I am one of the listeners who has never "read" Laurell K. Hamilton's work; so listened to every single "Anita Blake" audio book based on release dates not in order. The last two Anita Blake novels are going downhill on plot. "Flirt" seemed rushed and light on substance; but "Bullet" was like a porn movie big on the erotic, light on plot and bored me. First time I felt I wasted my money on her books. I like when she explores many of the other characters not just the sexcapades of Anita & whoever she is having sex with. Great for those who wanted to know she did homework on BDSM; I would rather see some work on the mystery of a police case and find many of her non preternatural friends more interesting like Ronnie, Edward, Dolph. It would be fun to meet her Grandmother Blake.
As others have commented, this 19th installment is particularly homoerotic, if that offends you, you're going to have a hard time with the 3 or 4 chapters of nothing but sex.
This book had more plot and character development than the last, which I understand was not intended to be a full novel, but unlike early novels in the series, I felt like I'd received a novella not a novel. There was just too little story here. I truly hope the author can put together a more compelling installment for us next time.
While this book was at least book length and not a short story rip off disguised as a book like Flirt and Michah, I have to agree with the other reviews that it lacks plot. Yes,sex is an integral part of the series, but if you take out the sex what is left would make a good start on the first three chapters of the story of the battle with the vampire council. I've been hoping for the last several books that the trend to more sex and less plot would change but that doesn't appear to be the case. I doubt I'll buy another in the series.
Hmmm...how many ways can I say TERRRIBLE? This was a waste of my money. I don't need an entire chapter dedicated to the discussion of who sodomizes whom. I like a good vampire/werewolf story...didn't find it here. Terrible, terrible book.
I have loved the first 9 Anita Blake books until the books turned into a maddening decent into drab orgy filled dribble. I had such high hopes after reading Skin Trade (which I enjoyed), but now it seems like we have veered back to weak plot and uninspiring character development. It seems like our old (more interesting) Anita is gone, I miss the paranormal crime work, I miss the romance aspect of the original series... there is a difference between romance and smut, and I love a little sex in my books but seriously these books make all the sexiness into a huge bore. I miss the old Anita... RIP.
I was really praying that this book would be another step up after Skin Trade (which I really enjoyed and felt was back to the "old" Anita Blake novels). These books are just devolving into straight porn/erotica and I wish that she would stop before she completely destroys the characters. Spending PAGE AFTER PAGE AFTER PAGE describing clothing and hair is just a waste of space. We get it. Also I don't know what was up with the awful music and sound effects but it made a bad novel into an awful audio book.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This book is one long build up to an orgy with very little plot development.
Here we are again creating new problems with out resolving the old ones. Anita is still kicking metaphysical ass and having huge orgies :) the only downside is that this recording has ominous tones playing in the background sometimes it's unsettling.
Ms. Alexis does a wonderful job narrating this book. At times one may think there is more than one narrater.
I really like this series, though there is definitely a different theme to several of the previous books compared to the early books in the series.