This is Book 1 in the Trueblood series and my fifth Elsborg novel (all of which I’ve given 5 star ratings). Her polished writing has a grace and ease in its delivery of unfettered sensuality and laugh-out-loud wit. This vampire series is no different. I love the squabbling and flirtation between the H/h. I love the heroine’s inventive forward thinking, which–to my delight–poises her to save her own autonomous ass. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the possessed dolls (though my quirky pediophobia might be blamed for this). The toy-embodied voices weren’t essential to the plot and their origin wasn’t explained. But this didn’t cause me to put the book down nor deter me from Book 2 (which I liked even better). The dynamics between the Vampire High Counsel, the Enforcers, and the Truebloods paved the way for a solid and enjoyable series.