Flirt – by Laurell K Hamilton, Book 18 in the Anita Blake series – book review

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamiltion is the 18th book in her Anita Blake Series. This is a short, fast paced novella that gives a glimpse into Anita’s life with her men and work as well as her moral standards for raising the dead. Complications arise more often than in relations to Anita’s work and the more often unusual requests Anita receives for raising lost loved ones.

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Flirt by LKH Anita Blake book 18
We're all flirts at heart.

Okay, so I read the most recent Anita Blake novella, Flirt , by Laurell K.  Hamilton, a while ago. I have to say, it failed to ‘wow’ me. It’s definitely a filler book and,  if you plan to follow the Anita Blake series, not one you can really skip because we wind up with a new member to Anita’s ever-growing harem of men.  The novel focuses more on Anita’s moral standards with reasons why she’ll raise a zombie and what reasons she won’t raise a zombie for and its centered around a little luncheon flirtation after Anita is asked in two different client meetings by two very different people to raise two zombies for reasons that Anita can’t, won’t and isn’t willing to do for no amount of money.  One of those clients doesn’t take Anitas’  no for the answer it is and, having throughly researched her, hires some not so friendly werelions to persuade Anita to change her mind. The lions, Jacob and Nick, corner Anita back at the cafe she had her friendly flirtatious lunch at and Anita picks up on their ‘bad news’ mojo right away. Her lion also perks up and through a series of conversational foibles, Anita finds out her Regina is in heat and sending up the red flags for ‘Come and get me’. While fighting for control over her Regina, Anita finds out her client went to some very big extremes in order to ensure her cooperation with the raising of the zombie and now her lovers are in danger.  Skip a few pages of big font and Anita finds herself cut off from her men and in need of a feeding and normal food won’t cut it. Anita has to choose between the two lions that first accosted her and settles on Nick since he seems the most drawn to her and the most willing of the two to share her with other men. Lions are extremely territorial wereanimals and sharing is just not in their natural makeup. The other lions feel Anita and Nick hopping on the aurder feeding wagon and try to stop them but wind up losing one of their own badies. The power of a wereanimal death gives Anita what she needs to free herself, break the spell the werelion witch had cast that blocked her from her men and, oh yea, raise an cementary to take care of her pesky client.

This story was brief, filler fodder and seemed only to answer the Cookie/Haven dilema Anita has been struggling with. The cartoon at the back was almost not necessary but Laurell seemed to want to share the background for her idea as much as tell a story. Would I recommend this? For something to read while waiting for better, yes. And I guess, I’d almost have to recommend it for anyone following the series otherwise we’d be missing some important pieces when Bullet comes out. Do I wish it had more of the first Anita novels? Hell yea. I don’t mind Anita becoming more comfortable with the life she has and the gift she has but I miss the mystery. I miss  the suspense and the tension of sexual possibility. Now its just an inevitable occurance and a rather graphic one at that. I am happy though that Hamilton has toned down a smidgeon the sex machine that Anita has become over the last couple of novels. Here’s hoping Bullet brings back some of what I fell in love with in the first novels.

Pick up a copy of Flirt and the first  six Anita Blake novels by clicking on the images below and ordering one from Amazon.com:

   

Dead Witch Walking, A Rachel Morgan, novel by Kim Harrison – book 1 review

Kim Harrisons first Rachel Morgan book, Dead Witch Walking

I must share my other Alternate History Paranormal mystery romance author with you – Kim Harrison. If LKH’s steamy sex is a little to0 graphic for your reading leisure, then check out Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. Below is my abstract/review I posted on ShvOOng a while back. I’ve re-read this series almost as much as I have the Anita Blake series and this series came out 10 years later. Truly, a good read.

The world is a different place since the Turn. Who would have thought that a genetically engineered tomato could forever change the world when it took on a deadly passenger in the form of the T4 Angel virus? A virus that wiped out most of humanity – enough that those formally thought of as Fairy tale creatures took advantage and came forth for the world to see. Rachel Morgan is a witch – not a Warlock that can’t stir her own spells but an earth witch. A spunky, sexy, tall, athletic, frizzy red-haired witch who has reached her maximum tolerance of crappy assignments from the I.S., Inderland Security, a task force set up to police those the humans can not and are not capable of handling.

Kim Harrisons' "Dead Witch Walking" novel
Married Pixy.

The novel, Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison, starts off with Rachel’s impetuous decision to quit the I.S – something that most never do and those few who do – don’t survive. Her last tag for the I.S. is a Leprechaun that failed to properly report a pot of gold. While scouting out her tag, Rachel runs into an old work associate – Ivy Tamwood, of the living vampire Tamwoods. A vampire born and not created, living caught between two worlds, Ivy struggles everyday with her innate urges that come from being formed with the vampire virus percolating since birth.

