So, Sookie doesn't actually have sex with anyone in this book. I think I'm a little disappointed.
was a reread, and I've read this series all out of order, and enjoy
them, while forgetting them entirely in between reads. But when I came
into this one, and realized at the end that Sookie isn't actually with
anyone in this book, I was a little...confounded.
No less than,
wait, let's me count, four, five, no, six guys have the hots for her in
this one, but she's not actually with any of them. She doesn't sleep
with any of them. Although there are some smoochies. And leg-licking.
That's not what I remember about these books.
have an odd relationship to this series, in that I started with the next
book in the series, number six, and have bounced around like a ping
pong ball. Now that I've read most of the first six or seven, I guess I
now have a wider canvas to slot in where, exactly, this one comes in the
overall scope of things.
And that's where it comes in. Her
brother is struggling with his new circumstances, Sookie is sitting on a
windfall after taking care of Eric in the previous book (one I've still
never read), and boy, is she going to need it.
I do appreciate
that grounding of these books, so over the top in other ways, in real
concerns, like health insurance and missing work. Although, after she'd
just said that she could have paid her hospital bills herself, although
they had been paid by another party, it did strain credulity a bit that
she was then worried about missing a single shift of work. If you could
have paid your hospital bills on the spot, you can take a couple of days
off of work on that same money.
At any rate, someone is taking
potshots at Bon Temps shifters. And that someone seems to be gunning for
Sookie as well. And she is circled by Bill, and Eric, and Alcide, and
Sam, and Calvin, and...who was the sixth? I swear I counted six. Oh,
wait, Quinn. Right!
So yeah. This is a fine entry in a series I
enjoy but am not that attached to. But filled with sexual tension rather
than actual sexytimes.