Title: Guilty Pleasures
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1
Author: Laurel K. Hamilton
Format: Library Kindle Edition (Orange County Library Collective)
Pages: 290 pages
Publication Date: August 3, 2004
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Rating: 4.5 Stars
What a supernatural thrill ride. Laurel K. Hamilton has hooked another reader for sure with Guilty Pleasures. The first book of her now 29 book saga. Featuring Miss Anita Blake. Necromancer, Vampire Hunter, and so much more.
So very many stages have been set for so many stories to come.
All the while the "Alice down the vampiric rabbit hole." That is this first story.
Is nothing short of captivating.
Watching Anita struggle to hold on to her humanity. As she struggles to navigate a world that is literally everything but.
Being forced to solve the murder of vampires. While at the same time finding herself the unwilling prize in a tug-of-war between the enigmatic Jean-Claude and Master Vampire, Nikolaos.
A tug-of-war that gets so bloody and so fetishist that it has to be read to be believed.
The best part though...
How relatable and human Anita manages to stay. Even as the world around h becomes less and less so.
"I just want to do my job and go home alive, to my stuffed penguins...ok?"
But of course, we all know that is going to prove to be a very tall order. In a place where vampire strip clubs and wererats the size of small dogs are the norm.
Categorizing this book sexually...
Because there is sex here. As opposed to romance. Which is where the aforementioned fetishist vibe is brought to the fore in a big way. With the vamps being the stars of the show.
Anyone up for a little master/slave blood play?
But she is there for all the stabby, stabby, shooty, shooty, action that is constantly happening.
This book is dark, sexy, smutty, supernatural, and expertly written.
The stage has been thoroughly set for coming stories seamlessly.
And this reviewer can't wait to find out what stories and adventures await.
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