Rachel hitches a ride with Ivy, their tags and Jenks, Rachel’s pixy back up. Rachel shares her desire to leave the I.S. which leads to the startling revelation that her old co-worker, Ivy,  and her current pixy backup, Jenks,  want to leave the I.S with Rachel. So begins the new life for Rachel, Ivy and Jenks – Ivy manages to buy out her contract with her entire living and undead savings, Jenks being a pixy means no one will miss him and Rachel…well Rachel was lucky enough to incur the wrath of the I.S. since they couldn’t go after a Tamwood for breaking their contract, Rachel was the I.S.’s next target and now no one will deal with a Dead Witch Walking.

A spelled paycheck, the lost of her apartment in the Hollows and small spells that detonate when no ones around to see it are just a few of the things that Rachel faces shortly after her bid for freedom. Miraculously she lands on her feet, moving into her new office – a church. Now she is living on Hollow ground that will protect her from the undead vampires, weres and she will be living with Ivy so she has the added protection of the Tamwoods family name. The kitchen and garden are more than a witch with a price on her head could hope for plus the garden lends a home to Jenks and his family of 54 children. Don’t underestimate the power of a pixy and the humor of the muttered commentary Jenks shares. The phrases are so unique that laughter is inevitable.

Only, the attacks on her life won’t stop until Rachel finds a way to pay off her contract and she focuses all her efforts on bringing down the untouchable Trent Kalamack, species unknown. Ivy, Rache and Jenks set up office and home in their church and Rachel uses the old spell books to find a way to bring down Trent. The adventure is only beginning as Rachel discovers so much more about herself, her powers, the true bonds of friendship, surviving against all odds and what true evil Trent Kalamack is hiding. With stellar dialogue, imagery and the ability to alter history so smoothly you fall under the spell of the Hollows, Kim Harrison takes you on a journey of action, sorcery, mystery and adventure. Grab your guide to dating a Vampire, make sure you’re on hollow ground and curl up with some good old pizza if you dare….Rachel Morgan’s fight to survive awaits you in Kim Harrison’s, Dead Witch Walking.

The first book in the Rachel Morgan series can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon.com image below:

 

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – book review

Book review of Laurell K. Hamiltons first Anita Blake novel: Guilty Pleasures

I have been a long time fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I discovered her first Anita Blake book , Guilty Pleasures, in 1994 and was hooked from page one. I posted an abstract on SvhOOng back in Janurary 2008 and want to share it with all of you. It sums up the novel better than I could do today.  Enjoy~

 Welcome to the new law – Vampires have been granted equal rights under the law in the United States of America. Most of the world thinks they are people too.Vampires just have pointy teeth, don’t need a steady supply of oxygen and  function with a permanent iron deficiency and therefore should have the same rights as everyone else. What those people don’t know, is that they are the monsters that walk among us.

As the regional vampire executioner, Anita Blake, bears the scars they inflicted on her and has seen their victims. She is an Animator which gives her a leg up on the big bad uglies so she helps out with the special police unit –  R.P.I.T – Regional Preternatural Investigative Team. R.P.I.T was created to take on the crimes that are determined to involve non-humans – whether they are the victims or the killers. Anita is called in when even the experts have no clue. They’ve learned that more people die when she is not brought in sooner. If she can keep the death toll down, then one more crime scene, one more nightmare is a price she is willing to pay.

book cover for Guilty Pleasures by LKH
Vampires have rights now. How's that working for us?

 Laurell K. Hamiltons, “Guilty Pleasures,” takes you into a dark world of lust, violence and the mystical with a wit that carries through the pages and leaves you wanting more. Anita’s complexity and spunky can-do attitude mixed in with a huge chunk of stubbornness gets her into more trouble than she can take on as she is unwillingly drawn into investigating a series of Vampire murders.

Someone is hunting down the most powerful Vampires in the city of St. Louis in a bid to take over the city and now the vampires have come to the one person they fear the most – the Executioner, Anita Blake, for help. Laurell K. Hamilton shares the world view through Anita’s eyes which is peppered with beauty and spoiled by the beasties that walk the night. If you are looking for the ultimate Science Fiction Paranormal novel that rises from a great recipe for fantastic reading – beauty, death, lust, blood, guts and gore topped off with mystery and hard hitting humor – snuggle up for the night, grab your favorite stuffed penguin and prepare to meet Anita.

Anita’s Tag line:  I don’t date vampires. I kill them.

I hope this review sends people to my Amazon.com link below and that you pick up this novel. It is a really good read. It knocks Twilight out of the park – sorry Twilight fans but its true –  Anita came first and kicks Bella’s butt on the morbid mopey self reflections but she does it with style and humor that very few can touch. And the love triangle – its amazing! How Anita resisted the oh so sexy Jean-Claude kept the pages turning as I waited for her to give in and allow some fang sinking to get it on.  The alternate historian take on the United States just makes any true sci-fi-fantasy-paranormal fan take notice with the major “what if?” proposed in such a way that draws you in.

So if you’re up for a great read  and don’t have a copy of the book, click on the image below to purchase Guilty Pleasures from Amazon.com