You’re Dead’, she delivers a quirky, fast paced romance, filled with hilarious characters and witty dialogue that keeps you smiling start to finish.
Take a well-meaning teenage daughter, a spell gone haywire, and Natalie Haltom, vampire and sing
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