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Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry #3)

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Mixing fear and romance in equal measure, this book describes a world of gods, shape-shifters and immortal souls, unveiled in all of its magnificence and its treacherous deceits.
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published January 3rd 2004)
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Colleen
Apr 02, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
Oh God, every time I read one of these I want to hit myself for the first chapter or three. "Why, Colleen? *smack* Why are you spending time on trashy supernatural romance? It's not even that well-written! *smack* There's no real thought to plot pacing... They just paused during sex to have 5 pages of exposition, and they just paused in their murder investigation to have four chapters of sex!" *smacksmack SMACK*

And then I succeed in turning my brain off and drink in a guilty mix of Mary Sue-esqu
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Jessica
Nov 30, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
I have to say, I love my Faerie Porn. These books aren't good books, we're not talking high literature here. But I enjoy the characters, I enjoy the settings and the sex is good.

I think what I really enjoy is that it's rare to find erotica (especially multiple-partner erotica) that puts the woman in a position of power. Not only is Merry in power over her men, she feels a responsibility for them equal to her elevated status. Oh, there's plenty of using going on. Sex for magic, sex for allies, se
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Robyn
Mar 25, 2017 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5! I love how those books follow approximately a day in the life of Merry, and she manages to bed many different men, slay her enemies, and advance the plot by just a trickle.......
Kathy
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mary Has Graduated From Graciously Lying on Her Back to Joyously Bobbing on Her Knees.........


I was enjoying this book until about page 130, when Merry had the great transformation. I simply do not get it. Does Laurell not like Merry's character? Why on earth would she make Merry THE PRINCESS, soon to be queen a huge sperm bank? At one point, Merry is so upset of being deprived the opportunity of swallowing seed, instead of all the men's seed always being used to try and get her pregnant. For go
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Denisa
3.5 (still not 4 though).

I really like this series, I really really do! But I still can't give it more than 3stars... There are some inconsistencies, some stuff I don't really understand and some reactions that are a bit out of place.
But I like that she's a badass, I love how she protects her people, but most of all I like that the story keeps me hooked up. So continue the series, it's a really nice book!
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read this May 4, 2010 and again on May 2, 2011.

Third in the Meredith Gentry urban fantasy series revolving around an American faerie princess juggling a harem of men against the evil machinations of the vicious Unseelie queen.

My Take
This story takes half the fun out of being a faerie princess, although that harem of hers puts a lot of fun back in! Still, very little of it is fun and games. It’s mostly all games. Games of politics and manipulation as Merry and her Merry Men attempt to placa
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Dinjolina
This book bored me.I stopped reading it a month ago and ...blah.
Will go back to it somedaaaaaaaay....

Somedaaaaaaaaaay I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewheeeeeeeere over the rainbow.........

Yeah,this is how much that volume keeps me focused.
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Jun 30, 2011 Wendy ~M/M Junkie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-calibre
Third book in the Merry Gentry series. This book, like the rest of LKH's is a page turner! Merrys attempts to conceive a child have not been successful, but her magic is growing. A very steamy read indeed!
Isabelle
Jan 01, 2009 Isabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
still waiting for Doyle to surprise me...
Bunnycore
Okay so I was bumping between 4.5 stars and 5 stars.

I love the way Merry insists on keeping "her" men safe. Even ones who all but betrayed her. This makes me love her in so many ways. This book wasn't confusing there were some parts that irritated me. The circle talking got on my nerves at points but in the end it was a good book. It tugged at the heart strings and of course her harem grew more. I am hoping she riddles it down a bit soon. I like reverse Harems but I can't stand when they get to
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Danielle (Danniegurl)
I'm a bit annoyed by this book. The ending of this one didn't leave me satisfied there are way too many things left to do. A couple are cementing the alliance with a couple of the different groups, through sex of course. Then there is having to go to the feast, ball or what have you for light and illusion. This should have been accomplished in this book as it was part of this plot line, but no sounds like it's going to be its own book which would lead me to believe that there will be problems th ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I do find the actual plot interesting, when there is no sex, and it has to do with the Fae's politics.

The porn is both boring and squicky (for some at least. I mean Merry makes out with her Aunt Anadais, but LKH states over and over that the Faes sexual taboos are different than humans'. There are also lots of different humanoid creature sex).

There was also some gay-for-play f/f, but there was too much male gaze before and after for my liking. YKINMK and I'm okay with it, but I like my femmeslas
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Diane Ehrlich
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted
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Jennifer
Dec 07, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-faeries
The Good: The chalice appears and boosts the series into overdrive. The power the chalice can give or return to a Sidhe significantly raises the stakes for Merry and is the stat of a long-running subplot in the series. Seduced by Moonlight is when things change in the series, when the pace of the books increases greatly. Now, not only does Merry have to get pregnant to gain the throne and protect herself from Cel, she also has to act as the vessel of the goddess to bring all of faerie back into ...more
Lori
Aug 22, 2008 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2008
I gave this one 3 stars because there was too much minutiae and not enough action. I found myself skimming some of the narrative to get to the good parts. I still really like this series and hope it picks back up in the next book.
Aly is so frigging bored
It's getting more interesting... also, how the hell with she sleep with all of them?
Beth
Sep 03, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Halfway through Seduced by Moonlight, I almost decided to drop it, and by extension, its series. But sometimes books work out despite a rough start. Or even, sometimes, despite a rough start and a pointless, flabby middle.

The first 200 pages of this 400-page book take place in Maeve's guest house and in Merry's bedroom. For a bunch of people who are reborn nature deities, these fae spend an awful lot of time cooped up indoors.

A teleconference with the goblin king, and an attack that occurs dur
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Jennifer
Mar 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Give me the Cliff Notes please...I know there has to be a plot.

