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“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“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 horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while she enjoys the greatest pleasures of her life attempting to conceive a baby with the warriors of her royal guard, she must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that’s just her day job. . . .From the Paperback edition....

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A Caress of Twilight Reviews

  • Emily Brown
    2019-02-23 04:04

    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 being fabulous and awesome and great and having the biggest boobs in the kingdom (not a joke), is hated by lots of other nasty faeries. Despite this key fact, her aunt, the Dark Queen of Faeries, says that she, Merry, can be queen if she can get pregnant. Merry is then given the exclusive right to have lots and lots and lots of unprotected, hot and dirty magical sex with the formerly celibate royal guard, all of whom fall in love with her and her fancy magic boobies. In each book, she gains an amazing new magic power, bangs another unbelievably gorgeous man or six, and reels giddily off to another exciting adventure, still unimpregnated. Did I mentiont that she's also a private detective? She is. And the thing of it is, I'm not alone. These craptastic gothic wank-rags routinely top the New York Times bestseller list. They are hugely popular. The next one comes out in October. I've already pre-ordered it.

  • Jilly
    2019-03-05 03:38

    Meh....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 a house, just trying to gain entry for so many pages in this book that it could be its own novel: "Merry Longtalking's Incredible Journey into the House." And, that is just one example of the page-filling that went on and on and on and on and.... oh, you get the point.On the whole, not a lot happened in this book. It feels like a filler-book where the author desperately tried to draw things out by filling the pages with endless descriptions or conversations. But, having a filler-book at book number two is kind of a problem for me. I am not invested enough to continue reading a series when I don't like the second book. I'll pass.

  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    2019-02-23 03:45

    I enjoyed this a little less than the first one. The ending was pretty fantastic though!

