Book #48 was Blood Noir, the 16th book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. The back of the book reads:
A favor for Jason, vampire hunter Anita Blakeâ€™s werewolf lover, puts her in the center of a fullblown scandal that threatens master-vampire Jean- Claudeâ€™s reignâ€”and makes her a pawn in an ancient vampire queenâ€™s new rise to power.
As good as The Harlequin was… well… this wasn’t. The first half of the book was completely boring, and by the time some interesting stuff started happening, it was over. The sex actually was toned down a bit, but this time the plot disappeared, too, replaced by endless heart-to-hearts and silly pre-wedding activities. Anita and Jason are out of town in Asheville, NC for this book, so there are very limited appearances of the usual suspects. I thought I was going to have to complain about Richard’s assholishness yet again, but it looks like there may be a bit of redemption in his future. And most of all, I’m extremely disappointed that a book set in Asheville, NC didn’t have anything in it about the Biltmore. Maybe it’s because I was just recently there, but it seems like it would have made a really interesting location for *something* were- or vampire- related. Really, this book could have taken place anywhere.
I mourn for the early days of this series.
Page count: 352 | Approximate word count: 108,009