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REVIEW: Flirt – An Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter series novel # 18 by Laurell K. Hamilton

Flirt is a short book.  I think it could have fit nicely into another book with more exciting scenes, but I’m not the author 🙂  I feel that it was a bit rushed, but other than that, not too many “complaints” from me.  Hell, I think out of all the books in this series .. I can count the number of complaints on one hand 🙂

Flirt.  Anita is kidnapped and taken from her sweeties that are being watched by snipers.  A new Rex, a stranger and his pride, take her away from her loved ones and forces her to raise a zombie.  Everything inside of Blake screams that this is wrong, but once she started thinking about what she would to keep her sweeties safe, the answer was simple.  Anything.

There really isn’t a whole hell of a lot to say about this book.  Anita realizes that her lioness is in heat and WHAM!  Not so good around unmated lions.

Usually, I will make a huge effort to write a lengthy and “my usual” review for all of the books that I read.  The only way to do that with this book review is to ramble on and on.

The book is simple.  She is kidnapped.  She survives.  She brings a new man home.  Shocker, right?

I recommend this book to others reading this series.  I do not recommend this book to children or immature adults.  I do not recommend this book to anyone who has not read the other books leading up to this one.  This book isn’t interesting enough to just pick up off a shelf and start reading.

Some mild to moderate (mostly mild) sexual content.  Disturbing but nondescript violence.

Line of the book:

When God ignores you, the devil starts looking good.

REVIEW: Skin Trade – An Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter series novel # 17 by Laurell K. Hamilton

Skin Trade is a phenomenal book!  The story, the plot, the characters and the relationships .. everything about this book just flat-out does it for me.

Blake received a package that contained a human head.  Eww, right?  I mean .. who does that?

I’d worked my share of serial killer cases, but none of the killers had ever mailed me a human head.  That was new, I looked down at the head, ghostly through the plastic bag it was wrapped in.

Rushing home to pack for the trip, Anita does everything possible to avoid informing her loved ones that she will be flying to Las Vegas ALONE.  No food.  No sweetie.  Nothing.  You would think about all this time, she’d accept the whole ardeur bit, but alas .. she is still blind.

Edward, the sexy hot stuff Olaf, and Bernardo are just part of the team that is searching for a monster that is beyond twisted.  I love the gruesome drippy blood scenes!  There were a few descriptive scenes in this book, but I would have liked more.  More brains oozing.  More slippery entrails.  I don’t know .. more hell.

I can’t get enough of Olaf.  I want a book with JUST OLAF.  What can I say?  Yummy!  In Skin Trade, the relationship between Blake and Olaf becomes really interesting.  He’s still sick and twisted.  She is still disgusted and scared.  Anita humors him and he tries to figure her out so that he can please her?  Totally weird stuff there.  What I’m describing doesn’t do the relationship justice.  You must read the series yourself!

“Thanks, Olaf, I mean that, but…” I thought about what to say next.  “I don’t think we want our first time together to be in the back of a truck.”

He seemed to think about it for a minute or two, then said, “More time and room would be welcome.”

Woo hoo!

Then of course we have the emotional purge from Edward.  He speaks.  He answers questions.  He comforts.  He kisses foreheads?  That’s just not our Edward!

“Everything that has happened to you happened because you were trying to save someone else.  The vampire powers are the same as a gunshot wound, Anita.  You got both in the line of duty.”

In this book, Vittorio returns with a vengeance.  He still has a hard on for strippers, not literally.  I was wondering when he would reappear in this series.

There were burns on half her face, and going down one side of the body.  The skin was red and angry and blackened and peeling, and the other half of her body was perfect.

This is an amazing book.  The “bad guys” in this story are fantastic and intriguing.  The description below is cryptic and luring.

“They are a second kind of people, Anita, created from air, as we were created from earth.  They are very powerful spirits, so powerful that King Solomon destroyed them as a people and made them slaves to his bidding, and they were reduced to servants, or only spirits, whose greatest abilities lie in the whispering evil in our ears to manipulate us.”

I recommend this book to all adults that are in need of something totally rocking awesome!  Extreme sexual content.  Extreme descriptive violence.  Suggestive yumminess, but hey .. two thumbs up!  I strongly advise this book be kept away from all children AND immature adults.

Line of the book!

When in doubt, shut the fuck up.

REVIEW: Blood Noir – An Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter series novel # 16 by Laurell K. Hamilton

Blood Noir is one of my favorite books in the Anita Blake series.  The insight to Jason and Anita in this book is exhilarating!  The analytical and entirely too serious discussions are intriguing, especially the way everyone responds to them.

Anita Blake; Vampire hunter and animator .. Necromancer .. Succubus .. need I go on?  Covered in scars, drowning in anger, dripping with lust and doubt .. you just can’t get much better than Blake.  Her character totally rocks and I applaud Hamilton for this entire series.  Great job, chickadee!

Anita’s scars:

“No, they aren’t.  They ignore them and pretend they aren’t there.  Or they stare, but don’t want to.  Your cars embarrass people, make them uncomfortable.” – Jason

The explosive and never-ending trap of emotional debris leftover from the on again off again relationship between Blake and Richard is .. well I just don’t like it.  They need to leave each other alone or get alone.  Something!  Anything different from what’s going on with their characters now.  I guess I’m just a wee bit tired and bored of Richard walking into the room and throwing a little hissy fit.

The anger that rolls through Anita every time he makes her heart ache is astounding.

There, a little more emotion.  I knew the emotion now: anger.  I should have fought it.  Anger is bad when you carry beasts inside you.  But I didn’t fight it, I welcomed it.  I fed it sweet words and coaxed it hotter.  Anger was so much better than the other emotions running through me-emotions so awful I didn’t want to look at them, let alone feel them.

Some insight to our wonderfully funny and full of smiles Jason ..

“I’ve always liked watching people, but then once I thought I’d be an actor.  We collect mannerisms the way other people collect stamps.”

And of course.. where there is anger .. there is sorrow.

People talk of sorrow as if it is soft, a thing of water and tears.  But true sorrow is not soft.  True sorrow is a thing of fire, and rock.  It burns your heart, crushes your soul under the weight of mountains.  It destroys, and even if you keep breathing, keep going, you die.

The new characters in this book play a significant role in the oncoming books.  The tigers are fantastic, and they will become a part of Anita that will consume her and threaten the relationships she currently holds dear.

I recommend this book to all mature adults in need of something interesting.  A change.  An eye opener..anyone in need of an amazing and entertaining new world of sexiness.

Mild to moderate sexual content.  Mild to moderate violence.  This book is more about introducing new characters, suffering through old relationships, entrapping new beasts and wading through sensitive family and old friendship dramas.

Now, on to Skin Trade!

Happy reading!! ❤