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Seduced by Moonlight

(Merry Gentry #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33,740 ratings  ·  610 reviews
To some I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. To others I am Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Faerie. And there are those who whisper that I am both of these and more.
My aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, no long distracted by her sadistic pastimes, now focusses unwaveringly on me. I spend each night with my immortal guards, but still no child has come of our decadent pleasur
Paperback, 409 pages
Published January 14th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 3rd 2004)
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Oh God, every time I read one of these I want to hit myself for the first chapter or three. "Why, Colleen? *smack* Why are you spending time on trashy supernatural romance? It's not even that well-written! *smack* There's no real thought to plot pacing... They just paused during sex to have 5 pages of exposition, and they just paused in their murder investigation to have four chapters of sex!" *smacksmack SMACK*

And then I succeed in turning my brain off and drink in a guilty mix of Mary Sue-esqu
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I love my Faerie Porn. These books aren't good books, we're not talking high literature here. But I enjoy the characters, I enjoy the settings and the sex is good.

I think what I really enjoy is that it's rare to find erotica (especially multiple-partner erotica) that puts the woman in a position of power. Not only is Merry in power over her men, she feels a responsibility for them equal to her elevated status. Oh, there's plenty of using going on. Sex for magic, sex for allies, se
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5! I love how those books follow approximately a day in the life of Merry, and she manages to bed many different men, slay her enemies, and advance the plot by just a trickle.......
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the Meredith Gentry urban fantasy series revolving around an American faerie princess juggling a harem of men against the evil machinations of the vicious Unseelie queen.

My Take
This story takes half the fun out of being a faerie princess, although that harem of hers puts a lot of fun back in! Still, very little of it is fun and games. It’s mostly all games. Games of politics and manipulation as Merry and her Merry Men attempt to placate paparazzi, Queen Andais, the goblins, the demi-fey
I think this book is where I started to drift off. This is where each book starts only spanning a day or a few hours at most and that's just dragging out this plot. I also think that reading this as I'm older has definitely changed my views of Merry.

So what's going on? Merry is still trying to get pregnant but it's not happening fast enough so her aunt decides to pimp her out some more by assigning more men to her entourage. Here we go again with the too many characters to care about. This is wh
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mary Has Graduated From Graciously Lying on Her Back to Joyously Bobbing on Her Knees.........

I was enjoying this book until about page 130, when Merry had the great transformation. I simply do not get it. Does Laurell not like Merry's character? Why on earth would she make Merry THE PRINCESS, soon to be queen a huge sperm bank? At one point, Merry is so upset of being deprived the opportunity of swallowing seed, instead of all the men's seed always being used to try and get her pregnant. For go
3.5 (still not 4 though).

I really like this series, I really really do! But I still can't give it more than 3stars... There are some inconsistencies, some stuff I don't really understand and some reactions that are a bit out of place.
But I like that she's a badass, I love how she protects her people, but most of all I like that the story keeps me hooked up. So continue the series, it's a really nice book!
Okay so I was bumping between 4.5 stars and 5 stars.

I love the way Merry insists on keeping "her" men safe. Even ones who all but betrayed her. This makes me love her in so many ways. This book wasn't confusing there were some parts that irritated me. The circle talking got on my nerves at points but in the end it was a good book. It tugged at the heart strings and of course her harem grew more. I am hoping she riddles it down a bit soon. I like reverse Harems but I can't stand when they get to
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
still waiting for Doyle to surprise me...
Can't do a review. I got about 30 pages in and just discovered I was totally disinterested in the series. Liked the first two books just fine but couldn't get even a little bit motivated to carry on this book. Could be a great little book but movin' on. Not giving any stars since I didn't get far enough.
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I'm a bit annoyed by this book. The ending of this one didn't leave me satisfied there are way too many things left to do. A couple are cementing the alliance with a couple of the different groups, through sex of course. Then there is having to go to the feast, ball or what have you for light and illusion. This should have been accomplished in this book as it was part of this plot line, but no sounds like it's going to be its own book which would lead me to believe that there will be problems th ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Still entertaining, but the series is beginning to suffer from writing that is okay but not great. Hamilton has odd pacing, and perhaps an odd sense of the passage of time as conversations unfold. She keeps us constantly dialed in for what seems to be about 12 hours of of nearly straight action (or sometimes semi-action that you wonder if it's really that important to witness), then suddenly jumps forward, glossing over a few hours that do seem like they might have been important. I also have th ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-faeries
The Good: The chalice appears and boosts the series into overdrive. The power the chalice can give or return to a Sidhe significantly raises the stakes for Merry and is the stat of a long-running subplot in the series. Seduced by Moonlight is when things change in the series, when the pace of the books increases greatly. Now, not only does Merry have to get pregnant to gain the throne and protect herself from Cel, she also has to act as the vessel of the goddess to bring all of faerie back into ...more
This book bored me.I stopped reading it a month ago and ...blah.
Will go back to it somedaaaaaaaay....

Somedaaaaaaaaaay I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewheeeeeeeere over the rainbow.........

Yeah,this is how much that volume keeps me focused.
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
I still have no fucking clue what’s going on.. after 3 books I’m still at a loss. I understand the basics. But for the most part I’m just like wtf just happened. All the characters are moody AF. Also Merry explains every single thing she does in way too much detail.

