(Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
Laurell K. Hamilton Synopsis
No one is as good at stripping bare the dark desires of the inhuman soul as Laurell K. Hamilton, something she has proven time after time in her New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels. Now, in Incubus Dreams, Anita's life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead.

A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City. Surrounded by suspicion, overwhelmed by her attempts to control the primal lusts that continue to wrack her as a result of her passionate contacts with vampires, werewolves, and the shapeshifter Micah, Anita does something unprecedented: She calls for help.

SPOILER: sent in by iiradned.

The book starts out with the wedding of a fellow animator of Anita's. (The same one who was a rookie a few books back.) At the wedding a police detective on the monster squad takes an interest in Nathaniel. She asks Anita face-to-face if Nathaniel is her boyfriend. Anita responds that she and Nathaniel are living together.

After this Anita is called out to a murder scene. The victim was killed by a mass feeding of vampires. Anita argues that this is not the work of one of Jean-Claude's vampires. Anita heads back to the wedding reception and decides to go home. Before going home Jason and Anita have a talk about her relationship with Nathaniel.

At home Micah is called away to babysit a werewolf in danger of losing control. Anita's ardeur rises up and during the event she forms a new triumvirate(with Anita as primary focus) with Nathaniel and Damian. They collapse on the floor. The next morning the sun is shining on all three of them and Damian panics when he wakes up. Gregory arrives with Richard and his new girlfriend to help control the panicking vampire. Damian is brought back to sanity by Anita binding Damian to herself again and they seal the pact by having sex. This is witnessed by all everyone present. Later in the kitchen Richard is having his wounds tended to and they discover that Anita has beautified Damian, and that the new triumvirate has gone to all four marks. Richard also notes that Nathaniel acts as Anita's wife and hostess.

Anita goes to work and has to violently refuse a reanimating of murder victim as the zombie will just seek revenge and destroy anyone or anything in their way. The aftermath of the struggle is that Anita has to feed the ardeur and Nathaniel has sex with her but does not orgasm (Nathaniel).

Later Anita takes Nathaniel to Guilty Pleasures (Jean-Claude's strip club) for his shift and run into his fan club. Inside a new vampire, Primo, is causing trouble. Jean-Claude has been importing vampires in order to build up his fighting strength. It takes both Anita and Jean-Claude to subdue him and Anita has to feed the ardeur in order to provide enough power to fully control Primo and to repulse the vampire who made Primo. Anita uses another new vampire, Byron, to feed. Anita has sex with Byron and with the help of another vampire Requiem raise the necessary power.

Anita leaves Nathaniel at the club and goes to her reanimation for the night. She takes Requiem and a werewolf Graham because Jean-Claude trusts them to help Anita should she need to feed the ardeur. At the zombie raising Anita makes a rookie mistake and needs some time to correct it. Afterwards Anita discovers that she has been taking Damian's energy in order to keep going and she has feed the ardeur to restore it. She uses Requiem to restore Damian's energy. Anita then heads back to the club to catch Nathaniel's act and goes onstage to help with act. Afterwards Anita and Jean-Claude have sex on his office desk.

Anita is called away to another murder scene with the same MO. After Anita heads to Circus of the Damned to sleep and gets into bed with Nathaniel and Jason. After a nap Anita wakes up hungry and she eats a meal. Nathaniel tells Jason that Anita needs to feed her physical hungers in order to help keep the ardeur under control.

Nathaniel gets Anita to have real sex with him before feeding the ardeur. With some prompting from Jason, Anita and Nathaniel make love. Afterwards, Anita's beast rises to the surface since Anita is not a werebeast, it drives Anita wild. Anita finds relief by sending it into Jason and Nathaniel turning them into hybrid form. Since Anita still has to feed the ardeur Jason volunteers to get Graham who is human form to for Anita to feed on since she does not do furry. Nathaniel volunteers instead and Anita agrees and does Nathaniel in his hybrid form.

After a very angry Ricahrd barges in and only the threat of violence from the wererat guards keeps Richard in line. Richard and Anita have a heart to heart talk, in which he volunteers to feed Jean-Claude. Jean-Claude then comes in and they discuss the changes to Anita. The forming by Anita of a new triumvirate has caused the need to feed the ardeur more often to something like 5 or 6 times a day. Richard decides to keep Anita as lupa while looking for conventional marriage with someone else. He also will order some werewolves to sleep (and only sleep not sex) with Anita in order to keep Anita's beast tied to the werewolves as well as the wereleopards.

Anita, Jean-Cluade and Richard then engage in a threesome with Jean-Claude feeding on Richard as Anita feeds on them. Anita is called away to new murder scene. Clues at the scene leads Anita and the cops to newbie vampire in the Church of Eternal Life. The church has been infiltrated by a rogue master vampire using the church as cover and to provide patsies. Anita discover the guilty party and uses her new powers to discover the rogue master's daytime hideout and schedules a SWAT raid for after dawn.

Much later Anita has to pick up her drunk best friend with she discovers a new murder scene and just afterward a new victim is kidnapped, Anita realizes that the rogue master vampire is on to them and she gets the SWAT raid moved up immediately.

Anita joins the raid by stating that since she is the legal executioner and since the warrant is in her name, she will go in alone if necessary. The raid happens and the rogue master vampire gets away. The police are satisfied since the murders are officially solved and vampires responsible are dead.

Anita heads home and uses Micah to feed the ardeur and goes to sleep. As she gets into bed Anita discovers that all three of them, Anita, Nathaniel and Micah are not wearing any clothes and that she is happy with that.

That is the end of the book.