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Guilty Pleasures ❮Reading❯ ➺ Guilty Pleasures Author Laurell K. Hamilton – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Anita Blake is small dark and dangerous Her turf is the city of St Louis Her job re animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks h Anita Blake is small dark and dangerous Her turf is the city of St Louis Her job re animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean Claude one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy.


About the Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction A New York Times bestselling author Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics Hamilton is a full time writer and lives in the suburbs of St Louis.



10 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures

  1. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Okay so some of the girls asked that I do a review of the Anita Blake series because I mentioned some things that intrigued themIt's not a finished series and usually I would reserve judgment on a series until it comes to its conclusion just in case the author was going somewhere I wasn't expectingKind of like that scene out of Austin Powers where Austin's in the bathroom stall with a bad guy and a big Texan man is in the next stall and can only see Austin's feet He hears Austin Powers grunting as he fights the guy saying Who does Number 2 work for?The Texan guy thinking that Austin is taking a crap decides to pitch in and give encouragement to someone who is obviously struggling That's right Show that turd who's bossWell that's what reading Anita Blake is like You're sitting in the next stall with someone who nine or so books ago you thought was really nice and normal Suddenly they start to struggle and you want to be encouraging or you want to tell them to give up take a laxative and come back later The thing is at first you're wary to because maybe something else is going on Maybe a brilliant struggle for life and death is happening but you just can't see it Maybe at the end of the series you're going to come out see what's left over in the stall and proudly proclaim Jesus Christ what did you eat?The first 10 books are filled with mystery and intrigue They've got great characters and really interesting storylines They've got action DAMN have they got action Obsidian Butterfly in my opinion the last good book is such a thriller in so many ways They're a little bit sexy and you find yourself wishing a little sexy would come your way because it's kind of really hawtBut then something happens after book 10 It happens so uickly that you're kind of in a headspin looking around going Am I still reading the right series? Have they printed a different book under the same name?Because suddenly they're no longer mysteries There's no longer any real edge of your seat suspense Suddenly you think you're going to go a little crazy if you read another freakin' sex scene Suddenly the writing is so poor so transparent The characters are so unlikable and so unrelatable that they might as well be from another galaxyYou're just walking along one day admiring the view when suddenly OH CRAP ANITA JUST HAD SEX WITH A WERELEOPARD IN ANIMAL FORMYou're minding you're own business enjoying a cup of coffee when FUCK SHE JUST HAD A THREE WAY WITH TWO MEN ANALSEXANALSEXANALSEXYou were about to get ready for work when out of nowhere CROTCHBUCKETS SHE'S JUST HAD A MASSIVE GROUP ORGY AND BEEN 'SPITTED' BY TWO MEN FAAARKThen you wonder if you can still walk into a church after reading these books They become so appallingly bad that you wear them like a badge of pride Oh you think THAT book is shocking? Has she ever had sex with an animal while a whole room full of people look on? Oh You think THAT'S shocking? Did that character ever have seven consecutive boyfriends and nine casual fucks at the same time? Really? That character is THAT powerful? Did they ever defeat an evil villain with the power of their crotch alone?Speaking of which this is one of the major MAJOR flaws of Anita Blake Her Cooter The Crotch of Doom as some of the girls call it Almost every man she comes across she has to sleep with And then he loves her He's addicted to her He can't get enough of her It's ridiculous That girl had better have a TV screen in her forehead beer leaking from her nipples and a bellybutton that dispenses sandwiches Otherwise I just ain' buyin' itShe amasses power like it's spare change She goes from being a powerful animator of zombies to a necromancer who can control ALL dead things including vampires as well as being a lupa ueen of the Werewolves Namira Ra ueen of the wereleopards having six strains of were in her but none of the downsides like actually changing She becomes a succubus She is a human servant part of a powerful Triumvate Then she makes her OWN triumvate with her own Vampire to call and an animal to call It's just RIDICULOUS You're wondering where it stopsThis stops her from having any character growth I thought Anita Blake's flaws were going to be dealt with at some point I thought her pride arrogance lack of impulse control insecurities etc were going to be addressed through circumstances and a learning curve No She just becomes so powerful that it doesn't matter anyAnd the books are just basically sex That's all that happens Everyone has sex All the time And then they all argue A lot Anita wears a skirt so three out of seven of her boyfriends take issue with that and then argue with Anita and amongst themselves Anita chips a nail so at least five of her boyfriends go mental and start blaming each otherI really don't know why this mess continues It's beyond ridiculous I think LKH just wants to see how much she can shock us now What can she do to play with our heads? So Anita has brain sex with another woman So Anita has sex with a sixteen year old It doesn't matter any In the end Anita never takes responsibility for ANY of it She never really sits down and says Regardless of everything I want to be with THIS person and THAT person I want to do THESE crazy sex acts because that would get me hawt Then I want to try it with five men at onceNo It's always the situation She's always made to do it This makes me lose so much respect for both the character and LKH You want fantasy smut in your story? Fine Put it in there But don't make it so that the character never CHOOSES the fantasy smut Don't make it so that each and every time the character is forced by circumstances to do these crazy smutty things WTH?And lastly don't push feminist bullshit down our throats when every other woman in this series is either a bitch psycho cow or pathetically weak If Anita was a real woman than she'd stand up to a little damn competition Instead she fights with every other woman around like it's some kind of damn pissing competition I kept thinking that maybe LKH was behind that stall doing something that didn't seem apparent to me From what I could see so far she was struggling to get something out I kept wanting to yell at her for it but then I thought maybe there's something epic happening Maybe I'm wrong Maybe it's just because I can't see enough from my stall in the bathroom of lifeNo my friends In this instance she's not wrestling a man into a toilet bowl for information She's not leading us through some epic well thought out drama that's going to unfold brilliantly if we just hang on and keep reading She's just shitting with us Well and truly and enjoying the money we pay her for the pleasure of reading this crap


