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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1st Kensington Trade Ppbk Printing edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758212046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212047
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

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MJ is the best-selling author of several novels and is published across multiple genres, including the UNDEAD series and the BOFFO trilogy. Her books have been published in over a dozen languages and have been on best-seller lists all over the world, including USA Today and the New York Times. A former model and medical test subject, she lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband, children, and dogs.You can reach her at contactmjd@comcast.net, as well as follow her on FaceBook.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on May 23, 2006
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Jenny Branch is tired of being just a receptionist at a hair salon. She's looking for some adventure in her life so when undercover C.O.P. agent Kevin Stone crashes her friend Stacy's wedding and shoots the enigmatic Boss, she intervenes and takes away his gun!

The Boss believes Kevin's story about being undercover in the horrid Snakepit and then sends him back- with Jenny as his supposed hostage. Things go awry and Jenny and Kevin will have to use their wits and a bit of luck to escape.

DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS is MaryJanice Davidson's follow up to the fantastic HELLO, GORGEOUS. In HELLO, GORGEOUS, the reader first met many of the characters from this latest novel and their various personalities were better established. The dislike for The Boss was also better explained in the first novel and new readers will be left a bit confused as to why there is such an intense dislike for The Boss. MaryJanice Davidson does provide an introduction that summarizes the first novel but the true essence of the first novel cannot be summarized. This reviewer, while a huge fan of MaryJanice Davidson, was a bit disappointed as the characters seemed more superficial and the scenarios a bit outrageous at times.

MaryJanice Davidson's light and breezy tone is a mainstay in her novels and DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS is no exception. There is a hint of the paranormal as Jenny's friend and employer, Caitlyn, and her husband, Dmitri, are enhanced with nanobyte technology. However, this is primarily a humorous, contemporary romance that will appeal to most MaryJanice Davidson fans.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Slater VINE VOICE on August 23, 2006
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Another humorous novel from Davidson, this is the follow-up to HELLO, GORGEOUS! where Stacy and The Boss are getting married. When there is an assassination attempt, things almost fall apart, but the ceremony is finished and Jenny Branch, bridesmaid and receptionist at the hair salon where Stacy works, captures the gunman, to everyone's surprise. The Boss begins to realize that there is much more to Jenny than anyone imagines, and sends her undercover with the gunman, Kevin Stone, to infiltrate the Snakepit, where Kevin had been working undercover for years. Things don't go as planned, but Jenny and Kevin manage their escape to solve the mystery of the assassination attempt. Definitely need to read the first in the series to understand this novel, and while this is a fun read, the superficiality is overwhelming at times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By icefox on June 21, 2006
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Although woefully short and lacking in character development and description, I found the first foray into this world of secret government agents in Hello Gorgeous to still be amusing and worth at least three stars just for the animosity towards The Boss alone. But this second foray into the same world in Drop Dead, Gorgeous I found to be pointless in the extreme. First off, where are the bionic adventures and snappy dialog from the first book that made it so fun and interesting? Within minutes after I finished reading this, I could remember neither what the plot was supposed to be about nor the names of the main two characters involved. It's only been a few days now and I had to skim the book again just to write this review, which only reinforced my impression of bland characters, senseless plot and inane dialog.

Closing thoughts. Not MJD's best work. I used to consider myself a fan and like what I've read of the first books in the Undead and Royal series' she writes. But after reading the last Undead book, the two Gorgeous books, By Any Other Name, and several of her extremely weak short story efforts lately, I'm going to be getting her books from the library first from now on before deciding if they are worth buying for my keeper collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2006
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It's a bit like being hungry and sitting down for a three course meal, only to be given a sandwich and a cupcake. Sure, you'd eat it, even enjoy it as far as it goes, but you have to admit that it's ultimately unsatisfying.

The previous Gorgeous book, HELLO, GORGEOUS! is clever, witty, fast-paced and fun. DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS!, while written in Davidson's trademark fluent style, lacked the complexity and drama I have come to expect from her work.

I am a huge fan, and if it's in print, be it novel, short story (and I don't usually bother with Anthologies) or even the expensive hardback (when I couldn't wait), then I own it and have read it, re-read it, read it again and then recommended it to my friends. From vain but big-hearted vampire Queen Betsy to angsty (but with good reason) dragon/Beastalker Jennifer, mouthy Christine in alternate Alaska and determinedly apathetic but patriotic Caitlyn, spazzy Sarah, delicious Derek, his fellow werewolves and the humans who love them, I have laughed and cried with them. Vampires, Werewolves, Dragons, Beastalkers and 'uber' humans with nanobytes; I have loved them all. I even like Jenny and Kevin, but I don't love them. They were just too flat to inspire that much feeling.

There are lots of lines to tug in the next book, but unless Gorgeous III follows Jenny and Kevin specifically, rather than using then to flesh out the plot and drag along the fans the way Gorgeous II used Caitlyn and Dimitri and the Boss (and this seems unlikely), then I don't see how we can ever find satisfaction. For example, what about Jenny's cold father and Kevin's clumsy criminal family? A line was strung, flung and nibbled upon, but Davidson failed to reel it in, if you will forgive a rather unfortunate fishing metaphor.

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