Laura..devouring books like crumpets

I have a relationship with these books like I have with Marmite, I am not entirely sure if I like them, they are getting better but.....

Ok what I love the characters are amazing with so many different sides, also considering there is a fair few the author lets you get to know each and everyone and writes them beautifully, I also have to point out that Merry Gentry and Anita Blake are some of the best female characters I have read, both by this Author.

the descriptions of places people interact
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I do find the actual plot interesting, when there is no sex, and it has to do with the Fae's politics.

The porn is both boring and squicky (for some at least. I mean Merry makes out with her Aunt Anadais, but LKH states over and over that the Faes sexual taboos are different than humans'. There are also lots of different humanoid creature sex).

There was also some gay-for-play f/f, but there was too much male gaze before and after for my liking. YKINMK and I'm okay with it, but I like my femmeslas
Nov 27, 2007 rated it it was ok

This was a let down from the other two stories in the series. In the two previous books there was actual plot. This one is just a lot of explaining about the laws of the Faerie Kind and then lots of sex but nothing else. I kept turning the pages waiting for forward story movement. And there was nothing. And Merry's life arc is coming perilously close to Anita's as she takes more people under her wing each book and gains bright new and shiny po
Domino (aka Meme)
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, steamy, urban-fantasy, fae
i have to admit this wasn't my fav. it got better at the end when Merry and the guys went back to faerie. i would've liked more of that in the story than just in the end. i'm anxious to see if Merry is immortal now. i think so. she would need to be to survive in faerie. everybody is trying to kill her or wouldn't help if someone was attempting to kill her. and i just love Doyle! he's starting to really show some emotions (to Merry). and i think i'll be soft on Adair. he reminds me of Nate (fav) ...more
Diane Ehrlich
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread 3 - 20 - 2019
Pretty good on the reread. The magic really gets going in this one. I like Merry and her men. 4.5 stars.

Reread November 27th, 2019
This one is where the magic and the goddess stuff really starts getting good, and it's always interesting to reread it, and pick up more details about each of the characters, and the significance of what's happening. It's one of my favorites because of that. I hope Frost gets sorted out soon. He's always annoying around this point. 4.5 stars.
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2008
I gave this one 3 stars because there was too much minutiae and not enough action. I found myself skimming some of the narrative to get to the good parts. I still really like this series and hope it picks back up in the next book.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Halfway through Seduced by Moonlight, I almost decided to drop it, and by extension, its series. But sometimes books work out despite a rough start. Or even, sometimes, despite a rough start and a pointless, flabby middle.

The first 200 pages of this 400-page book take place in Maeve's guest house and in Merry's bedroom. For a bunch of people who are reborn nature deities, these fae spend an awful lot of time cooped up indoors.

A teleconference with the goblin king, and an attack that occurs dur
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Give me the Cliff Notes please...I know there has to be a plot.

This was like reading a soap opera/porn movie. From the beginning of the book to the end the writer takes you a little farther in time (3 days?) and repeats herself multiple times. I have read books that the plot plays out in a short amount of time, but Ms. Hamilton was writing minute by minute. The first half of the book consisted all of day one and that was too much. Also, who needs so much repeating? The plot would unfold and then
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked this one better than the previous two, although I'm still trying to figure out why. It had all the elements that annoy me; overused phrases, CRAWLING pace, detailed page long summaries of what anyone is wearing. (One bit in particular made me laugh: "The first thing I noticed about him was his coat, not usually the first thing I noticed about the guards of the sidhe." BWAHAHAHAHA. Oh come on now.) And of course Merry is still the Mary-Sue perfect-not-that-she'll-ever-admit-it character, ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞ many changes in this book and so much going on but I loved it. You would think that you would get sick of Merry adding more men but you don't...well, I didn't. LKH makes them all so interesting and even the guards that have been there from the beginning are not boring due to getting to know them better and then all the changes.

Of course, people are still trying to kill Merry so between that and all the changes, it is not boring! There is still the ongoing "discussions" bu
Melissa Wehunt
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I am the first to jump in line when it comes to Hamilton's Anita Blake series, but for some reason, this series just doesn't do it for me. This is the second time I've tried to get into the Merry Gentry series and the writing just isn't working for me. Generally I love Hamilton's style, her attitude, all the action and gore...but I find this series boring and monotonous. The first book was ok...but since then it's just Merry droning on in endless conversations about the fae courts and what's goo ...more
Nancy Pickett
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Same problem here as with the Anita Blake novels. The story is okay but the sex interferes and the heroine gets a new power with every boffing. Tedious. Would be more enjoyable if the sex was kept to a minimum and the heroine had some faults and some limitations to her powers. I like characters that win because they overcome their limitations not just develop a new skill just in time to save the day. It's a cop out. Hamilton lacks imagination.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
2020 re-read: Okay yeah, this one is still pretty bad. I think if you removed everything that is recap from the previous books and then removed every very, very long description of what people are wearing or what they look like, you'd have approximately 25% or maybe 33% of this book left. I'm not exaggerating, the repetition and fashion vomit is really that much of the book.

2011 read:
Incestuous girl-on-girl paranormal sex.


Why do I keep reading these?
Jessica Lewenda
"How can one mortal woman satisfy the lusts of sixteen immortal sidhe?"
How indeed. I guess this means I need to read the next book to find out how I can learn from Merry and satisfy so many men.
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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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