Book Review: Flirt by: Laurell K. Hamilton


Berkley Hardcover

Publish Date:
February 2, 2010



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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.

Anita has been relaxing just a bit with the men in her own life. The affectionate warmth of being with them brings out something softer in her, a sense of safety she can almost trust. They do love her; that part is forever and for sure. But flirting with feeling safe is a dangerous thing...

Review: Let me give a little caveat before my review: I loved this series when it first came out. I read every book multiple times over and couldn't wait for the next one (and the next one, etc.). Later in the series, it got to the point that it felt as if the books were a bit too much sex all the time. Don't ever get me wrong - there is NOTHING wrong with sex in books - but I prefer in novels that it fits into where the story is going and not just thrown in at 'random' times. If I wanted random sex scenes, I'd read a totally different kind of book! :-)

Onto the review...

I did enjoy this story very much and I'm always happy when Anita can get back into her necromancer and vampire executioner side. For me, Anita was one of the big powerhouse female leads in books for quite a while and I like when she can get back to her "roots" and what drew me to her story in the first place.

At work, Anita has been approached by two very rich people and asked to raise their loved ones. What they don't seem to understand is she can't give them back the person that they were - no matter how much money they want to throw at her. The dead that she raises may look and act perfectly life-like, but it doesn't last forever because they're zombies. Anita's a necromancer, not a resurrectionist, but someone just won't take no for an answer.

Overall, I liked book and it had some of the elements I loved about Obsidian Butterfly and Blood Noir (unfortunately no Edward). It make you really think...what would you do for the ones you love?

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series: Guilty Pleasures (1), The Laughing Corpse (2), Circus of the Damned (3), The Lunatic Cafe (4), Bloody Bones (5), The Killing Dance (6), Burnt Offerings (7), Blue Moon (8), Obsidian Butterfly (9), Narcissus In Chains (10), Cerulean Sins (11), Incubus Dreams (12), Micah (13), Dance Macabre (14), The Harlequin (15), Blood Noir (16), Skin Trade (17), Flirt (18), Bullet (19), Hit List (20), Kiss The Dead (21)


  1. Thanks for an honest review.

  2. Just finished reading Skin Trade (which has lots of Edward). I like that the "flirting" refers to a normal life rather than the romantic kind.

    Hamilton does so many craft things so well, I tend to skim over the sex scenes after they've draaagged on for a couple pages.

  3. I feel the same about Flirt and am not necessarily looking forward to reading Bullet because Richard apparently plays a big role. I had the chance to meet LKH and asked if there would ever be a spin off series just for Edward (sigh), she said no :-(
    However, there may be a comic book!

  4. I didn't realize that there was another one in the series out. Have read all of them and was a little more enthusiastic earlier on. I think I will pick this one up though and give it a shot. Thanks for the great review and love your site!

  5. I stopped reading LKH because I felt that Anita had turned into superwoman and was no longer the kick-a** vampire executioner of the earlier books. May give this one a shot as you said that she returns to her roots, but overall, I've been disappointed with the way the Anita books turned out.

    An Edward spin-off series would be awesome! Hope LKH reconsiders!


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