Laurell K. Hamilton
Cerulean Sins, the eleventh entry in the hugely-popular Anita Blake series, finds everyone’s favorite vampire hunter keeping house and kicking butt.
Anita Blake is trying to get her life back to “normal” after a break-up with her werewolf lover. She has settled into a pattern of domesticity, which means that the new man in her life, the leopard shapeshifter Micah, has no problem sharing her with Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City. Things are as peaceful as they ever get for someone who raises the dead, when Jean-Claude receives an unexpected and unwelcome visitor: Musette, the very beautiful, very twisted representative of the European Council of Vampires. Anita soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous game of vampire power politics.
To add to her troubles, she is asked to consult on a series of brutal killings, which seem to be the work of something un-human.
Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.
Anita Blake returns to find hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned.
The “official blurb” on LKH’s website says
The investigation leads her to Cerulean Sins, a vampire-run establishment that deals in erotic videos, videos that cater to very specific tastes.
I thought that perhaps I had read the book while intoxicated and had forgotten the entire plot but a search of video, erotica, cerulean and sins, store, brought up nothing having to do with an adult book store. The criminality comes from an entirely different sector and ties into some friendly fed connections that Anita forged in Tennessee and New Mexico. What is developing is an attempt to balance her love life, her job, and being a Federal Marshall. She has to come to grips with new powers resulting from her membership in the triumverate, especially the ardeur a need to feed not on blood but on sex. And, in this novel the hot heats up with the mysterious ardeur that Anita has picked up as a new power. I think the ardeur gives Hamilton a license to have Anita screw anyone as needed with Anita then inculpable for her behavior; the ardeur made her do it. The violence is super gristley.
I do agree with some of Hamilton’s critics, not only in this series but in the Meredith Gentry series Hamilton is obsessed with men’s hair. Damian’s hair “fell in a straight, silken curtain. scarlet, like a spill of blood.”(Kindle Ed. p. 44) Asher’s hair is golden, Jean Claude’s black. Jean Claude and Asher dress like the shopped at a Neverland Ranch Yard Sale. I have a hard time not seeing the two ancient vampires as if they were in The Three Musketeers.
The upshot is that the I couldn’t stop reading it but she should spend a little less time dressing up her men. Somebody get Laurell a Bob Mackie Ken Doll!
- Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Jove (August 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- Kindle Edition: 863 KB
- Publisher: Jove (April 1, 2010)
- Sold by: Penguin Publishing