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Sucker Punch

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #27)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,711 ratings  ·  1,035 reviews
A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned, but what if the wrong person is about to be killed?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she arrives, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle
Hardcover, 609 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Berkley Books
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Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
This novel represents a bold move by Laurell K. Hamilton, for in its pages, you will find absolutely nothing to appeal to any remaining fans of the series. Are you still reading them for the over-the-top sex scenes? There are absolutely none in this book. I repeat - ZERO SEX IN AN ANITA BLAKE BOOK. Do you want to see Anita kick some ass and solve a mystery? Well, she kicks no asses, and she totally fucks up the super-obvious mystery and kind of ruins everything. I repeat - ZERO ASSES KICKED, MYS ...more
Dichotomy Girl
May 24, 2020 marked it as no-thanks
How has Anita's vagina not fallen out and killed her by now? ...more
There is no doubt in my mind that Laurell K. Hamilton could write almost any genre of book, not just the supernatural romantic suspense / paranormal and urban fantasy novels that she is well known for. Sucker Punch is more of a supernatural suspense police procedural blended with a very uncomfortable romantic suspense story. It is the twenty-seventh book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. This time, the main setting is in the fictional town of Hanuman, Michigan. U.S. Marshal Winston ...more
Diamond L
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just gave Laurell K. Hamilton two stars. What is going on? I usually love LKH, but not this time. I felt like I was being dragged through mud. When I first started the Anita Blake series I was hooked. It had excellent plot, wonderful characters, and was overall just great storytelling. After awhile the series turned into porn with a sprinkling of plot and became incredibly repetitive.

But, I was holding out hope for this one because in her last few books she was getting back to basics; back to
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I…don’t know what to do with this.

I’d stopped reading LKH a few years ago. At the time I stopped, the books felt like 20% plot and 80% icky sticky orgies. I was bored.

But when I was offered a chance to read this, I was curious. Maybe something had changed. Maybe Anita was back to being a monster hunter. I decided to give it a try.

Keeping in mind that I’ve been away from the series a while, and I’m really not aware of what’s happened in recent books, but this…is weird.

There’s no sex. Zip. Zero. N
Brittany Smith
Jun 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
I didn’t go in expecting greatness (or decency, or any kind of remotely positive term to describe it) from an Anita Blake novel. The series is far past “going downhill” and has steadily been at rock bottom for the last 15 books, at least.
The same issues with previous novels reoccur in Sucker Punch: the ridiculous explanations of each character and their extensive relationship to Anita any time they’re mentioned, focusing on irrelevant, skim-wo
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Anyone who has kept this series knows they can expect a certain amount of craziness of one kind or another. If you've kept up with these books, you know that the first ten-ish books were classic awesome UF that's bloody, interesting, and quirky. From then on, the books continue in this vein but take on a decidedly different personal turn. I'm talking about the polygamy.

I'm one of those that appreciates the message without not particularly caring about the cause. Sure, you can love who
Ok so this one wasn't as horrible as I expected it to be. And guys, you're going to be shocked but there was no sex in it! I know, I was completely baffled as well. I mean, there was ALOT of talking about it but that was all. Mind blown.

Anyway, this book was about Anita doing her Marshall duties. When she's called to assist a fellow Marshall in what should be a legal execution, she's quick to pick up that there's more to this case than meets the eye. It was really nice to see Anita getting back
Katie R
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Predictions: we get 50 pages of describing secondary and tertiary characters. Even very specific shoe details. Whew. Serpentine was a lot.

Nathaniel turns into an even more demanding jerk because Anita and Micah won't do exactly what he wants, when he wants it. Anita puts up with this, even though she never would have from any other men on her life, or even Nathaniel 3 books or more ago.

The actual action will be 50 pages long, and the pages will be at the very end of the book.

Pages and pages o
Mhiz James
May 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
I want more of Jean-Claude and Anita ONLY. No Nathaniel no Micah no Nicki. Please. And if there should be sex, just Jean-Claude and Anita ONLY AGAIN.
3.5 stars rounded up.

What can I say but that I liked this book, but that I still had issues with it? The mystery was clever and twisty with your ideas of the 'who-dun-it' changing with each chapter. I could almost ignore the cons of this book, but I have to discuss those in all fairness. So here is what I'm going to do, I'm going to list the pros and cons to help you make your own decision.


Excellent mystery.

No sex. Unless you count kissing and a sort of girl on girl type action.

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Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, can we talk about this cover? If this is a new art direction for the Anita Blake series I am all about it. The tools were ok, but a little too heavy on the horror side, and the original covers sometimes made me hesitant to read the books in public places (side note: don’t be). This one finally seems to strike the right gothic-paranormal-horror vibe.

Second, if you haven’t read any Anita Blake yet, I do not recommend you start with this, book 27 in the series. Go back and start at the
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
08/06/2020 Mini-Review:

666th Book Read in 2020

3 Stars for Narration by Kimberly Alexis
3.5 Stars for Overall Series Progression
1.5 Star for Case & Drama

666th Book - I've tried in the past to celebrate reading by reading a book in a particular style. Usually, I end up doing nothing because I didn't remember to keep an eye on what # of books I'm on. By chance & circumstance, this time I remembered and I thought it would be fun to read a spooky/creepy/horror story as the 666th book.

