Seventh heaven for the fans—totally without style but totally just super.

UNDEAD AND UNAPPRECIATED

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor makes her third appearance.

As moonlighting romance writer Davidson related in two previous outings (Undead and Unemployed, mass market, etc.), the unemployed secretary was killed by a car, awoke in a coffin and rose from the dead to be hailed as the prophesied Queen Elizabeth I of the Vampires. But Betsy can’t bear her consort, much older but charismatic dreamboat King Eric Sinclair, and she can’t bear drinking blood. In fact, we first meet her in this volume at an AA meeting. “I thought maybe you guys would have some tricks or something I could use to stop drinking,” she says. Vastly shallow, self-centered and wisecracking, Betsy rooms in her mansion with two non-vamps: black billionairess and best friend Jessica, her accountant; and overworked gay E.R. doctor Marc Spangler, himself in AA. Betsy’s unwanted royal problems start with vamps Andrea Mercer and Daniel Harris asking her to officiate at their marriage on Halloween. She must also manage her nightclub Scratch while having Jessica handle various properties Betsy inherited from nasty Monique, a bad vamp who tried repeatedly to kill her before Betsy had to return the favor. Then her wicked stepmother, Antonia, not dead and now pregnant, invites Betsy to a baby shower at Marshall Field’s. From Antonia, put under a spell by Sinclair, Betsy learns that she has a younger half-sister who is the devil’s daughter and future queen of the planet. Reading The Book of the Dead drives Betsy psycho: she attacks Jessica and drinks her blood, rapes Sinclair and tries to kill tiny old vampire Tina, who creams her. When she finally tracks down and meets half-sister Laura Goodman, the devil’s daughter is not at all what you’d expect. She’ll be back next volume for sure.

Seventh heaven for the fans—totally without style but totally just super.

Pub Date: July 5, 2005

ISBN: 0-425-20433-2

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2005

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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