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A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry, Book 4) Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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A Kiss of Shadows
“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”
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A Caress of Twilight
“Sensual, without a doubt . . . This book moves like a whirlwind.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] sexy, tension-charged dark fantasy mystery.”
Seduced by Moonlight
“This [faerie] society is one of the most detailed,
imaginative, and lovingly drawn in all fantastic fiction,
and the Meredith Gentry series has become something special.”
–San Jose Mercury News
“Hamilton’s books [are] must-reads.”
–The Denver Post
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The book starts well. Merry and entourage are inside a fairy mound when a fey and a human reporter are found murdered. It's the human offed in Faerie who's the real problem. Police and news crews are waiting outside the mound to swoop in. Merry and her aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness and the mound's ruler, need to solve this crime themselves - fast - before they have the fairy/human equivalent of a major international incident.
Great set-up, huh? I was wiggling my toes inside my little fuzzy bunny slippers, settling in for a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery, fairy style. Then the sex started. This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. I like a good sex scene as well as the next person - maybe more. But the problem here is that after the sex started, it never stopped. The entirety of the rest of the book has Merry bonking one guy after another. Even I got a bit bored after awhile. Where was the murder mystery? Where was the investigation? What about the major international incident - y'know, the one it's vitally important Merry stave off?
I kept waiting for the sex to stop, for the book to remember it had a plot. And the number of remaining pages kept getting thinner and thinner. Finally, flipping ahead (which will give you some idea of how little what I was reading grabbed me), I saw there were only five chapters and about 50 pages left. I thought, "Okay, NOW we get to the murder mystery. Man, those last 50 pages must really rock." At which point we embark on a five chapter sex scene.Read more ›
Some of the problems I had with this book included the endless stretch of a day and night. For two books now I have been waiting to find out what will happen at the Seelie Court and the gnomes. I'm beginning to feel I'll have to wait five more books to ever find out. How utterly depressing and an efficient way to loose readers.
I was also hoping that the solving of the crime (murders) would envolve Merry. Instead she delegates and moves off to have more sex.
Then there was the sex. Sure it was steamy, but there were sex scenes that would last through four to five long chapters. They would play then talk, kiss, then talk, fondle, then talk. AUGH! What made it worst was the talk was mostly self-pity, woe-is-me, I'm not worthy. Booooorrring. Most sex scenes were Merry with two to three guys and EVERY sex scene was with a host of other guards watching. Even the one with Adair, who is supposedly sooooooo shy. Merry, who is totted as being the prefect lover, basically tells him, either put out or she'll take another to bed.
The wrap up at the end was the worst of all. Your not even sure if the murder is solved. The queen believes it, but who wouldn't admit to murder after being led around by their intestines?
So, why am I giving it three stars? Because the men sound sooo sexy. God, I'm gullible! I'll probably even read the next one.
The "story" is that Merry has lots of sex, the goddess manifests, lots of magic happens, people get new powers, she cries, some of the guards cry, the Queen acts psycho...in other words exactly the same as the last book and the last and the... There is no movement in the plotline whatsoever.
With the exception of a show like 24 hours, this kind of writing that stretches a storyline's action over a one day time period just doesn't work. Especially not in a book! I don't believe this is anything more than an excuse to turn a storyline that should be limited to a trilogy into something that takes 13 or more lucrative books to "tell".
In all fairness, I must say the sex scenes are very well written and riveting. (Hence the 2 stars instead of the one I'm tempted to give this book.) I actually enjoyed reading them; however once I realized that's all that was there I was extremely pissed! This book is like a bad porno movie, all extremely unlikely sex scenes and no plot! Now the main character is even going to have sex with girl guards "to protect them from her evil cousin".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I good quick read, though very unlike the author's other series. The book is urban fantasy with several sex scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nik
Their passion reawakens powers long forgotten, and I'm intrigued, but there is so much violence and bloodshed that this particular book in the series didn't quite do it for me like... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Simpson
You would think with all the great bed partners princess Meredith would be pregnant by now or dead with all the people trying to kill her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 1safelady
If you like this author and this series then you'll love this book. Perfect continuation of the previous books written as excellently as always.Published 4 months ago by M
The Good: Merry and her men continue to be awesome, navigating the deadly political situation they've been thrust into. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Sicurella