"Move over Buffy, Betsy\'s in town and she Rocks!"

I love this author!! Mary Janice Davidson is a refreshing voice to both the romance and vampire world of writing. She manages to write an interesting and twisting plot while engaging us with a completely hilarious character in the first person of Elizabeth Taylor, but please just call her Betsy. I don't care what mood you are in, if you open this book you are practically guaranteed to laugh. Undead and Unemployed is the sequel to the very funny and original story of Undead and Unwed.

In the sequel, it is three months later and many of the characters in the first book are back again to our delight and to Betsy's utter frustration as she is still mad at Sinclair and Tina for not informing her of some of the various rules in the Undead book. Needless to say this does not stop them from pushing their way into Betsy's life. So for the most part, Betsy has come to terms with the fact that she is a vampire, well actually Queen of the vampires [but she'd rather not go there].

However she now wants to keep up with her bills and lead a somewhat normal life, if that is possible. Thus she decides to seek employment, as she does not want to be depended on her best friend Jessica's money. Jessica, by the way, is richer than rich and then some. But problems start to mount as Tina keeps showing up at her doorstep trying to get back in good graces with her, termites have invaded her home and to top it off someone is hunting down and killing vampires.

The dynamics just keep spinning out of control as Betsy tries embrace her 'normal' life in her new job in 'heaven' [the shopping mall] as a shoes sales person at Macy's. Because of course Betsy is shameless when it comes to her shoe obsession. Unfortunately Sinclair finds this beneath her and explains there are other pressing issues for her to deal with such as being his Queen and solving the vampire serial killer. Just the mention of Betsy's royalty sets her off into another one of her hilarious diatribes berating Sinclair for invading her space. It is such reactions as this and other internal monologues she has that really got me laughing out loud. If she is not speaking her mind she is definitely thinking of it, shamelessly!

Undead and Unemployed is topnotch humor and a fascinating perspective of the vampire world as told through Ms. Davidson. I would love to write on and on but truly I don't want to spoil how wonderful and spontaneous some of these moments can be. She managed to take the mundane moments and light them up with humor. She can take a climactic scene and lighten it up enough through Betsy's perspective yet not lose the suspense. This is an author with a lot of talent and I cannot recommend her enough!! Her books are SO going on my keeper shelf!

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006


Being royally undead isn't all it's cracked up to be--there are still bills to be paid. Luckily, new Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor lands her dream job selling designer shoes at Macy's.

But when a string of vampire murders hits St. Paul, Betsy must enlist the help of the one vamp who makes her blood boil: the oh-so-sexy Sinclair. Now, she's really treading on dangerous ground--high heels and all.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire


Undead and Unemployed
(Undead: Book 2)
by MaryJanice Davidson

Berkley Pub Group
August 1, 2004
Available: August 3, 2004
ISBN #0425197484
EAN #9780425197486
304 pages
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Other Books by
MaryJanice Davidson

Underwater Love
Undead and Undermined
Me, Myself and Why?
Undead and Unfinished
Rise of the Poison Moon
Undead and Unwelcome
Faeries Gone Wild
Seraph of Sorrow
Fish Out of Water
Mysteria Lane
Undead and Unworthy
The Silver Moon Elm
Savage Scavenge
Dead Over Heels
Swimming Without A Net
No Rest for the Witches
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light
Undead and Uneasy
The Silver Moon Elm
Undead and Unpopular
Demon's Delight
Over The Moon
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Sleeping with the Fishes
Surf's Up
Drop Dead, Gorgeous!
Dead and Loving It
Valentine's Day Is Killing Me
Undead and Unappreciated
The Royal Pain
The Royal Treatment
Undead and Unreturnable
Really Unusual Bad Boys
Kick Ass
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
Hello, Gorgeous
Derik's Bane
How to be a Wicked Woman
Perfect For the Beach
Undead and Unwed
Forgotten Wishes
Under Cover
Lighthearted Lust
Secrets: Volume 8
Love Lies
Canis Royal: Bridefight
Things That Go Bump In the Night II
Undead and Unwed
Thief of Hearts
Naughty or Nice
By Any Other Name
Dying For Ice Cream
Adventures of the Teen Furies
Secrets: Volume 6

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