  • Robyn
    2019-03-08 07:45

    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
    2019-03-14 04:50

    "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 representing Maeve Reeds, a Faerie super star who was banished from the courts 100 years ago.One chapter is dedicated to Merry and her men driving to Maeve's house. (I would have thought that by going to her house, they had already decided to talk to her, but what do I know.)Two chapters are dedicated to Merry and her men arguing with Maeve's bodyguards to be let in.One chapter is dedicated to Merry and her men entering the house, meeting Maeve, who runs off to the backyard.Another couple of chapters pass before Merry finally nails Maeve to the floor (figuratively), and they FINALLY talk about the whole point of Maeve's request. What is this request? Maeve wants children; problem is, her husband is dying. Also, Maeve believes the Seelie infertility is due to King Taranis' own infertility."It was dark by the time we arrived back to my apartment." Well, after how long it took to freakin' get INTO THE HOUSE and how much time you wasted tip-toeing around Maeve, I'm somehow not surprised. Actually, no, I am surprised: how did you get home IN THE SAME DAY?Most of the actual solution to the mystery involves Merry turning to one of her guards and asking questions. Some of the questions include:"What does that mean?""Are you saying...?""What?""Why?""How?"I think Merry really should switch fields. She'd make a good investigative reporter.But the job with Maeve takes a backseat. Merry and Doyle finally get their freak on--and fade-to-black. Yes, in a supposed erotica book, we get a fade-to-black between two of the characters. Lemme tell you, I wasn't happy. In fact, I was so surprised/shocked/horrified, that I checked with a print copy to make sure I hadn't somehow gotten a hold of an abridged audiobook.In between lots and lots of flirtation, talking about her love with all her men, Merry has a few other things on her mind: repairing Galan's junk, having sex with a butterfly-like man, Sage (at least, I pictured him as a butterfly), arguing with her mother (whom she hates, of course), arguing with Nicoden, arguing with Rosmerta, arguing with a guy named Hedwig, arguing with King Taranis...actually, if there is someone Merry can argue with in this book, she does it.FINALLY, after what seems like forever, Merry does end up doing something about Maeve's infertility (which produces the most AMAZING quote EVAH: "More sex. We must have more sex"). And she and her Deus Ex Machina bodyguards find the solution to a bunch of murders that abruptly appear halfway through the novel. Oh, and Merry and her men level up.[image error]Gratuitous cute cat image.I'm really disappointed in this book for quite a few reasons:1) For an erotica book, there is a severe lack of sex. There are maybe three sex scenes in this book--maybe. One sex scene is fade-to-black. Even Auel's "Plains of Passage", a historical fiction novel, had more sex than this book.2) The sex scenes aren't sexy. If reading/hearing "spilling power" makes you all tingly, these are your books; otherwise, they are going to have you bored.3) There is a ton of time wasting. It's like LKH knew she didn't have much of a story and included her characters arguing a lot to make up for the lack of pages. One of the more ridiculous cases is the beginning. The beginning interview with Maeve takes up a good half dozen chapters, which amounts to a couple of hours listening time. If there had been actual content to back up this usage, then maybe I wouldn't complain. But when Merry argues with her boys for a chapter over what they are going to do now that they are at Maeve's house, I can't see it as anything more than shameless padding.4) The murders don't occur until about halfway through the book. How can you solve a mystery in half a book? And not make the solution sound cheap?5) Merry's men know everything. Merry figures out who the murderer is by asking one of her men, who conveniently knows about the Elder Man. This is a guardsman she is talking to; not that he wouldn't know, but half the fun with the mystery is INVESTIGATING, not having solutions fall into the character's lap.6) Merry comes off as an idiot. Merry will waste time by asking for clarification on the smallest things. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed; I've been called "gullible" and "dense" before. And yet *I* could figure out what was being said easier than Merry.7) Political machinations r coolz. Well, they would be if they weren't intertwined with the 1 billion needless conversations that pad out this book.8) Interchangeable men. There is little distinction between the men. Not that I exactly blame LKH: when you have 6 men, it's pretty hard to make each one a different unique character. So most of them are identifiable (if that) by one trait:Galen -> Green eunuch *snipsnip*Doyle -> Queen's "Darkness"Frost -> EyepatchNicca -> Long hair????Kitto -> Small, childish, creepy goblinRhys -> Uhhhhhh...9) There are a few things that make this feel less like a sexy, erotica novel and more like the wet dreams of a 13 year old girl. The super long hair of the men. How every one is ripped and has a perfect body. Instead of reading this and being turned on, I feel like I'm walking in on...something...that...well...I think you get my point.10) Show not Tell. Hand in hand with pretty much every point on this list is the "Show not tell" rule. In fact, if LKH had employed "Show not tell" more, I'll bet I wouldn't have 75% of the complaints. Because you can cut down on conversations, characters knowing things conveniently, etc. if you have your character DOING something, instead of sitting around talking about it.11. Clothes porn. As with the Anita Blake series, the story stops to update the reader on what everyone is wearing. Apparently, this also includes hair and makeup now, because, in the beginning, we get a long explanation of what sort of makeup Merry is wearing :PAnd because that has been a lot of negativity, let me tell you some things I DID like:1) Merry is a much more likable character than Anita. She is still painfully similar to AB, but there were some significant differences. Merry isn't ashamed of sex; in fact, she enjoys it. She comes off commanding and powerful instead of b!tchy and belligerent. And I feel she has more respect for her clients and people around her, which in turn makes me respect her more.2) Faerie. While the political machinations were tedious this time around, I am still impressed with how unique and varied they are. And I think, for the most part, they seem to be consistent and make sense.While I am hugely disappointed in this particular entry, I am not abandoning Merry. She's a pretty decent character and the land of Faerie is pretty interesting. And I need to read that tentacle sex scene!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-08 08:49

    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 got that here, but now it's the arguments. Everybody has to constantly DEBATE things. Meet a new person, get into an argument. Find some new information, get into an argument. It's as if Hamilton has exactly one tool for plot development, and that's to have the characters argue until the reader understands what's happening and wishes everyone would move the heck on.The book also could have used a good editor to point out some overused phrases. Hamilton falls in love with the accusation "..and well you know it!" around the middle of the book, and uses about three times a chapter. And people are always giving someone "an unfriendly look", or they're all "exchanging looks". It got to the point where I would imagine everyone carrying around a sack of tokens labeled "looks", which they would trade back and forth during awkward pauses.The worst part was how Hamilton handled the ending. We're at the climactic battle...and it's cleared up in a chapter. No, wait, it's cleared up in the space between two paragraphs. One minute we're in the aftermath, and then all of a sudden it's sum-it-up time for two pages til the end of the book. It's disappointing, because the author is talented enough that she doesn't need to fall into these same pitfalls over and over. And expect more reviews like this from me because the story itself is compelling enough that I'll probably keep reading just to find out what happens.

