Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she'll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs-not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire's heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg's body is gone-and her perfect life falls apart.
|Publisher:||World Weaver Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
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This is a good book but the ending was terrible. It just leaves you hanging on and I really hate that. ...................................................................................................
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request. Elle rushes the vampire with a wooden letter opener, after she sees it bite her fiance, Greg. Nick, who had come in when Elle was attacked, was sent to stop the attack or clean up. Nick works for the same law firm Greg did. So who was behind the attack and why? Who tipped Nick? Elle's life has changed and she's to move on. But the vampire ex-fiance Greg is now hunting her. Elle is strong and determined, she'll fight for her freedom. And she'll get answers to her questions. With vampire-Greg looking for her, Elle starts to investigate vampires in general and why him. Nick can't tell her anything as it's against the law firms business orders, but he'll help train her to defend herself. Elle will have to learn why Greg was attacked on her own... In doing so, Elle seems to be a magnet for vampires and trouble. First thing I noticed in listening to this story, I felt as if Elle was talking to me as she was describing how vampires are eliminated in the Prologue, and it carried on through the book. The voice of Laurel as she narrated felt as though she was a friend, and I wanted to hear what she had to say. There are three short instances that I heard sentences repeated. But I really liked the sound of Laurel's voice. She felt and sounded like she was living as Elle from the first word spoken. The personality voiced felt to fit post on with the character written. Laurel narrates with a few clips with accents, a slight southern accent and one for the Bronx along with others. I really do enjoy the slight accents present in a few characters voices, as Laurel does them. Quick start! We leap right in with Elle thrown into the world of vampires, in her own home! Great start! This attracted me to the book from the moment I clicked play. The beginning of the chapters set up what's to happen, like Elle is telling the story after it's all passed. Then we get into the events that transpire. I was entertained by the story from the beginning, then I found I was listening with full attention because I wanted to know the answer to the questions as well, and to see what other troubles Elle would get into. Loooove the chop stick usage! Totally awesome. This is the perfect weapon I don't think many would think of when looking to carry one against vampires. lol. Then the blade that Elle has made for her. Neat! We have a group of men that have been nothing but help for Elle. I enjoyed that there was no attraction present with them and Elle. They respect her and help her, along with clean up after any vampire deaths. They are a fun crew of vampire fighters. I found I grew attached to them all and want to visit with or work with them again in the future. I found I relaxed when listening to this story. It was fun, witty and not over stressful. An enjoyable listen. I will TOTALLY be looking for future installments of this series to listen to.
This is a decent story, a little long, but good. Elle is a good heroine, but I found her trying to be too much of a badass. It is nice to read a book about a woman who can take care of herself, but I found that she was always in the thick of it and too much of the action was explained. Way too many fight scenes. Also, with her being such a badass, why would she be with someone like Malcolm? He seemed a bit wimpy for me, fun and cute, but not really able to take care of himself. With all that being said. I did enjoy the story and it was well written. He seemed a bit wimpy. The author does leave you hanging a bit...not a cliffhanger per say, but a well what happens to the characters now cliffhanger.
This author has a perfect formula for writing a witty, smart, enjoyable story. The main character, Elle is a great heroine who deals with her unfortunate circumstances in the best way she can. You fiance becomes a vampire... so become a vampire hunter. A strong, smart, sassy vampire hunter. One of my favorite things is the voice of the narrator. The mix of humor and sarcasm makes this book fun to read while keeping you engaged and turning the pages. The vampires don't sparkle, they don't become sexy when they turn, and they aren't the love interest in the story. They are the bad guys; smelly, hateful and evil. If you love a well-written story with characters you become invested in, you should read this book. I am definitely looking forward to reading future installments in this series and other books by this author.
Margo Bond Collins can write fun, snarky heroines like no one's business. Like this quote, from the middle of a huge fight with dozens of scary vamps: Okay. That did it. I'd been hit, punched, kicked, and ear-licked all in the past fifteen minutes. But pulling my hair was just beyond the pale. (Really, I think the ear-licking would have done it for me. Because, ugh.) Legally Undead was so much fun to read. I loved being in Elle's head as she went from woman-who-has-her-whole-life-planned-out to woman-with-a-vampire-ex-fiance-who-stalks-the-undead-for-a-living. I highlighted many, many passages that made me smile, laugh, and even snort out loud--most of which I can't post here because they'd need too much context or they'd constitute spoilers. But trust me, there's a lot. Mini Moe #2 was in the next room while I read the last third or so of the book, and kept demanding to know what I'd made "that noise" for. (One answer, "A detailed description of a difficult beheading" got an even louder noise in response than the one I'd made in the first place. It's pretty bad. Well-deserved, mind you, but totally gross.) Elle's just as surprised as the next person when her first response to finding her fiance being sucked dry by a vamp in their living room is to run toward the monster, not away. In her rage, she uses a wooden letter opener to dispatch the offending intruder, and her new vigilante career is born. She goes through a quick training and a lot of trial and error (note to self: sticking sharp chopsticks in one's bra when going out on a not-date can have embarrassing consequences) and finally ends up with one heck of a kick-butt weapon and some decent fighting skills. And a Taser. Bonus! As much as I loved Elle, the four commando-style hunters she teams up with: Nick, Dom, John, and Tony--are just as awesome. They each have their areas of expertise, and I especially loved hearing their stories of how they joined the group (Dom: "I figured that I wasn't gonna find any cooler job than one where I got paid to play with computers and kill vampires.") Malcolm, Elle's possible new love interest, has a lot of promise too. Fingers crossed that we'll see a lot more of him as the series continues. Legally Undead leaves you with a cliffhanger--of sorts. Elle's survived her first big battle, but one enemy is still at large and another may have been created. It's not Percy-and-Annabeth-are-tumbling-into-Tartarus-for-twelve-months huge, but it's enough to have me eagerly anticipating the next book in the series to see what is going to happen next. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.