Science fiction and fantasy
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton writes with an uninhibited abandon, and Flirt is supercharged with sexual tension. Anita Blake already has more than her fair share of attractive men in her life, but there always seems to be room for a few more.
Anita also has a varied supernatural makeup, resulting in a wide range of powers and also weaknesses. She's like a paranormal pick 'n' mix, with a bit of everything in there. There are so many different influences on her we're left wondering how much of her human side is left. It all adds up to a brilliantly escapist romp, full of lusty men and strangeness and unexpected passions. We never quite know whether she's going to kiss or kill.
This is a short book, and it's likely to be a fast read thanks to its accessible style and taut plotting. The story's main downside is its brevity. Yet like a good flirt it's sexy fun that will leave readers with an appetite for more without demanding very much in return.
21st June 2010
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