  • John
    2019-03-23 02:57

    A Caress of Twilightby Laurell K. HamiltonBallantine, 326 pages, hardback, 2002I 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 written soft porn) and had come to a section where various of the loathsome characters were discussing the genital endowment of a particular historical vampire. This vampire, we were told salivatingly, had been the possessor of a penis so doughty that his erection was a full six inches thick.That's right: thick. Not six inches long. Not even six inches in circumference. But thick.This reviewer did not, as might have so many other men, rush straight to the nearest mirror to gaze at and weep over his own deficiencies. He did not even accidentally turn the ruler to the centimetre side while frantically checking. Instead he threw the book across the room and then, remembering the principles of academic rigour, asked a couple of congenital experts on matters penile if such a weapon might be of any practicable use other than being waved around proudly to impress the rest of the guysin the locker room.Gentle reader, they laughed so hard I wondered if I should call an ambulance. And the book stayed thrown.A Caress of Twilight is not about Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. It is the second in a series of novels about Meredith Gentry, a princess of Fairyland who is also a private detective in our own world, it being the rather charming conceit of this series that the USA has offered a home to refugees from the Realm of Faerie. Meredith -- "Merry" -- is somewhat of afugitive from the politics of the royal courts of Fairyland, some of whom wish to murder her and with others of whom she maintains at best a relationship of mutual distrust, powerbroking chessplay and hostile alliance. She is guarded by a bunch of other elementals, all male and all of them possessed of six-inch . . .Well, no, not quite. At the start of the book, Merry has just finished a threesome with two of the guards, and as the tale -- such as it is -- progresses she samples the rest of them, in each instance for several drooling pages. Two prove to be endowed with members of such enormity that, while not six inches thick (oddly, Ms Hamilton gives no precise dimensionsconcerning such important attributes, neither in US Customary units nor in metric), our heroine has, to use technical phraseology, some considerable difficulty cramming the damn' things in.Now, I wouldn't want to give the impression that this book is nothing but nonstop writhing. There's a plot as well. It's rather problematic to remember what the plot actually is, because it appears only intermittently among the couplings, among lengthy and tedious character descriptions, and among interminable scried conversations with various royals that seem to have little point except to show what complete bastards they all are except our Merry -- who might well be just as much a bastard if she could ever stay upright long enough, but that's only a wild speculation on this reviewer's part, you understand.Lemme think, now. The plot has to do with a criminal investigation that Merry and her studs are attempting to carry out. There's this ex-goddess of Fairyland who decided years ago to come to Hollywood and be a screen goddess in the human world instead. Someone's out to get her. Someone's also mass-murdering people in all directions, and the police -- one of whom, the lieutenant in charge of the case, is really, really stupid anddoesn't think Merry and her pals will be at all helpful, whereas we wise readers know of course that she's the only hope -- the police, as I say, are getting nowhere. The screen goddess wants to have a baby by her mortal husband, but he's at death's door so Merry and one of her gang have to do some detailed proxy banging for the luckless couple. Someone in Fairyland has let loose an ancient terror which is responsible for all the badthings that are going on.Case solved, out with the measuring tape and back to the fun.Merry is not the only fun- and dimension-lovin' female in the book's cast, although she's the only one whose fun is described in gratuitous detail. Here's a sample of one of the others being unusually subtle:"I also never thought you'd be so blessed down below." [The Queen] sounded wistful now, like a child who hadn't gotten what she wanted for her birthday. "I mean, you are descended from dogs and phoukas, and they are not much in that way.""Most phoukas have more than one shape, my Queen.""Dog and horse, sometimes eagle, yes, I know all about that. What does that have to do . . ." She stopped in mid-sentence, and a smile crooked at the edges of her lipsticked mouth. "Are you saying that your grandfather could turn into a horse as well as a dog?"He spoke softly. "Yes, my Queen."That's in fact one of the better-written parts of the book; elsewhere we find such delights as "He had managed to keep just enough cover over his groin so that he was covered", to isolate just one. Late in the book we encounter the minor character Bucca, who is supposedly Cornish; in order to prove that he's Cornish his speech is rendered in dialect that veers excitingly between Irish, Scottish, Yorkshire/Lancashire and who knows whatelse. And so on.There are also, unless this reader is being even stupider than usual, some puzzling inconsistencies. To select a single example, on page 25 we're clearly told that the penalty for a Raven (a member of the Queen's personal guards) who touches -- I assume this is a euphemism -- any woman other thanthe Queen is death by torture, yet this is clearly forgotten later on when there is no thought of making it secret from the Queen that our Merry discriminates not one whit against the Raven seconded to her personal entourage.As stated at the outset, this reviewer has no particular prejudice against reading soft porn (so long as it's well or at least competently written). There is a point of unease, however, when one begins to sense -- probably completely incorrectly -- that a text has teetered from consciously created erotica (or attempted erotica) into the writer's personal masturbatory fantasies. Within fantasy, one strikes that point frequently when reading some of Anne Rice's early, pseudonymous, overtly erotic novels, such as her Sleeping Beauty sadomasochistic cycle;one runs smack into it as into a brick wall in the works of John Norman; and one encounters it again here. It is almost certainly, as noted, a misleading sense, but that doesn't make the reading experience any more pleasurable: one squirms not with lasciviousness nor even a delectable feeling of minor guilt, but with sheer embarrassment, as if a stranger had just asked you to fumble through their used underwear.What, leaving such considerations aside, of the status of A Caress of Shadows as a straightforward fantasy? Well, of course, there's not much room for yer actual non-erotic fantasy in among all the rest, and most of what there is is pretty mundane stuff: you've read these imaginings many times before, drawn as they are from the genre-fantasy writers' commonstockpot. That initial conceit, however -- that the denizens of Faerie are the new refugees in an alternate-reality USA -- is genuinely a pleasing one. It's a great pity the rest of the book can't live up to it.But then that is perhaps not the purpose of Ms Hamilton or her publishers.This review, first published by Infinity Plus, is excerpted from my ebook Warm Words and Otherwise: A Blizzard of Book Reviews, to be published on September 19 by Infinity Plus Ebooks.�

