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message 1: by Shanon (new)

Shanon (boban) | 1166 comments Mod
Feel free to discuss any part of Guilty Pleasures here. SPOILERS are okay.

message 2: by Dawn (new)

Dawn I thought Sookie Stackhouse series was my favorite until I read Guilty Pleasures now I'm not so sure. I thought it was awesome, just what I was looking for and I almost didn't read it. I am so glad I did, I love the wit in this book and the characters are great. While there is sexual references there isn't any mushy love scenes and the firepower Anita and Edward have , just awesome. I never did suspect Zachary as the murderer, and Nicholaos was just creepy along with the wererats in the dungeon. I have already started book 2, The Laughing Corpse.

message 3: by Shanon (new)

Shanon (boban) | 1166 comments Mod
I started the graphic novel tonight. I had forgotten all about Anita's affection for penguins - too cute.

I'm glad you enjoyed it Dawn. Edward is one of my favorite characters. I think it's because when he's around you know there will be some amazing action - of the kick ass nature. Wait until you meet some of his friends later on in the series.

message 4: by AH (new)

AH I had started reading Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series about a month ago and they were a little much for me. So when a friend recommended the Anita Blake series, I was a little scared to try them. BUT...I am seriously enjoying these books. I really like Anita's character. She's tough, funny, resourceful, strong, just so many things. And then she has a collection of stuffed penguins...totally unexpected. I like all the characters that surround her.

message 5: by Deanne (new)

Deanne I just wanted to let you know that I have read both series Antia Blake and Merry Gentry and I liked both.That being said Antia Blake turns very sexual around book 5 or 6 book and then continues on that path. Sorry. It is still a good series but if the sex is an issue then you should prepare yourself.

message 6: by Dawn (new)

Dawn The sex isn't an issue as long as it doesn't go the way of what I would call a harlequin romance novel, where every chapter they are ripping their clothes off. It's just not my thing but I respect to each his or her own. But please tell me they don't turn into harlequins? I liked this book it had a little bit of everything, sex, mystery, humor, blood, creatures, firepower and so much more. Can't wait to meet Edwards friends . I have not read the Merry Gentry series is it similar to Guilty Pleasures?

message 7: by Shanon (new)

Shanon (boban) | 1166 comments Mod
There are some in the series where the focus is more on the sexual antics of Anita and her men than anything else. BUT it does ease you into it if that makes it any better :) I've never read Harlequen so I can't compair the two for you.

It's important to know that the sex has a reason though. As you get further into the series Anita gains new powers and learns more about herself. One of the things that happens is she needs to "feed" on sexual energy & sex like a vampire feeds on blood. She doesn't revel in her sex-capades and doesn't like that she has to have sex be such a large part of her life.

Skin Trade was a return to mystery over bedroom so I'm hopeful Bullet will be the same. She may have gotten her powers under control finally!

message 8: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kelly_l) | 21 comments In another thread, I said that I'm like five books into the Anita Blake series so there has not been all that much sex so far. It doesn't bother me, in fact, it's a plus for me cuz yanno, I'm *that* kinda trashy gal. ::wink, wink, nudge, nudge:: Considering the gore and killing and blood and guts going on, a little sex really reminds you that the world CAN be a loving place too. But I understand that some just aren't into it. I think the reason I first started in with Anita in the first place though was because someone told me it was erotic in nature. It's just the nature of the beast.

Back to Guilty Pleasures though...the thing that I love best about Anita, is that LH makes you *feel* for her. You gotta love her fashion sense (that is always described) and I love a gal who knows how to dress with a gun strapped on somewhere. Then she comes home to her penguins. That is so endearing and that's what Anita is all about to me. She's comfortable for me.

My son's girlfriend has read all the Meredith Gentry books as well but for some reason, I've never asked her about them. I think I will! I'm not even sure their genre. Is that paranormal too along the lines of Anita?

message 9: by Tasha (new)

Tasha (tashapost) | 9 comments Guilty Pleasures is the first line in a long line of great books. Seriously Laurell was before just about everyone, and her series to me, has always, and currently still is the best in Urban Fantasy. She was the first author I read in the genre and it completely hooked me. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter is sexy, smart, nefarious, and just well, the best. Edward and Micah are my favorite characters, for those of you newbies, don't worry you'll meat Micah later in the series. You have no choice BUT to love him.

message 10: by Kim (new)

Kim (mrsnesbitt) | 77 comments I love and own all Merry Gentry and Anita Blake. Merry Gentry deals with the fey and a half-mortal/half-fey princess, Meredith Gentry. She becomes embroiled in the court of the un-seelie and her aunt, the un-seelie queen, Andais. Merry is trying to live her own life in California as a P.I. and gets sucked into a lot more thans she bargained for. Like Anita, the sex increases with the books but again, for a reason (that I can't tell you or it will ruin the plot of the books) and the newest one, went more back to the orginal idea of her being more P.I. than political pawn.

message 11: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (audiobookmel) I am a huge fan of this series and the Merry series (though I like Anita better). I love the ass-kicking that is in these books that is missing in a lot of PNR books. Anita never waits around for someone to come and save her. I like the later books to see that Anita does have a heart. The sex does not bother me at all (as someone said before, there is a reason for it and it is not every scene). If I was going to complain about the sex scenes at all, it would be that sometimes the the conversation in the middle of a sex scene gets to me. I do not think that there are more people who can stop in the middle of foreplay and have deep discussions and/or arguments and then go back to sex.

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