Saturday, July 3, 2010

Book review: Undead and Unwed

Undead and Unwed
A long-legged, ditzy blonde bombshell prophesised to be queen of all vampires? Sceptic? Yeah, well Betsy Taylor didn't want to believe it either.

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson (Piatkus books)
Few things in life are worse than waking up after an accident and discovering that you're dead. Or rather, the living dead.

So when Betsy Taylor suddenly finds herself waking up as a vampire in the morgue after being killed in an accident, she naturally freaks.

Luckily being the eternal optimist that she is (seriously, this chick just doesn't know how to channel that dark, seductive and brooding angst that fits most vamps like a second skin), Betsy quickly adjusts to the living life in the dead of night.

And then Eric Sinclair decides to rain on her vampire parade.

Who's Eric you might ask?

Eric is the infuriatingly attractive leech (actually, make that king of leeches) who wants to enlist her help in overthrowing the evil (actually, he's more obnoxious and stupid than evil) power-hungry (ok, that much is true) vampire, Nosferatu.

Of course fashion-conscious, shoe-loving Betsy is having none of that, but Eric has a couple of tricks up his undead sleeve - not least of which includes unlimited access to Manolo Blahnik's Spring shoe collection.

And really, what person, dead or alive, can resist that? 

Surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed this Chick-lit with bite fiction. When it comes to vampire fiction, I usually prefer the vampires to be 1) male and 2) dark and all broody, but there are times when even I get sick of the typical stereotyped vamp. Which is why I was surprised by this offering.


I know that this is the first book in the Betsy Taylor series, but now that I've started it, I'm definitely going to get around to reading the rest of this too. The romance in the novel was a little understated, but I suspect that this was only done because the relationship dynamic between Eric and Betsy are explored further in the rest of the books.

I also really loved Betsy's character - I loved how she was the complete antithesis to what you'd expect the vampire to be and how she wasn't instantly enamoured with the tall, dark and uh hum, well-endowed Eric. (You'll have to read and find out how she discovers that bit)


I'm going to be ordering the rest of this series in this week and will review each of them as I finish them... but in the mean time, I've decided I'm going to read it forward.

Giveaway
... yep, I'm going to give away my copy of Undead and Unwed. Want the copy? All you have to do is:
a)be a follower &
b)leave a comment and tell me who you'd want as your vampire boyfriend and why?

I'm going to make this an International - so anyone can enter.
This giveaway is now closed!

6 comments:

-k said...

I already own this book, so don't enter me into the giveaway, but I just wanted to share anyways.
I would totally want one of either Lynsay Sands' or Katie MacAlister's gorgeous vampire men as my boyfriend. They're all so yummy.
As far as this book and the series go, though, This one and the next few are ok (at least I think so) but after a while they go downhill and I, personally, got really tired of them. Still, the first ones are hilarious! Hopefully you get a different reaction to the rest of them.

Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

Just from reading that review I know I have to start reading this series soon.
As for the competition, I can't go past Eric in the Sookie Stackhouse series. He has the tall, dark and handsome down pat, plus he is super reliable and protective but still manages to be funny. Love from him would keep me satisfied forever. :D
Thanks for the comp!
mula86 @ gmail.com

Jan von Harz said...

Love the review. You always seem to add humor to your ideas and it makes for a great read.

Personally, I have always loved Mick St Cloud, from the Moonlight series, and would let him bite my neck anytime.

GABY said...

Great review! I have been meaning to read this book because I like Chick Lit and Paranormal! And this phrase "complete antithesis to what you'd expect the vampire to be" sounds excellent for me. I am tired of the same type male vampire, so a little change is always good ;)

Please enter me to this giveaway!:
I'm a follower &
I want my actual boyfriend to be my vampire-boyfriend, because he is so sexy as he is that I can't imagine how good is he going to look as a vampire! xD Oh, and I love him!

Thanks,
magabygc AT gmail.com

Aisle B said...

This one sounds like a fun read and made me think of Stookie Stackhouse with the male name Eric. Will put this one on my TBR list next.

Good review and keep writing Tammy since I keep coming back for the latest out there on your blog.

Cass said...

Does "The Count" count? Hahahaha. Honestly, I wouldn't want a vampire as a boyfriend. :P Um...because I'd prefer someone who will grow old with me, not someone immortal and (traditionally, before all that Twilight sparkly vampire stuff) has to stay away from the sun. Thanks for the giveawayk, and for making it international!

I'm a new follower.