  • Sara Kate
    2019-03-21 04:00

    3 1/2 stars. Still thinking on how I feel about this series and if it's worth it to continue.

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    2019-03-06 08:40

    Faerie Tales Finally Get RealBefore 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 Bull), tend to stick closely with the typical Celtic-looking faerie folk.I have to admit, Merry was hard to take in the first book, especially for those of us used to the kick-butt attitude of Ms. Hamilton's Anita Blake. However, Meredith has come into her own, and she is definitely not one to be tread upon lightly, as a few of her encounters with The Queen of Air and Darkness show.What I really love about this series is that the fae are NOT these cute little people who help humans in need. In fact, these fae are rather dismissive (and in some cases hostile)to mankind. These fae are far closer literature-wise than the Disney-fied versions that we're familiar with. Some of their actions in the book definitely make one squirm. Even Doyle and Frost, as close to heroes as a character can be, remind the reader in some startling ways not to use human benchmarks to judge their actions.And yes, there is sex in the book--but it does not detract from the gist of the story. After all, Merry does need to get an heir before her psychotic cousin Prince Cel does. However, just as she does in her characterizations of the fae, Ms. Hamilton is trying to get the reader to look beyond our notions of what sex is and isn't. She wants us to see it through the eyes of the fae, who lack all the cultural taboos that humans seem to possess.I also like the subtle discussion of the attitudes of the Sidhe in regards to other faerie beings.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-03-07 05:48

    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 several men. It isn't just mindless screwing, there is a point to it, and Merry genuinely has feelings for them.I don't get the fuss, personally. I just think it's an entertaining series about the fae/sidhe. This one did have a bit too much description about the glamour of the sidhe, or just lengthy descriptions of clothes, etc.But I still enjoyed it and plan to read the others in the series.

  • Mike
    2019-03-07 00:45

    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.

  • Denisa
    2019-03-10 01:47

    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! :)

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-03-23 08:49

    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 to see how she is coming into her powers and how she is learning to be a Queen. All the guys are still intriguing. They are all good guys but enough different that there should be one you will like. I like how we are still learning bits and pieces of them too. Plus with what happened at the end, there will definitely be some changes. The sex scenes weren't bad. I can see how Merry is developing stronger feelings for some of them but I still don't have a clue who she would pick if she had to pick just one. The scene with Kitto wasn't as bad as I thought. I think it would be better if I didn't think of him as being a kid!! It will be interesting to meet some of the new guard and see how they react with the current ones. I enjoyed all the scenes with her mother, the King and Maeve. I liked seeing how Merry stood up to them and I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • CaliGirlRae
    2019-03-13 01:39

    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, then the next chapter was arriving at the house and giving an essay on who the actress was and how she related to fae history, the next chapter was them stepping inside the house going into the living room and sitting down to chat with her bodyguards, next chapter was moving from one room to the other and then finally talking to the actress herself. And so on and so on. Rather grating if you're looking for the plot to move forward. I'm glad I finally got to dabble in the books since I heard so much about the author and her series but I think this will probably be my last Merry Gentry book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-06 05:53

    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 has past since reading the first book, a refresher may be in order. The stand alone mystery in the book is interesting and well thought out, but I especially love the continuing story line of Merry's place within the world of faerie and her mission to ensure her survival among her people.The Bad: Not a thing.

