Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:
Author: Laurell K Hamilton
What I liked: almost everything
What I didn’t like: a couple of bits of exasperated description
Recommended Read: yes, if you’re reading the series
“Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don’t. If you get it, then you don’t really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don’t get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense.”
But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she’ll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake’s best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She’s accomplished, beautiful, and she’s crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?
This is advertised as a short story, when really it is a book. It’s about 300 pages long, so it is shorter than most other books in the series, but longer than a regular short story. This one is also all about the smut. However, where some of the earlier books in the series are smut that has little to nothing to do with the plot, this is different. The smut is the plot, and for me it was well done. I enjoyed that it wasn’t constant smut, but also that every piece in there had a point that was relevant to the plot.
So now for the bad parts. These are the usual complaints I have most of the Anita Blake series: three page long descriptions.
Every tiny little detail about what people are wearing, what colour, and every possible observation of every possible piece of clothing a character has on. But this is a problem that affects every book in the series, so I am used to skimming those bits by now.
What I did enjoy most was the sneak peek in the back of the book for the next novel. Seeing as how we appear to be down to a full release every other year, it’s nice to get a glimpse into the world to come.