Dancing (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22.5)

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Dancing is an Anita Blake short story of sorts.  Plot-wise it takes place after Hamilton’s last book and takes a look into Anita’s relationship with her live-in boyfriends Nathaniel and Micah. The trio is attending a BBQ at  Sergeant Zerbrowski’s house, and it’s the first time they’ve been to an event this big. As you may expect, there are some questions about the dynamics of their relationship and Nathaniel is recognized from his 9-5 which means of course, a little drama takes place.

It’s a very short read, I finished in about an hour  and it all takes place during the course of  day. This story has me wondering if we’re actually going to see Anita as a mom in the near future and if so, how that would work with her dangerous lifestyle.

I only had one problem when reading Dancing and it was due to a word that Hamilton used. This is the sentence:

“Oh, he’s fine; a lot of the other wives think he’s just fine.” He drew the last “fine” out into that ghetto drawl.”

Did you catch it? For me it was the word ghetto. It just rubbed me the wrong way. We all know what it means when a guy is called “Fiiiiine.” I just didn’t see the point in using the word “ghetto” to describe the people that may speak like that.  It’s crazy how one word or sentence can get under your skin.

As far as I know Book #23 isn’t completed yet? (please correct me if i’m wrong) But I can’t wait to see what’s next for the kick ass Ms. Blake.

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