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Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry #5)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,480 Ratings  ·  419 Reviews
I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of faerie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.

My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards . . . and my
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Published December 12th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Jan 03, 2009 Mel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really love the whole story line of Princess Meradith NicEssus and her struggles to become queen of the Unseelie court but I'm getting really tired of chapter after chapter of sex scenes. It really inhibits plot development and Ms. Hamilton spends a lot of pages catching the reader who might not have read the previous books in the series up. Maybe if the books weren't so short and had less sex, we might actually get somewhere in the story. Granted, there's nothing wrong with an occasional love ...more
Jul 13, 2007 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2007
I’m not entirely sure why I can’t stop reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s books, but they’re like cake frosting… I always want more, but it’s so very, very bad for me. For example, I’m completely underwhelmed by this book, yet I just added the two she will be releasing this year to my wish list.

The best thing I can say about this book is that there’s some resolution at the end (which is more than I could say about the two prior). The rest of it is pretty much sex and faerie politics. Really, this ser
Jennifer Wardrip
Amazingly enough, I enjoyed MISTRAL'S KISS. After the farce that has become the Anita Blake series, I was worried that the Meredith Gentry series would inevitably take the same downhill dive. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.

This book is enjoyable, and does actually contain a plot. There are some negatives, of course, the first of which is the length of the book itself--or, more accurately, the lack of length. At only 212 pages, this story is 100+ pages shorter than the other books in the serie
Peggy O'Connell
Feb 11, 2008 Peggy O'Connell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you have ready the first 4 books
These books are entertaining, plain and simple. You have a barage of colourful men with fascinating eyes, rather not so bad sex scenes and Merry who is quite cool.
But there are some flaws.
These books keep getting smaller and smaller! There's absolutely no reason why Mistral's Kiss and Lick of Frost couldn't have been combined into one book. It's deeply annoying the way the story is being dragged out.
Repetative phrases. How many times does this writer say "masculine" and "masculine laugh." We
3.5 Well, this was a short one.

I don't understand why didn't the author make one book from the last three. I mean, it's the exact same thing! I don't like the idea that she split them just to make more money... Although you shouldn't judge a book my its author.
The book was good, I really enjoyed it, but I still can't seem to be able to rate it with more than 3.5 stars. There are stuff that I still don't like and loose ends that are just not good. And even some relationships that make no sense (a
Dec 26, 2010 Elyzia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok before I review the book I need to say something....
I am so tired of hearing all the negative reviews about this series and the Anita Blake series. The negative reviews say that there is too much sex, not enough plot, the book took place in only a day, not enough action.... Well, if you hate it so much why are you still reading it, I mean this is the fifth book of the series. After the first book you should of had an idea that the series was going to have A LOT to do with sex. I mean she is a
Nov 03, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pn-and-uf
I'm a big fan of Laurell K Hamilton and have read every Merry Gentry book back to back. LKH has managed to build up a detailed and rich world with likeable and intense characters that you actually care for, which I find is essential for any long running series.
Having said that I was a little disappointed to find that Mistrals Kiss is just treading water in story terms. Nothing important really happens to drive the story arc forward. There are no deadly battles, with the climactic scenes feeling
Desiree the Reader
Review so far on 5/28/2012

Not done yet but I have to start this review before I forget some things.

First off, I'm a little irriated at the font size. I actually don't mind larger font sizes, it's easier on the eyes, however my reason for disliking this books use of font size is that it tricks, for lack of better word, the buyer that this is a full-length 300+ page novel and should be the price of an actual full-length novel. If the font wasn't made larger than normal this book would have probab
Sep 24, 2007 iamtedae added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy/porn
Shelves: forgettable
Yeah, this book isn't what I thought it would be from reading the jacket; basically a parallel worlds/fantasy with clashing/dueling races, it begins with what is basically a six-chapter sex scene. I know it says that she "spends most of her time bedding her immortal sidhe royal guardsmen", but I wasn't expecting it to be so detailed or extensive, or the bulk of the plot! From the summary one would expect to find a fairly interesting storyline, but it just isn't there. What is there is very littl ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To set the scene, I read this installment of nonsensical fairy quasi-pornography whilst in the background my Nana watched snooker on the TV. I found that stolid commentary on the perambulations of balls around a green table really added to the Merry Gentry experience. I ran through 'Mistral's Kiss' quickly, because I wanted to get it over with. A friend who I won't name and shame warned me that it was by no means one of the better installments in the series, and they were correct. I believe this ...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
All my reviews for the books of this series are starting to sound like a broken record! But I have to keep saying that there is sooo much going on in these books and soooo many interesting things....I just can't get enough!

