Champagne Wishes and Incubus Dream: Anita Blake is Insatiable!

Incubus Dreams (novel)Image via WikipediaOh yes, I date myself with that reference.  Well, a long time ago there was a TV Show called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous hosted by an Englishman, Robin Leach.  The show, airing in syndication 1984 – 1995, capitalized on the American fascination with the lives of wealthy and famous people.  Back then champagne was “it,” and Caviar was well beyond the reach of the normal person (still is I think). The tag of the show was Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams. A lot had to do with how Leach said it. When something is called three syllable word and dreams that jumps into my tiny  little head.  According to Jean-Marc Roche on
Marking the start of a new era of celebrity-worship, this program spotlighted the eccentricities and excesses of a different member of the “rich and famous” each week. Special attention was always given to the prices paid for the various luxuries with which the upper crust enhanced their daily lives, ranging from spacious seaside villas, to classic cars, to gold-plated bathroom fixtures. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher  
I tried to find you a soundbite of the tag line but couldn’t.  Enough of that,…

So in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series I am up to book 12, Incubus Dreams.  Books up to here have been crime and action with sex as a back theme. First Anita was, not a virgin but quite religious and saving herself for marriage. She then meets and falls in love with Richard a werewolf.  The couple decide to remain chaste until their marriage. Then they share Marks ( the way vampires connect to humans) with Jean Claude. As the Vampire Marks issue changes and grows, Anita ends up sleeping with many more men, And, in this book I actually lose count of how many men she has sex with.  Has she gone slutty, maybe a little, but most of her sluttification arises from a powerful energy suck called the ardeur.  It requires that she feed off sex and lust. If she gets too weak from not feeding this need a vampire tied to her starts to meet the true death.  He is one of the vampires with the wild hair so we wouldn’t want him to die. 
Unfortunately, the ardeur strikes at the most inconvenient of times: the office, while she is driving, in the middle of anywhere. She has to at least have an orgasm.  So, she is living with 2 guys both were-leopards (she is the were-leopard queen), Micah and Nathanial.  Micah is the super supportive male were leopard counterpart, and Nathanial the ultra submissive stripper with floor length hair. A big question in this book is whether she will have sex with Nathanial. She is seeing up to 3 vampires and she still hankers after the werewolf she was in love with. She actually can’t go anywhere, it seems, without someone with whom she can have sex. It’s a good thing she’s gained healing abilities because otherwise she would have internal injuries.
What happens as the sex become focal is that the action and the zombie raising become less important. As she leaves her plain old humanity aside, she is becoming a colder killer. But for the people she loves, she is anything but. This was a long Anita Blake book, it has startlingly hot sex scenes—very explicit oral sex especially, some other types of action, some zombie raising.
This is apparently an important book in the series. Since I haven’t moved on it would seem to be a  break in her behavior as a paranormal criminologist. This book goes in real time so she only raises the occasional zombie and she is so powerful she doesn’t need blood to bring them up anymore.
I found it very steamy—super steamy—is it hot in here steamy, I liked the minimizing of gruesome crime scenes.  I would sincerely recommend this.  It is certainly not a place to start the series.
By the way, I have found this site very helpful in visualizing the characters since I find Laurell K. Hamilton’s descriptions come up in my head with the thought that she has a screw loose.
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.
Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
Publisher: Jove (September 27, 2005)
Kindle Edition: 1222 KB
Print Length: 752 pages
Sold by: Penguin Publishing
Also available in various audio formats

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