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A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  28,061 ratings  ·  523 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 horizo
Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Ballantine (first published March 1st 2002)
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Emily Brown
Jun 28, 2007 Emily Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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

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
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
***Dave Hill
(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
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
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
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
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
Emma Rj
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
Donna  Happy Booker
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.
♆ 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.
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.
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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Megan Marie
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Sofia Teixeira
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
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
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
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
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
Nichole (Dirty H)
Blah blah blah blah.... oh my gosh, this book is so wordy!!!
You may say, "well duh, it's a book, it has words..." But what I mean is... it's all talk and no action. Aside from the sex scenes, of course. But those are also overly wordy. "It was as though you could become laughter..." blech. Not what I'm looking for in a sex scene.

Basically just more political intrigue. Meredith negotiates through her mirror with everyone under the sun. It's always so precarious; I must say the right thing! It wou
Elphaba J
A linha que separa a vida da morte é ténue, os perigos são constantes e, entre o deleite e as obrigações, o dever permanece. A nossa protagonista terá de arriscar tudo para proteger os que mais estima e mesmo assim, sem qualquer culpa, poderá ver lograda a sua salvação.

Caricias dá Noite dá continuidade à demanda de Merry para sobreviver às intricadas cortes das fadas. Com uma boa base volúpia, algum mistério e desenvolvimentos surpreendentes esta é uma série de fantasia urbana atractiva que cons
Don't bother. The first book in the series showed promise but instead of improving, this book went seriously downhill as have all of Hamilton's books from this period on. Let's put it like this -- the book runs out of pages before the main plot is truly resolved due to all the sex, sexual politics, thinking about sex, obsessing about sex, etc. I like sex in books and never thought I'd say a book had too much but when a but that's supposed to have a plot loses the plot due to the sex, it's frustr ...more
I'm enjoying this fairy series by Laurell K Hamilton - all the otherworldly smut of the Anita Blake books with none of the real life gore. Even when people die (and believe me, people die) it isn't horridly gorey.

I'll keep going on this series . . . I'm amazed it took me this long to start - I must admit I like having several books already published - none of this waiting waiting waiting for the next book (Patrick Rothfuss, George RR Martin - can you hear me?)
May 07, 2012 Hobbes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hobbes by: phaedra lewis
In between the copious amounts of incredible sex there is actually a mildly interesting plot in this story. Attempted murder of a most spectacular nature, using the very disowned and hidden darkness of fey power to murder a woman who knows the terrible secret of the Seelie Court's king, but she has been forbidden to speak it, or have any contact at all with an fey. But now Merry and her harem know it and as the heir to the Unseelie Court this gives her a strong influence over the king. Except le ...more
Domino (aka Meme)
When I first started this series I was a bit skeptical cause I'm not really in to fairy novels. But after reading it I have more of an appreciation for the genre. I really enjoy the characters Hamilton has created and the mystery and suspense is great. I'm actually surprised that one of my favorite characters is Kitto (goblin). He's so shy but such a surprise. Each book ends with resolution, but there is something else to come and solve for the next novel. I enjoy the series and recommend it to ...more
Merry is fully back in the mix of faerie even as she is most definitely outside of it. She and her guards have returned to LA and are trying to make the best of that situation. For some of them, like Rhys and Galen, the outside world isn't new because they've experienced it before, but for others like Doyle and Frost, well, the modern world is full of surprises.

I love the way that the characters develop in this series almost as much as I love the story line itself. These amazing sidhe warriors a
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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)
  • Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3)
  • 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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