In this book, Meredith is still at the Unseelie Court and they {hopefully} have the crimes solved from the last book but the sithen is calling to Meredith. She has the Goddess working through her to bring it back to life ~ through things she does and yes, through having sex w
Dec 11, 2009 Jackie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't really find a plot to this book at all. Having not read any of the other books in this series, I was at a complete loss to work out what the whole idea of the book was. If it wasn't for the description on the back of the book I would have no idea that Meredith was trying to get pregnant, and was willing to have sex with pretty much anyone to achieve it. The whole story seemed to concern having sex in one place, then going to another place and having sex with some other guy, then havin ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Jimyanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As a five-star effort, this is a bit weak. It was a close decision as to whether to give it five stars or four. In any case, it's quite good if you like the general concept; if you aren't up for a LOT of graphic sex and almost as much violence, this book is not for you. In fact, none of this series is for you, but this book is even more extreme in those areas than some of the previous offerings in the series. (Actually, the violence isn't more extreme and might even be slightly less, but not eno ...more
Jan 16, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one at all
Shelves: fantasy
Totally, entirely, and utterly lame book. I don't think more than a single page was concerned with anything other than meaningless sex. I read it in literally 15 minutes. I'm getting tired of Laurell K Hamilton and I think (other than rereading her older books that aren't trashy wannabe erotica) I'm done. Total yawner.
Dec 20, 2009 Leeanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Meredith Gentry #5: Mistral's Kiss, by Laurell K. Hamilton

"Mistral's Kiss" is a slim volume in the Meredith Gentry series, and feels like a novella instead of a novel. More a collection of scenes than a flowing story, the book finally gets Merry and her men out of the sithen, where they have spent the last two books. But that move comes at the very end of the book, and before then we are given quite a few sex scenes, the first starting a mere 25 pages in.

Yet again I'm having trouble figuring ou
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like one of LKH's other books (Danse Macabre), I tried several times to read this book all of the way through. I kept picking it up & putting it down, then trying to read it again later with more determination. I just couldn't do it because the plot just wasn't there.

This book picks up at the end of the previous book (the incredibly slow moving Stroke of Midnight), with Merry & her men trying to get out of the sithern. Still. It also takes place pretty much over one day, which gets kind
Now, having just blasted Hamilton's A Stroke of Midnight, I have to admit that I enjoyed this book, despite it having some of the same problems as the previous book in this series. The repetitive bits of descriptions given verbatim throughout the story are still there. There are plenty of errors (Rhys left his gun in the bedroom with his clothes but *whoops!* now a couple of pages later he has his gun! Makes you wonder where he pulled that sucker from, doesn't it?) But there's more plot in this ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Liv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
This book was supposed to take place the day after where things left off in the last book. Actually, come to think of it, all kinds of things happened in a mere span of 2 days, spread across 3 books (from book #3 to this one, #5). Quite frankly, I was quite disappointed with this instalment, because not only did the plot made no further progress, things didn’t really move anywhere in the space of about 300 pages.

For the first 1/3 of the book, we just saw Merry engaging in a lot of sex related ac
Sep 21, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-faeries
The Good: Lots of sexy times, a little more hardcore than we've seen before in the series. Variety is good in a series with this much mating going on. Significant increases in power move the story along and give the reader some interesting possibilities for the future. Merry remains awesome, as she masters diplomatic issues and the hardness that is necessary in the world of faerie.

The Bad: Mistral's Kiss is significantly shorter than the earlier books in this series. Normally, not a huge deal -
Mar 22, 2009 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book at the library yesterday. I guess I didn't realize that it was the 5th book in a series so... i didn't really know what was going on. There seems to be a trend in Laurell K Hamilton's books where a)the heroine's physical description is similar to the author's b) the heroine has a HAREM of dudes that she nails on a regular basis c)the heroine is just on the safe side of kinky/rough in the sack.
Now none of this really poses a problem for me as a reader of trashy supernatural roman
May 07, 2012 Hobbes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hobbes by: phaedra lewis
It is hard to give this book a review. The plot is virtually non existent. Merry and her shifting group of sex buddies dash from one sexual scene to another, occasionally something bad or scary happens but the solution seems to be sex in highly improbably configurations. This book did bring Sholto back for a little while and I do like the character. Or did, he seems to have lost the edge that I liked about him in this book and has become another one of the whiney men that seemed oh-so-strong unt ...more
Yessenia Andaverde
It really feels as if Hamilton's other series, Anita Blake, were a kind of warm up for this one. Thanks to Anita, the author has more knowledge about poly amorous relationships and therefore, this side of the story goes smoothly and with not so much issues as Anita's.

