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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Shameless by Anne Stuart

: Shameless

Author: Anne Stuart
Series: The House of Rohan,
book 4
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Mira
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“A long string of tragic loves haunts Viscount Benedick Francis Alistair Rohan. Cool and cynical, he's weary of life's fickle games and wants a prim and proper wife he can ignore while indulging his sensual appetites.
Lady Melisande Carstairs is nothing less than a tornado storming into Benedick's measured life. Possessed of boundless energy and the soul of a reformer, Melisande always conquers, whether it's saving the souls of soiled doves or seducing the man she's inconveniently fallen for. When she informs Benedick that his brother's newly revived Heavenly Host has graduated from simple carnal debauchery to sadistic violence, he's compelled to investigate, undercover. Under those covers, however, is Melisande herself, playing a dangerous game in the name of justice.
And the Heavenly Host has just seen her hand, and more…”
Shameless is book four in The House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart. It’s Benedik’s book, Benedick is Miranda’s oldest brother (book 3 of the series, Breathless).

After losing two wives in childbirth and suffering their deaths, Benedick Rohan has decide he needs a new wife to bear a heir. This time he wants a prim, proper and sturdy wife. A wife he would not fall in love with, a wife he could easily leave in one of his estates raising his heir while he continues with his debauchery. With this mission in mind he returns to London, but of course while he looks he would indulge himself with the pleasures many willing and expert women provide.
At his return to his London home he learns his younger brother Brandon has been living in his house for the last two months. Brandon is not the same nice and happy young guy he was, He was gravely injured, suffering some disfigurement during his military service in the Afghan wars.  Now Brandon is a bitter and sad man with no will to live, abusing alcohol, drugs, and more.
Benedick hates to see his brother in that state but there is not much he can do for him at that moment. First and foremost he needs to sate his body, it has been months since he was with a woman and he cannot wait any longer. He sends a note to one of his favorite whores requesting her services. Violet soon arrives to his home but their encounter is soon interrupted when Lady Melisande Carstairs storms in his studio.
Melisande is a wealthy widow with the mission of rescuing and helping prostitutes. She teaches them there are other options for them. She runs a safe house at her own home and Violet is one of her girls.  When Melisande arrives to Benedick house and finds him and Violet in a compromising position she gives Violet an ultimatum or she comes with her immediately or she cannot go back to her house. Violet acquiesced to Melisande leaving a perplexed and infuriated Benedick. Beedick thinks Melisande is Violet’s new madam and does an indecent proposal to her. She ignores him and blazes out of his house.
Benedick realizes the mistake he has made when his majordomo explains him who was the lady.
Both Benedick and Melisande find each other fascinating but irascible and decide to put distance between them. But when one of Melisande’s girls returns to her house tortured and raped she decides to investigate what’s going on, this is not the first case and other girls in the city are disappearing without leaving a trace. During her investigation Melisande discovers that the infamous Heavenly Host has been revived, now they are crueler than even, abusing women and children and if what Melisande discover is true they are planning on doing a human sacrifice soon.
Melisande is over her head with this and she knows it. The only person that could help her is Benedick, he knows about the Heavenly Host, his ancestors were part of this group.
Benedick is reluctant to help and believe what Melisande is telling, but when she mentions his brother Brandon involvement with this group, he knows he needs to find out if the allegations are real even though that means he will have to spend time with the cantankerous woman.

Melisande is a social conscious strong woman. Society has almost shunned her because of her “girls”, she doesn’t care what they think of her, she is the woman she wants to be. Melisande may have been married for years but she is still innocent in regards to what’s going on between a man and a woman, that doesn’t mean she is not a bit curious. I also loved how much she enjoys sweets, I thought it was very cute.

Benedick is a rake in all the sense of the word. He suffered a lot with the death of her first wife and some with the second one, he doesn’t want to put himself in the same situation a third time, so he prefers to continue with his debauchery. Benedick could be enchanting but sometimes he was an ass, I wanted to know what was his freaking problem… and at the end I learned it and… *swoon* it restored my faith in him.

The chemistry between this two was off the charts, they tried their best to fight it, and they literally fought it, but to no avail, they succumbed to it.

