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Divine Misdemeanors

(Merry Gentry #8)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  23,590 ratings  ·  740 reviews
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling master of paranormal romance comes the latest installment in the Meredith Gentry series. As tension continues to mount, Merry refuses the throne of faerie and seeks to create a haven for her unborn children.
Hardcover, First Edition, 333 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books
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I'm not really sure why I read this series anymore. The actual mystery of the novel is shoved aside for the better part of the book to make way for arguing, sex, and pissing contests. And if it's not that, then the rest of the book is made up of hair and eye color descriptions for all the various characters. Hamilton's fascination with hair down to the ankles and with the varying heights of the characters is mind-boggling. She seems to spend more time thinking up these various combinations than ...more
Merry and her Muppet multi-color haired men are back, but definitely not for the better. This book didn't do much for me. I have enjoyed the series, but one of the biggest problems has been when the plot drags. This particular book dragged for me. The Queen of the Unseelie Court did not make an appearance in this book, and she is one of the more interesting plot pieces in the series.

As usual, Ms. Hamilton could use a better editor. The redundancy of the text kills me. This next snippet won't sp
Jan 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it

Princess Meredith's Magical Vagina tour rolls on...
Okay we get it - sex is magic - and your girl the princess has such a magical hoo-haw as to invoke all the lost treasures of Faerun. Good for her.
This will be the last Meredith Gentry book I read.

I wasnt offended by the rampant sex, I expect that. I wasnt shocked by the rough and tumble (accent on ROUGH) aspect of some of the sex. Hell, I like some of that my self.

I just had a problem with the NON-STOP part of the sex. Of the 365 pages in
Dec 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2009
This book is brought to you by the words, "Copy" and "Paste."

Seriously, Hamilton has always been a lazy writer in desperate need of a thesaurus but this book really takes the prize. The EXACT SAME SENTENCES were featured over and over in every chapter. This book reverted to the "all boring sex scenes, no plot" problem she's had in other novels and it seemed like each sex scene was a template of the same descriptions, actions and words into which she simply changed the name of the male partner as
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is the 8th book in Laurell K Hamilton’s ‘Merry Gentry’ series.

Ever since ‘Narcissus in Chains’ (Anita Blake #10) I have preferred Hamilton’s ‘Merry’ books to ‘Anita’. At least in the ‘Merry’ books all the erotica, orgies, BDSM etc is legitimized by Merry and her men being Sidhe (fey) who are a very sensual, sexual species. Plus it was essential to the storyline that Merry have as much sex with as many of her men as possible – since she was in a race to make an heir and be crowned Queen of t
I really like this series!

It seems that I like LKH's writing style. As expected, hoer books are not for everyone, you either really like them or you really don't (but if you stuck to this series 'til here, you probably d0).
So the story continues. This book is more of a "filler" for the series, nothing will happen if you skip it (and go to the next one); I think the previous book was meant to be some sort of ending. But well, I'm really glad the story keeps on, I really am curious to see how ever
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
The plot was somewhat tighter (whodunit wise only) and It was fun to see some of the characters from book 1 again. There were some vaguely touched upon interesting developments concerning: the human soldiers she saved last book, the gangs home away from home, and in Merry's demeanor. But this still is LKH we're talkin' bout so there's still less editing than healthy, more sex (with random side characters) than necessary, and abounding wtfery. How she can spend pages upon pages sexin' the goblin ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was lacking plot more than any other I have seen form LKH. We started out with a good mystery story but it quickly dissolved into a bunch of random mini dramas with her harem. Not even original drama at that. More than a few times throughout this book i recognized scenes and descriptions almost word for word form previous books. Not just a writing style, but almost a copy and paste job.

There were three pages describing the licking of icing off a cupcake. Three pages. They served zero
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
The murder mystery, I think, should've received more attention, although the 'themes' linking the victims together were interesting. The introduction of the Fairy Godmother and Fear Dearg had potential, but was similarly allowed to drift. As always, I did enjoy the personal interaction between all the fey; however, this book mostly seemed like one large interlude between the bloody action of the last and...what? Merry will no doubt be sucked back into the court life as both her aunt and uncle sp ...more
The Flooze
At the end of Swallowing Darkness, I felt LKH had successfully brought closure to what proved to be an intriguing series. I worried a new arc would only dilute the effectiveness of the universe and its characters.

I prepped myself for complete disappointment. The reality was...meh.

