Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #18)

Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #18)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anita Blake has been asked to raise the dead-but the results aren't going to make everybody happy...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515148978
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #18
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 85,501
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

Customer Reviews

Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #18) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1196 reviews.
megchranne More than 1 year ago
I remember this series when Anita was trying to discover her powers. Now it seems she's only interested in discovering her prowess. Not to mention the fact that her entourage has reduced in size from several interesting characters to the four most vapid characters in the Anita-verse. I am including Anita in the four - with Jason, Nathaniel and Micah - because she's lost herself in the last several novels. The majority of the story is Anita defending her sexual conquests with people outside of her circle, having her entourage tell her how beautiful and powerful she is and finally (10 pages maybe) "action" and "adventure" in the story. Where are Jean-Claude and Richard? Where is Asher? Where is the debate between characters (having nothing to do with sex)? Where is the drama (having nothing to do with sex)? Where is the passion (having nothing to do with sex)? Where is the adventure (having nothing to do with sex)? I think the most unfortunate crutch that Ms. Hamilton imposed in her writing of Anita was the Arduer. If she wanted to allow her characters to have sex, then allow them to. Only girls need an "excuse." And as Anita is fond of pointing out, she's the most unlike girl of the girls. Pick Jeaniene Frost, or Patricia Briggs or Karen Chance if you want adventure and excitement and sex. When their characters consent, there are no excuses and they actually further the plot.
daydreamer1699 More than 1 year ago
First of all I'm a huge Anita fan but that's it? Way too short for the price asking for it. Flirt had a good story line but went into all the action way too soon. Some parts I think were totally irrelevent to the book. I could really care less if there were sex scences in the book or not. I also agree with alot of other readers that she needs to bring back the main characters like Jean Claude and Asher. They make the books more exciting. My overall reveiw was that it was an ok book but could have been much more longer and more in depth with the storyline.
paraprincessFL More than 1 year ago
I own all the previous Anita Blakes and was eagerly anticipating "Flirt". I was disappointed the minute I saw how thin the book was( all the others are quite lengthy). "Flirt" read exactly as I was afraid it was going to: a short story. If you like short stories, you probably don't read Laurell K. Hamilton. I felt as if the best parts of Anita's world were completely missing from this book! No Jean Claude, no Richard, no Asher, no Circus or police department, no banter with Zerbrowski or Dolph, no relationship turns with her men, no Belle Morte, NOTHING!!!! It felt empty, like I was reading a random novel almost, but not quite like an Anita Blake novel. Almost like it was an afterthought, in between book for Hamilton. I also thought the comic in the back was cheesy and not funny, not to mention as UNLIKE an Anita Blake novel as you can get. I hope she produces the REAL Anita Blake book soon, because this is just not cutting it for me!!
hlizmarie More than 1 year ago
This isn't even a whole book. It's a short story that they're selling for the full price of a regular hard cover. I don't know which insults me more, that there's little to recommend the book in terms of plot and character or that it's full price for just over 100 pages. There's barely any involvement of the regular characters in Anita's life. I'm assuming the point of the book is to introduce the latest guy in her bed before the next full book but to charge readers as if it were a full continuation of Anita's story is just silly. And then to add a section on where she came up with the idea and her writing technique just adds insult to injury. At this point I don't think I care how she comes up with her disappointing ideas. I just wish they'd get better!! If you're a huge fan who's come to terms with the decline in her storytelling then by all means read this book. Just get it from the library so you're not stuck paying full price for something that'll take a couple hours to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who thought the last book might be turning a corner and returning Anita to the vampire hunter we all fell in love with, think again. Sadly this one harkens back to Micah, all fluff, and except with more of Anita's morals and inhibitions tossed into the wind. If I wanted to read soft-core porn, I'd have gravitated to LKH's fairy series. Look forward to even more erosion of ethics in this one. If you liked Guilty Pleasures thru Obsidian Butterfly, don't read this one, you'll only come away from it more outraged at what LKH has done to the character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's my own fault - I bought this without reading the reviews. To say that I feel cheated is an understatement. I bought the ebook version for my nook and the only thing I can be happy about is that I only paid 9.99 and not 23.99 for the actual book. 117 epages long, of which quite a lot is devoted to LKH rambling about inspiration and some insipid cartoons at the end which do a better job with the plot than the 117 pages of "writing". LKH has clearly been running out of steam for the last few books in both series, but this effort is just insulting to her fans. Guess she's made some bad investments or something and needs the money - well, she won't get any more of mine after this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After that long wait and $10 for a 119 page ebook. What a waste. This book seemed hurried. I feel like Laurell K Hamilton just threw together this book out of obligation- lacked the favorites of Anita. Not even one scene with Jean Claude!!! I wish I could get my wasted money back.
