In Laurell Hamilton's wonderfully noir horror thrillers, Anita Blake never knows quite what is going to turn up walking the mean streets she lives on. She really does not appreciate the sexual attentions of Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the city she lives in and proprietor of the Circus of the Damned. No matter how cute he is, he is dead, and Anita gets enough of dead people in her work as zombie raiser and vampire executioner. His friend Richard strikes her as entirely more her sort of thing--sweet, polite and a high-school teacher; yet she knows with an awful inevitability that Richard probably has secrets of his own. Add to this volatile personal mix vampires with ambitions to seize Jean-Claude's throne and mount anti-human pogroms, an immortal snake-woman with agendas of her own and a hit-man with a contract on whoever the Master happens to be at the time, and Anita's problems start to be as entertaining and suspenseful as ever. Hamilton takes us to dark caverns and overlit night-clubs, and to the darker places that live inside human and formerly human sexuality--her books are terrific supernatural thrillers because she is keen to explore sexual heat as well as terror and excitement.--Roz Kaveney-Via Goodreads
In the third book of the Anita Blake series, Anita must deal with the Jean-Claude's games, more shapeshifters, and a horrible killer. Life is just never easy, is it? While dealing with Jean-Claude's propositions, she ends up meeting Richard. He seems nice, and normal. Something she seriously wants in her life. But sometimes things aren't always what they appear to be. Anita must figure all of this out while also trying to help the police as well.
This book was really good. I really loved seeing all of the different interactions with the vampires. I really hated however, that Anita seemed to really like this Richard guy. I thought he was a freaking coward, and I really hated him. I've also learned a very very important type while reading this book. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING WHILE READING! (Well, you can if you're brave, but I am not!) Seriously, it is a very bad idea. I ending up eating something while reading (because the book was so good, duh) but I read a really gruesome part and that didn't seem to sit well with my stomach. So, other then that I really enjoyed this one. And I look forward to reading more in this captivating series!