Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

Posted January 9, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, D.A. Bale. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles #1
Also in this series:Think Before You Speak, Knock Before You Enter, Die Before You Wake
Also by this author: Think Before You Speak, Knock Before You Enter, Die Before You Wake
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Womens Fiction
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: E-book
Source: Author, D.A. Bale
Pages: 218
ISBN: 1530584485
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Kobo
Minx's Rating:

When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it's gonna be big. This here's Texas after all.

Meet Victoria Bohanan, a twenty-six year-old Dallas debutante turned bartender babe who rejected her father's saintly sinner ways and struck out on her own - well, sort of. Her mom's credit card comes to the rescue on occasion, but Vicki is still her own woman, with less than lusty - er, lofty - aspirations and a mind constantly limping from the gutter.

But Texas moms don't raise fools. Vicki will earn that twenty dollar tip by guessing the mistress' name and your favorite drink faster than you can belly up to the bar. That sharp wit has gotten her out of more than one disastrous situation - until the mouth sinks her right into another.

When an old high school flame returns to town with a pregnant wife in tow and a pastorate position lodged under his belt, life quickly becomes tangled. This time we're not talking between the sheets. Sooner than Vicki can down a shot of Jack, her former boy-toy is embroiled in scandal that threatens to implode the megachurch his parents built - and send the gossiping gaggle into a tailspin faster than a quarterback sack on Sunday.

Join the fun in book one of the Bartender Babe Chronicles. Light on mystery and long on - well, you know.


A big-mouth, partying Southerner with more guts than brains at times is not exactly my favorite type of character but Vicky Bohanan is a quirky character that has a flavor of her own. Her character comes off as having issues with her Dad and pretty much every member of the society she grew up in but when you get into the story you see that she really has a problem with hypocrisy and refuses to accept it in her life. She is a very strong willed woman and maybe she makes choices that I would consider poor but her animosity towards her father and society is what drives her desire to act however she may please. She will not be controlled as she once was and rebels at allowing anyone to tell her what she should do. Luckily for her she has a best-friend that knows how to talk to her, ha ha ha, except she lives vicariously through Vicky and rather enables her behaviors.

Vicky’s character just cracks me up but when things do not feel right she has no problems jumping into the fray in order to get to the bottom of things. Her sense of humor about all situations are what makes this a really funny story. Even her negative views on stereotypical mega-churches, after all her character grew up in one financed by her philandering father, are pretty funny as there is a ring of truth to them.

The pacing was good and the plot was well thought out. The situations the characters enter into are not “realistic” to me but fall under the “hey, it could happen” type of scenario. It is a fun read full of sass, action, and a bit of adventure but there is also a seriousness in this story that is underscored by humor and lust. I found myself shaking my head a time or two but I could not seem to put this story down.

When thinking about this story and the character of Vicky what comes to mind is another character, Officer Carey Mahoney from the Police Academy movies. Yes, I am showing my age on that one but I swear to you that Vicky is a female Mahoney. Almost too silly to be taken seriously but when it matters she is the one to save the day. If you enjoyed the Police Academy movies, then this is absolutely a book or series that you will most thoroughly enjoy.

*Thank you to Author D.A. Bale for this complimentary copy of Look Before You Jump*


About D.A. Bale

Author D.A. Bale

Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale’s writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining…even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes “not so pretty” reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

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2 responses to “Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

  1. So glad you enjoyed LBYJ, Minx! Thanks for taking the time to read and review my fun little story of Vicki’s antics. I’m going to show my age too by thanking you for the Mahoney comparison. That movie gave me more belly laughs than I could count back then. Thanks again, and let me know if you’d be interested in continuing her adventures. -D