This was like reading a soap opera/porn movie. From the beginning of the book to the end the writer takes you a little farther in time (3 days?) and repeats herself multiple times. I have read books that the plot plays out in a short amount of time, but Ms. Hamilton was writing minute by minute. The first half of the book consisted all of day one and that was too much. Also, who needs so much repeating? The plot would unfold and then
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Kathryn
I liked this one better than the previous two, although I'm still trying to figure out why. It had all the elements that annoy me; overused phrases, CRAWLING pace, detailed page long summaries of what anyone is wearing. (One bit in particular made me laugh: "The first thing I noticed about him was his coat, not usually the first thing I noticed about the guards of the sidhe." BWAHAHAHAHA. Oh come on now.) And of course Merry is still the Mary-Sue perfect-not-that-she'll-ever-admit-it character, ...more
Nicole
Aug 14, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Still entertaining, but the series is beginning to suffer from writing that is okay but not great. Hamilton has odd pacing, and perhaps an odd sense of the passage of time as conversations unfold. She keeps us constantly dialed in for what seems to be about 12 hours of of nearly straight action (or sometimes semi-action that you wonder if it's really that important to witness), then suddenly jumps forward, glossing over a few hours that do seem like they might have been important. I also have th ...more
Domino (aka Meme)
i have to admit this wasn't my fav. it got better at the end when Merry and the guys went back to faerie. i would've liked more of that in the story than just in the end. i'm anxious to see if Merry is immortal now. i think so. she would need to be to survive in faerie. everybody is trying to kill her or wouldn't help if someone was attempting to kill her. and i just love Doyle! he's starting to really show some emotions (to Merry). and i think i'll be soft on Adair. he reminds me of Nate (fav) ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Ch~ch~ch~changes....so many changes in this book and so much going on but I loved it. You would think that you would get sick of Merry adding more men but you don't...well, I didn't. LKH makes them all so interesting and even the guards that have been there from the beginning are not boring due to getting to know them better and then all the changes.

Of course, people are still trying to kill Merry so between that and all the changes, it is not boring! There is still the ongoing "discussions" bu
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Melissa Wehunt
I am the first to jump in line when it comes to Hamilton's Anita Blake series, but for some reason, this series just doesn't do it for me. This is the second time I've tried to get into the Merry Gentry series and the writing just isn't working for me. Generally I love Hamilton's style, her attitude, all the action and gore...but I find this series boring and monotonous. The first book was ok...but since then it's just Merry droning on in endless conversations about the fae courts and what's goo ...more
Nancy Pickett
Same problem here as with the Anita Blake novels. The story is okay but the sex interferes and the heroine gets a new power with every boffing. Tedious. Would be more enjoyable if the sex was kept to a minimum and the heroine had some faults and some limitations to her powers. I like characters that win because they overcome their limitations not just develop a new skill just in time to save the day. It's a cop out. Hamilton lacks imagination.
Jess
"How can one mortal woman satisfy the lusts of sixteen immortal sidhe?"
How indeed. I guess this means I need to read the next book to find out how I can learn from Merry and satisfy so many men.
Anna
I feel bound to give some explanation as to why I started reading ‘War and Peace’ and then suddenly switched to trashy magical sexcapades. To cut a long story short, I am temporarily of no fixed abode because the flat I intended to move into has dangerous wiring. Whilst packing for two weeks of staying with friends, I decided that it was time to read ‘War and Peace’. I forgot, however, that moving house is stressful and tiring, not conducive to tackling the greatest epic of Russian literature. S ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-seduced-by-moonlight.html


I started this series a while back and haven’t had the time to continue it. Finally started book 3, Seduced by Moonlight, and it was really good. We get to meet more hot fairy men and Merry shows us she truly deserves to be princess.

Seduced by Moonlight takes place a little after A Caress of Twilight, Merry is with her guards/lovers and is trying to stay out of the paparazzi. She is still tryin
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Nichole (Dirrty H)
Yeesh. Thank god that's over.

Plenty of blood, sex and magic. We're just missing the sugar. But it was mostly blood. People talk a lot about how much sex there is in these books, but I really think there's more blood than anything.
And court politics, which if that's you're thing then this series is probably a wet dream, but I find it tedious and exhausting. Or maybe it's just the way Hamilton writes it, as though both her characters and her readers are kind of dense and everything needs to be ex
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John
Jan 31, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, faeries
I will admit that I thought that Seduced by Moonlight was the second book of the series, and I did not realize it until about 50 pages in with talk about fighting the Nameless, conflict with the Lord of Light and Illusion and Maeve Reed. I decided to continue on and absorb the book. I can always pick up the previous book later and read through it.

Seduced has less of a story than Kiss. Kiss is about Merry's return to the Unseelie court and how she survives it. Seduced is about how Merry is being
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
This is the second book in LKH's Merry Gentry series that lacks a definitive plot.

"Merry and her Merry men" (*rolls eyes*) have moved into Maeve's guesthouse in a mutually beneficial arrangement that provides continuous protection for the now pregnant Maeve from Tanaris (Seelie King), and roomier living arrangements for Merry and . . . her Merry men.

Weird shit has been happening since they defeated the Nameless--the collection of wild fairy magic that Tanaris set on them in book 2.

Rhys and Doy
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Merry Gentry (9 books)
  • A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)
  • A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry, #2)
  • A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
  • Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry, #5)
  • A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6)
  • Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, #7)
  • Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, #8)
  • A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9)

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“For whatever reason, I made the Goblin Queen nervous. Kurag had proposed marriage once upon a time, but I think it was desire for sidhe magic in the goblin bloodline more than true desire for me. Oh, Kurag would fuck me if I'd let him, but that wasn't much of a
compliment. Kurag would probably have fucked anything if it held still long enough.”
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