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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (Dec 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423322355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423322351
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,851,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: Hardcover
Laurell K. Hamilton's books are distinguished by her unique style -- lots of sex, very little plot. Don't expect it to change.

And "Mistral's Kiss" continues the stagnant sexathon that her other books started, with the continuing erotic adventures of Merry Gentry (or as I like to call it, "Merry Does Faerie"). Though there is some plot in this one besides sex, nothing much really advances except a tacked-in plot twist.

In previous books, as we're told here, Merry Gentry has to have a baby before her cousin Cel, or she's dead. She does this via detailed group sex with her guards, and found that having sex with her guards (which she does ALL the time) reawakened their dormant magics. Now Faerie gardens are starting to bloom again. Yay for her.

In the meantime, Merry has more work for the Goddess and artifacts to deal with, as well as a new hunky guard on loan to her, Mistral. Queen Andais is not so happy with everything that is going on, but is powerless to stop it -- especially when Merry gets involved with Sholto of the Sluagh, and Sholto wakens the legendary Wild Hunt...

If you were to remove the hundred-plus pages of nonstop sex, then "Mistral's Kiss" would probably be a very bracing short story. Unfortunately, Hamilton packs the entire story with sex -- which would be just fine, if all other aspects of Hamilton's writing weren't halfhearted at best.

In fact, it feels like a few stray chapters of another book. Plot points are rehashed, threads are dropped as others are raised, and the finale is an anticlimactic sputter, although it promises that something important might happen in the next book... or the one after that. As it is, the plot is simply glacial -- Hamilton moves it forward a little, but not very much.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hansen on Nov. 17 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading other reviews, I'm glad I'm not the only person who read this book and wondered what the heck was going on. Considering the usual size and density of Hamilton's work, I was excited to pick up this book, intending it to keep me busy on a long flight. It didn't. Not only is the book about half the size of what I would normally expect to get from Hamilton (but with the same price tag on a hardcover), but there was very little going on in the way of plot. I finished the book and wondered where the rest of it was. It was on par with the "novella" _Micah_ that was published (labelled as being shorter AND with a smaller price tag). Is Hamilton just under pressure to put out books more frequently for her Merry Gentry line and so is breaking them up, giving us Mistral's Kiss and Lick of Frost instead of putting them together for what we would normally expect? The Harlequin is just as long as the usual Anita Blake novels.

It does minimally advance the plot. About the same as one would usually get as a pre-climax to the actual climax in a Hamilton book, but without the real climax. I weep that I bought this in hardcover, and am certainly not going to be getting Lick of Frost in hardcover for the same reason. I loved this series far more than Anita Blake, but have been let down. This is definitely a book to borrow from the library or a friend.
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By R. Okada on March 24 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love reading paranormal romances, and from time to time I try different authors. This was my first book by L Hamilton. I'm not going to say it will be my last, because, well, we never know. But I was really confused by this book. I couldn't understand what was going on, there is a multitude of characters and little background is given for any of them.
There is so much sex in this book, that is difficult to follow the story, I couldn't finish the book, I started to skip pages to get to the end of the sex scenes to try to understand the plot a little bit more, but in the end, I gave up and just put the book aside. Even the sex scenes didn't appeal to me, I couldn't feel any connection between Princess Merry and any of her guards, I don't have a clue why this book is called "Mistral's kiss", he's in the book alright but there's nothing special about him (well, maybe it is explained in the chapters that I skipped).
I am disappointed by this book, I've read online books by authors that are trying to get published that are way better than this one.
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By K. Bullard on May 30 2007
Format: Audio CD
These books are great. I haven't read one yet that I didn't like. Yes, they are short, but for those without a lot of time on our hands, this is perfect. Laurell's brand of romance has a lot more "bite" to it than a lot of other "tough guy but tender" scenerios that you find in most supernatural romance. Not for everybody, sure, but there are those of us out here that appreciate a little more sting to it.
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