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Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (A Penguin Special from Berkley) [Kindle Edition]

Laurell K. Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The steamy outtake that takes readers even further into Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling novel, Kiss the Dead.

You’d think I’d get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty and the fact that he was mine, and I was his, would forever surprise me.

With a vampire like Jean Claude around, it’s far too easy for Anita Blake to doubt her own appearance—and the hold it has on those who love her. But one hot tub and two incredibly sexy men—Jean Claude and Asher—will make her feel like the most lusted-after woman alive…or undead. Not bad for a mere human…

“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Includes an excerpt of Kiss the Dead, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel


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  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FEFCD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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432 of 455 people found the following review helpful
By LMM
Format:Kindle Edition
1st off, DON'T PAY FOR THIS.

Technically, it's 2 stars. It was OK, not a complete - 'didn't like' - but it gets one star b'c this should be free, end of.

LKH should be ashamed of trying to milk her loyal fans out of a few quid for 20 or so pages of what this is & that is...a sex scene which made the cutting room floor. What? Her editor finally grew a set & decided to do her job & then b'c LKH hates anybody knowing better then her, decided to charge her fans for this redundant sex scene which didn't make the grade?

Pshaw.

Here's what we get;

- We hear about the blue, blue, blue of JC's eyes.

- All the marble in the bathroom & water levels.

- Asher's blue, blue, blue outfit.

- Anita still doubting how beautiful she is & that someone as beautiful as these 2 vamps can find her beautiful.

- How she prefers to suck a flaccid penis.

- How she's still a screamer.

- That LKH still has an aversion to writing the word "come" so instead, everyone says they're "going" or "about to go" which just sounds to me like someone's about to take a dump rather than having an orgasm.

- Oh & yes...and predictably we gets the usual jab in there about all the "whiner babies" (a.k.a. readers who have turned their back on this series) who are judgmental over Anita appearing to be a raging whore with a harem of men b'c in Anita's eyes, they're all jelly.

Um, er...she is a raging wh-re but you know what would be better than her always blaming others for perceiving her this way? Just accepting that she is one! Who cares? Biatch has the Ardeur & a harem of gorgeous, willing men all raring to hitch a ride on the Anita Gravy Train. So what already?
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
(this got really long, so I'm posting a very shortened version here - for a full version, you can check out [...] goodreads. com/ review/ show/ 326892112 (just take out the spaces in the address)

I love reading outtakes, especially ones that give me sexy times, especially ones with multiple partners. Throw in vampires and people topping each other, and it's an awesome combination of several of my kinks, all in one. So while I had some reservations (because let's face it, LKH hasn't exactly had luck writing good sex scenes lately), I really wanted to like this.

The actual sex scene, which starts in "chapter" two, is about 2,200 words long, and is packed with several kinks readers of the Anita Blake books probably enjoy. It takes a special skill to take a sexy threesome between loving partners, combine it with basically bulletproof kinks that the target audience enjoys, and turn out something that falls completely flat, but Beauty manages. Everything is so by-the numbers and analytical that any appeal is stripped out. The relentless in-and-out of the sex, the mindless screaming (either there's something wrong with her nervous system that makes her scream with pleasure as soon as the actual intercourse starts, or it's bad writing), combined with the clinically dry, completely sensuality-free language of the scene just falls flat and leaves me longing for something else.
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265 of 283 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, I'm done. May 8, 2012
By ar17
Format:Kindle Edition
As a long standing dedicated reader of Hamilton's, I have reached my limit for both her books and her apparent attitude toward her readers. We are charged an outrageous amount for handful of paragraphs, which appear to be the same re-gurgitated "erotica" we continuously see in Hamilton's novels. I'd never had a serious problem with the sex scenes in her novels, but at this point, they are so bland and technical, it reads like a manual. There is no passion, and the characters, Jean-Claude and Asher, seem to have lost everything that made them interesting, in favor of being formed into sex drones that live to please Anita. There is also a teaser from her upcoming novel, Kiss the Dead. If there was any respect for her readers, this teaser would have been posted for free on her website, like any other author who appreciates their fans does.

There's my piece. I'm done shelling my money out to this author.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Bit of Nothing May 10, 2012
By Ravenly
Format:Kindle Edition
After skipping over the parts I didn't want to read again I was basically left with a couple sentences. I tried to involve myself in this tidbit but kept skimming because I just cannot take another scene of Anita's whining, or description of the pretty vamps, or the static bathtub scene. Beating that horse way too long now. No passion, no build-up and just no heat whatsoever.

I remember that short in Bite, I think it was, with JC and the chocolate frosting. It was so well written that years later I can remember Anita going to the club and watching JC dance, and then going to his office to talk about a problem with Malcolm's vamps, JC flirting and little bit begging for some and it ended with Anita going to the circus an hour before dawn with a jar of chocolate frosting - very sweet. This was a really great short that was out I think a bit before NIC. It has a beginning, middle and end that was entirely satisfying.

This bit of cringe-worthy fluff was just not up to par and entirely forgettable. Should have gone back to the frosting if she keeps wanting to be topped in some way.

As for the preview chapter I should have gotten for free - also disappointing. Doesn't even get me interested in checking out KTD. How about a few sentences on what time of night is it, who is watching the interview, sneak peak of the case and so on instead of describing the vamp's eyes or her stilettos, thong and thigh highs. And the interplay of getting him to confess would have Brenda Lee reaching for the chocolate ho-hos. The anticipation is just not there for me. Bad writing - no cookie!

(Read it during work break on friend's Kindle.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
quick read
Published 2 days ago by Lynn Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot hot hot
I think I'm going to love reading outtakes! Seriously though I can't get enough of Laurell K. Hamilton. Keep it up girl.
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious evening
I do love the idea of more of these delicious little stories of Anita finally enjoying who she has grown to be.
Published 4 days ago by Kristyn L. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story
Like every other book I felt as if I was there.. Omg.. I just love your writing. I just can't get enough
Published 16 days ago by christal blossom dewey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a story, just a scene, not worth the money
Niot a significant addition to the oeuvre. It's just one of the sex scenes, and I'm starting to find them more clinical than steamy, although this one had a bit less of Anita's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting a bit more storyline to give some ...
I was expecting a bit more storyline to give some past on relationship with Jean Claude and Asher. Book was also so short that it just wasn't worth the money spent to purchase it.
Published 2 months ago by Heather S. Dearborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is her name
I absolutely love Ms. Blake. Glad to see her owning her sexuality. Doesn't hurt that Asher isn't being a jerk in this particular scene.
Published 2 months ago by candis ray
5.0 out of 5 stars thats life
great for a sneak peak into their lives.
Published 2 months ago by Linda B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, Laurell?
Joy of Vampire Sex is not what I expect from Anita Blake.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Brand
4.0 out of 5 stars Short story
Short n very sweet with sexiness. Always gets you going when John Claude. Is in the story. Always good books by my favorite author.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.

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Here's what LKH has tweeted about this short story, "This short story is making me all philosophical about love, beauty, reality, truth, & how well meaning lies can screw you up for life."

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