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A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  31,122 Ratings  ·  596 Reviews
“I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne—if I can stay alive long enough to claim it.”

After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horiz
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1st 2002)
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Emily Brown
Jun 28, 2007 Emily Brown rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: goths, porn freaks, the feverish
A confession: When I tell you thatI'm doing something really interesting and intellectual (reading theory, writing something new, learning to cook Indian food), I'm probably lying. (Most of time.) What I am actually doing is reading one of these horrible books and eating pretzels, periodically cajoling Mark into bringing me drinks. This book, and the other five books in the series, are HORRIBLE. Really, really bad.

I love them.

Here's the story so far: Fabulous faerie princess Merry, despite bein
There are good and bad sides to being a very thorough and articulate writer. The good side is how very detailed the fictional creatures are. It is easy to get a good mental image on all of the amazing fae creatures that are described in the books. And, they are really intriguing.

But, the bad side is how detailed inconsequential things can be written. Such as a simple conversation that lasts for page after page. And, that's what happens here. Merry and her men talk with some guards outside
Crystal Starr Light
"Quit drawing out the story"

Merry Gentry is Princess of the Unseelie Court and co-heir to the throne--if she can get pregnant. Which she and her harem of interchangeable men are trying very hard to accomplish.

One fine day at the Detective Agency that Merry works (despite being royalty that attracts paparazzi easier than a bald Britney Spears), a man enters. After lots of hemming and hawing--a standard LKH practice to pad out the story and make her MC look supa amazing--Merry finds out the guy is
Second book: still trashy bordering on decadent, still packed with flowery prose, still moving at a snails pace. I think the whole book moved ahead about five days.

Some of it I liked. Hamilton comes up with some beautiful descriptions, and the confrontations can be pretty satisfying (Meredith's mirror-argument with her bitch of a mother is a great example.)

But good God, things can get tedious. In the first book I thought it was the endless descriptions that were slowing things down. We've still
Apr 23, 2013 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

A Caress of Twilight

by Laurell K. Hamilton

Ballantine, 326 pages, hardback, 2002

I have to confess that, the last time I tried to read one of Ms Hamilton's many novels, I got about halfway through and then threw it across the room. The book in question was called Narcissus in Chains, and was the umpteenth volume featuring Ms Hamilton's series heroine Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. I had fought my way through about two hundred pages of badly written soft porn (I have no aversion at all to well writte
Faerie Tales Finally Get Real

Before I get serious, I must say that Doyle would make the best consort for Meredith. He knows the Unsidhe Court better than anyone, and is intelligent enough to know when to use his power and when to use diplomacy. Frost is too much like the nickname bestowed upon him by Andais. Rhys still has issues with Goblins, and Galen, while cute, would be nothing more than a boy toy. And there's something rather cool about a dark-skinned fae character. Most writers (save Emma
3.5. I like this series.

I get why so many people don't like it and find it strange and odd, why they don't like the character and what and how she does stuff.
But I, for one, like plots that are a bit strange, those books that not everyone likes. The complex lore, the weird history, the logical-but-heartless kind of thinking.
This is that sort of series. If you like that, continue with the books. If not, well, there are a lot of books out there that you will love! :)
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
While this wasn't quite as good as the first book, I still enjoyed it. I really don't get why people write about these books as though they are porn. There really isn't hardly any blatant sex at all. Yes, Merry has several men in her life, as she was forced to choose several men in order to conceive a child and inherit the Unseelie throne. Pretty much, she does this or dies.

The sex mainly happens off page. I guess the main deal for people must be the fact that she is in relationships with sever
Feb 08, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'm hooked. When I read the first book in this series, I wasn't sure I liked it. These stories have two tracks: politics in the royal courts of the faerie world, and murder mysteries. When I read the first book, I was a little overwhelmed by all the faerie politics, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the series.

But I did, and I'm glad I did. I find it interesting how Laurell Hamilton has set up her faerie world. Sometimes, it gets to be a little overwhelming. But the intrigue get
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Well, this book certainly sucked me in and I don't have a clue when it happened. A Kiss of Shadows, the first book, was good and definitely picked up after the first half but this book was good from the beginning. The only problems are getting used to all the descriptions and dealing with the ongoing "discussions" of everything!

Meredith is a stand up person. She is not swayed by good or evil but she does what is right and she takes care of her people. Her journey is very interesting, especially
Sep 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-faeries
The Good: This series is very addictive. Merry is a wonderful main character - tough in her own right, intelligent but always learning more, open to new experiences and fully embracing where her life is heading. She's also a realist, understanding her situation and the ramifications of her choices. A Caress of Twilight doesn't spend a lot of time rehashing the events and world-building from A Kiss of Shadows, which I appreciate reading the books one right after the other. But, if a lot of time h ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I definitely enjoyed this book. The series has some good points however I see some things I had seen in Anita that I see here, except maybe a bit more subtle. Detective Peterson reminds me of Dolph when he was an asshole to Anita. Mica makes me think of Nathaniel or Micha. I can't decide who I want Merry to have a child with, I'm sort of rooting for Doyle aka Darkness, but who knows maybe there will be a new player.

This one is interesting because we learn some things about the Seelie, and now t
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Let's not kid ourselves here. While I love the fae aspect to this book, I read it only for the sex. And day-um are there some luscious men in here. The kinky stuff just makes it all that much hotter. Recommended for kinky women who fantasy having a harem of studly men.
***Dave Hill
Oct 13, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text
(Original review, graded 1-3)

Summary (2): Most sequels — especially movies, but book series as well — fall apart because success breeds imitation. If the original had one car chase, then having two car chases will make it twice as popular. Two steamy sex scenes? Let’s make it four!

