This is an odd book. The plot is ok, the emotional investment is extremely well written but all in all, not much happens.
You end up adoring Nathaniel and his pride at being a good hostess (yes hostess not host. Host serves wine and h'ordeuvres. Hostess does freshly baked cookies and tea with a tea set, sugar cubes and cream and jam.)
Anita becomes the master of her own triumvirate, with Nathaniel as her leopard to call and Damian as her vampire servant. It turns out that accidentally doing this has some serious pros and cons.
Cons: If Anita is harmed, becomes unconscious, forgets to eat, forgets to feed the ardeur then she becomes a tired emotional wreck and syphons energy from Damien and Nathaniel, causing Nathaniel to become weak and damn near permanently killing Damian (Nathaniel provides and powers his own heartbeat. Damien does not).
So as we know, Anita is a workaholic who gets confused by questions like "what are your hobbies?". Whilst on a case she is prone to treating her basic bodily needs like food and sleep as being about as far down the list of important things to do to become on par with things like 'take out the trash' and 'mow the lawn'. This means that her nearly killing Damian through negligence becomes a semi-regular occurrence.
The above is pretty much the entirety of the book and I went into more detail than i needed to. Despite the fact that there's not much of anything happening the plot line is good and it is well written in the way that the plot line is well pieced together and you become emotionally invested in Anitas love life (I really did mean it when I said you learn to adore Nathaniel).
I give this book 6.6/10. Outside of forming the triumvirate with Damian and Nathaniel, this book is skippable but it is an enjoyable read.
With this series I apologise for the lack of cat photos, I only own e-book versions of this so screen shots and stuff on pixabay will have to suffice. Due to this series being quite long I apologise but there WILL be spoilers.
To better understand the world of Anita Blake, read my world synopsis here