Book Review: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Blood Noir

Posted September 21, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Blood Noir

Blood Noir

by Laurell K. Hamilton


Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #16

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Hit List, Bloody Bones, Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Bite, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Skin Trade, Flirt, Bullet, Never After, Kiss the Dead, The First Death, Affliction, Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, "Shutdown", A Kiss of Shadows, Lunatic Café, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral’s Kiss, A Lick of Frost, Blue Moon, Dead Ice, Jason, Crimson Death.

Genres: Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy

This Paperback has 404 pages and was published by Jove on May 26, 2009. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Sixteenth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter erotic urban fantasy series, Blood Noir takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.

My Take

Poor Anita. She just can’t catch a break. She has gotten much better about accepting that what someone wants in bed is not bad, it just is. However, her metaphysical issues just keep piling it on.

The Story

Jason’s dad is dying from cancer and Jason is hoping for a Hallmark moment with his dad. Anita has come along on this trip to convince his dad that Jason is not gay and as moral support for Jason. Naturally, nothing can ever be easy, and it turns out that Jason’s cousins, the Summerlands, have gathered to celebrate Keith Summerland’s wedding. A cousin whom Jason so resembles that all the reporters, security, and hotel staff believe Jason is Keith. A resemblance that makes it easy to sell to the bad guys. Almost makes the Mommie Dearest encounter seem tame…

The Characters

Anita gets a new animal-to-call and raises a major stink for the weretigers all thanks to Marmee Noir. Richard gets his own nasty wake-up call when he calls the ardeur for the first time while everyone gets a new appreciation for Anita’s self-control when she eats the rage Richard has within him.

As this takes place out of town, most of the AB characters don’t appear.

The Cover and Title

The cover and title are confusing. The background of a soft, metallic, antiqued silver is gorgeous but I don’t understand the point with the fuzzy-appearing upright scissors poised as if ready to dance.

As for the title, perhaps Blood Noir is the betrayal by Governor Summerland’s people???

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