My name is Meredith Gentry, but of course it's not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of the Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don't even know why.
Erotica is fantasy, but it rarely gets as fantastic as this. After nine novels featuring Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Obsidian Butterfly, etc.), Hamilton launches a sizzling new series that blends supernatural fantasy with detective adventure and hot sex. Here, the world is populated with various magical faerie races along with humans. The most supreme of the fey are the immortal sidhe, so beautiful and powerful they were once worshiped as gods. The fey are not only lusty but incredibly accomplished lovers; those of the royal sidhe bloodline are literally addictively sexy. Full-blooded fey are, for the most part, intolerant of cities, metal and technology. They seldom live for long among humans. Mixed-blood Princess Meredith NicEssus, however, has fled the faerie world to pass for three years as Merry Gentry, a human with some fey blood who works in Los Angeles with a detective agency that specializes in supernatural problems and magical solutions. Suddenly outed as the missing princess and fearing that her aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, will kill her, she makes a desperate run aided by her detective pals. The queen does want her, but not in the way Merry expects. Ultimately, Meredith must fulfill the queen's designs for the future of her court, even if it means having to bed the most beautiful studs in the universe. Through constant danger and adventure, Meredith finds herself in a variety of sexual encounters that make it easy to see why her ancestors were so worthy of worship. As wild as the novel's premise is, memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun. 8-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Love Merideth Gentry story
Posted May 02, 2012 by pattymck , floridaI am tired of these lame people giving these books unfair reviews. These books are original, sexy, fun, imaginative, and intresting!
2 . Ok read - Not sure if I would recommend
Posted January 24, 2011 by R.S. , HoustonThis was an ok book, not sure i would recommend it, as it has series. I was hooked enough to read the 2nd book and then I decided I was done with the series.
3 . Hard to put down
Posted January 30, 2010 by Tessa , IowaI read all the reviews from this book and bought it just to see how much sex was actually in it. I didn't think it was overwhelmed by it...it had some very nice parts. At first, it's a little hard to get into this book but once it starts rolling it's very addicting and I kept finding myself not wanting to stop reading just to see what happens next to Meredith. I would love to see a sequel of this book...to see what happens in the next 3 years or her life.
I highly recommend this book!
4 . Sensual Read!
Posted January 09, 2010 by Laura , Ormond Beach, FLThe author has a fantastic way describing every part of the story. Although there are what some considers "a lot of sex scenes" it is tactful and sensual. I was immersed in this story and could hardly put it down! I loved it and will continue to seek out and read her highly descriptive and erotic stories! A+
5 . Fantastic!
Posted December 15, 2009 by Sabrina , Hemet, CAI had never read anything by this author, but picked it up since it was free and because the other reviewers emphasized on just how much sex they thought was in the book. And it was a GREAT read. Good story, Lovely characters, and the sex was nice too. But not nearly as graphic or as often as the others said. I have read GRAFIC sex before and this was.... about in the middle compared to some of the stuff I have read. And While sex is mentioned alot, it isnt actually done all that often, lol. Would I recommend this to other people? Heck yes!! Loved it!
6 . Explicit but an exciting, enjoyable read.
Posted November 22, 2009 by mcmock , dothan, alFound this book quite by accident and wasn't totally prepared for how explicit the sex scenes were however, the characters were well described and well developed to the point it quickly seemed more "natural" as part of the story and lost the shock factor. It was an exciting, well written plot that left me wanting more. Which led me to look a little further to realize this is just one in a series. No where did I see that or the list in order (thankfully, I read the first one first!) so I did some internet research and decided to list them in order for you as well. 1) A Kiss of Shadows 2) A Case of Twilight 3) Seduced by Moonlight 4) A Stroke of Midnight 5) Mistral's Kiss 6) A Lick of Frost 7) Swallowing Darkness 8) Divine Misdemeanors. Hope this helps!
7 . A great book! A great series!
Posted November 15, 2009 by TriciaM , Central FloridaI love this series! Great characters!. As you read through the series you'll pick your favorites and root for them. Ms. Hamilton has a great talent for telling stories that are fun, exciting and engaging.
8 . OK read but very heavy on the sex
Posted November 13, 2009 by A , ElginI have never read this author before and I did like her gift for description and creating a world of magic that coexists with humans. I also really enjoy reading romance novels and do not consider myself a prude but their was quite a bit of sex in this book, seemed like it was on every page. I do believe that this amount of sex does relate to the main character in describing who she is and her lineage, etc. but a warning - there is a lot of it!
9 . Too sexually graphic
Posted November 05, 2009 by susan , greenvilleLoved her earlier books but she has taken a dark side towards the sexual content and I just can't read them anymore.
February 25, 2002
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Excerpt from A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
Twenty-three stories up and all I could see out the window was grey smog. They could call it the City of Angels if they wanted to, but if there were angels out there, they had to be flying blind.
Los Angeles is a place where people, those with wings and without, come to hide. Hide from others, hide from themselves. I'd come to hide and I'd succeeded, but staring out at the thick, dirty air, I wanted to go home. Home where the air was blue most of the time and you didn't have to water the ground to get grass to grow. Home was Cahokia, Illinois, but I couldn't go back because they'd kill me if I did, my relatives and their allies. Everyone wants to grow up to be a faerie princess. Trust me. It's overrated.
There was a knock on the office door. It opened before I could say anything. My boss, Jeremy Grey, stood framed in the doorway. He was a short, grey man, four feet eleven inches, an inch shorter than me. He was grey from his dark Armani suit to his button-up shirt and silk tie. Only his shoes were black and shiny. Even his skin was a pale uniform grey. Not from illness or age. No, he was a trow in the prime of life, just a little over four hundred. There were some lines around his eyes, along the thin mouth, that made him appear mature, but he'd never be old. Without the aid of mortal blood and a pretty serious spell, Jeremy might live forever. Theoretically. Scientists say that in about five billion years the sun will expand and engulf the Earth. The fey won't survive that. They will die. Does five billion years count as forever? I don't think so. Though it's close enough to make the rest of us envious.
I leaned my back against the windows and the thick, hanging smog. The day was as grey as my boss, but his color was a cool, crisp grey, like clouds before a spring rain. What lay outside the window felt heavy and thick like something you would try to swallow, but you'd never get it down. It was a day to choke on, or maybe it was just my mood.
"You look gloomy, Merry," Jeremy said. "What's wrong?" He closed the door behind him, making sure it shut. Privacy, he was giving us privacy. Maybe it was for my benefit, but somehow I didn't think so. There was a tightness around his eyes, a set to his thin, well-tailored shoulders that said I wasn't the only one in a bad mood today. Maybe it was the weather or the lack of it. A good rain shower or even a good wind would have cleared out the smog and let the city breathe again.