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Incubus Dreams: A very long violent labyrinth of sexual indulgence and Machiavellian plotting.

Incubus Dreams
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 12
by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita’s life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead. A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City. Surrounded by suspicion, overwhelmed by her attempts to control the primal lusts that continue to wrack her, Anita does something unprecedented: she calls for help.

Anita is pushed to her limits-both professionally and passionately-when she is called in on what appears to be a case involving a vampire serial killer preying on strippers.
My review guidelines can be found HERE.

  • Unrelated but good representation of the high content of sex
  • Why is the author's name bigger than the title?

  • Vampires
  • Lunarly Challenged
  • Necromancer
  • Zombies
  • Witches

  • M/F
  • M/F/M
  • Exotic Dancing
  • Kissing
  • Accidental Sex
  • Flogging
  • Biting

  • This soooo should be two or maybe even three books. It goes on and on and on. I'm lost in a maze of plot twists and soooo don't remember where I started.

The Good and The Smutty:
  • We meet the London vampires of Belle's line.
  • Add to the harem... one, two... I lost count.
  • Gosh, it was a long wait to see Nathaniel strip! Too much stuff happening.*
  • BBW Whoot!
    "The beauties of [Jean-Claude's] day in the French courts were today’s size twenty. Most of the old vamps liked short women with curves. Most of us were living in so the wrong century."

  • A new power plateau?! Who knew?! Now even more excuses for Anita to be confused and ignore all her needs and their relationship to the people she takes care of.

The Bad and the Gruesome:
  • A serial killer taking out strippers.*
  • *This book is long at over 700 pages. It should have been divided into two. You become aware of the murders in the beginning but they do not return until well after 400 pages. There is just too much going on.
  • Medium big bad master vampire wants to take Jean-Claude's place as Master of the City.
  • Anita meets two more bigger bad 'uns: Damian's maker, Whos-name-shall-be-unspoken and The Dragon.
  • Anita comes to a nasty realization about her relationship with Jean-Claude, one that has the potential to break her heart and bring her closer to being the monster she is afraid of being.

  • My love hate relationship with Anita stems from her never being top dog. It makes it interesting. She always ends up on top, but she is never sure of herself. This makes for great conflict in the story, but at times she takes one step forward and two steps back.

  • Why hasn't someone in the vampire power structure tried to take advantage of this obvious weakness? Anita is always forgetting to feed or getting weak or doing something that causes huge holes in the Triumvirate. Jean-Claude's vampires are like... helpful and tell her what she is doing wrong. Someone has got to see this as an advantage to taking over!

  • In the end the story is about Anita and her relationships, with power, with the dead, with the living and most importantly, with those she loves (even if she won't admit it).
    "There comes a point where you just love someone. Not because they're good, or bad, or anything really. You just love them. It doesn't mean you will be together forever. It doesn't mean that you won't hurt each other. It just means you love them. Sometimes in spite of who they are, and sometimes because of who they are. And you know that they love you, sometimes because of who you are, and sometimes in spite of it."
    page 421

  • Straight through: the series has too much repetition of backstory without creative interpretation. Read at a leisurely pace, and reread in random order over a span of 5 to 10 years.

I stole this book from my sister, but she doesn't care.

This book was spotlighted on my Tuesday Teaser HERE.

Read a sentence from page 56 HERE.

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Sweet wetdreams...


I do love the cover... How many more left, lol!
Hugs to you honey!

You're persistent.

I'm currently reading book 14... so 5 more to go (and two of them I haven't read before!!!!)

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