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-07 04:02

    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
    2019-03-03 00:58

    Second in the Meredith Gentry erotic urban fantasy series revolving around a half-fae princess and her harem in Los Angeles.My TakeIt’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 Dark versus the negative of the Light. It’s a complex culture with each species within it having yet more subcultures with their own customs and mores. No, it’s definitely not sweetness and light in the Unseelie Court, but as Merry points out, they are more honest than the Seelie. And certainly more compassionate with all the orphans they take in. But don’t be fooled as both courts are deadly, even if the Dark is more accepting. Yup, Merry is definitely channeling Anita Blake when she demands Rhys’ cooperation. You can hear Anita in her tone and her stance.Hmmm, the worshipping rule continues into this story. Crack me up. The dread Doyle is afraid of driving in a car, and Galen in his peekaboo apron. The men are such a contrast between themselves and similar yet different from other humans. And Frost, poor Frost is so terrified that when Merry does conceive, it won’t be a child with him, and he’ll have to return to the queen. A fear too many of the guard have.Interesting contrast: Merry and Galen’s fertility ritual is a success and yet the fae are dying.The StoryAn unexpected and very dangerous client wants Merry and her men for an even more unexpected reason. One that could even more firmly cause Taranis to set assassins on their tails.But humanity is in even greater danger, for the Nameless has been released to hunt. It can only be a fae who set it free, and if the human world should learn of it, the fae could be exiled from America.The CharactersMeredith “Merry Gentry” NicEssus, Princess of Flesh of the high court of Faerie, has returned to L.A. Prince Essus was her father and Andais’ brother, and he taught her much about the other courts of Faerie. Besaba is Merry’s very vain mother.Merry’s Unseelie high-court sidhe include:Each man is a Raven, one of the Queen’s guards, but now they are Merry’s, possible consorts if one of them can get her pregnant. There’s Frost, a.k.a., the Killing Frost who carries Winter Kiss, the one with whom she’s in love. Doyle is part phouka and was the Queen’s Darkness who carries a deadly blade AND Snick and Snack, now he’s Merry’s. Now that he’s realized there are other ways to lose. Rhys is who he is now; before, he was a death god, the Lord of Relics, older than most of the sidhe, and too stubborn to realize that other courts have other customs. Now he has a passion for Bogey and film noir. Nicca is one of the guard, but soft. Galen, the Green Man, is Merry’s first love, too sweet and trusting to survive.The plus-two-thousand-year-old Kitto is one of Merry’s, but a snake goblin and a symbol of her alliance with the very angry Kurag, king of Goblins. Queen Niceven holds Galen’s cure, until she passes it on to the hateful Sage in her own bid for power. Taranis Thunderer is the King of Light and Illusion of the Seelie Court and Merry’s great-uncle who set aside his second wife of a hundred years, Conan of Cuala, because she didn’t bear him a child. Hedwick is a dimwitted secondary secretary while Dame Rosmerta is the main social secretary. Jeremy Grey, a trow, owns the Grey Detective Agency, which specializes in supernatural problems. Teresa is an agency psychic. Detective Lucy Tate is friendly towards the fae. Lieutenant Peterson is terrified of Merry, ever since the Branwyn’s Tears incident at the station in A Kiss of Shadows, 1. Bucca-Dhu is a diminished sidhe god and part of the ritual that brought the ghosts of dead gods, the Starving Ones, to life.Queen Andais, the vicious and sadistic Queen of Air and Darkness is desperate for a child of her bloodline. Her son, Prince Cel, the Prince of Old Blood, is more likely to be executed for his beyond psychopathic crimes while her niece, Merry, is only a half-blood. Siobhan is the mad head of his guards.Jeffrey Maison works for Maeve Reed, a fae exiled by Taranis, who took Hollywood and the world by storm. She had been a goddess of beauty and spring, Conchenn, but then Taranis exiled her. Some hundred years ago. Gordon Reed, the director who made her a star, is Maeve’s beloved...and dying...husband. Marie is Maeve’s young assistant. Ethan Kane of the Kane and Hart Agency, the Grey Detective Agency’s only real rivals in L.A., is hostile toward Merry and her men. Max Corbin and Frank are two of the bodyguards. Jordon and Julian Hart are twins and strong in their own powers. Adam Kane is Julian’s lover and Ethan’s brother.The Nameless is a conglomeration “of everything too awful, too hungry” in sidhe powers. All that is the worst of the Seelie and the Unseelie. A creation that allowed the Courts to come to America.The CoverThe cover is dark and purpled in its old Hollywood effect with the wrought iron curls and and frills of the frame partially enclosing Merry, with Doyle’s turn in Merry’s bedroom.The title is a hint of the Darkness for he and the others are coming out into the Light, and it’s A Caress of Twilight on them all.

