Okay, I'm going back to re-read (or actually in this case, listen) to my old favorites thanks to my local library. I read Guilty Pleasures back during my binge reading days in the Navy in 2009 - 2011. Let's just say I had a hard time diving back into reality after reading the Anita Blake series. I loved every bit of this series and still do. I thought I would listen to the books in audio this time around.
Anita Blake will always be a favorite female character of mine because she kicks butt and I love kick butt female characters. I also enjoy reading Urban Fantasy because it gets me out of reading funks all the time. UF and PNR are my go to genres to get back into binge-reading like a man woman, even when working full-time again.
I was a little nervous to have someone narrate Guilty Pleasures to me and bring the characters to life, but Kimberly Alexis did an amazing job on telling the story. She even did an amazing job on giving certain characters accents and she made Anita sound kick-butt too. Anxiety averted and now I'm anxious to listen to the second book in audio. Thanks to Kimberly Alexis I have found yet another female narrator that can bring my favorite characters to life and make me enjoy the story even more.
If you haven't read this series I do highly recommend it to UF readers, but if you don't like reading long series then maybe this series is not for you. Laurell K. Hamilton does change up the series often with a lot of sexual explicit scenes that can be uncomfortable to some readers, especially in later books. BUT…Laurell K. Hamilton has stated several times on her site, she has no control over her characters at times and she lets them take the reigns. She also writes from the heart, so if something happens in her life it can affect the story a bit. This is why I LOVE Laurell K. Hamilton's writing style and everything she writes.
The first time I read Guilty Pleasures I knew I was addicted right away due to LKH's world-building and introducing the characters in the series. Anita Blake is known as the famous Vampire Hunter, so every vampire out there knows what they are up to against. In Guilty Pleasures, we get introduced to Jean-Claude and several other characters. Jean-Claude has always been a favorite of mine, so I'm glad I'm re-visiting his character again. I'm discovering things I missed the first time.
I will say this, the bad guy in Guilty Pleasures is really friggin' scary. I still have nightmares over the bad guy from Guilty Pleasures because of how Laurell described her and what she did in this book. This book had me upset at the end, but I invested time in a certain character and well let's just say Laurell did not make it easy. Anita has a full life of crazy in front of her thanks to Jean-Claude. She's supposed to be helping solve the murders of vampires in Guilty Pleasures, but she also is going to end up being in between a Master Vampire and everyone else. It's crazy how she gets thrown in with vampires, when she's a Vampire Hunter.
Overall, I loved this book due to how Laurell K. Hamilton introduces a little bit of Anita Blake's crazy world already. These books are not for everyone, but for me I enjoyed these books the first time and I'm enjoying listening to them a second time around. I just need more time in my day to listen to them in audio version. Work is taking priority.
If you are a fan of UF, I highly recommend reading the Anita Blake series. This series is what got me addicted to reading UF. I look forward to re-reading the rest of the series whenever I can find free time. =)