In the latest New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Anita’s life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead. A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City. Surrounded by suspicion, overwhelmed by her attempts to control the primal lusts that continue to wrack her, Anita does something unprecedented: she calls for help.
“There comes a point when you just love someone. Not because they’re good, or bad, or anything really. You just love them. It doesn’t mean you’ll be together forever. It doesn’t mean you won’t hurt each other. It just mean you love them. Sometimes in spite of who they are, and sometimes because of who they are. And you know that they love you, sometimes because of who you are, and sometimes in spite of it.”
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I liked this book and I had a hard time rating it. There was more character development in this installment than some of the others which I was ecstatic about. There were times when the plot was going by really fast and I was enjoying it, but there were also times when I felt like it took me hours to finish one scene.
Anita is starting to embrace her relationships with her boys more and she is finally getting to a place where she is comfortable enough to admit what she wants from them. I was very proud of Anita for finally admitting out loud that she likes being in a polyamorous/reverse-harem relationship. Anita grew more in this book than she has in others and I was very happy with that. She finally admitted her feelings for Nathaniel and she finally let down her walls enough to let him (and others) in. I hope that Anita continues to grow as a character and I hope that she will eventually be able to fully embrace her life and her relationships. I am especially interested in finding out where her relationship with Damian will go now that Anita, Nathaniel, and him are part of a triumvirate.
SIDE NOTE: I am very interested in finding out about Wicked and Truth. They were mentioned a little in this book and something tells me that they will have a larger presence in the later books. What I got of their backstory intrigued me and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future installments.
Overall, I enjoyed this installment of the Anita Blake series. There were some scenes that I found boring and I had to push through but besides that, I didn’t have any big issues with it. I will be reading the next installment, Micah.