I loved that Miranda and Lucien (Breathless) had a cameo. When I read their book and got to the last page I felt the end was kind of sudden and let me feeling there was something missing, and epilogue would have been perfect. I didn’t get my epilogue then but I got them in this book and I loved to see them, see their interactions and how they have become a very funny and lovely couple.
Melisande’s girls are all very interesting and very entertaining. They brought more that one laugh to the story. From them Emma is the one that stands the most and hope to see her in the next book.
Brandon’s story was left somehow open, I really hope Mrs. Stuart writes a novella about him and gives him the HEA he deserves.

I really enjoyed Shameless, I read it almost in one sitting. Shameless is entertaining, with lots of tension and steamy pages. You could say it is predictable book, but which historical romance isn’t. If you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy it too.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Ryan Kwanten

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the Aussie actor Ryan Kwanten.
He is most known for playing Jason Stackhouse on the 
HBO TV series True Blood 

Monday, June 27, 2011

ARC Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver
Series: Legacy Trilogy, book 1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (6/28/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers*
“The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.
Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.
Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.”
Legacy is the first book in the Legacy Trilogy by Cayla Kluver.

Princes Alera of Hytanica just turned seventeen and her father king Adrik wants her to find a suitor to marry by her eighteen birthday. Hytanica is a patriarchal kingdom and the crown will be past to Alera’s husband and not to her. King Adrik wands to stepout from the throne as soon as Alera is married. He already has one man in his sight for her, the son of the Captain of the Guard, Lord Steldor. Alera despises Steldor. The only problem is there are no more suitors with enough qualifications to be king but him.
A mysterious young boy name Narian, from the enemy kingdom of Cokyri is found in the city and brought to the palace. Hytanica and Cokyry fought a terrible war sixteen years ago. During this war forty nine Hytanica baby boys were abducted from their cradles to days later be returned the palace murdered, from the forty nine boys all except but one infant body was return.
Aleria and Narian develop and friendship, she feels he understands her better than anybody else; he is coming from a kingdom were women are leaders, respected and appreciated, something Alera wishes for herself. Alera stars to have feelings for him, but there are so many unanswered questions about him and his real motives, that she knows their relationship would never be approved. 
Aleria’s eighteen birthday is approaching, the moment she would need to decide between heart or duty.

It took me a while to get into the story, Narian is one of the key characters and he is not introduced until well advance in the story.

I felt Alera as a weak character, she is going to be queen in the following months but her behavior is completely childish and immature. She is supposed to have a strong personality, but I didn’t see it, she was meek and compliant. She never spoke for herself and even her bodyguards talked down to her.

Lord Steldor’s character is almost caricaturesque. He is a womanizer, egomaniac bully. Who is said to be in love with Alera but I perceived him more in love with the idea of being king than with her. Steldor changes a bit towards the end but sadly this change is questionable and hard to believe.

Narian is a mystery, his feelings for Aleria are more clear than Steldor’s, but he is full of secrets and difficult to trust.

In some cases the secondary characters were stronger and more interesting than the principals. Especially in the case of Alera’s bodyguards London and Destari.
One character I couldn’t understand was Alera’s father King Adrik, I don’t know how he could think that a man like Steldor that is known to be abusive could be a good ruler and even more wants him as a husband for his daughter. Also what is his rush to abdicate the throne especially now that difficult times are coming.

This book is told from Alera’s point of view and as I said before she is not a strong character, making it a little bit dull and with a very young feel. I think it would have been better if it had been told from multiple characters point of view.

Although I liked Legacy I had some problems with it. Besides the point that I felt the characters were weak there was not a real character development. The descriptions in this book were extremely descriptive and many times unnecessary, to the extent that I start skimming over them. Don’t take me wrong I loved descriptions but when in every new scene the dresses, tapestries and layouts were describe anew it got to a point where I didn’t want to know anything else about dresses, hairs, tiaras, food…
Also it needs some editing, adjectives and big words are use redundantly, almost like trying to prove the author possesses a smart vocabulary.
The author uses a Gregorian calendar, a religion with catholic symbolisms and languages as Latin even though this book is set in a fictitious medieval kingdom.
The only real action are birthday parties, walks through the market and tea parties. Furthermore the end was kind of abrupt and dissatisfactory.

