I had high hopes for this book but in alll honesty it just wasn't any good. For me this series has just become a farce. It seems like Hamilton has totally lost sight of her original characters and is, instead, using them to act out her own fantasies. I had a feeling the series would go this way when she introduced the 'ardour' and I really wouldn't mind all the sex scenes if the plot was more substantial.
Blood Noir's plot hinges on a very thin premise: the idea that Jason looks exactly like a pair of twins. Which leads to all sorts of confusion. Oh, and for the need to him to prove to his Dad, who is on his death bed, that he is not gay. Ummm...okay, is that really all this successful author can come up with?
After reading the previous books (cough, Danse Macabre)I am just so sick of the constant sex scenes. It seems like everything, and I do mean everything, revolves around Anita's sexual interactions. Hamilton involves Anita in scenes that, perhaps, are meant to be quite shocking but, in fact, I find them the complete opposite now! And they are not even well written. The same phrases and words pop up throughout the book which becomes very annoying, for example, 'he brought me' (cringe). To an extent this is unadvoidable in a series this long, however, I believe that the editor was too afraid to do his/her job properly with the book relying on phrases like this to bulk it up.
Oh and I do actually like Richard as a character but he has changed so drastically from the person he was first presented to be and I think that is a shame. You cant help but wonder to yourself why he even wants Anita anymore? Their ideals are worlds apart and if he was as strong a character as Hamilton makes out he just wouldn't put up with it, or rather her.
I really wanted to like this book so I am trying to find something positive about it...ummm. Oh yes, there was a bit at the end with the bad guys and Anita kicking some butt which was slightly reminiscient of the earlier books, except for it lasted approximately two or three pages.
Hope this helps.