"Humor in this romantic tale is evident from page one"

As if being fired and then dying and waking up in a pink (Pink? as if THAT color had every looked good on her.) suit and cheap shoes instead of her favorite designer heels, Elizabeth (Don't even think about calling her Liz, or Elizabeth, it's Betsy thank you very much!) Taylor finds out she is a vampire and supposedly the foretold Queen.

What a headache that turns out to be. A cliché vampire movie wanna be named Nostro is threatened by her, since he wants to be the lead vampire. Sinclair, or Sink Lair as Betsy not so affectionately calls him, wants her to join forces with him. And her materialistic stepmother not only doesn't want to attend Betsy's funeral because of a cruise, but she also STOLE her shoes... Her designer, beautiful, shoes!

The only bright spots are her friends: a doctor she stops from jumping to his death and her childhood gal pal Jessica the rich. Throw in a totally unacceptable feeling of lust for Sinclair, and Betsy's first week of un-death is turning out to be awful.

MaryJanice Davidson's UNDEAD & UNWED is definitely a book to read while alone, because you will be laughing so much people may look at your strangely.

Betsy is a shallow woman with surprising depths. She seems even more real to the reader since she ISN'T perfect. The romance between her and Sinclair is slow to build, but the humor is evident from page one. Told in first person from Betsy's point of view, the reader gets to know the character very well, not just what she says but what she feels. The quiet desperation to return things to as close to normal as possible is very evident, as is the conflict she feels over Sinclair.

I can't wait for the sequel, UNDEAD & UNEMPLYED, which is coming out in August. I simply must know how many pairs of shoes Sinclair sends Betsy. To understand what I meant by that, well, I guess you'll just have to read UNDEAD & UNWED to find out.

Reviewed by Michelle Houston
Posted April 3, 2004

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
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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Underwater Love
Undead and Undermined
Me, Myself and Why?
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Rise of the Poison Moon
Undead and Unwelcome
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Seraph of Sorrow
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Undead and Unworthy
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Dead Over Heels
Swimming Without A Net
No Rest for the Witches
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
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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
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Secrets: Volume 6

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