Undead and Unwed Paperback
Part of the Undead/Queen Betsy series
It's been a hell of a week for Betsy Taylor. First she loses her job. Then she's killed in a freak accident only to wake up in a morgue to discover she's a vampire.
On the plus side, being undead sure beats the alternative.
She now has superhuman strength and an unnatural effect on the opposite sex.
But what Betsy can't handle is her new liquid diet...And whilst her mother and best-friend are just relieved to find out that being dead doesn't mean Betsy's can't visit, her new 'night-time' friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen.
The scrumptious Sinclair and his cohorts want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries. (A Bella Lugosi wannabe who's seen one to many B-movies.) Frankly Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics.
But Sinclair and his followers have a powerful weapon in their arsenal - unlimited access to Manolo Blahnik's Spring collection.
Well, just because a girl's dead - er undead - doesn't mean she can't have great shoes...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/02/2006
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9780749936457
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Review by Tudorrl
I enjoyed this book, and just took it for what it was - light, funny and frothy. No more, no less. It made me laugh out loud in places and that's exactly what I wanted. Sure, its not going to answer the great philosophical questions of the day - but then, if you want that you probably WON'T be reading about a sexy Vampire Queen with a designer shoe fetish....
Review by francescadefreitas
OK, this book is silly, the sex scenes are pretty crude, and the jokes about shoes are done to death. But I picked it up to read the first page, and kept my eyelids open with toothpicks to finish it. It made me snigger out loud several times. And there are a few scenes that are genuinely emotionally touching. Also, the vampire wanting to resume normal life is a spin I haven't encountered before.I look forward to reading the rest of this series, especially when I need to recover from overwrought epic fantasies.
Review by Ammonite
Sex is no substitute for plot, damn it. I'm tempted to count the pages devoted to descriptions of Hot Vampire Sex, but I have better things to do with my life. It is possible to write good vampire fiction with little/no sex: 'Sunshine', 'The Historian', 'Travelling with the Dead', the works by Anne Rice that I've read. I can't help feeling that Davidson is substituting HVS for plot development and detail. One moment Sinclair, Tina et al are trapped by fire/encircling vampires/holy water/etc, the next they show up without explanation to free the heroine and indulge in HVS. It's a shame. While the heroine's character strikes me as too abrasive to be real, Davidson can write (or is well-edited). Perhaps if someone gave her a plot and some characters who deserved flesh?
Review by Rhinoa
Betsy's full name is Elizbeth Taylor, but don't call her that or she may rip your throat out. Sh is going about her life having the worst day ever. She has been sacked from her job and when she gets home she gets run over right outside her house petting her ungrateful cat. The next thing she knows is she wakes up in the morgue in the worst outfit ever. Seems she has been made a vampire with a few quirks. She wasn't turned by traditional vampire turning means, but was attached by creatures some time ago which seems to have caused her change. Turns out being a vampire makes her have a serious effect on men. She isn't fazed by by holy water or sunlight and can make reference to "god" with no dire consequences unlike the other vampires she meets. Two in particular stand out: the sexy Sinclair and the sterotype Nostro. They both want them on their side as they try to take each other out. Sex and the City meets sassy vampires. Betsy has a craving for the latest hot shoes and wants to try out of the vamp politics. This was a lot of fun and a great start to the series. Betsy and her friends Jessica and Nick (who are great characters) have great wit and I can't wait to see more of Betsy and "Sink-Lair".
Review by JacInABook
This book was a pleasure to read, it tells the tale of Betsy who dies and comes back as a vampire, she has problems with drinking blood, and most things that harm other vamps don't seem to have any effect on her. Betsy is a sassy, 6 feet tall, blond haired ex-model, who loves a good cat fight and really does not like to be told what to do.It appears that she is the long foretold Queen of the undead, but Betsy really does not want to be, not that the other Vampires intend to let her live her death in peace. The problem is though, she has a very deep well of tenderness that means she cannot turn her back, and unlimited access to the latest designer shoe collection helps too.I found myself laughing out loud as I was reading and I definitely intend to read the other books in this series. A very easy read with a steamy sex scene or two, marvellous dialogue, well drawn characters and a chuckle factor that is off the scale.
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