"completely entertaining read"
MaryJanice Davidson fans, rejoice! MJ is back with three
all new novellas from the Betsyverse! There's a
story from her Fred the Mermaid series, one from the
Wyndham Weres and one is an original Undead story.
In Undead and Wed: A Honeymoon Story, we catch up
with our fair Queen Betsy and her to-die-for (literally)
husband, King Sinclair, after Betsy has finally managed to
drag Sinclair to the altar. This novella picks up where
Undead and Uneasy ends.
After having arrived in New York City, Betsy dreams of
experiencing Broadway, the Met, Ellis Island, and a real
old-fashion NYC mugging. What? Isn't that what
every newlywed dreams of for their honeymoon??
Unfortunately for them, soon after arriving at their hotel,
they are ambushed, uh, I mean surprised to find Betsy best
friend Jessica and her vampire-hating boyfriend, Detective
Nick Berry awaiting them. But when teenagers start showing
up dead around the hotel, can Nick and the vamps put aside
their differences to help bring down the killer?
In Survivor, we re-visit the world of Fred the
Mermaid. When survival expert Con "Bad Baby" Conlinson
ends up stranded in a rowboat in the middle of the Pacific
Ocean, due in no small part to his own arrogance and
stupidity, he wonders how it is that Tom Hanks' character
from Castaway gets a volleyball for a partner and
he, Con Con the Survivin' Man, winds up with a severed
head. Only, it seems that the head isn't so severed after
all, but is attached to a beautiful mermaid.
Reanesta doesn't think much of herself. After all, she is
missing all the beautiful colors of her people, and
considers herself as a noncolor. But to Con, she is a
vision of shimmering silver -- "from her long, flowing
silver hair to her wavy silver fin." It soon becomes
apparent that in order for Con to survive, he's going to
have to learn to follow Reanesta's rules of survival in the
sea. But the real question is, can Con survive living
without her after he's rescued?
In the third short story, Speed Dating, Werewolf
Style, we visit the Wyndham Weres. After being called
by Michael, the pack leader, to help in a hunt for Antonia,
Cain gets to catch up with all her old cub mates -- John,
Michael, Derik, & Brendan -- only to find that they are all
mated now with cubs of their own. How did this happen?
Didn't they swear that none of them would be married before
the age of 30? Well, hell. Determined not to be left the
lone unmated were of the group, Cain now has 22 days to
find a mate of her own. For as long as she can remember,
Saul has been Cain's best friend. So when she turns to
Saul in a last ditch effort for him to help find her a
mate, she doesn't seem to understand why every blind date
he sets her up with becomes a complete disaster -- or why
Saul begins sabotaging her dating life. What could he
possibly gain by making sure Cain stays single?
As I've said before, I'm not a huge fan of short stories --
for various reasons that I won't get into here. That being
said, if you're an MJ junkie and in need of a quick fix
before the next Undead, Fred the Mermaid, or Wyndham Were
novel is released, these short stories hit the spot. The
characters are hilarious and MaryJanice once again delights
her fans with her own unique brand of humor and mayhem. If
you're looking for a quick, enjoyable & completely
entertaining read, I'd recommend giving Dead Over
Heels a go.
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted February 21, 2008
**2008 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST NOVELLA OR SHORT STORY (SPEED DATING, WEREWOLF STYLE by MARYJANICE DAVIDSON)**
Three all-new paranormal stories of lust, laughter, and love from the New York Times bestselling author, including an original novella featuring Undead queen Betsy Taylor.
With her trademark "sassy dialogue, lusty lovemaking [and] irreverent humor"* New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson delighted fans with her wickedly sexy and wildly funny anthology, Dead and Loving It-stories in which the worlds of the Wyndham Werewolves and Undead Queens collided. Now she returns to that sensual and irresistible after-dark realm of werewolves, vampires, and mermaids in three more original novellas--including an all-new Betsy Taylor novella.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Anthology
- Love's Prisoner from SECRETS, VOL 6 anthology
- Jared's Wolf from SECRETS, VOL 8 anthology
- Derik's Bane
- Santa Claws from NAUGHTY OR NICE anthology
- Dead and Loving It
- Dead Over Heels