Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

May 7, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy 3 ★★★

Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: ,
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on December 2nd 2014
Number of Pages: 292
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

"Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don't. If you get it, then you don't really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don't get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense."


But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she'll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfill, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.

Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita's life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.

This book is pretty much entirely sex, and working on issues. Anita’s issues, Jade’s issues, J. J.’s issues. The first 66 pages are one long scene in Anita’s kitchen where she, a few of her guys, and Envy talk about pain in the bedroom and why they like or dislike it. And talk Anita into having sex with Jason while J. J. watches so she can understand why Jason might like it rougher sometimes.

There was none of the police crime stuff, vampire hunting (no vampires at all in this book actually), mystery or anything else that is part of the ‘normal’ for this series. So if that’s your favorite part of the series, I would skip this book entirely.

I liked some of the things that were worked through in this. Jade never really struck me as fitting in with the rest of the people in Anita’s life. And Anita has finally worked through why she doesn’t click with Jade. We also get to see a more sober side of Jason that we don’t see as often. I also love Nathaniel in this, but I am happily biased where he’s concerned and freely acknowledge he’s one of my favorite characters.

The book was a little slow for me, especially in the beginning. Part of that was because I’m used to the series being more fast-paced with a lot of things going on. This book focused on one or two things, and everything else was fairly minor plot.

There are a number of sex scenes in this book. All of which involve multiple partners, and comprise various instances of female/male, female/female/female, female/male/female/male partnerships as well as voyeurism. If that bothers you, I would skip this book.


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3 Responses to “Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I keep waffling between giving up, and hoping it will get better again. I’m not sure why I’m so attached honestly. Other series that took such a drastic downgrade I’ve quickly dropped without looking back. I guess there are just some things I can’t quite let go of yet. Though I’m buying all the books used, so at least I’m only spending around $2 or so a book. I think if she ever kills off Nathaniel, Wicked or Truth, that will be the day I say I’m done. Or if she manages something else unforgivable.

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