Anita Blake, vampire executioner series
When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn’t the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington’s grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.
I gave up reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series because while I like a good steamy erotic novel or just down right dirty sex scenes I also like a good plot when I read a book. After reading Skin Trade and Blood Noir I just couldn’t take it. I didn’t care who Anita was and wasn’t going to sleep with, I didn’t even care if she died (and part of me was wishing she did). I just didn’t care. However, that being said I found Flirt on sale and decided, “what the heck, maybe this one will be more about plot and less about who Anita will or won’t choose this time.”
I was pleasantly surprised that while there was still a great sex scene there was ALSO a plot! Anita is back at work, trying to figure out why these people have the desire to have their loved ones raised from the dead. After telling two potential and rich clients “NO” she thinks that things are over. However, one of the clients just can’t let their loved one go and they aren’t willing to give up. Plus, everyone knows that Anita is the only one for the job. Now I think by now anyone familiar with Hamilton’s books knows that every job Anita does or doesn’t take is trouble, and this is no acceptation.
Anita is kidnapped and her lovers threatened. There is nothing she can do to save then except follow directions, and not fight. The kidnapper has paid a lot of money to get Anita where she can raise the dead. Anita however doesn’t like to play games and after stealing one of the kidnappers and essentially stealing his free will to make him one of her animals, she figures out a way to get what she wants.
While I was happy to read an Anita Blake novel that wasn’t all about who she was and wasn’t going to have sex with, I was also a little disappointed that the plot of this one was so paper thin that I could figure out what was happening from almost the beginning of the book. The sex scene was faster than the ones in other of Hamilton’s Blake books, which was okay but it left me wanting a little more. Also there weren’t any scenes between any of her regular lovers, which was a little sad especially since Jean Claude wasn’t in this novel at all.
If Hamilton keeps up with the tone of this novel on latter novels maybe I will read more of the Anita Blake series, but let’s be honest, if the books go back towards all sex (a la Danse Macabre) and no plot I give up.