REVIEW: Guilty Pleasures – An Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter series novel # 1 by Laurell K. Hamilton

I found myself standing in front of my bookshelves.  I have hundreds of books, and I stood there trying to decide which series to read … again.

I love my books.  I love the imaginations being brought to life.  Unfortunately, I needed something new.  Craved something more. 

My husband, whom I might add, constantly complains about the amount of time that I spend reading, surprised me with a wonderfully beautiful anniversary gift.  Books.  My kindle was filled with new content and I was beaming with the anticipation.

Laurell Hamilton was completely new to me.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised.  I love her work!  I flew through the Anita Blake series.  On average, I read a book a day.  And on a super lazy day, one and a half.

Guilty Pleasures.  Anita Blake.  She is an animator.  She raises the dead for a living and occasionally consults the new task force that covers all possible paranormal homocides.   

Surrounded by monsters, dodging the manipulatice powers that continue to attempt to lure her farther into their world.

Anita is an arrogant and rude character.  Apparently, she never developed the filter between her brain and her mouth.  Hilarious!  She is brave and bold.  Adventurous and loyal to her friends.  Although, in the beginning, her morals were black and white.  As the book progressed, monsters became unclear.  Lines were being crossed. 

Jean-Claude is a master vampire, a seductive and sexy man who gets under her skin.  He is a monster.  But his charm does not elude her.  He owns the club, Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club.  Below is one of his opening lines to the audience that is eagerly awaiting a sexy performance.

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel my breath upon your skin?  My lips along your neck.  The hard brush of teeth.  The sweet, sharp pain of fangs.  Your heart beating frantically against my chest.  Your blood flowing into my veins.  Sharing yourself.  Giving me life.  Knowing that I truly could not live without you, all of you.”

Anita finds herself in an angry situation when she learns that one of her friends has been betrayed.  A life changing and unbearably perverse relationship is formed, forced upon her friend.  Anita confronts the betrayer, and below is what she declares to that person.

“I will cut out your heart.”  I was still smiling, I couldn’t seem to stop.  “Then I will burn it and scatter the ashes in the river.  Do you understand me?”

Treacherous vampires.   The Master vampire of the city demands obedience from all those beneath her.

“Get out of here before I kill you.  Take the woman and see her safely to her car.  If you fail me again, large or small, I will tear your throat out, and my children will bathe in a shower of your blood.”

This book is a must read.  The mystery kill continues to elude the police, and Anita.  She struggles to solve the crime and unveil the homocidal serial killer of vampires.

Her friend’s life depends on it.


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