  • ***Dave Hill
    2019-02-23 04:39

    (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 threat to the entire world. If the protagonist struggled with one problem/weakness/responsibility of type X, have the sequel be about a similar problem, only with type X+5.Laurell K. Hamilton has been guilty of that with her Anita Blake novels, which have gone from detective procedurals with a large element of horror to gothic soap operas and a Strange New Power That Anita Must Learn To Use To Face A Threat Even More Horrific Than The One Last Book. Oh, and lots of sex, too.She’s broken that trend, sort of, with the second Meredith Gentry novel, Caress of Twilight, but … well, not in a good way. The original, A Kiss of Shadows, dealt heavily with faerie politics, kinky sex, kinky faerie sexual politics, and how poor half-sidhe princess Meredith manages to survive the murderous machinations of her cousin Cel and the sadistic powerplays of her aunt, Queen Andais, mistress of the Unseelie Court. It was all rushed, and over the top, and at times seemingly just an excuse to write a bodice-ripper about rough sex.Caress makes Kiss look like the most solidly structured and plotted book ever written. Unseelie threats have died down, but the Seelie court seems to have a renewed interest in Meredith, especially its king, her uncle, Taranis (get it? Taranis? Tyrannis?). Of course, Meredith, and her coterie of bodyguards/lovers now knows a secret about Taranis from a long-time sidhe exile (and current movie star). But, wait, there’s also a mysterious set of murders going on. But, wait, there’s also on the loose some strange critter called the Nameless, the sum total of all the most powerful and godlike faerie magic that the sidhe divested themselves of in ages past, in order to live with humans.Some of these plots get — well, settled is too organized a word — dealt with or dismissed by the end of the book. Others are allowed to hang out there. But you don’t get the sense that this is merely setting the background for later conflicts, so much as that Hamilton reached the end of her contractual pages and brought everything to a screaming conclusion, regardless of what it did to the story. We go from endless plotting and diplomatic exchanges (most of them, not coincidentally, in the bedroom) to wham! a major battle against a terrible foe, followed by bam! a denouement where the aftermath is told to us, not actually shown. Abrupt doesn’t begin to describe it.Not that this will stop me from picking up the next one when it comes out. Though I will certainly be waiting on the mass market paperback, and might even look for a used copy. I’m sure there will be some …Entertainment [2]: Hamilton continues to toss up nuggets about how Faerie and the world of humans works in this setting, but they seem sometimes thrown out just to either complicate or resolve a given problem. Her battle scenes are few and mediocre (compared to the Anita Blake series), and the sex scenes are, frankly, much the same.Profundity [1]: Beauty and ugliness can hide both good and evil. Those who are openly evil are perhaps less of a threat than those who are hypocritically of the light. Etc.Re-readability [1]: Definitely not coming back off the bookshelf unless the series picks up and I feel the need to reread the whole thing.

  • Sofia Teixeira
    2019-03-11 02:42

    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 exilada que deseja desesperadamente ser mãe, com um ser incontrolável cheio de poderes de antigos deuses à solta e ainda com o rei Seelie a tentar manipulá-la, Merry não tem mãos a medir. Valhe-lhe ter os seus guerreiros com ela para a ajudarem nestes tempos tão conturbados.Existem vários ingredientes que tornam esta leitura rápida e agradável. A autora é exaustiva o quanto baste nas suas descrições e a mitologia por ela criada está sem dúvida muito bem estruturada. À medida que vamos sabendo mais sobre outros seres feéricos, a teia da trama vai ficando ainda mais fascinante e parece que na nossa cabeça vão sendo feitas 'apostas' sobre o que vai acontecer a seguir e quem é que é responsável pelo quê.Tenho lido pela web que algumas pessoas são da opinião que estes livros são só sexo, no entanto, eu discordo. A cultura sexual dos seres feéricos é o que tanto têm de fascinante pois, ao contrário do que seria de pensar não é um acto banal, mas um acto que pode trazer grandes consequências políticas ou até mesmo parcerias inesperadas. O acto sexual é um acto de poder e no contexto destas obras, penso que as torna ainda mais únicas.Sou da opinião que é uma saga que vale a pena ler, a escrita da autora é leve e contagiante, com capítulos pequenos, o que faz com que seja mesmo muito difícil largar a sua leitura. Gostei. Opinião completa:

  • Lisa
    2019-02-23 07:49

    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 gets interesting in book #2, as the lead character, Meredith Gentry, gets more power and becomes even more politically savvy.The race to the throne will be decided by who produces an heir first. So Meredith is having sex with all sorts of people. Part of what has kept my interest piqued is to find out who ends up becoming her king. Also, the mystery part of the story in book #2 looks like it will be continuing to book #3. Someone is trying to kill a woman exiled from the faerie world who has set herself up as a movie star in Hollywood. It all goes back to royal power, and she is a threat. She is still alive at the end of this book, but I sense she will play a role in the next one.If you like murder mysteries more than you like sci fi, this might not be the series for you. But if you are intrigued by how authors construct these whole realms of other beings, you might want to check out this series.