  2. Christine (AR) Christine (AR) says:

    This is a massive pan Just a heads upI've finally given up on this series though I'm embarrassed to say it took me about ten books to get there This is another of those books where I loved the premise but the execution made me gag Anita is insufferable self centered and judgmental and her self justification for her transformation from noli me tangere virgin to super slut is laughable God apparently told her directly that it was okay WhateverThe appeal for me was always Richard the werewolf and Jean Claude the vampire whose relationship was obviously the true love story about to happen but in later books they don't even appear Contract problems? Scheduling conflicts with other projects? Why on earth would the author replace the most compelling characters with a series of beta males who Anita can control like she controls every other aspect of this world?Well obviously because this is Hamilton's fantasy isn't it? Right down to the creation of a character that is the male version of Anita so she can make love to herself Yuck


  3. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    The book belongs to urban fantasy genre; it was written long before the term was created So humans did something really stupid in my opinion formed after I finished reading and legalized vampires despite the fact that these creatures need to kill people to exist as everybody knows To justify this I can only say that this is not the first time the humanity acted like complete retards we can all give countless real life modern examples Anita Blake was a reanimator meaning she could raise zombies This skill often comes handy as dead people can tell interesting tales She also did not belong to vampire fan club; Bella Swan she was not One day the master vampire of her city offered her a job she could not refuse; it was all about the right motivation obviously It seemed somebody was killing innocent huh??? vampires and Anita was to investigate or lose her life as well as get her friend killed As the title implies Anita had some experience of dealing with annoying bloodsuckers so when they finally got on her nerves she realized it was time to uit acting stupid and start kicking some undead butts Some long awaited action finally came I was very surprised by some things about the book Unlike what reviewers said it did not suck outright In fact it was decent enough I also found Kate Daniels' granny Anita For those unfamiliar with the latter lady let me just say that Kate was heavily influenced by her and the influence is uite clear Anita even possesses trademarked Kate's sarcastic humor To be fair I have to say Kate Daniels writing is better Thus on the negative side the writing is not great but passable and there are plot holes and just illogical and just stupid things aplenty; Anita's I drops to single digit range sometimes On the positive side any relative of the current ueen of urban fantasy deserves respect I was never bored reading the book It night shock somebody but I will give this novel the same rating as I gave to Kate Daniels #1 3 stars I have to say that there are 3 stars and there are 3 stars This rating can mean Nice but I am not reading the next book and also I am mildly curious what comes next This time I use the second meaning and will continue with the series