I’m sure a young audience (teens) would enjoy this book. I’m not so sure about older readers. The second book Allegiance will be release later this year. I’m planning on reading it, I want to know how the author is going to continue developing the story.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
Legacy (6/28/2011)
Allegiance (TBA)
Sacrifice (TBA)

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Movie Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the final installment of the epic fantasy film series based on the Harry Potter books
by J.K. Rowling. 
This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year
(I'm a proud Potterhead).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be in theaters 
July 15. (YAY!)


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday's Short Review: The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

Title: The Dark Enquiry
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Lady Julia, book 5
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Mira
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The spirits speak of secrets....
Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane’s private enquiry business. 
Among the more unlikely clients: Julia’s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved—if eccentric—family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.
It leads to the exclusive Spirit Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances...and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of murder, espionage and blackmail, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.
Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont’s sake—and more—they’ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets: the kind men kill to keep...the kind that can destroy a fledgling marriage.” 
The Dark Enquiry is book five in the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn.

Julia and her husband Brisbane are back in London after their long honeymoon. Now they are trying to settle a house together with all the compromises that it requires. Julia is also is trying to help Brisbane with his investigation business, she wants a complete partnership for them, the problem is he wants to keep Julia safe and his line of work is anything but safe, if he let’s her be part of it, being safe is not an option. Julia also has got some interest in experimenting with explosives with some unfortunate incidents.
Julia’s brother Bellmont comes to Brisbane to ask for his assistance with a problem he is having and makes Brisbane promise he won’t say anything to Julia. But Julia being the cunning woman she is learns her husband is hiding something from her that involves her brother Bellmont, Knowing how Bellmont displeases and doesn’t accept her husband Julia knows whatever these two men are hiding from her has to be something very important. Julia is “forced” to do whatever is necessary to learn what all this is about, to see how she can “help” Brisbane with this personal investigation.
Things get complicated when a person of interest in the investigation gets assassinated.

Julia is a very stubborn woman; many times she was trying to help just to complicate things even more. Her love and devotion for Brisbane and her family is notorious. She knows sometimes she is too much and worries Brisbane is going to regret marrying her

Brisbane is (tries to be) a protective husband but with a wife like Julia is a duty almost impossible to achieve. He has a Gypsy background full of secrets and possesses an ability he tries to conceal.

Julia and Brisbane make a very funny and highly amusing couple, they reminded me a lot of Alexia Tarabotti and Lord Maccon from The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

From the secondary characters Julia’s brother Plum and Sir Morgan Fielding are the ones that stand out the most. Plum is the tortured soul while Morgan is the smart-ass manipulator.

My final though: I was a little bit worried about reading The Dark Enquiry, being the book five in this series and my first book by Deanna Raybourn, but after questioning some fans of this series if this book could be read as a stand alone, so I decided to give a chance and read it. It was the first time I read a book of a series not in order, I don’t regret doing it because I really enjoy this book, with its funny and entertaining characters and interesting world. But sadly I felt there was some story behind the characters that I was missing out. I liked The Dark Enquiry and Mrs. Raybourn style so much that I’m planning to read soon the previous books of this series and this time I will read them in order.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Sanctuary
Silent on the Moor
Dark Road to Darjeeling
The Dark Enquiry

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sorry, No Post Today

I came down with some virus and I've been feeling really ill these last couple of days. Because of this my head has not cooperated and I wasn't able to get today's post ready.

I hope tomorrow I'll feel human again. Thank you for your understanding. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Ricky Martin

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the Puerto Rican (Boricua nene) 
Ricky Martin
He is also well known for his humanitarian work.

And he bangs, he bangs. Oh baby
When he moves, he moves...

