Dancing by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Book # 22.5
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Vampire hunter Anita Blake leaps into uncharted territory in the all-new novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.
For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…
Review: Even for me – a avid, loyal, Laurell K. Hamilton fan – this story just wasn’t worth it. That’s not to say it isn’t good – it was just a little disappointing. The main thing is the length – this is not even a novella (only 59 pages in length!) Tack on the $2.99 charge I paid for, and it’s just not worth it. In my opinion it should have been a brief short story on the author’s website for free. Or tacked into a full-length novel as an ‘extra’ or something.
With it being so short, it felt like either the beginnings of book that never got finished, or a few pages that someone ripped out of the middle of one as a teaser for a full length novel. At the end, my thoughts were, “Really? That’s it?” as I scroll through the kindle pages making sure I haven’t missed something, or my kindle has some sort of unknown glitch. But no – that really was it! And the majority of it was descriptions of the characters and their relationships with each other, that all avid readers of her books are already well acquainted with. And come on! – If you’re not well acquainted with it – this is hardly the ideal place to start!
That’s not to say that it is totally horrible – I always love Anita! And I enjoyed seeing their first foray into the social circle of their friends as a ‘threesome’. Just wanted more from it than what we got…:(