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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
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Hardcover, 212 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Ballantine Books
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Jaime
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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Elyzia
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mel
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Bunnycore
This one was my favorite so far, I will explain why soon. To be continued...

Okay so this will have a spoiler in it. This one is my favorite book because of Doyal's confession. I love Doyal and Frost. More and more with every book. I love them so much that I can not think straight to be honest. I love that Merry feels for them too. I do not think I can handle it if Merry becomes pregnant with someone else's baby. I would love for it to be Darkness because you know that he loves Frost and they wou
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Jenn
To me, this is the equivalent of Micah from the Anita Blake series. It's a novella, not a novel and does nothing to the series except make us try to like a new character. This book is just slightly over 200 pages and half of that is one sex scene with Mistral.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Mistral. He's a very intriguing character - even though he's kind of an ass. But the fact that he's a Storm Lord is fascinating to me and I want to know more about his powers and past. What I don't n
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Peggy O'Connell
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Denisa
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
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Dianne
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Don't think of this as a book that will push a particular plot forward -think of this as more of a 3 scene sex manual and you can't go wrong. And not a particularly good sex manual - way tooo much talking and negotiating for my taste, although very true to this reality from what I understand.

I will admit that I am finding myself agreeing with Queen Andais about one thing -the Sithen is changing into something it may never have meant to be. However, I can now see upon this re-reading that Meridi
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Rebecca
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Kelly
Merry's conquests among her Aunt's guards begins to bring more and more of the forgotten magic to life within the sithen but she is still without child. As the clock on her cousin's imprisonment begins to run down, she has to cement her ties to her allies while avoiding the pitfalls of court politics. I liked this book, but I always get caught in the fact that Merry's time with Mistral is so short. While her Aunt allows Merry to take him to her bed she makes it clear that Mistral is her guard an ...more
iamtedae
Sep 24, 2007 added it
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
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fifth in the Meredith Gentry erotic urban fantasy series revolving around a very magically fertile faerie princess. Based in Illinois.

My Take
For as vicious as Mistral can be, you can’t help but cry with him. The queen is such a nightmare. She claims to be so willing to give up to help her Court live again, and yet she can’t actually change her methods of doing business.

The sithen does have a mind of its own as the magic takes so many of Merry’s men even as it responds to Merry’s desires. Now if
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Gator Girl Eaton
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ebook library borrowed

So I'm trying to remember exactly what was different in this book than the last one? I was reading this one, got some books from the library - read one of those, and remembered I need to finish this one. Came back into this story where Merry is yet again bringing back some crazy fairy magic by having sex with Sholto, the Sluagh King. The Hunt is awakened and Merry and her harem of men barely escape. This was how this one ended. Honestly I can't remember what the beginning
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Emma
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's embarrassing but I really liked this one! Maybe that was fueled by having read it entirely between 2 and 5am on various insomniac mornings but I think there is some actual character development in this installment of the Merry Gentry series.

Merry starts to make sense of her feelings for her guards, she embraces her powers at the end of the book, and we're left with a bit of a cliffhanger mystery with regard to the red caps which I'm always very interested in to begin with. Mistral's Kiss ch
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Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
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
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Anna
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
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Jennifer
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 -
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Jackie
Dec 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Dianne
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Don't think of this as a book that pushes a particular plot forward -think of this as more of a 3 scene sex manual and you can't go wrong. And not a particularly good sex manual - way tooo much talking and negotiating for my taste, although very true to reality from what I understand.

I will admit that I am finding myself agreeing with Queen Andais about one thing -the Sithen is changing into something it may never have meant to be. However, I can now see upon this re-reading that Meridith seems
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Claire
Jan 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
JoAnn
Although this one was shorter than the others I still enjoyed it, well most of it. The first half was boring for me. I’m pretty sure the first 30% was just one entire sex scene with some other action in between. I am all for sex, in all shapes and forms and read some trashy smut, hell I worked in an adult boutique for 6 years... but damn 30% really??? I was so bored... and sex should not be boring.

Now the last 50% of the book was all action, fast paced and bloody, it was brilliant, I loved it.
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Danielle (Danniegurl)
Short. Very short. With the title being about Mistral I expected him to have a more important part or to find out he might be king to her queen. Or if she was pregnant. But this book didn't have much going on in terms of plot. I can't really say exactly what this book was really supposed to be about except sex. This one is pretty much smut.
Stephanie
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a bit slow to start..I was getting worried that this series was fading to be honest but this one brought it back for me. From the mid point on I was hooked again like I was with the first couple novels. Looking forward to what comes next!!
Ashton
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Not going to get a big review from me....still holding out hope but still losing it fast.
Miranda
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These are sooo good!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
LMAO. This book consists entirely of two sex scenes and Sholto's bad decisions in pursuit of Sidhe sex.
Chenay
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 read it in a day
MT
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This entry in the Merry Gentry series is a novella, coming in at 100-150 pages shorter than the other books in the series, though it doesn't say so anywhere on the book's jacket. I was a little reluctant going in because novellas in long-running urban fantasy series can be a bit hit-or-miss: sometimes they work as little side-adventures in the characters' lives, the kind of thing you could skip if you wanted to but are fun to read because you already know the world and the characters so well; ot ...more
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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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