"laughed so hard there were tears in my eyes!"

I've heard so many good things about this book. However, I must admit, that as strange as this will sound, I didn't remember exactly WHY this book was so awesome. But, I was sucked in instantly and knew I had to read the story myself. UNDEAD AND UNWED is a true winner!

Written totally from Betsy's view, UNDEAD AND UNWED takes place during the week following our intrepid heroines death. She oversleeps, sits in gum, gets fired from her job, then while trying to get her cat out of the road, gets hit by a vehicle, and oh, all this on her birthday! When she wakes up, much to her surprise, she finds herself in her least favorite color, a pink suit with cheap shoes! Discovering she can't die, decides to get on with being a vampire and thus, a member of the undead.

There are so many things that are different with our heroine, Elizabeth Taylor, or Betsy, as she prefers to be called. You always hear how fabulous, how beautiful, or plain but intelligent a heroine is. Well, Betsy has blonde hair, is six feet tall, vain and although not very smart, has what I found to be a very offbeat sense of humor that had me laughing so hard. (I don't think I've laughed this hard since reading Dara Joys' KNIGHT OF A TRILLION STARS.) And she has a shoe fetish, which although slightly strange, seems to lead to Betsy into many of her problems. This ranges from terrorizing her 'step-monster' (gotta get HER shoes back after all!) to falling into the hands of the bad vampires.

Ms Davidson isn't afraid to have our heroine or even secondary characters curse up a blue streak, either. Because its consistent throughout the novel it flows, adds humor to otherwise stressful (or not so funny) situations and, well, works. Likewise, there is plenty of sexual tension thru the book, with Betsy trying to fight off her attraction from our overbearing hero.

My favorite situations are when conversations would take place with Betsy that were totally over her head and she would say, "Huh? ...Okay, whatever!" Thus totally playing up the vain and not-so-intelligent woman she is. Because Ms Davidson never tried to make Betsy's character smarter than she really was. This helped to add its own form of humor.

If you are looking for a totally new sort of romance, this book is for you. Somehow Ms Davidson has broken the romance formula. After reading some of the other reviews, it seems that both Laurell K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris are on this path, but I have yet to read any of their books. However, I for one am going to order Ms Davidson's next book as well as add her to my auto-buy author list. I can't recommend this book enough!

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 10, 2006


From Just Laid-Off Secretary to Queen of the Undead...

It's been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises, with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesized vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries -- a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair, a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire


Undead and Unwed
(Undead: Book 1)
by MaryJanice Davidson

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
March 1, 2004
Available: March 2, 2004
ISBN #042519485X
EAN #9780425194850
288 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
Undead and Unemployed
How to be a Wicked Woman
Perfect For the Beach
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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