  4. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    I finally got around to reading Guilty Pleasures the first Anita Blake book and can at least see why they're not in the Romance section it's gory and the author doesn't seem to like vampires at allI know Hamilton's very well established and has a huge fan base and I know there are lots of other people who don't like her books so I feel pretty confident I'm not going to get lynched by saying I'm glad I only spent 2 on this bookI really didn't like it This is partly because I was so often confused partly because I was very bored and partly because there's simply no one to like in this book I didn't like Anita I was very distracted by the way she dresses and the things she thinks about; I didn't like any of the humans or other characters; the vampires were portrayed in the non romantic cliche way as opposed to the romantic cliche and I didn't like all the guns The plot is slow and dull and Anita misses some glaringly obvious things and doesn't ask very good uestions There were many scenes where I kept thinking What the hell is going on? It often didn't make much sense to me at all and seemed to contradict itself and I am not a stupid person It's like during the rewrite stage things got cut out that should have stayed Also what the hell is a hubba hubba motion with your hand supposed to look like?? I have never skimmed a book like I did with Guilty Pleasures Jean Claude was intriguing but hardly in it at all and I didn't start properly reading it again until the end I don't like skimming I never usually do it and it's a very bad sign if I do It gets two stars for Jean Claude and the interesting thing about not being able to properly envision or understand a character until you get to see their eyes


  5. Shannon Shannon says:

    Anita Blake is a vampire hunterslayer among other dealings with the undeadoccult and she's only in her early twenties Story is told in a first person PI style which means there's some wry humor as well as a focus totally from the main character's POV PROS 1 Fast read; 2 Vampires are similar to the legends but have enough uniue differences where we are dealing with something new and enticing; 3 Anita is a nice mix of male and female which means she should appeal to both genders; 4 Well plotted; hardly any gap holes of logic; pacing is well done; and 5 Big finale climax at the end Satisfying if you like things settled well violently Heh CONS 1 Her early books are great I would warn that by book ten she starts to spend too much time in the lovemaking which slows everything down Not an issue in this novel but will be later if you fall for the series as I did CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B to B plus; ACTION SCENES B plus; STORYPLOTTING B; SETTINGTONE B plus to A minus; WHEN READ 2006 revised review mid November 2012; OVERALL GRADE B plus


  6. Bark Bark says:

    Reread Back in the day when Anita wasn't a power hungry nympho This book reminds how great the Anita Blake series once was Here Anita Blake has a job as an animator raising the dead for information for the police force and isn't spending any of her time lazing in bed with her posse of wimpy beauteous men she even has girlfriends and we are introduced to an intriguing character named Edward I had forgotten all about him This is the book where she meets Jean Claude whose charms she is easily able to resist Vampires are being murdered and master vampire Nikolaos sp? demands her expertise to track down the killer Here Anita is still known as the Executioner and lives by her words I don't date vampires I kill them In order to get information into the secret underground vampire scene she pals around with vampire junkie Phillip Phillip is the first inkling into Hamilton's obsession with weak willed beautiful man boys who show up and take up residence in later books Phillip's character is than physical perfection though he is sympathetic in a way and a useful tool to progress the plot of this book The Anita in this book is strong willed independent judgmental and abrasive but has a wicked barbed tongue which I find missing in later books The black humor lightens up the darkness and makes Anita approachable while in later books there is little if anything left to like about the character who is obsessed with power sex and is often just plain mean I may reread the first few books but will stop when the ardour makes its appearance


  7. Navessa Navessa says:

    This book I loved it the first few times I read it And then Not so much I blame reading Fever right before Also There was something I could not uite put my finger on At first What was it? The writing style Everything was fragmented sentences And strangely formal speech Instead of I’m we get I am Instead of I’d we get I would Every Time Even when it does not fit It is like LKH has not yet met an apostrophe I am one of those people you know the onesOnce I see something hear something NOTICE something like that I cannot un notice it I’ll stop with the annoying fragments and the non apostrophes now as I can’t even bring myself to write them for an extended period of time let alone force anyone to read themunlike someone else I could mentionOkay in all seriousness don’t do what I did Don’t read this book after reading Fever because you’ll be trying to absorb descriptions of Jean Claude and then the Jericho Barrons that’s taken up residence in your head will look out through your eyes and laugh before giving you a heart stopping look of possession that makes you want to spike this book on the ground and flounce back over to Barrons Books and Baubles for a uickie To be blunt Jean Claude seems like a total wuss compared to JZB I know I know who doesn’t? The dude wears lace trimmed shirts and tight leather pants tucked into hooker boots which would be fine maybe if I hadn’t just read about a man that hasn’t fully pulled himself out of the primordial ooze and could murder JC and his entire city While smiling And then we have Anita What a biased narrow minded holier than thou misogynist Her fashion decisions will make you silently long for Mac’s lengthy descriptions of her pastel colored outfits and the affinity she feels for others of her own sex I really didn't like Anita this time around But if I remember correctly she does get better as the series progresses That is until it all starts to unravel around book ten or so I still liked all the blood and guts and the fact that vampires were vampires not the glittery kind the monstrous kind I still enjoyed the plot and Anita’s necromancing I really enjoyed the flawless world building Still I think I’m going to wait to read the next until after I successfully manage to burn the memory of Barrons from my mind FML view spoilerGROUP READVictims Volunteers1 ME2 Alisa3 Anna4 Ellis5 Joanna6 JennyJen7 Beth8 Brandi9 Ally10 Faye11 Georgette12 Angela13 Seaskew14 Cinward15 Haven16 Sharon17 Barbara18 Kitty19 Khanh20 Sherill21 Penny hide spoiler


