God, that scene at the bowling alley was lead into SO perfectly. Amazing! Literally sat with my mouth agape, the book in my hands. I also didn't think that the creepiness of Iron Kissed could be topped -- clearly I was mistaken. I mean, Bone Crossed was creepy, but different. Wow, wow, wow.
I still hold out hope for Stefan and Mercy, even though I admit [spoiler]the mind control in the bowling alley seemed like it could be a vampire's modus operandi,[/spoiler] and I immediately began thinking of ways to marry The Story of O with vampires. I know that when Stefan's house finally shows up on the map of Tri-Cities in the front, then he will have become a real contender. I can wait.