Review: Die Before You Wake by D.A. Bale

Posted November 15, 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.

Review: Die Before You Wake by D.A. Bale Die Before You Wake by D.A. Bale
Also by this author: Look Before You Jump, Think Before You Speak, Knock Before You Enter
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Humor, Mystery
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: E-book
Source: Author, D.A. Bale
Pages: 257
ISBN: 1976156556
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo IndieBound
Minx's Rating:

What do you get when you combine a coma-inducing career, an ardent academic, and a nefarious nemesis?

A Vicki Bohanan hangover cocktail.

Your favorite bartender babe is back and cutting a trail through a new vocation, with a college class tucked between briefs instead of sheets, and an alarm clock in two – er, tow. It’s no secret that a sleep-deprived Vicki is a volatile Vicki.

Especially when a certain Texas Ranger goes MIA.

And her first official case involves one pageanted Padget accused of murder.

Even as her recently resuscitated relationship with Zeke Taylor hits a skid mark visible from the International Space Station, it’s up to Vicki to put aside old rivalries to rescue a former beauty queen from the guillotine – and all before her secret pops out.

Witness the cat fur hit the fan as the claws come out in book four of the Bartender Babe Chronicles. Apparently Garfield’s not the only one who hates mornings.


Die Before You Wake is the fourth book in The Bartender Babe Chronicles and I really enjoyed the changes that have taken place for this cast of characters. This series follows Vicki Bohanan through a series of misadventures where she manages to get herself in some crazy and life-threatening situations. Definitely no shortage of humor and snark in this series and I love it! With the help of her best friend, a sexy Texas Ranger, and an ex-flame turned pastor, Vicki manages to somehow always come out on top.

In Die Before You Wake Vicki was going to be tested like never before. In the previous book, Knock Before You Enter, Vicki had been brought in as an undercover agent to help out an acquaintance from going to jail. At the start of this story, she had to quit her bartending job, which she loved, and take a job as a legal investigator for the firm in which her previous acquaintance worked, which she hated. In addition to upheaving her entire life as she knew it, she had to go back to college to take some college courses. If that was not crazy enough, her on again off again relationship with Zeke was supposedly on again but he ended up going MIA for almost a month. Crazy times!

Vicki wasn’t too thrilled with the changes in her life but she was willing to deal with it. Although when it turned out that her high school nemesis was being accused of murder and her firm was brought in to defender her, Vicki was ready to throw in the towel. Lorraine Padget had been a thorn in Vicki’s side since she had known her and in high school there had been a lot of drama between these two characters and being all grown up did not stop the claws from coming out. Vicki was going to have to rise above the pettiness that Lorraine was continually dishing out in order to prove who was truly responsible for the death that Loraine was being accused of.

I always enjoy Vicki’s character because I never know what that chick is going to do next. She always adds the humor with her wise-cracking ways. What I truly appreciate about this series is that in every book Vicky’s character matures a little more and she seems to be more settled. I also enjoy the supporting characters and am waiting with baited breath to see if some characters are going to come together like I think they are. There is also the relationship between Vicki and a certain Texas Ranger that has been teasing me throughout these books. I always look forward to more development between them. Overall, Die Before You Wake is another lovely addition to this humorous series and I am looking forward to more Vicki Bohanan!

*Thank you to Author D.A. Bale for this eARC of Die Before You Wake*


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 “Review: Die Before You Wake by D.A. Bale

  1. Thanks so much for the great review! I’m glad to know you’re not yet sick of Vicki and Co yet. Two more adventures left to go now, so buckle up. 🙂

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