I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It has a plot! It was interesting. Old characters that I love were back. Go Edward! Richard was forced to face his fears and to understand that his feeling affect others. It's about freaking time. Nathaniel is really coming into his own and is quickly becoming my favorite boyfriend. Cookie Monster is back and in a way that I think I could like him as a steady character. This book honestly left me hoping for another book.
I was ready to stop reading this series. It had become nothing but one sexual romp after another. I am so glad I continued and bought this book!! I give this two big thumbs up!! It seems Ms. Hamilton has listened to her critics and returned to writing the type of books that brought her fame. There is some sex, but it is not over to top, and actually fits into the story line. (There is a story line!) I am once again a loyal reader of this series and cannot wait for the next installment.
Super! I couldn't stop reading! If you like this series, you wont be disappointed in this installment. As usual, a bit heavy & descriptive on the sex but...I just kinda skip over those parts and get to the story.
THE HARLEQUIN, for me, redeems the Anita Blake series. Although there's still sex (which in itself has never been a problem for me), the ratio of sex to story has finally turned. There's an actual plot in THE HARLEQUIN, and it's a pretty dang good one.
The Harlequin, what is akin to the vampire police, has come to town -- presumably just to observe. It soon becomes apparent, however, that at least some members of this elite and uber-scary group have harsher things on their mind.
The usual characters are all here, as well as reapperances by Edward (aka Tod Forrester) and the serial killer, Olaf. Peter, the teen who was rescued several stories back, is also there.
Some typical things happen -- Richard (once again) has serious problems with Anita and the ardeur. Some new plot lines develop -- the local lion king refuses to help in a moment of need, and the swan leader comes to the rescue.
Overall, THE HARLEQUIN was a quick, satisfying read that I totally enjoyed. I have renewed faith in the Anita Blake series, and hope that the next book doesn't take away that feeling.
This book was great and I read it in an evening because I couldn't put it down. It WAS nice not having to skim over all the repetitive sex (OMG--must be something wrong with me when it just gets boring!). This one had some vampire politics and action in it. GREAT!
I was happy to see that "Cookie Monster" is back, and I hope for good. I liked his character earlier so was anticipating a return.
Edward is, as usual, just awesome, and it fit into the story-line that he brought his stepson with for this adventure.
Overall, it was a wonderful read and I'm looking forward to the next one!