What held my attention, and will guarantee my continued reading, was the mention of the soldiers Merry saved in SD. The Goddess has taken an interest in those humans, and I'm compelled to find out where it's all headin
Selena Night
Jun 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm not going to say much about this book cause there was nothing good about it. I did not rush out to buy it on the release date and instead had to bring myself to read it cause I was scared to. I was honestly hoping that the author saved the series in this book but was sorely disappointed.

This author (Laurell Hamilton) and her books is the reason I actually joined Goodreads, cause I was tired of buying her books and being disappointed. In my opinion this authors writing has been going downhill
Jennifer, Just beyond normal ♑
Super disappointed. This book, to me, went no where. I feel like I skipped half the book for all the damn details in looks and clothing and such. Anyway. I got through it. I will get through the others so I can be done with the series.
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I really can't figure out the draw to this series. I have read them all and I feel that they are all just kind of mediocre. In hind sight, I might have rated them a little higher than they really deserved--but I will leave the ratings alone.

I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was as soon as the character made his/her entrance in the book. Little imagination there Hamilton...

What was this book about anyway? I felt that it was pretty anti-climatic. The only reason I keep going is because enqu
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am adoring this series. The political intrigue, the inclusiveness, the power games and there's real science fiction in it; oh, and the lovely men folk. It's a shame this is the last book so far, I'll just have to be patient from now on.

Given that I'm currently also reading "The Prince" and the dictatorships in the Middle East are changing shape so rapidly the parallels are fascinating in the series overall as well.
Aly is so frigging bored
It's 4.5*
I wish she would interrupt the plot less, the sex, we get it, it's important, but please don't fuck so much all the time all over the place *sigh*
Lea Kane
Nov 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
It took me over a year to get through this awful book. The author fills the pages with continuous descriptions of clothing & repetitive sex scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot. The entire plot could have been written in 3 chapters , rather than the 40 something chapters it took to tell a story of a little brownie named Bittersweet who went on a killing spree because she wanted to be full-sized instead of small. Bad, bad read. ...more
Shalor T.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meredith Gentry #8: Divine Misdemeanors, by Laurell K. Hamilton

I had high hopes at the start of this Merry book - she's back in Los Angeles, back at the Grey Detective Agency, even back on a crime scene. Someone in the city is murdering the demi-fey and posing their bodies after pictures in children's books, and the police want her help before any more fey die.

But that promise quickly degenerates with too much recap of previous events, multiple sex scenes, and a weak ending. Hamilton goes again
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meredith Gentry is back in LA working as a private detective, living with an unspecified number of exiles from the Unseelie court, and pregnant with twins. Someone is killing demi-fey--the small winged creatures humans think of when they think of "fairies"--and arranging the corpses to copy children's book illustrations.

Much of this book is perfunctory--less a novel and more a short story padded out with recaps of previous books in the series and re-introductions of the many different character
Stephanie Graves
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-horror
Booooring. Seriously. This book is terribly, horribly boring. Hamilton's total inability to weed any of the characters provides a throng that is getting terribly difficult to keep track of...if one would want to keep track of this many whiny baby characters. Seriously...thousands of years old would think they would get less fond of drama. Even the sex is boring. Blah blah, he brought me, blah blah, magic, blah, somebody grew *something* new. The actual mystery was a good one; if more ...more
Siuane Sadi
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: readit, 2010
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Liz B
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense, paranormal
This is probably my least favorite of the Merry Gentry novels so far, and my distaste is almost entirely due to what I see as some very awkward editing. I'm not talking about copyediting so much (there are sometimes scads of errors in possessive nouns in Hamilton's books), although at one point "destroy" showed up as "distroy" (how does that *happen*??)--it was more about the several times that I had to go back and re-read because something didn't quite make sense. There was an unclear anteceden ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-faeries
There was a scene in the middle of the book where Barinthus and Merry were arguing that was absolutely amazing. The dialogue, descriptions, everything was working perfectly to create unbelievable edge-of-your-seat tension. That few pages alone showcases exactly why Laurell K. Hamilton's fans are as rabidly devoted as they are. Plain and simple, Hamilton can write emotionally charged suspense with the best of them.

There was a decent amount of sex, but Divine Misdemeanors isn't as overly sex-fille
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
There were parts of this book that I really liked. Watching Merry work as a detective was interesting and the case was interesting. The issue of people needing to pull their own weight was also good. Ultimately, though, the sex weighed down the story. It took half the book to have any but then it was with strangers. Which reminded me why I don't like erotica (on the whole). Which doesn't mean I dislike explicit sex, because I do. But I need my sex with emotion and this lacked emotion. It was als ...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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Merry Gentry (9 books)
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  • A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry, #2)
  • Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3)
  • A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
  • Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry, #5)
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