My, what a difference one book can make! This is the book that changes the Sookie Stackhouse series from the Sookie and Bill Show into so much more.
As the story begins, a chasm is growing between Bill and Sookie. She feels the distance, but is still surprised and hurt when he tells her he is taking an extended business trip and won’t be honest about the details. After he is gone a short time, his vampire-boss Eric comes to Sookie to tell her Bill has disappeared. To make matters worse, Bill had told Eric that he was planning on leaving her, once he returned. Despite the heartbreak this causes, Sookie agrees to travel to Jackson, using her gifts to try to seek out her (former) flame.
Eric pairs Sookie with sexy, earthy werewolf Alcide. The were agrees to help, so he can pay off a debt his family owes to Eric. Alcide helps ease Sookie into the supernatural world of Jackson and, together, they work to figure out what happened to Bill.
The chemistry between Sookie and Alcide is off the charts. Almost as fantastic as it is between her and Eric. It’s easy to find yourself asking, “Bill who?” as she interacts with both men. Alcide would be a great partner for Sookie if he could just get over his dysfunctional relationship with his ex-girlfriend Debbie (who hates Sookie in a big way). As for Eric… he and Sookie are drawn together like magnets. It’s easy to see how she is hanging on to her resolve not to sleep with him, by a thin thread. And Bill… well, it’s hard to see how anyone can leave this book without thinking he is a complete asshat.I really like where this book took us. I have to say, Bill’s distance and change of heart at the beginning of the book felt forced and abrupt. But since I hate him so much now, I don’t really care anymore. 4 1/2 stars