  • Danielle (Danniegurl)
    2019-03-15 04:38

    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 they are part of the story. I don't think they are going away quite yet, and after what happened in this book I'm unsure of what's going to happen with the men. It's still enjoyable, the sex wasn't as big of a focal point as it was in book 1. Still very similar to Anita after the whole plot focus changed in that series. Frost sort of reminds me of Richard, but not the same way, more like his jealousy issues. I'm unsure if I'd make comparison between Anita and Merry's books had I read them not knowing the same author wrote it. Idk. But still. I do want to see where this goes.

  • Charlie
    2019-03-25 00:41

    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 - checkRich, magical world with fantastic creatures - checkSteamy sex with a bunch of yummy immortals - checkThere's a lot to love about his series. Granted the plot isn't particularly special and there's a lot (like seriously a lot) of sex but it all adds to the fun. It doesn't take itself too seriously. Merry isn't out to save the world, just her corner of it, and herself if she can and she wants to have a lot of kinky sex with her sexy, immortal guards while she does it. Seriously, what's not to love?I'll definitely be continuing this series.

  • Emma
    2019-03-19 07:59

    Bahaha, these books are so bad. Like embarrassingly bad. Like, at night when I'm reading before bed, I try to shield my Kindle with my body so my boyfriend can't see what I'm reading over my shoulder bad. That's really bad.There are basically two things going on here at once. First, Meredith is a fey princess that will ascend to the throne only if she can conceive a child before her evil cousin. Secondly, Meredith is also a private investigator, which forms the basis of the individual plot for each book. I'll totally admit here that the PI plots are super boring and I mostly just skim over those. I'm all about the faerie sex.And... that's pretty much what this series is about. Don't expect anything amazing, just faerie romance.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-22 07:03

    Book 2 of Merry Gentry series. Satisfying enough sequel to the first book.One criticism I have is that the titles of these books are two romancey generic. I don't like it. That said, this book had all of the tension and excitement of the first. It moved along a little more quickly because there weren't many location changes or exposition. I do think that the first one was more satisfying overall, but this one kept me interested in the direction of the story and thirsty for more!Once again, major smut warning, if you're not into that stuff.Recommended!

  • Donna
    2019-03-25 01:53

    The first in this series was mildly interesting, enough so that I figured I'd see if this second book was better. Unfortunately, the cheesy sex scenes found in the first book were even worse in this second. This has to be the most godawful erotica? writing in the history of life. I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended. The writing is atrocious. I'm definitely done with this series.

  • Alice at Raptureinbooks
    2019-03-09 01:47

    Still 5 stars after a reread

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-03-17 04:47

    Kylie Minoque's music video "Slow" in book form part 2.Hamilton again introduces a parade of Chippendale-ish elfs, who are, without one exception, unable to resist Merry.

  • Gator Girl
    2019-03-16 06:51

    3.5 starslibrary ebook borrow review for me: spoilers possible It was good.Just odd. She's a princess fey, living amongst humans. Supposed to be a P.I. There really wasn't any investigating in this book.I felt like most of the book is Merry talking to her mirror to someone. With one of her guards draped on her in some way. But we got more of where the story is going, because Teranis (sp?) the Seelie King is going to be a problem. ** so much of the book is conversation. mainly between Merry and whatever Fey royalty she's talking to and all the insult/not insult, truth/lie bullcrap.** it's one thing with any series dealing with fey mythology....the constant way the fey walk the fine line of truth/lie. that doesn't get to me. It's the dang way they take the smallest thing as an insult; the constant stroking of ego that wears on my reading after awhile.So, the big surprise for me in this book was that Merry admits to loving Frost. Doyle and Merry finally have sex. Little bit too scary for me the way he yelled "Run" at her and stuff. But we find out that he's part shift changer and can maybe alter the size of his manhood?Merry and Kitto get it on. Have to so he wont fade and to secure the alliance with the goblins. Plus find out that Kitto is part sidhe, so he's welcomed by the Unseelie. Sage also shows up, bringing the cure for Galen. Sage is a demi-fey. He's the size of a Ken doll. (But can grow.) so we can see that the author is hitting on all kinds of sex here. Just adding to the harem.The disappointment of this book was the supposed big bad Nameless. Wasn't really all that scary and of course our Merry comes into another Power that helps destroy the Nameless. Cool power but then the fey that were present get their powers back (Rhys, Frost, Doyle, etc.) And it's the end of the book! That's it.And that's it for my review.

  • Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
    2019-03-23 05:43

    4.5 stars ~ review to come

  • Patrícia
    2019-02-26 01:03

    Antes da moda dos vampiros se iniciar com a saga Luz e Escuridão, já muitos livros de vampiros e lobisomens povoavam a literatura lá fora e o romance paranormal já estava a povoar as livrarias. Entre essas pioneiras do género temos Laurell K. Hamilton que se estreou em 1993 com o primeiro volume da sua série Anita Blake, que hoje continua a vender e sem fim a vista. Em 2000, antecipando a “moda” que viria a seguir, iniciou a sua segunda série de sucesso, Merry Gentry, uma série onde os fae e restantes seres feéricos são protagonistas e as novas estrelas da “Cidade dos Anjos”. Oito livros já publicados, o nono a caminho e o primeiro volume traduzido para 40 línguas, esta é a prova que a moda que começou a 20 anos veio para ficar.Depois de ter estado longe do romance paranormal nos últimos tempos, eis que regressei ao género com o segundo volume de uma série que me deixou bastante impressionada, o suficiente para arranjar este Carícias da Noite e ter lido Prazeres Inconfessos, do qual não gostei tanto. Se geralmente sou menina de vampiros e lobisomens, quando se trata de ler um livro de Hamilton, parece que os seres feéricos ganham com larga vantagem, o que já diz muito sobre o que eu acho desta série.Se no primeiro livro, O Beijo das Sombras, primeiro estranhava-se toda a bizarria que acompanhava a sensualidade e beleza obscura dos Fae, neste já estamos a espera de tudo e, conseguimos ser apanhados de surpresa. Com a mesma arrogância, humor e ritmo alucinante que caracterizaram o livro anterior, este está recheado de tensão, segredos descobertos e o ar de quem está a espera que a bomba relógio deixe de fazer tic-tac e o perigo esteja novamente a solta.Merry está, supostamente, em paz mas novas descobertas e alianças tornam-se mais urgentes do que a procriação do herdeiro que precisa para não se tornar um alvo a abater. Se o passado retorna e o futuro se torna ainda mais incerto, Merry sabe que o seu presente não é tão estável quanto aparenta, deixando-a na posição de princesa que tem de ser protegida e a da rainha que terá de domar todos a sua volta, sem magoar aqueles de quem gosta. A acção está mais perto da intriga política e do mundo feérico que o livro anterior, e apesar de conter a mesma aparência sexual, penso que esta não se torna tão estranguladora neste, contendo cenas de sensualidade mas também de amizade e amor, não tendo o sexo o principal papel mas torna-se parte da atmosfera do livro. Mais uma vez, a parte hierárquica e política do livro conseguiu suster o meu interesse com novas alianças, novas regras de corte e etiqueta e todas as intrigas que rodeiam as antigas e novas personagens. A medida que vamos conhecendo os diversos povos e cortes, o livro ganha outra dimensão que não se concentra tanto numa só personagem mas em várias, tornando-as todas importantes. Quanto as duas Cortes dos Fae, finalmente, começa-se a perceber que a história não é tão simples quanto aparenta e que muita coisa ainda irá acontecer e ser descoberta pois existe uma grande rivalidade entre ambas e Merry pode bem estar no meio de um conflito com séculos que pode estar prestes a terminar com a morte de todos.As personagens são tão diversas quanto os povos que estão presentes e constituem um dos pontos altos deste livro pois a sua caracterização para além de bizarra é também encantadora, e o talento da autora para conjugar ambos os conceitos é fantástica. Através de momentos tão opressivos quanto hilariantes, vamos conhecendo criatura a criatura e a sua importância para a história.Não é um livro com tanta acção mas contém dezenas de pormenores que poderão tornar esta leitura ainda melhor. O conflito entre as personagens, os seus poderes e falhas, podem decidir o destino de cada um e torna-se cada vez mais premente que a mortalidade de Merry tanto a pode matar como salvar mas não deve ser vista como um defeito. Por entre homens de grande poder, medos atrozes e personalidades distintas, Merry tem de começar a escolher, colocando o coração de lado e esperando que não morra entretanto.Sendo um romance paranormal, é importante que a narrativa se mantenha original ao longo da série para não perder interesse e, penso que Hamilton conseguiu isso nesta série até agora ao apostar em algo diferente e numa narrativa tão ousada, capaz de chocar e entreter. Pode não ser uma obra-prima mas é um livro que diverte e distrai o leitor do mundo mundano. Agora é esperar que 2013 traga mais Merry Gentry.