Does Sucker Punc
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
(1 extra star given for the lack of orgies in this installation)
Not exactly a review. Just a few notes on things that really annoy me about this series.
-Has Laurell Blake ever had an actual conversation with another human being? Really doubting that.
-No. Anita K Hamilton is definitely not like other girls, what with the combination of both extreme internal misogyny & toxic masculinity.
-What's with Anita's jealously of other women having perfectly styled hair? Just go to a stylist. She can clearl
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laurel K. Hamilton has made a very bold move, she went back to roots of the original Anita Blake and wrote a strong mystery. The type of mysteries that made me fall in love with the beginnings of the Anita Blake series. I have to admit, I was one of those readers that had become pretty disenchanted by all the self- analyzing and analyzing the psyche of every character in the story without a strong story but I’m excited to say this wasn’t the case…and I was happily pleased.

Anita is called away fr
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Don’t bother. Unless you want to read a good cop bad cop paranormal story.

Supposedly a series but no more romance. No more sex. No more emotional love Story. No more jean Claude whom is almost an old memory now.

She was supposed to be protected. Where was Nicky? Where were her guards? How is she feeding now? Although lately it seems she miraculously doesn’t need to anymore.

A pack of BS.

LKH is redundant. She spent pages upon pages in cops details. Why she didn’t end this series long ago....... but
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I have been a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton for a very long time. I live in the same area as the author so I have been lucky enough to go to quite a few bookish events and have waited hours to get my book signed more than once. Over the years, I have been distracted by other books and authors and have missed some of the books in this series but I would still consider myself to be a fan. It pains me to say that I didn't enjoy this book.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

No sex. Really. This is an Anita Blake book without any on page sex. It’s an out of town police procedural with an edited cast - and it’s really rather good.

As much as I do enjoy a good supernatural orgy, I also love Anita’s growth in her role as a US Marshal. This book is more of a conventional murder mystery than anything I can remember previously in the series. Fans of the series will find the slightly Agatha Christie style
Yuli Atta
Warning : strong language 😅🙈

Anita can't say No to anybody who wants to have sex with her.
The more i think about it, the more i realise that so many of her relationships have started because she simply wouldn't say no even tho she wanted to. Which makes me consider how many of her relationships are truly consensual.

For example, the only reason she got with Jean-Claude is because he was like: "if you're dating Richard, you can date me as well, ma petite, I'm your master... Ish" and so, she did ev
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Olaf Stars. Seriously, just give Olaf all the stars.

Olaf "Otto" Jefferies, the ultimate scene-stealer.

Sucker Punch is the 27th installment in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Can it be read as a standalone? No. Can it be read out of series order? Also no. Do you have to read the 26 installments prior? No. But I'd suggest you better have read around the first 20 or so.

Okay, so readers only want to know two things.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok

I've been on the hunt this year for a good vampire/werewolf story, but this..unfortunately, was not it. 🤦‍♀️

Having DNF'd Crave by Tracy Wolff, which starts off with a lengthy and boring scene at the airport, this wasn't much better.

The premise sounded promising, but ultimately it missed the mark for me. Sorry..

Thank you Netgalley & Berkley Publishing for providing me an ARC
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Told in first person POV, Sucker Punch finds U.S. Marshal Anita Blake flying to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for an emergency consult where time is running out on an execution order, and nothing is as it seems.

As Anita searches for answers and tries to figure out why nothing adds up, she's joined by Olaf and Edward who help as Anita races against the clock to try to find out who actually murdered a local billionaire, before they have to kill the leopard shifter they don't believe murdered his fat
Marielle Authier
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I am done and not really sure what I think about it.

There are some good parts, close to no ego problem about Anita being a woman on the force and though less capable than a man. That was really refreshing (Yes there are some Cro-Magnon men, but making them all be that way is just ridiculous. Plus knowing all she can do and how capable she is, she should have more confidence in her to let it go) No real sex, just some tension, kissing and touching, though the ardeur and other metaphysical sh
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
624 pages of what the *%#*

I’m loath to criticize where an authors muse has taken them however this should have been written as a novella, instead it’s two days of my life that I’ll never get back.

I’m a huge fan of this series, I’ve read them all 3 times, a month before this book was released I started them again so I could go right into the new one.

So we waited 2 years for the next book for what? I thought it would finally be for THE WEDDING. I really don’t understand what Hamilton hopes to ac
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
The writer I fell in love with is back! And the Executioner is BACK. Ms. Hamilton adds heat to the summer with a great new addition in her Anita Blake Series. For those who loved Obsidian Butterfly, Sucker Punch is closer to that plot. As in, the focus is around Anita's job and her personal life enhances the story.

For someone who lives in Michigan and has been to the UP, reading about Anita going around my "neighborhood" helped me connect even more with the book. In addition to the appealling l
Bambi Unbridled
This was quite the different kind of book for Anita and the Marshalls, one where they were trying to save a life instead of take it. I don't know if it was the rush to beat the clock or just the different situation, but the investigation didn't seem to fall into place well for me. There also wasn't the thrill of the hunt of the defeating of the big bad villain, so it just wasn't as exciting overall.

Rather than be focused on the murder investigation, I was more interested in the relationship (for
Handcrafted Librarian
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since Laurell K. Hamilton has written an Anita Blake novel with absolutely no sex! Talk about sex and metaphysical powers having to do with feeding on sex energy, yes, but actual smut? NO! I couldn't believe it. Sucker Punch jumps us right into Anita Blake, U.S. Marshal Preternatural Division and a warrant of execution and since the stories usually rotate between this focus, the zombie raising focus, and the paranormal bad-guy focus, this wasn't unexpected.

With none of h
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more

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