ladyfran More than 1 year ago
I like Laurel Hamilton when there is drama and substance. This is not one of those. The book is only 117 pages of which 40 were story. The cartoon at the end really? Were they to fill a requisit number of pages?
DebtheBookWorm More than 1 year ago
I am a devoted fan of Laurell so even with bad reviews; I thought I'd still give it a go. Nope, I hate to say it but it was really, really bad. Not to mention the long dedications and the huge section on her and her inspirations, going so far as to put it in a comic strip?? I truly love this author but the conceit the end implied left a horrible taste in my mouth. Too many projects and fame to really write anymore what a shame, it's a great series I would truly hate to see it die like this. What can I say but that I'm truly heartbroken.....
VampireReaderCA More than 1 year ago
This was really not worth the money, I spent $9.99 and downloaded this on my nook and gosh... LKH could have done better. LKH has done better. I agree with most of the reviews, in that this was not her best, it was actually her worst. Yes, we did get a new character who was strong and turned into a weak lost kitten that followed her home. I guess LKH feels she is so good she can just go to a restaurant get one idea and sell it for more than its worth, just by her name....Yep, she did it :-/ and I fell right into that one..ugh... live and learn... as I think of it even Gena Showalter sells her short books for under $3.00 and they are still good. I paid because I expected better from LKH, because she was one of my favorite writers. So if you are a fan of LKH writings, then I can not tell you not to get it, her reputation in past writing hold its on...But I can say after you read it...I told you so... mannnnn what an overpriced waste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I felt like I over paid for this book. There was no actual story, it was little bit of this, and little bit of that. I understand this series has quite bit of main characters, which I don't mind if the author writes individual book for each character. The title was "Flirt", well yeah I can see where the tittle was from (How Anita established her talent of flirting over lunch break, we also learn that Anita's weakness are her lovers, and how love have change her...this is pretty much it). I do feel like this is a side story of a main story, and I really hope the main story will be coming out anytime now. Like series # 17, I am quite disappointed with how thin the book was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was bad the characters were really bad. I have read all of the Anita Blake novels and they were very good, I was very disappoinated in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently Ms. Hamilton has nothing new to write about so she just used some of the plot lines from previous Anita books to crank out this hunk of junk. I think that the Mary Gentry and Anita characters are merging into the same person so apparently she needs help keeping her characters new and interesting also. And where are Asher and Jean Claude? They were the best part of the series and now we're stuck with yet another new guy in Anita's life? Come on! Bring back Asher and Jean Claude. And what's with making Asher a whiner in Dance Macabre? Bullet better not suck this bad or I am done with the series.
GlendaNY More than 1 year ago
On and on about how the author gets her ideas. Then, no book. You could stretch to call it a novelette or extended short story, but why bother. Save your money. I've read all Laurel h\Hamilton's novels. She seems to be putting less and less of her energy and talent into writing. A shame from a writer whose vampire executioner and gentry series both started out so well.