I took this picture at his Istanbul concert last Saturday. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

ARC Review: Inside by Brenda Novak

Title: Inside
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Bulletproof Trilogy, book 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Mira (06/28/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Virgil Skinner served fourteen years for a murder he didn't commit. He's finally been exonerated, but he can't escape the gang he joined in order to survive. They'll do anything to keep him from telling what he knows. And if they can't get to Virgil they'll go after his sister and her kids.
The California Department of Corrections needs someone to infiltrate another gang, one that's taking control of the state's most notorious supermax. Virgil agrees to do it under an alias—in exchange for his sister's protection.
Chief Deputy Warden Peyton Adams is opposed to having Virgil in her prison. How will she protect him if things go bad? Besides, she's far too attracted to him; she might even be falling in love with him. That makes her all the more desperate to keep him safe—and it gives him someone else to lose.”
Inside is the first book of the new trilogy The Bulletproof by Brenda Novak.

Virgil Skinner has had a very tough life. He has served fourteen years in prison for a crime he didn’t committed. During those years he did what was necessary to survive in a prison, like joining a dangerous gang called The Crew. Now that he has been acquitted of all counts he wants to live a normal and quiet life, but being a member The Crew is a lifetime commitment, the only way to leave the gang is death. He knows as soon as the gangs realizes he has deserted, the gang will go for the persons he loves the most, his sister Laurel and her two little kids.
The government knows this as well and offers him a solution; they need him to infiltrate another dangerous gang in prison called Pelican Bay. In exchange for his help with this matter his sister and kids will be place under the witness protection program and will receive new identities. He is willing to do anything to protect them and accepts the offer knowing the risk is so high it may cost him his life.
Peyton Adams has been working as Chief Deputy Warden in Pelican Bay for the last six months. She considers the operation the California Department of Corrections is planning to do in her jail a very high-risk operation with low probabilities of success. She feels is will be almost impossible for her to offer protection to Virgil as an undercover agent and she knows if any member of Hell’s Fury suspects anything about Virgil he will be kill immediately.
Meeting Virgil a couple of days before he is supposed to enter jail didn’t help her at all. Now she knows his story and why he has accepted this crazy offer. Payton thinks he has suffer enough and he shouldn’t be put in that position. To complicate things even more, Virgil is not just what his tough appearance shows, in the short time she discovers he is much more, he intrigues her and makes her want him as she has never wanted before.  And now he will be in her jail as a snitch and he will be her responsibility.

Virgil is a tortured hero. He has been in jail for a homicide he didn’t commit since he was eighteen. For his last fourteen years his life has been lived like a life in a jungle, where just the strongest survives. He is used to be looking back to see where the next attack will come from and tenderness and caring are things he has forbidden himself to experience. He may have been an innocent man when he entered jail, but he is not so innocent anymore. He is an ex-con and feels he doesn’t deserve anything good. Despite all this he has a good heart and is disposed to do anything in his power to protect the people he loves.

Peyton is an idealist. She had a difficult childhood with events that forged her in the woman she has become. She is dedicated to her work and wants to make a mark in society. She believes in the goodness of people and tries to give always the benefit of the doubt before making a final opinion of a person.

There is a palpable attraction between Virgil and Payton since the beginning. The relationship was well developed with all the complications of this difficult situation. Virgil and Peyton are very different but they complement each other perfectly making the romance in this book a believable one.

The secondary characters are so well written that you cannot do anything but love some and wish them the best and hate others and wish they would disappear at least six feet under.

We just get some glimpses of Virgil’s sister Laurel’s story, for what we learned her life has been a hard and sad one, but even though she has had that kind of life Laurel has always been there for Virgil. Mrs. Novak next book in this trilogy will be Laurel’s book, is called In Seconds and will be available August 30th 2011. I can’t wait to read it.

The world pictured in Inside is a very tough world, is the one of prisons, gangs, corruption, violence and painful realities.
This book is packed with action, suspense and intrigues. Mrs. Novak will have you biting your nails while devouring this book page by page.

There were some couple of open ends I thought needed a resolution. I don’t know if Mrs. Novak left them like that in purpose, and is planning of retaking them in the next installment. I hope that is the case.

