Friday, December 12, 2014

Jason (Anita Blake #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton

"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.

Type: Paranormal Romance but really just Erotica
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 2 out of 5
Cover: 1 out of 5--it's just not verra good. Makes me think of being inside a vagina and looking out at the man candy about to plunder. *flails hands*

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Alright *rubs hand down face* Where to start with this one. Jason.

I didn't hate it. But I didn't love it either. And in the end...not one that's going to stick with me (in a good way) or be a repeat read which is disappointing for a series that's long been one of my favorites.

There are two main bits to Jason
1) Jason's human girlfriend doesn't understand his need for rough sex so he's asked Anita and the guys to help explain it to her...up close and personal like by showing her how rough he likes it while she watches (don't worry--that's her kink--but she can't understand his)
2) Anita has a female lover for the first time and it's just not doing it for her. None of the guys can teach her oral with this female lover so Jason's girlfriend who is bi is going to step in and give her a how to on licking girly bits.
And so begins a 255 page sex scene.

No. Really. 255 pages. :slow blink: Okay maybe 250 pages. There was a set up on them talking about said sex-a-thon.

How bits were not chafed as hell and crying uncle I have no idea.

So the sex scenes were hot for the most part. Some rather panty melting. And all kinds of combos of the whole m/f bits. For erotica (beginners erotica that explains everything) it was decent. They really did get into it and I did appreciate the, erm, vigor? I didn't really have any trouble with the characters themselves other than Anita sure was acting rather naive and needing things spelled out to her that had me going really now?

Really my main problem wasn't the abundance of sex (and there being absolutely nothing else from storyline to paranormal anything to actual character growth outside of the sex scene) but some ways/things that were said throughout. After reading this one I just feel the need to point out that...
1--hard sex does not equal rough sex (if it did I'm not sure WHY Jason's ladylove would need "rough sex" explained to her). Basically rough sex was a bit of a pounding and a bite or two. Um.
2--just because you've used the letters BDSM in a conversation doesn't make what comes next a BDSM scene. A little bondage...isn't BDSM. It's just bed play. And really not all that kinky. Just sayin'
3--Just because someone don't get off on sleeping with members of their own doesn't mean they're homophobic. Yep. That idea bothered me. Just because Anita wasn't wanting to sleep with a women there was a line thrown in by another character (one of her guys) that he'd been wondering if Anita was homophobic. Really now? 
I don't know. I do love the series. It's one of the first that got me into reading. I love the characters. I love the setting of it. But this one was more of a miss for me despite my love of all things hot, heavy and wicked. I still need a reason for all those rip my panties off moments I guess and in this one both of the reasons for them getting all nekkid together just felt weak and in the end I was left wondering how the "revelations" they all had in the end required the sexfest to realize.  If you are a mega fan of the series or just wanting some serious sheet action I'd say go for it. It's fairly entertaining in that regard despite some moments coming off more tutorial-ish as things are explained to Jason's girlfriend and Anita.

Okay one more eh. This is a full length book but it's really just a novella. The type on the pages was larger and more spaced out than normal making it look like it's a full length book. That's Jason on the left and one of my other reads this last month.

Have you read the Anita Blake series? Or Jason?
What did you think?


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