"an erotically spellbinding read!"

In the pitch of night, forlorn and in need, I call to you to calm the beast awakened in me. The cravings for flesh, your flesh is overwhelming and animalistic. Come to me my beasts of call and fill the hollowed place inside of me...

In this chapter of Anita's life, she is faced with an unexpected pregnancy. With all the different men she has slept with, who the heck is the father? But that is just the start of her problems. She, by Jean-Claude's side, will be attending an upcoming vampire ballet; but this is no ordinary ballet. Powers are at work here to push Anita and Jean-Claude physically and mentally, creating chaos and unleashing more than they had bargain for. This tale will get more twisted as the reader digs into their story. Many different facets of Anita will be revealed in this, the fourteenth book in the exciting series.

Danse Macabre is the latest release in the Anita Blake, vampire hunter series by authoress Laurell K. Hamilton. What an erotically spellbinding read!

Just shy of five hundred pages, this novel was overflowing with sexual tension and sex. To be honest, that is what the main theme of this book seemed to be about--sex. Yes, it all is to hinge on the troupe of ballet dancing vampires (which this book was entitled after) and Anita's pregnancy. But, to bring the story down to bare bones, it is mainly about the sexual relationships between the different--and there are many--men that drift in and out of Anita's sexually active sphere.

Much of the story takes place at one local, flittering here and there to add a much needed break in the scenery. Anita's character is evolving and changing into a woman that has the need of the many man that are at her beck and call to feed the ardeur, calm her animals, and much more. So in a sense, the sex in this novel is called for. The writing kept this reader enthralled and entertained enough to turn each page until the very end.

If explicit sex involving men with other men and multiple partners is offensive to you, then this book might not be for you.

Along with the pregnancy Anita is dealing with, she is flung into the political drama of Jean-Claude's world and must seek to find another new pomme de sang to feed from. Her life seems to be getting out of hand and she is not sure what to do next. She will rely on the men that surround her to keep the peace within her restless soul. A soul which is advanced by otherworldly intruders, that at times stretch her patience and force her to shift into her kick-butt persona; not smart on their part, really.

Ms. Hamilton did an excellent job of crafting the ending, leaving this reviewer satisfied. All the loose ends had been neatly tied and explained away. What will the next book in the series bring, enhanced by the smart thinking and wickedly worded character of Anita? You will just have to wait and see what this paranormal princess will craft next...

Review Posted: July 29, 2006

Reviewed by Janalee Ruschhaupt
Posted November 18, 2006


An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

It was the middle of November. I was supposed to be out jogging, but instead I was sitting at my breakfast table talking about men, sex, werewolves, vampires, and that thing that most unmarried but sexually active women fear most...

Anita Blake needs to be concentrating on a dangerous situation: the ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something altogether new. The ardeur seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. As Jean-Claude says, the ardeur is hunting powerful prey. The unexpected effect of this is that Jean-Claude's own power as a master vampire has grown to new levels—and Richard, never predictable, is changing too.

But as the days pass, Anita's less interested in vampire politics than in an ancient, ordinary dread she shares with women down the ages: she may be pregnant. And, if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a werewolf, or someone else entirely, she knows perfectly well that being a Federal Marshall, known for raising the dead and being a vampire executioner, is no way to bring up a baby...

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Danse Macabre
(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 14)
by Laurell K. Hamilton

Berkley Pub Group
June 1, 2006
Available: June 27, 2006
ISBN #0425207978
EAN #9780425207970
496 pages
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