Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica, Novella
Source: E-book purchased from Kobo
From the cover:
“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.
(This is a novella in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah (novella), Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt (novella), Bullet, Hit List, Beauty (novella), Kiss the Dead, Affliction, and Dancing (novella).)
Soooo … just a heads up. This (long) novella is purely erotica. There is no mystery, no case to solve, no anything like that. Most of the characters in the series don’t even make an appearance in the book – it basically revolves only around Anita, Jason, J.J., and Nathaniel, with a handful of other characters making appearances for a few pages at most. So don’t expect otherwise.
Read: If you’re in the mood for erotica, then Jason might be the book for you. If you’re not, then you’re completely free to skip over this book without missing out on anything in the series.
As for the sex scenes … well … they’re pretty much what the ones in the rest of the series are like, except add in a bit of lesbian action, some crying on Jade’s part, talk of therapy and abuse issues (also about Jade), and plenty of therapy-like relationship talk. Again, it’s nothing mind-blowing, but if you don’t mind there not being any plot, it’s fine.
One of the things that actually kind of bothered me was the formatting. I’m not sure if this was just an e-book thing, or if it’s the same in the print copy, but every line of dialogue would start a new paragraph, even if it was the same person talking, so it was often quite confusing to figure out who was saying what to whom. I had to re-read several passages to clear up what was going on.
Definitely not the best addition to the series, but I guess Jason is sort of a “hold on until the release of the next full-length book” kind of novella. And for that purpose, it was perfectly fine.