Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, #5)
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Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry #5)

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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...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mel
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
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...more
Jaime
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...more
Peggy O'Connell
Feb 11, 2008 Peggy O'Connell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Rebecca
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...more
Desiree
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...more
iamtedae
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
Elyzia
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...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...more
Jackie
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
Rachel
Jan 16, 2008 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Leeanna
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...more
Chibineko
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...more
Quip-er-quill
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
Liv
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...more
Lydia
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...more
Hobbes
May 07, 2012 Hobbes rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Brekke
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...more
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
ไม่ได้ถึงกับเป็นการรีวิวเท่าไหรนะคะ เป็นการพร่ามถึงความคิดของเราในขณะที่อ่านเรื่องนี้มากกว่า (เราเอาสิ่งที่ตัวเองเขียนเกี่ยวกับเรื่องนี้ไว้นานแล้วที่บลอกเดิมมาลงใน GR น่ะค่ะ)

ไม่ใช่หนังสือแนวโรแมนซ์ แม้ว่าประเด็นที่แฟนหนังสือชุดนี้พูดกันมาตลอดก็คือ ใครกันแน่ที่จะเป็นพระเอกของเมอรี่ เป็นหนังสือชุดแฟนตาซีที่ไม่แน่นำให้เด็กอ่าน และขอบอกว่าคนที่ชอบโรแมนซ์แบบอนุรักษ์นิยมก็ไม่ควรอ่าน เพราะเรื่องนี้นางเอกมั่วอ่ะ

ก่อนได้หนังสือสิ่งที่เรากลัวที่สุดก็คือ มิสทรัลจะกลายเป็นพระเอกของเมอรี่ ยิ่งได้รับการยืนยัน...more
Monica
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...more
Dee
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 https://www.goodreads.com/series/4041... series out of sequence. We continue spreading the magical return of faerie powers by, well, let's say it, Merry spreading hers...more
Susan
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.
Erin
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.
Casey
~*~Book Description~*~

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 realms 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 o...more
Pete
Mistral’s Kiss is book 5 in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series which started immediately after A Stroke of Midnight. This is a shorter book which could easily have been incorporated into the previous book or the beginning of the next one.

With the understanding that Merry is trying to get pregnant the overwhelming sex is somewhat tolerable. I very much disliked the pain at Mistral’s biting, so I am not a Mistral fan for Merry’s bed partner. There are lots of ways to spice it up without dis...more
Hazel
I appear to have blinked and missed the plot in this book.
Angie
Synopsis: "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
...more
Casta
Borrowed the Audio CD from Fairfax County Library to pass the time while commuting, and for a "re-read" lead-up to the release of "Swallowing Darkness" last week. On the whole, this book was the s*x-laden intro to "A Lick of Frost;" the two books should have been combined into a full-length volume. I was very disappointed by "Mistral's Kiss." It was laden with s*x, but got comparatively implausible pretty quickly. This is all supposed to have happened inside about 24 hours? For real? Merry's a s...more
Roger Bailey
I really do not want anyone to think I am a prude, but I am afraid that if I criticize a book for having explicit descriptions of sex that is exactly how I will come off and that is my main criticism of this book. I assure you that it does not offend me; it does not embarrass me; it is perfectly okay with me if anyone in the world -- and that includes very young children -- reads this kind of thing. The problem is that I am simply not interested in it. Oh, back when I was about fourteen years ol...more
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