I am not a fan of vampire novels and so when a friend recommended this series to me, it was awhile before I ordered the first book in the Anita Blake series. All I can say now is...WOW! I AM A FAN FOR LIFE!!! *laugh I just ordered books 2 - 4 in the series and will order the rest once those arrive. This book has everything: horror, romance, laughs...it's all here! I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the others to arrive. If you're not a fan of vampire reads, trust me - after this one, you will be. And if you are a fan of vampire reads - this one will be a welcome addition to your library.
This book introduces Anita Blake, hardcore Vampire Killer. I felt it took me about 50 pages to really get into the book, but after that I was hooked. Not fluffy or romantic, this book is more Anne Rice gothic. Anita is one tough vampire killer!
Wow, this is a really odd read - NOT a romance, forget what the back cover said. There is ONE kiss and a lot of hinted at really kinky stuff. If you are looking for a Sherilyn Kenyon or a Christine Feehan type vampire novel, go elsewhere. HOWEVER, it is what I would consider a TRUE gothic horror novel. If you like that, go for it.
If Anne rice's vampire chronicles are softcore s/m porn, then "Guilty Pleasures' is extreme hardcore. Whips, chains, dungeons, bloodsports, sadism, masochism, mind control, bestiality, sex and terror....
Its got vampires though. And zombies, ghouls, were-folk. So I guess its better classified as horror. just to make sure, i'm going to have to read more of the series.
I love all the Anita Blake novels. But to really understand how she got to the person she is in the current books, you should start at the beginning. Here.