Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton the lastest in her Anita Blake series.
I started following this series in the middle and have heard that the best books are the first ones. There is a lot on sex in Hamiliton's books and if you don't like your books x-rated don't read these. There are vampires in Anita Blakes world and she is a necromancer and a licensed vampire executioner and a Federal Marshal. She has a boyfriend who is the Vampire Master of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Because of her psychic ability Anita can tap into her boyfriends gift which is the ability to increase his psychic strength by having sex with different people. Anita grew up Catholic but was excommunicated because the Church does not recognize people with the gift of necromancy. She believes in God and is a Christian. All the men in these books are strippers with long hair and gorgeous bodes and all want to sleep with Anita. Anita being a good little catholic girl has agonizing quilt about having meaningless sex with anyone. She has incredibly long discussions about this with everyone in the books it goes on and on and on and on. This series is wildly popular but someone needs to put a tight rein on the author. Cut the drivel, cut the verbage by half, MOVE THE PLOT. I honestly think the author has her editors terrified to do their jobs and edit the crap out of the authors books.
The basis of this particular book is that there is vampire serial killer lose in Las Vegas and has killed a SWAT team and various female strippers. Anita and 3 other marshals are called in to help take care of the problem. Of course the first thing that happens is that the LA police question and block the marshal's at every point. The big problem is that Anita is 5'2" and pretty and of course has a rep for sleeping with lots of men. So of course every police officer is in her face asking who she is f**king and is she qualified to do her job, regardless of the fact that she has the highest vampire kill rate in the country. The police also have their own psychics and of everyone is challenging her and questioning her and then of course the head honchos don't believe a single word she is saying and of course she is in leaque with the vampires because she is sleeping with them all. Seriously, when does this woman ever sleep. If I was questioned that much about my job and abilities I would tell them to just handle themselves and leave. The endless talking, and talking, and talking bogs down the plot and what is amazing is that there is a plot in this book and that the main baddy known as "mother of night" is actually dealt with, like in a minute. That was shock. 80% of the verbage needs to be cut in this authors books and they would actually be a bit of a delightful romp instead of the irritating bore that they have become. Personnally if I could rate this book with negative stars I would give it a negative 3.