Also by this author: Fairy, Texas, Sanguinary, Bound By Blood
A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.
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.
Legally Undead is Fang Freakin’ Tastic. I’m not even trying to be funny here people. The main character, Elle, is likable and I really felt for her when everything started falling apart. She adapts to situations well and has a sense of humor. I really like Elle. She goes through so much in such a short time, that she could have just fallen apart, but instead she handles her business and does what she needs to get the answers she is looking for.
This book is full of action and intrigue. Elle is recruited to be a vampire hunter after she comes home to find her Fiancée being bitten by a vampire in her living room and immediately stakes the vampire. The next thing you know, Greg’s body is gone, and that just opens up a whole lot of questions she wants answers to. She doesn’t seem to want to do it, but she really is cut out for the job. She comes to it honestly though. She doesn’t have any superpowers or extra senses; she’s just a normal chick that wanted to live a normal life. Elle is realistic in that even after she discovers the vampire underworld, her life goes on. She still has responsibilities that she has to take care of. The earth doesn’t stop spinning just bc she suddenly discovers vampires.
I like that the vampires in this book aren’t the good guys. Many vampire books that I have read lately focus so much on the romanticism of the idea of vampires that it’s often forgotten that they are parasites who live off the lifeblood of another. Most of them anyway. There’s nothing sweet about these vamps, and I’m ok with that.
Margo Bond Collins has become one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed all of her books and I am very impatiently waiting for the next book in this series. I will continue to read her books as they come out. Legally Undead is a great series to start with if you like vampires, vampire hunters, and women on a mission to solve a mystery.