The Killing Dance by Laurell Hamilton

Anita Blake is back in The Killing Dance in the sixth book running for her life.  A contract has been placed on her life.  Edward is protecting her instead of killing her all the while Anita is battling the fight between Jean Claude and Richard.

I have to say as I re-read the book I remembered something about a contract on Anita but I couldn’t remember.  Re-reading it allowed me to revisit the story and I was blown away.  Hamilton is working hard on the plot with how the threats to Anita are going full force.  I liked that from the very beginning Anita is battling off the attacks.

With the books I have increasingly loved the character Edward.  He is one of my favorite characters because he is a bad ass that doesn’t care.  At the end of the book there was a line that got you wondering about him.  Of course I know where that is going to lead.  I am excited to read about his life as Hamilton continues to write.

Through the book you are learning more about the wolf pack and I find that it is interesting to see that Anita is part of the pack even though she is not one.  But the one thing I hate is how Richard is again that annoying way of him.  He is somber about killing and always getting upset.  This leads Anita to be drawn more towards Jean Claude.

Personally with the relationship I like Anita with Jean Claude more but as the series goes she changes with all the men that come into her life.

With the relationship of Richard, Jean Claude and Anita I found the change between them interesting because it is so powerful.  I like the change because it gives everyone power.  They are all stronger with each other.  And now the moment that has been stretched for a while is over.  Anita finally does the deed with Jean Claude and Hamilton can write the sex scenes.  But this one was not as graphic as her most recent ones are.  I liked it because it was yes hot but tamed in a way.  But now the relationship changes and that starts the motion.

Hamilton gives a write a great book with The Killing Dance.  Since I know what has happened through the most recent books of Hamilton I can actually say that The Killing Dance is still very tamed with sexuality but the action has not slowed down which is great to read.

Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalters second novel of Alien Huntress series, Enslave Me Sweetly, was amazing to read.  From the first page to the last I had the book in my hands not stopping for a break.

Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave.  And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse-and with total accuracy.  That is, until the fateful night she has one to eliminate her target, a human slaver-and misses.

“Failure” is not in Eden’s vocabulary.  Neither is “partner”-but that’s what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission.  A sexy steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury-and rousing the desire-of the fiery female assassin too proud to admit defeat.  Locked in an assignment they cannot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the sensual web of kill or be killed, and the erotic dance of seduction.

The second book was a hit for me.  I was awed by the novel with the characters and plot that enthralled me.  I think one of the best things about this novel was the fact that the two had such fantastic diaglogue.  I was on the edge of my seat reading how the two interacted with each other.  It was funny, sensual, and intriguing.

I liked the plot as well.  This time the woman is the alien and she needs the human to help her even if she wouldn’t admit it.  But the concept of selling off these woman was interesting because it is something that happens but here instead of all humans there are aliens in the mix.

I loved the sequel of Alien Huntress series.  Gena Showalter delivers her second novel of the series with triumph.

The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

The fourth book of the series Love at Stake has Sparks bringing out Jean-Luc for a final fashion store before he goes into retirement but that will stop when he sees a true woman he could fall for.

The Plot of The Undead Next Door:

“Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There’s something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she’s never been with a man so charming, so attractive…so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn’t after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.”

The Undead Next Door was brilliant. I was laughing, smiling, sighing over the whole book. The characters of Jean-Luc and Heather were fantastic and had great depth to their characters.

Jean-Luc doesn’t want to harm anyone and doesn’t want to fall in love but he can’t help it when Heather comes into his life with her cheerful daughter and wise-ass babysitter. Heather is a teacher who is unsure of herself in a lot of things. She can’t seem to be strong for herself all the time. But I do love that she is already aware that Jean-Luc is not everything he seems to be. I like that she thought he was an immortal which is almost right.

The bad guys are not really showing right now, but there is an enemy from Jean-Luc’s past who wants nothing more but to put Jean-Luc into the ground permantly.

As far as the other characters I still love how they are all interacting little by little. Ian is taking the potion to age himself so he can find love. Then Shanna and Roman are going to have another baby who will probably be like Constantine. Not quite human but the best part is she is going to turn to a vampire when the children are older. I didn’t know how they were going to do this with keeping them together, so maybe the same thing will be with Jean-Luc and Heather at a later point.

Kerrelyn Sparks is delivering hit after hit with the series Love at Stake and I can’t wait for the next one.