  8. Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣ Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣ says:

    That was something Right I guess it was okHow did vampires become common knowledge? I understand they became legal 2 years prior to the action in the book but why? How? And who is Anita Blake? I could not connect with her at all She felt shallow No not shallow I really can't find the word right now She felt not real but someone that simply went with the flow with no actual starting point or purpose I would like to say she felt like a character in a book but I love books so that would be insulting to themAnd how on Earth view spoilerdid two humans with no spectacular powers kill a 1000 years old vampire? The vampire must have been extremely stupid because she went down so fast I usually like vampires very much but the ones in Guilty Pleasures are idiots in spite of having great power hide spoiler


  9. CJ CJ says:

    The engaging start of a wonderful series that morphs into erotica partway through If you like VI Warshawski Kinsey Milhoneand other female gumshoes and you like some fantasy you will definitely like this series in the beginning Normal world normal woman except that vampires and other supernatural critters are real some have civil rights and coexist with humans or less peacefully and the protagonist is a 5'2 gun toting butt kicking necromancer Her day job is raising the dead for a company that specializes in it so that answers about wills etc can be settled once and for all Her other job is a vampire executioner which makes her a federal marshal because you can't just run around and stake some poor vampire on sight unless you want to get arrested The monsters are living among the humans now and Ms Hamilton does a wonderful job of looking at exactly what that would entail What about mixed marriages? What kinds of jobs would vampires have? How would the ACLU fit into this? What about religion? And so on and so forth At this point Anita Blake's world is black and white Vampires bad Humans good There are no shades of gray for Anita This book reads like a decently written female detective book with the small twist of the kind of world the detective exists in and how that impacts her investigation and her lifeYou must start with the beginning in this series or you'll miss some fascinating twists and turns as Anita's world starts to acuire shades of gray and she starts to grow up a little bit What happens when the monsters go out of their way to rescue you from the humans who want to kill you? What happens when the scariest thing in your world is a human not a monster? What happens when the monster thinks you're kinda cute and asks you out on a date?Later in the series Ms Hamilton gets so busy exploring the social interaction side of things what happens when ALL the monsters want to date you At the same time that the mystery solving part goes bye bye which is a shame And right around Narcissus in Chains Ms Hamiltin abandons any pretense at plot and starts writing not so vanilla porn But the series right up to that point is a solidly written engaging and nicely layered series that can be addictiveAnd the fact of the matter is that not one of the other authors who have picked up on this oh so popular genre of female with unexplored powers doing something dangerous in a supernatural world has come close to what Ms Hamilton managed to accomplish with Anita Blake


  10. Adina Adina says:

    It was ok I guess Before Kate Daniels it was Anita Blake However it is one of those rare instances where the copy cat is much better than the original Anita is a raiser of the undead and killer of vampires She is coerced to help a powerful vampire ueen and to investigate the murder of several powerful vampires The main problem with the book was its heroine She was so unlikable so proud of herself that she does no drink doesn't have sex and is such a good Christian Oh she is so judgemental Taking in consideration that the series will turn into a porn fest after book 6 7 I call her a hypocrite Also the humour and the fight scenes did not work for me Kate Daniels on the other hand is a fun likeable kick ass character Even the character Ilona Andrews copied from Guilty Pleasures Rafael is so much better I might try the next one in the series but I am in no rush to do so This was one of the first UF PR books so it might wort a try if you are interested how it all began


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