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A Caress of Twilight

(Merry Gentry #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  35,470 ratings  ·  758 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
Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1st 2002)
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Emily Brown
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Obviously, I disliked the first one enough that I had to immediately read the second! ;) These are light, fluffy, and fun reads, albeit full of dark subject matter.
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
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
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
Sh3lly (
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
Sara Kate
3 1/2 stars.
Still thinking on how I feel about this series and if it's worth it to continue.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I picked this series up because it had been tagged RH, I am at my RH phase so I went all for it. I didn't really enjoy this one, it felt real long but with nothing happening. It was basically maneuvering through the intricacies of politics between the two courts, lots of mirror talk and then sex, not even good sex, just plain old sex.

I wanted RH,where the characters show their commitment to the heroine but everyone seems to be on their own,they are all working towards their agenda and I did not
Julie Zantopoulos
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
I'm in love with Fae, Fae politics, and sexy smutty Fae...but this one fell a bit flat on the later and heavy on the former. Merry is a Fae Princess and heir to the Unseelie throne but she needs to conceive a child to lock her place on the throne down. Luckily, she's the Princess of Flesh and sexy time is kinda her thing. She has a host of hot Fae bodyguards and lovers and the first to knock her up becomes her King. I mean, not a bad lot in life.

She also happens to be a private detective (this
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Yeah, I read it. Almost didn't finish it as it was not nearly as intriguing as the previous book. But it wasn't bad after I got 1/3 of the way in.
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! :)
Il confine dei libri
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letti
Eccomi qui per parlarvi de “Il tocco della notte”, secondo libro della serie Merry Gentry di Laurell K. Hamilton, edito Nord.
Dopo essere sopravvissuta agli schemi del cugino che la voleva morta, Meredith è tornata a L.A. insieme ai consorti scelti con il compito di dare un erede alla Corte Unseelie prima di suo cugino. Ma le avventure di Meredith non sono finite! La sua agenzia avrà come cliente una principessa della Corte Seelie che ha chiesto sia proprio Meredith ad occuparsi dell’i
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Everyone I talked to recommends this series to me and I just can not get it for a couple of reasons. One: I do not like Merry.. like at all. Two: All the Fae(SP?) politics. It's boring as hell. Maybe it's because there is so much freaking detail with every aspect of each court and each character and why certain people can talk to others and how she has to act certain ways with each person. I just don't care. I also don't like Fae books in general. I don't like the casualness of sex. I mean casua ...more
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
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
Dec 07, 2009 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
Merry mi přijde jako slabší verze Anity. Celkově se většinou celou dobu nic neděje a nakonci se to vyřeší běhěm pár stránek.
Jestli bych měla pro někoho "hlasovat" tak jsem Team Frost a asi i Team Doyle. :D
♆ 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.
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
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 positive side of the Da
Kirsten "Ghost Deserved Better"
It's been quite a while since I read the first in this series. And, while I think Ms Hamilton has a great imagination and writes very believable action scenes, the book feels dated for some reason.

However, I do like Merry and want to see more of her. Solid 2nd book in the series.
Kai P
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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***Dave Hill
Oct 13, 2011 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
Romanticamente Fantasy
Bene, sono molto contenta di poter tornare a parlarvi della mia autrice preferita, e in particolare del secondo libro della serie di Meredith Gentry!
Nel primo si era parlato del “ritorno alle origini” della principessa Unsseelie, che viene eletta possibile erede al trono della Regina della corte fatata (cosa alquanto strana, considerando che la regina Andias non ha mai fatto mistero dell’odio verso la nipote). Comunque Meredith è in lizza assieme a suo cugino Cel, un mezzo psicopatico sadico, e
Sofia Teixeira
Jan 03, 2012 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
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
This was better than book 1! I have to say I'm a huge fan of this series. I don't usually like books about the fey as the ones I've read in the past have been so disappointing but this series has totally changed my mind, it's just really fun, easy reading urban fantasy.

Kick ass heroine with awesome cool powers - check
Rich, magical world with fantastic creatures - check
Steamy sex with a bunch of yummy immortals - check

There's a lot to love about his series. Granted the plot isn't particularly spe
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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)
  • Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry, #5)
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