The first book I read by Laurell K Hamilton was number 7 in the Anita Blake Vampire hunter series.
Tuning in part way through a series wasn't my intention, in fact I don't know what compelled me to pull it off the shelf and borrow it from the local library along with my usual mix of Koontz and King but I'm sure glad I did.
I picked up the main thread of the story fairly quickly so I didn't feel lost and each book has works well as a stand alone. I'm not a huge fan of paranormal fiction but there's something appealing about an immortal man of several hundred years being utterly infatuated by a twenty something human female.
The series was the first writing that introduced me to a world where two men were not adverse to spending time together during arousal. Until then it had never occurred to me that I might one day be hot and wet between two hard muscular torsos. For many nights I devoured the vast novels and after I'd discovered a scene that would set my mind racing I would seduce my (then) boyfriend in an effort to reenact some of the depraved acts I'd been reading about.
Unexpectedly, after reading a fair few of the books I lost interest in the series because the actual plot seemed like an after thought to the writer. Danse Macabre was the book that finally lost my interest entirely. Where in previous stories I had been intrigued by the plot and eagerly anticipating the next erotic scene in previous books, I became quickly bored of the lack of actual story line in this one. To sum up Danse Macabre in one sentence ‘Anita went to a club and had lots of sex.'
I'd be interested to hear what the rest of the series is like, does the erotica take over entirely or does Ms Hamilton somehow pull it back? With 21 books and counting she must be doing something right.