Author: MaryJanice Davidson
First Published: 2005
Page Count: 271
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 3 of The Undead series
A perfectly girly romp through the world of vampires that is sure to satisfy any lover of chick-lit.
*Lovable characters *Fast paced *Good balance of romance, action, girly elements
*Can be over-the-top
You just never knew when a totally normal vampire errand would end in a bloodbath with severed-limb soap. Betsy is the queen of the vampires, unofficial wife to the alluring but smart-mouthed vampire Eric Sinclair, and she’s just found out she has a half-sister who happens to be the daughter of the devil. To make matters worse, this half-sister is supposed to one day rule the world. Life was hard enough trying to run her vampire nightclub Scratch, take care of a few mentally disturbed vampires left over from her defeated nemesis, and trying to avoid the partially unwanted advances of her vampire consort. Now Betsy must figure out where she fits in to the “devil’s child taking over the world prophesy ” and if she should be worried.
I had forgotten how much I love MaryJanice Davidson as an author (side-note: if you love chick-lit and romance you need to check out her mermaid trilogy!). This is why I also don’t know why it took, I’m going to guess, maybe four years to get from book two in her series to this one. For pure girly, seductive vampire fun, this book and this series are the perfect choice (at least the first three books are from what I’ve read). The characters are lovable in their own ways and you can’t wait to see what happens to them next – especially between Betsy and her sexy vampire king that she can’t seem to resist no matter how hard she tries. The book goes by extremely fast because there’s always something popping up in Betsy’s crazy reign as queen. You get a perfect balance of romantic tension between Betsy and Eric, as well as the action that comes from being a vampire queen, and a few girlish indulgences like Betsy’s love of fashion which make the book a well-rounded chick-lit tale.
The one thing I could see that might put some off (besides the fact it’s another vampire book that makes the creatures of the night look like Casanova’s) is that the characters, their actions, dialogue, or the plot can seem over the top. Sometimes I would be annoyed with the unnecessary cussing by Betsy, or the dramatic romance between her and Eric. I’m not a prude about cussing but it made her seem vulgar which never really worked with me with this character. And I could look past the dramatic romance between the main characters, because, hey, this is the romance genre. In fact, I could look past it all because my qualms are extremely minor.
There is a time and a place for vampire books that send chills of terror up your spine, and there is also a time and a place for one’s that make you drool over their hunky, immortal greatness. I enjoy both in equal measure and this book is a great representation of the latter statement. If you like chick-lit and haven’t checked out this series or anything by MaryJanice Davidson, you need to get in your car and drive to the bookstore right now! Or if your lazy and cheap like me, log onto Amazon and order a copy – ASAP!