I received my copy of Laurell K. Hamilton's The Harlequin from Amazon yesterday. I've been waiting for this book with heightened anticipation for months. My excitement knew no bounds as I ripped open the box, shredded the plastic and breathed in the smell of a new book.
At about 10PM I started to read thinking it would be easy to put it down at a decent hour to go to bed.
Here comes a first ever for me.
Do you know what stopped me from reading the book to the end?
I. kid. you . not.
I was up reading The Harlequin until flippin'
4:30 in the morning!!
I tried sneaking into bed, but DH woke up and he was NOT happy with me on my behalf.
I admit, it was kind of stupid to stay up almost 24 hours straight, but I had NO idea that it was that late ... or early the next day.
I heard the birds and couldn't believe what that sound meant.
My first thought was, "Holy Shit! I didn't ! I couldn't have!"
Oh yea, I did. I got about two hours sleep before I had to get up, do the "work from home thing" before heading off to help my mom pick strawberries this morning because she can no longer kneel or bend her toes to push off due to her medical condition. She was counting on me.
I"m back now. All went well. We picked about 30 pounds of strawberries and she was SO happy. I got bit in the face by some kind of bug that left a huge hole and an even bigger welt.
I guess the question is: Was staying up so late to read The Harlequin worth it?
Yes it was.
There wasn't as much sex.
There was more action, more thought, more sturdy character development and some wonderful insights into some new and old friends alike.
Richard is still a jerk.
Dolph is running second place for the Jerk award.
Olaf really squicks me out - what a great character!
More deaths in this one, some deserved and some ... not.
And my favorite cutie, Nathaniel, has some important plays in this episode. *sigh*
As always, the fallout from Anita and Jean Claude's decisions will have long reaching affects.
I can't wait to find out how it's going to play out.
Anita Blake: it's either love her or hate her.
I'm in the 'love her' camp and am not afraid to state it.