Review: Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton

December 9, 2014 Review 7

Review: Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. HamiltonJason by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #23, #23
Published by Jove on December 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: Lots of graphic sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
1 Stars

"Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don't. If you get it, then you don't really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don't get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense."

But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she'll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.

Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita's life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.

I've only ever read one other Anita Blake novel and after reading that book I experienced for the first time wanting to unread a story due to reasons too long to write here. Since then, I've been hesitant to even pick up the first few books of this series which are supposed to be excellent according to everyone I've spoken to. I decided to give JASON a chance as I was prepared for the random sexual encounters, throngs of characters, and over explaining of Anita's relationships. I thought I was prepared to have fun with the sex-capade that would be this book especially since the focus would be on Anita's friend Jason and therefore would be a tad different. Wow, was I wrong.

Jason's issue and its resolution  is regulated to the side as we are invited to read pages and pages about Anita's complex relationships and personal issues. Now I am pretty darn open about poly relationships but the sheer amount of men this woman is connected to  is just ridiculous. I think Anita had a relationship with a barely legal kid according to a passing reference in this story. I think the only other line this woman can cross is bestiality. Although she is having sex with shifters so I guess it could count as bestiality if they did it in were form. I am certain there is a chart out there with all of Anita's relationship connections because someone somewhere has to have figured out  this  tangled web.

Okay, the plot. I'm pretty okay with a story that has lots of sex though I like a bit more non-sex related action than what was in JASON of which was none. It was all rather not sexy sex and talking.  Oh is there talking; talking during sex, talking getting ready for the sex, talking after sex, and more talking.  It was work to read through the sex scenes especially since they talked so much through the sex. The issue of Jason wanting to show his girlfriend some rough sex is resolved through demonstrating rough sex with Anita. That's the story. Talking about and planning sex, then having said sex with Jason's issue resolved in a page or two.

With my previously read Anita Blake book I remember getting so frustrated with the talking and standing around to have sex with Anita (she needs to power up with orgies apparently?) while the bad guy ran off and created havoc that I just skipped to the last few pages to see if they got around to catching the bad guy. I think they did and by golly I was rooting for him to get away with it too. JASON doesn't have to worry about silly things like a bad guy or the world ending or plot when there is overly detailed sexytime to be planned and had! I stuck with tradition and skipped to the last few pages to see if anything interesting happens. Guess what...nothing interesting happened.


Series Titles:
  1. Guilty Pleasures
  2. The Laughing Corpse
  3. Circus of the Damned
  4. The Lunatic Cafe
  5. Bloody Bones
  6. The Killing Dance
  7. Burnt Offerings
  8. Blue Moon
  9. Obsidian Butterfly
  10. Narcissus in Chains
  11. Cerulean Sins
  12. Incubus Dreams
  13. Micah
  14. Danse Macabre
  15. The Harlequin
  16. Blood Noir
  17. Skin Trade
  18. Flirt
  19. Bullet
  20. Hit List
  21. Kiss the Dead
  22. Affliction
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7 Responses to “Review: Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton”

  1. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons)

    I was worried about this. I never had issues with the amount of sex in the Anita Blake books, I did sometimes just skim over them when there were too many, but kept on with the rest of the story. What has really gotten into me lately is the therapy sessions. I feel like I’m going to therapy everytime I read the books. I mean, even Edward is talking that way now and that is wrong on so many levels. I’m really glad I didn’t buy this, but I am on the waiting list from the library.

    • Laurie

      Obsidian Butterfly was my tipping point as well. I tried a couple books after that but I really do need more plot than sex in my books. One can find sex stories anywhere. Well written UF with complex characters and interesting world building is far more interesting to me.

    • Danielle

      I still recommend this series to anyone who is keen to try paranormal romance/urban fantasy – but I always tell them “stop after Obsidian Butterfly…” it’s actually quite painful to read her newer works, when you know she used to be so good. What’s doubly painful is that she can’t see where her fans-turned-critics are coming from, she labels them all prudes who aren’t in touch with their sexuality.

  2. Laurie

    There’s a reason the books are known as ‘Anita Blake: Vampire Humper’. The first four were far more plot-based. While the plots were easy to untangle the Anita character was interesting and took no prisoners. And then Ms. Hamilton’s ego and personal life became fodder for the stories and they quickly became nothing but sex of all and any type.

    I have zero problems with sex, kinky, polygamous, or otherwise. What I have a problem with is abandoning a surprisingly rich world and potentially interesting plots and characters in order to celebrate the cult of Anita Blake/Laurell Hamilton. Basically, she’s written the character into being a sex goddess because her ‘magic’ needs to be fed by ‘sex’.

    It does not help that her fans gobble up books like this one and praise it highly, nor does it help that the Shades of Gray books did so well. Both things help legitimize what are otherwise boring and poorly written porn.

  3. Anne

    The first 4 or 5 were decent urban fantasy with very little sex. I remember actually wishing she and Jean Claude would “get it on”. Then Hamilton went crazy. She tried to justify all the sex before or after one of her books in a statement to the readers, but there’s no excuse for a best selling author to give up writing an actual story to support all her sex scenes since she feels compelled to write them. It amazes me that there are still readers who think these later stories are good and I just saw a 4 star review yesterday.

  4. WS

    The first 10 were really great, I really miss those books terribly, all the worse for occasional glimpses of the old books in the new ones. I ended up giving it far too many chances and finally stopped with I think the second to last one where she basically condensed what should have been the real plot of the book in one “and this happened afterwards” chapter at the end. Ironically I don’t mind her sex laden Merry series, possibly because it’s sex laden from the start and seemed to continue with the plot in spite of it rather than losing the plot just for sex.

    Unfortunately it’s unlikely to change and the author is massively ignorant/unhelpful/rude about it, to her it’s become about sex and she really doesn’t care to about the fans of the past that enjoyed the books. On one hand it’s her right to write whatever she wants, on the other she is basically writing bad fan fiction of her own books, and if she wanted to publish books exploring extreme sexual practices she should have started a new series(which she did but carries on regardless).

    I just really miss the old AB books, there just really isn’t anything now that captures the attention to detail and darkness(without going OTT) like those original books and new UF struggles in comparison.