Blood Noir

6/12/2008 11:44:00 AM / Posted by Kris /

Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16)Blood Noir (Anita Blake Book 16) by LKH
A favor for Jason, vampire hunter Anita Blake’s werewolf lover, puts her in the center of a full-blown scandal that threatens master-vampire Jean- Claude’s reign—and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queen’s new rise to power.

Some spoilers
That seems like such a short synopsis for such a long book, but that was pretty much it. Anita agrees to do a favor for Jason by going with him to see his family and give him moral support. His father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Jason wants to see him before he dies. But he does not want to go alone because his father is a Jerk. His father was verbally and emotionally and borderline physically abusive to him because Jason was his only boy and did not live to Dad's standards of what a boy should do. Jason was not a jock and was into theater and dance. His whole family thinks that he is gay despite the swathe that he cut though the female population in high school. So his mom asks him to come back to see his dad and Jason brings Anita to act as his "serious girlfriend" to make a last ditch effort to convince dad that he is not gay.
The whole screw up that happens in this book is that when they arrive in Jason's hometown it is bad timing. They are there the same week as the wedding of the governor's son. So the paparazzi are everywhere. This would not be a bad thing but for that Jason is the governor's nephew and an exact replica of his cousin, the governor's son. So he get mistaken for his cousin and them seeing him with a woman that is not his fiance makes for a big target for the paparazzi. They finally get it worked out that he is not his cousin and someone recognizes Anita and recognizes Jason with his stripper name. When this happens the press assume that Anita has left Jean-Claude and run off with Jason to elope. Which makes a huge problem for Jean-Claude's image and standing with the other vampires.
The sex in this one was not as explicit as some of her others, it was there but nothing like in Danse Macabre. (That one was just too much!) The big moment was when Mommie Dearest takes over Anita's body and she ends up having sex with two tiger shifters she has never met and Jason. But you do not see any of it only the aftermath. Because Anita remembers nothing of what happened. But now the tiger community is very protective and possessive of their offspring, so if she is prego from this encounter then Anita is going to have a lot more issues.

This was a good installment, Not as good as some of her others, but a lot better than some others too. But I would not buy this in hardback I would (and am) waiting for paperback before I buy.

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3 comments:

Comment by Bev(QB) on 6/12/2008 11:20 PM

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only LKH fan that didn't have a lot of enthusiasm for this one. If she had kept it a novel-lite like "Micah" I think I would have liked it better. But this feels padded to make it a full length book and thus she fulfilled her written contract with her publisher. I just don't think she fulfilled her implied contract with her readers-- to give us her best effort; to CRAFT a story, not just meet her page counts.

Comment by Kris on 6/14/2008 8:00 AM

bev, I read recently on her blog that she thought about doing this one as a "novel-lite" but felt that Jason deserved a full book. So it probably was padded some to make it longer.

Comment by Rhinoa on 6/27/2008 11:30 AM

Thanks I am waiting for the paperback as well. I have read the first 6 and need to catch up at some point. I heard the middle ones are a bit pants, but it seems to get better again after that.

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