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 – included Eric Sinclair, a scrumptious, seductive bloodsucker – have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied 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.
“Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.”
Based on the cover, I thought it would be a light story and it was. I hadn’t really read the blurb before I started reading. At the beginning, it looked like a PNR parody, featuring all the vampire clichés, but the author makes a success out of using them. The narration is smart, as the story is told by Betsy’s viewpoint, so you can comprehend and experience things with her.
I love Betsy, there is much potential in her character. She is a newbie vampire, with distinguishing abilities. She has to learn much about her vampire nature, but also has to rise to the challenge of her new position in the vampire society. Betsy’s haphazard attitude, her independence, and her cheerful, cool behavior result in a lot of funny situations.
I enjoyed the situational comedy elements, the witty, laugh-out-loud dialogues, Betsy’s playful ripostes, and her sarcastic tendency to rename people.
The world-building has shortcomings, but it doesn’t lessen the entertainment value of the story. Anyway, I don’t expect a complex vampire mythology from such a light, funny book.
The sex scenes are surprising, light, and intensely erotic without some sickly sweet romantic bullshit.
As for the romance, I’m satisfied that there is no remarkable romance here, I guess it comes later. As the first book of a series, starring the same main character all along, it is absolutely fine. Nevertheless, I hope it won’t be over-elongated either. My expectations are high.
Undead and Unwed is a great starter book of the Undead series, and it is highly different from the paranormal romances I’ve read before. I enjoyed every single line of it!
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