Now, focusing in this book, I don't really get why is called "Mistral's Kiss". Mistral, I have to recognize it, is a important part of the story, but so is Sholto <3, Amatheon, Doyle and some others. Mistral's part wasn't so big.
Aug 02, 2014 Brekke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reading
Ah, Mistral, how I love you and can't stand you at the same time. Mistral is by far one of the more intense of the Queen's Ravens and that most definitely comes across in this book. However, along with Mistral's intensity, we learn that Doyle and Frost both have a softer side that while is not unexpected is definitely pleasant to see. I adore the scene with those two and Merry when they fear they have lost her to Mistral and the first time I read it, it brought me to tears for them.

Here is where
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of faerie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards . . . and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing se ...more
May Mostly Romance
ไมไดถึงกับเปนการรีวิวเทาไหรนะคะ เปนการพรามถึงความคิดของเราในขณะทีอานเรืองนีมากกวา (เราเอาสิงทีตัวเองเขียนเกียวกับเรืองนีไวนานแลวทีบลอกเดิมมาลงใน GR นะคะ)

ไมใชหนังสือแนวโรแมนซ แมวาประเดนทีแฟนหนังสือชุดนีพูดกันมาตลอดกคือ ใครกันแนทีจะเปนพระเอกของเมอรี เปนหนังสือชุดแฟนตาซีทีไมแนนำใหเดกอาน และขอบอกวาคนทีชอบโรแมนซแบบอนุรักษนิยมกไมควรอาน เพราะเรืองนีนางเอกมัวอะ

กอนไดหนังสือสิงทีเรากลัวทีสุดกคือ มิสทรัลจะกลายเปนพระเอกของเมอรี ยิงไดรับการยืนยันจากเพือนวามิสทรัลเปนตัวละครทีออกในเลมแรกของชุดดวย กยิงเครียด เ
Apr 28, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Wow. I'm deep in the midst of re-reading this series but there are so many things I've forgotten in the books that I keep doubting where I read up to the last time. I'll start with what I enjoyed...Mistal. Smokin hot. Sholto. I love this character. The man is a leader and yet so very flawed and sometime stupid.

I am also starting to wonder how Merry remembers her harem's named cause...I can't. She just keeps adding more and more men...eventually there won't be anyone left in court she hasn't sle
Jun 16, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 4 stars because the powers of faerie are returning!

Well this was an action (of all varieties, wink, wink!) packed episode. It begin's essentially where A Stroke of Midnight Merry Gentry 4 ended, so definitely don't try and jump into the series here - actually, I wouldn't recommend attempting to read any of the Merry Gentry series out of sequence. We continue spreading the magical return of faerie powers by, well, let's say it, Merry spreading hers
Oct 10, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Gentry is tasked with providing the Faerie world with an heir, she has all of her aunt, Queen Andais bodyguards to choose from as lovers but when Mistral, captain of the Queen's guard comes to bed her things change, apart from arousing the Queen's displeasure as she views him as her own special "toy" their union awakens ancient magic, things that cannot be undone, some things good like the birth of new flowers and beauty coming back to the ancient lands but also some things evil, like t ...more
May 17, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The guards are receiving tattoos with interesting significance for each one. Still hating Andais. Here we meet Mistral, one of Andais guards which she will not relinquish to Merry. After having sex with Mistral in the dead garden and awakening old magic, things gets pretty deadly. Merry have sex with Prince Sholto, which awakens wild magic and we learn about the great hunt. A little more exciting when there is so much killing going on.
Again it was better then the 3rd book, but I started getting hinky feelings about the time frame. I really enjoy the people and the theory, but the time frame and what has happened before sometimes only a couple chapters before changes. I can get past these issues to keep reading because I enjoy the journey, but it losses its quality and lowers the stars. Obviously an at home read, though there are long stretches in between.
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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)
  • A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)
  • A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry, #2)
  • Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3)
  • A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
  • A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6)
  • Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, #7)
  • Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, #8)
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