Pinhead More than 1 year ago
For as much of any Author's life that they set aside to be consumed by writing a book, I do not resent the $12.00 I paid for my Hardbound book @ B& Yes, I read it in a few hrs., but I enjoyed every page of it. I liked LKH's choice of getting back to Anita's Necromancy roots & her relying on HER own talent's without everything revolving around Jean-Claude & Richard's lives. I missed her interaction's with Jean-Claude but SO enjoyed the break from Richard's self-invloved whining. LKH hits you head on with her character's from page 1 & let's you watch them unfold. I enjoyed "Michah" for being about Anita experiencing trusting her growing talents & the man that truly loves her "AS IS," as Jean-Claude does. LKH's characters are so well written that you find yourself laughing with them, hating some, caring about some of them & or crying with them, IF she want's you to. From Phillip of the Many Scars in "Guilty Pleasure's" to Nicky in "Flirt." I have already read "Flirt" a 2nd time & I am still looking forward to "Bullet" due out in June, regardless of how many pages. I am content to add this book to my "Anita Blake" books & Graphic Novel collection, along side my "Meredith Gentry" collection. I am truly sorry if anyone felt cheated by this book, but maybe before they even opened it, they went in expected something more, instead of just being open to what was being offered to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story/novella passed off as a novel. It did NOTHING for the series over all. I hate to say this b/c, up until now, LKH has been a favorite of mine...this is nothing but a piece of fluff designed to line LKH's pockets. It was mildly entertaining (as short stories are) but was otherwise completely uneccesary. Do not waste your money on this, check it out of the library. If you miss it I would not worry about it as it is not really germaine to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the Anita Blake series, but I feel that over the last few years the author has gotten away from plot and too much into the sexual escapades of her characters. The last couple of books have been much better in terms of plot, but it looks like what's happened with other authors I like (Janet Evanovich - those "in between the numbers" books, for example) is also happening with this one - publishing hardcover novellas as if they were novels and charging novel prices to the consumer. Flirt was only 158 pages long, with wide margins and pretty big type, and the suggested retail is $23.95. I wonder if it's the publisher urging the authors to do it or just the authors getting greedy. All it makes me do is wait for it to show up at the public library. That being said though, I thought that Flirt was pretty well written. The vamps are noticibly absent though, but at only 158 pages, I don't imagine she would be able to include very much at all other than the main plot line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too short, spent the first 2/3 of the book reiterating everything you already know about the characters, used plot lines from previous books and Jean Claude and Asher are missing yet again. If Bullet doesn't do better than this pile of blah then I am quitting the series and re-reading Twilight. And God knows how much Twilight sucked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and couldn't wait for this latest entry. Boy was I disappointed. Anita Blake needs all of her friends and lovers to make a truly good book. I'll even admit that Anita isn't my favorite character in this series ~ it's everyone else I enjoy. Where was everyone? This book lacked depth. Ms. Hamilton needs to go back to her roots and write a "whole" book about Anita and her "boys". Anita is nothing but a bully without ALL of her men around her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to reading this book. Truly disappointing! The story was too short and not interesting enough. The price of the book was not worth it. Would like to see more of Jean Claude, Richard & Asher in it. Why not write a book about Asher next time? Would like to know more about him & how his character develops with all of them. Bring in a true villian, but stop adding men to her collection. She's got enough of them. How about Damien? What happened to him? He sounds like an interesting character. I don't mind the secual content, which keeps it juicy, but would like to keep it with her main men. I think that she's lost her focus and needs to get back to her primary characters and be more interactive with them. Lord knows shes got enough of them to write about. Add the sex scenes, but give us another juicy villian that we can sink our teeth into (no pun intended). But please no more "super powers" added, just develop what she already has. Otherwise she sounds like "superwoman".
emanonlu More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I've followed Anita from the very beginning! I've purchased and read every Anita Blake book. What's going on with Laurel Hamilton? I can't believe that this book was released and that I paid full price! This book was so short that I read it in a couple of hours. The last section of the book was just fluff or filler! LH explained how she got the inspiration for the book. I wished that she had a little more inspiration to write more of a story. Ok, the story ( short as it is) is about a couple of clients trying to coerce Anita to raise their love ones from the dead. She refuses. As payback, she is kidnapped and forced to do it. By the way, she collects another man for her male Harem. Can we use that term to distinguish a group of guys who fawn all over her and can't get enough of her wiles and sexual prowess? Ummm, don't know and at this point am not sure if I want to continue reading any more Anita books. I was so disappointed!