Inside was my first book by Brenda Novak and I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. I really liked this book and enjoyed her writing style. I’m planning to read In Seconds as soon as it’s available.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in this series
Inside (6/28/2011)
In Seconds (8/30/2011)
In Close (10/25/2011)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Movie Trailer: Green Lantern

In honor to this week Hot-Hot Hottie Ryan Reynolds,
today's movie trailer is Green Lantern
This is a superhero film based on the 1940s DC Comics
 character Green Lantern.
This movie is playing in selected theaters. 


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Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Shadow Walker by Allyson James

Title: Shadow Walker
Author: Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: E-book
“Stormwalker Janet Begay returns home only to have the ground collapse beneath her-literally. After tumbling two hundred feet underground, Janet is rescued by her dragon boyfriend, Mick. But something dark touches Mick while in the sinkhole, and Janet might lose him forever unless she recruites the most unlikely of allies to stop the growing shadow.” 
Shadow Walker is the third installment in the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.

Sheriff Nash Jones is on Janet Begay’s tail for speeding at an interstate road when suddenly a sinkhole opens in the middle of the road and both motorcycle (Janet’s) and police car nosedive through the sinkhole 200ft deep. Janet miraculously is not seriously injured but Nash is another story, he is unconscious inside his patrol car. Janet is trying to help him when some rock carvings in form of skeletal hands attack her. She is saved by the timely arrival of Mick and the police rescue.
Janet knows there is something not normal with the petroglyphs. Mick decided to go back to the sinkhole to investigate while Janet is recovering at her hotel. But when Mick returns to the hotel hours later, he is not the same man/dragon he was. His aura is cover with shadows and he is very aggressive with Janet, something he has never done before. Also the magic mirror is afraid of him and starts screaming every time Mick gets close to it.
This awkward behavior continues until Mick disappears couple of days later after telling Janet to leave him alone and do not look for him. Janet cannot leave this alone. Mick is the man she loves and she would do anything in her power to help him. Thanks to her grandmother Janet learns that Mick has been enslaved by a witch. Janet knows that a witch strong enough to enslave a dragon Lord has to be a powerful one, but this doesn’t deter her; Mick is the love of her life and she has friends and family that would help her to come to Mick rescue. But some of this friends and family may have their own agenda in this situation. And as always things are not as they are supposed to be, making everything more complicated for Janet.

I love Janet, with her storm walker and Beneath magic she is a kick ass heroine. She is caring, a good friend and a hard worker gal. I loved that she is usually a strong woman but when she is with Mick she allows herself to be fragile. In Shadow Walker things are harder for her, she is used to have Mick always at her back, but now she cannot count on him. It’s heartbreaking that Mick being the man she loves over everything is considering her his enemy. He has tried to hurt her and even kill her.

Mick is still the same super alpha male, dragon shifter. In the beginning of the book we see the protective male in love, he has always been. But saddening some chapters into all his mighty self is reduced to be a minion for an evil witch.

My final though: I loved Shadow Walker, I think is a great addition to this amazing series. I loved janet and Mick, they are the perfect hero/heroine combination, they have great chemistry together and there is no other option than to love them and cheer for them to be happily together.  The secondary characters in this book are all very different and very entertaining; from the strong Native American grandmother to the “equal opportunity” magic mirror, or the overly serious Sheriff Nash Jones and his Latina girlfriend. And of course the evil half-sister Gabrielle cannot be left behind. There are more interesting character, but it will be to much to mention them all, let’s just say there is not a bad character in this series.
I recommend this book and this series to all urban fantasy and paranormal lovers. Shadow Walker can be read as a stand alone, but there is so much history behind that if you do that you will miss half the joy this series provide.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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Shadow Walker

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

: Hit List

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, book 20
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books of this series*
“A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer. 
But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers…and human police.
The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she’s decided that Anita Blake’s is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted. The vampires call Edward “Death,” and Anita the “Executioner,” but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one and possess the other, and she doesn’t care how many others have to die along the way.”