Of course, that gets boring, so the second reason they tend to fall apart is that they keep upping the ante for the same game. If in the original the problem was a threat to the entire city, have the sequel be about a
Sofia Teixeira
Mar 16, 2012 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depois de um primeiro volume surpreendente, O Beijo das Sombras, a autora traz até nós a continuação da história da princesa da Carne Unseelie, Meredith Gentry, cujo principal objectivo é engravidar e tornar-se a verdadeira rainha dos Unseelie. Pena que a sua tarefa avizinha-se tudo menos fácil.

Com toda a extravagância, carga sexual e até violência que são características dos seres feéricos, é com alguma tensão e avidez que vamos seguindo o desenrolar da vida de Merry. Deparada com uma Seelie ex
I think I'll bow out of the series here. I liked the setup of the first book in the series and looked forward to learning more about the world. But this entry reads as if someone is giving you a blow by blow story of what happened to someone else and repeats events that have already been established many times before. I notice the chapters are really extended out as if each movement and interrogation needs a chapter on its own. One part had the group going to the actresses house for one chapter, ...more
Kathy Davie
Nov 18, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
First read May 4, 2010.

Second in the Meredith Gentry erotic urban fantasy series revolving around a half-fae princess and her harem in Los Angeles.

My Take
It’s a world we don’t want to acknowledge and yet is so fascinating in its macabre acceptance of what they consider normal. An excellent example of how power corrupts absolutely mixed in with dethroned gods and goddesses.

I love the culture of fae that Hamilton has created. That she chose the Unseelie instead of the Seelie, showing us the more
Jun 21, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free, fantasy, romance
Bahaha, these books are so bad. Like embarrassingly bad. Like, at night when I'm reading before bed, I try to shield my Kindle with my body so my boyfriend can't see what I'm reading over my shoulder bad. That's really bad.

There are basically two things going on here at once. First, Meredith is a fey princess that will ascend to the throne only if she can conceive a child before her evil cousin. Secondly, Meredith is also a private investigator, which forms the basis of the individual plot for e
Jul 22, 2012 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first in this series was mildly interesting, enough so that I figured I'd see if this second book was better. Unfortunately, the cheesy sex scenes found in the first book were even worse in this second. This has to be the most godawful erotica? writing in the history of life. I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended. The writing is atrocious. I'm definitely done with this series.
Kylie Minoque's music video "Slow" in book form part 2.

Hamilton again introduces a parade of Chippendale-ish elfs, who are, without one exception, unable to resist Merry.
Alice at Raptureinbooks
Still 5 stars after a reread
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
3.5 stars

As is common with a lot of second-in-series books, this one didn't quite live up to it's predecessor. Oh, there was still tons of fairy goodness, but I found this one to be significantly less entertaining.

In book 2, Merry has once again left the midwestern Sithen for SoCal, this time with her aunt's blessing, and with her "Guard" ("Guard" is a euphemism for "harem") in tow.

After returning to her home, Merry is almost immediately propositioned by an excommunicated Seelie Fae who desper
Bark's Book Nonsense
A Caress of Twilight was entertaining and very difficult to put down but when I finished it I felt like I was missing out on something. It took me a few days to discover exactly what it was. The writing was emotionally empty and the story seemed very rushed. The plot zips along from one crises to another and though Hamilton reveals a little more about Merry's feelings for her group of men (and reveals some interesting bits about their history) when she proclaims that she's in love with one of th ...more
Antes da moda dos vampiros se iniciar com a saga Luz e Escuridão, já muitos livros de vampiros e lobisomens povoavam a literatura lá fora e o romance paranormal já estava a povoar as livrarias. Entre essas pioneiras do género temos Laurell K. Hamilton que se estreou em 1993 com o primeiro volume da sua série Anita Blake, que hoje continua a vender e sem fim a vista. Em 2000, antecipando a “moda” que viria a seguir, iniciou a sua segunda série de sucesso, Merry Gentry, uma série onde os fae e res ...more
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Dec 21, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
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Jan 24, 2012 Patrícia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando o mundo te oferece mil e uma noites de paixão para atingires o objectivo supremo para a tua própria segurança e nenhuma dessas oportunidades gera fruto, serás capaz de sobreviver aos mais inebriantes e mesquinhos esquemas políticos quando a tua mortalidade é, por si só, um problema?
Meredith NicEssus, princesa da Carne e futura herdeira do trono da Corte Unseelie – caso consiga conceber um filho antes do seu primo Cel –, decidiu voltar à sua já conhecida Cidade dos Anjos em busca de um pou
Feb 29, 2016 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Welcome back to the world of Merry Gentry, sidhe princess living in L.A. with her small army of hunky guards (and one goblin). This time around there are quite a few plots going on: (view spoiler)

The sexuality continues to
Apr 14, 2013 Gaeadd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book makes no pretensions at being something it is not. It is a light read about someone else's problems with enough sex and magic to blur the line between escapism and literotica.

The main character is both likeable and believable, though the circumstances she finds herself in are more of a struggle. I can suspend disbelief to allow for a fairy princess, but I had a harder time accepting 6 adults living in close confines and having a whole lot of sex without having many conflicts or argume
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Oxymoron Collaboration of Mediocre Romance and Fantastic Fantasy

Since there are over 200 reviews for this book, my review will be brief. This second installment was pretty good but could have been better. I went in reading this book fully aware of the fact that Laurell has a mini obsession with conveniently writing in outlandish sexual situations just so Merry can have sex and I was ok with that. However this second installment really tried my patience. There was a lot of unnecessary rehashin
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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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Merry Gentry (9 books)
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  • Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3)
  • A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
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