Kaneohegirl More than 1 year ago
First let me say I love Hamiltons writing style and character development, I love the charaters, I love counting the days till the next book comes out... saying that am I thrilled with this book? NO! Why, you ask... Simple this book did NOT belong as a hardcover it doesnt even qualify as a typical paperback. This is Filler material FLUFF that happens between the big plot happenings... this was soooo not necessary to be in a $25.00 hardback format. I am disapointed that this book in the book and the writer as well as whatever CRAZY publisher thought it was a good idea to publish a book this small. the story was good... it took all of and hour and a half to read... was it worth $25?.... HECK NO I could go to a movie for that. my guess is that in the next book 90% of what happened in this book will be covered in her regular novel. SAVE YOUR MONEY not worth it wait for a paperback and then use a coupon!
Mandi227 More than 1 year ago
THE VERDICT: If you must read FLIRT now, I suggest you read it in a library or a retail store. I would wait until the paperback version is released to get a copy to keep if you are a collector of the books. The book actually had a plot after the one big flirt scene in the beginning that the book is named for. The werelions were intersting and actually made for some good reading. Though, the book is short with large font and is more a novella than a novel. This book should never have been released as a hardcover book, like the book MICAH it should have been released as a paperback! It may look long but a lot of those pages at the end are LKH rambling on. A few years ago i may have found that interesting, but no longer. However, the question remains is this the final version of the book? The final chapters of the book leave the reader confused because a statement is made of facts that didn't seem to happen. There is a conversation at the end of the book in which Nathaniel, Micah,Anita, and Jason are conversing and there is a statment about what happened to the enemy that didn't make much sense. I reread the chapter multiple times trying to find the answer. It just wasn't there. Also, an editor actually has to read the final draft that is typed and bound because there are typos in spelling and grammer present, as always. I walk the line on this one.. there could have been so much more in this one but it just seems half-baked!
AndyL73 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the Anita Blake series since they first started coming out. Have read the earlier books several times, in fact, because they are excellent reads. Somewhere along the line, however, Hamilton has lost her way, either as a writer or just with the characters and world she's created. Many folks have complained about the amount of sexual scenes she's put in her last several books, but aside from Danse Macabre, I never really had a problem with it. I did, however, have a problem with the lack of a truly good plot and story. Each book seemed to be focused on who Anita was screwing for that book, or what new power she developed while she was screwing that person. It seemed like in the last two books, we'd started getting our old Anita back. "Flirt" just shows how wrong I was in that assumption. While an OK read, the story was too short, and there was virtually no character development. Anita meets with a character that it becomes quite plain was thrown in just to put the reader "off the scent," and then the character is never heard from again. If the reader pays attention to the time frame, the "surprise" reveal of the villain is a total yawn. The length of the "book" is laughable, and the $24 price tag the publisher saw fit to attach to this short-story-in-a-book-jacket is nothing short of robbery. The "personal story" at the end was a slap in the face because, um, didn't I just read that? Ridiculous. I still have some hope that Laurrell K. Hamilton will actually bother to read the reviews here and maybe actually listen to her fans. I have been so disappointed in her releases lately, that I am loathe to purchase any further offerings in this series. Unless Hamilton actually manages to figure out how to return Anita to her roots, think the vampire executioner has, herself, been executed.
JeBo More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time. I would define the book as nothing more than a "blog". I hope this is not a sign that Laurell K. Hamilton is out of ideas for this character.