Hit list is book twentieth (yes, you read right) in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita is in Seattle working as a U.S. Marshall in a serial killer investigation. Weretigers with no-clan affiliation have been killed in a grotesque matter, the assassination had occurred in different cities of the Pacific Northwest, faraway from Anita’s home. Edward is also helping with the case as an U.S. Marshall. Anita and Edward know The Harlequin has committed the murders, but that is information they cannot share with the police or anybody for that matter. The problem is they need to work in-group with the other officials assigned to the case, many of them being rookies.
After some consideration Edward gets to the conclusion that the murders happened to get Anita away from Jean-Claude and her other men, putting her in a more vulnerable position for and easy attack. And of course, Mommy Dearest is behind this. She is the most interested in getting her hands on Anita. 

Hit List was better than what I was expecting. It's as if Mrs. Hamilton tried to go back to Anita’s roots, where the books were better.

The Anita in this book is a grown up one. She has learned to control more the “Ardeur” and doesn’t have to feed it all the time…finally! She is coming to terms accepting what she had become, even though sometimes when people call her thing to her face she gets really affected. She doesn’t want to be the monster people picture her to be.

Anita’s main squeezes were conspicuous by their absence. There are just some mentions of Jean-Claude, but nothing mayor, not even a phone call; same with Nathaniel, Micah, Richard and the others.

We learned a lot more about Edward, as always he is a person Anita can count on, but now their relationship is more intimate, I don’t mean they are having sex, because they are not and I don’t think they ever will (I hope), but there is a deep connection between them, almost as family ties. He wants to protect Anita doesn’t matter the cost; he really cares for her and demonstrates it all the time. Edward has changed a lot too, now he has a family and that had made him more human.

We see characters from previous books, as Bernardo and Olaf. Bernardo is the same nice guy, good friend, and handsome flirt. And Olaf is still the psycho creepy serial killer. As always he is interested in Anita, maybe now more than ever. He is even considering having “vanilla” sex if she accepts and starts to date him. He is also testing Anita in different ways every time he can. There is a big and interesting twist in regards to Olaf. I don’t know what Mrs. Hamilton has planned for him, but I just can guess it’s something big.
Nicky also makes a short appearance; he is still Anita’s bride (as Dracula’s). There are some mentions of his past that let me wonder what is behind that and why it was brought to the story.

Maybe you won’t believe me, but this book just had one sex scene, no, I’m not lying to you, just one, no, not one scene of Anita and twenty partners, just one, yes, just one scene with just one partner. I know it's almost impossible to believe, but I’m glad Hit List broke with the orgy marathon rule of previous books. The protagonist of this scene is a new character; his name is Ethan, he is a mixed weretiger. He is a sweet guy who wants to be accepted and to feel he belongs somewhere. He is cute and hot and is going back home with Anita to add to her collection of sweeties (lucky girl).

I really liked Hit List, it wasn’t great but it was good. There are still certain problems that repeat in many of these books like Anita’s predictability, she acts the same way all the time. We know what she is going to do before it happens because it’s always the same thing. There is no surprise factor anymore in this series. Also there is always the male character that hates Anita and picks on her, but at the end nothing happens with him. At least in this book Anita is back to be something more than a public coochie.
The story was a continuation of the plot with Marmee Noir, we had a build up of this story for couple of books and finally is resolved in this book. I was planning to give it a 4 Paws rating, but when we get to the end it lost half a Paw there, because the end was completely rushed, as if Mrs. Hamilton had a maximum number of pages allowed and was writing and realized in the middle of her inspiration that she just had couple of pages more before reaching her limit, so she just went and end it with a machete. Also Marmee Noir is supposed to the most evil and strong bitch in the whole universe and Anita finishes her in a very simple and easy way. I was like… for real? After all this that’s it? As I said before it was a spectacular machete end. 

Favorite quotes:
  • My voice was as empty and neutral as any I had, just two killers talking shop over someone else's kill.
  • "Olaf still thinks I'm his girlfriend or something." - "The couple that slaughters people together stays together." 

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Guilty Pleasures
The Laughing Corpse
Circus of the Damned
The Lunatic Cafe
Bloody Bones
The Killing Dance
Burnt Offerings
Blue Moon
Obsidian Butterfly
Narcissus in Chains
Cerulean Sins
Incubus Dreams
Danse Macabre
The Harlequin
Blood Noir
Skin Trade
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