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Laurell K. Hamilton
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Feb. 3 2004 Meredith Gentry Series (Book 3)
I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Faerie. Now there are those among us who whisper I am more. And who can blame them? I've awakened the dazzling magic that's slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can't figure out why. My aunt, Queen of Air and Darkness, is no longer distracted by her sadistic hobbies. Her obsession has turned unwaveringly to me. The mission to get me pregnant and beat my cousin Prince Cel to the crown is taking longer than expected. Even though I spend each night with the Queen's Ravens, my immortal guards, no child has come of our decadent pleasures. But something else is happening. My magic courses through me uncontrollably. And as I lock my half-mortal body with their full-Sidhe-blooded ones, the power surges like never before. It all began with a chalice. I dreamed of it, and it appeared, cool and hard, beside me when I awoke. My guards know the ancient relic well - its disappearance ages ago stripped them of all of their vital powers. But it is here with us now. My touch resonates with its force, and they're consumed with it, their Sidhe essences lit up by it. But even as they cherish me for this unexpected gift, there are those who loathe me for it. Me, a mongrel, only half fey and part mortal. The Unseelie court has suffered for so long, and there are some who would not have it weakened further by an impure queen. My enemies grow in number every day. But they do not know what I am capable of. Nor, for that matter, do I...

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Considering all the complications, sexual and otherwise, that Merry Gentry, heir to the faerie throne, endured in A Kiss of Shadows (2000) and A Caress of Shadows (2002), it's no surprise to find the start of Hamilton's third book in her erotic fantasy series weighed down by attempts to conversationally recap earlier convolutions. Even readers of the first two books might have problems sorting out exactly why Merry is messing with the goblin king via magic mirror. Though the author maintains interest through such devices as an imaginative sex scene involving Merry, two of her sidhe studs and a doll-sized, winged, blood-sucking demi-fey, it takes a milieu switch from L.A. to St. Louis and the Unseelie court for the plot to take off and become a page turner. Merry confronts faerie politics that make Machiavelli look like a rookie, while her aunt's sadistic madness leads to what must rank as one of the bloodier scenes of fictional slaughter. Since Merry's previous role as a private eye has almost completely disappeared, nefarious deeds require magic to solve rather than detection. Hamilton's trademark mix of the personal and emotional along with the sexual will as usual delight her fans. Add yet another tour de force ending, a new final total of 16 lustful sidhe male immortals with whom to couple (or triple or...), and a fair future is assured for Merry for at least another few books.
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Last seen in A Caress of Twilight (2002), faerie princess Meredith NicEssus is still trying to conceive an heir so that she, and not her sadistic cousin Cel, can claim the Unseelie throne from her aunt, Andais. Luckily, Meredith has a bevy of buff bodyguards at her disposal, and the one who gets her pregnant will be king. She is also trying to broker the continuation of an alliance between the Unseelie people and the goblins, but the goblin king isn't cutting her many breaks. Her aunt is continuing to put increasing amounts of pressure on her, throwing more and more attractive men at her, hoping she'll produce that much-desired heir. Meredith journeys to her aunt's court, where a horrendous shock awaits her. Full of steamy sex scenes but a little light on plot, Seduced by Moonlight doesn't really pick up until Meredith heads to the Unseelie court. Despite the shortcomings, devoted Hamilton fans will enjoy the characters' connections and the rich, imaginative world they inhabit. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ill Met by Moolight Feb. 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
There once was a writer named Laurell K.
Who wrote of few good books but lack-a-day!
Much to this reader's sad dismay,
She got lost in a pile of pitiful porn.
Her characters left plotless and forlorn.
Her reader could only feel miserable scorn.
Until she finds a tale worth the telling,
This reader will no more be the dollars a-shelling
For transitional doggerel tattered and torn
And musical beds from night to morn.
There is more to life than emotionless sex;
There is conflict of character and stories complex.
A full story with good characters is all that I ask!
So until the author is up to this task,
There is nothing to say,
But farewell, adieu and good day.
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By M. I.
Format:Hardcover
Ok. I have no problem with a few sexy scenes in a book, but when it becomes the entire focus, thats when I have a problem. Seduced By Moonlight was so slow in its first half that I came dangerously close to not even finishing it. The beginning chapters were just one page after another filled with wordy dream sequences and excuse after excuse to get Merry's men naked. I will be the first to admit that Merry's men are beyond beautiful and truly it is no hardship to get to "know" them intimately, but I need a plot, people! FINALLY, after speedreading through too many things that I could have done without, LKH pulled it all together and from midway on, the book became interesting. I thought that some of the violence in the books ending scenes was a bit over the top, but the last pages were fun to read as Merry settled in for the night and we were able to look in and listen to her and her suitors as they whispered to eachother while drifting off to sleep. I just love Rhys and I definitely felt like he stole the show in those last pages. All in all, this is a definite must read if you are a fan. There is too much going on at this point for me to stop reading the series and I hope that LKH comes out with the next book soon because I am very curious to see which man will become Merrys husband.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sinking fast... July 8 2004
By CN
Format:Hardcover
Okay - we got the whole sex gig. Trying to get pregnant, much weird sex, yes we know already! Now the challenge is to write an interesting story without the soft porn crutch. I admit I have the problem of comparing any of Ms. Hamilton's recent works with her fast paced, full story of her ealier Anita Blake books. None of them will win a Pullitzer, but they were a good read. I could even deal with the sex she began to include because it moved the story along. Now the sex is the story with a few supernatural twists thrown in for filler.
If you're into faery fornication - hey this book and all the Merry Gentry Books are for you. However, the sex is souless and even gets boring. There is a better use of my time and money. If you are mildly curious (and hopeful) take it out at the library first, then decide to purchase. I always reread good books, but I've never been moved to pick up any of these books again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blake Series July 7 2004
Format:Hardcover
All I can say is, if you are a lover of the dark lore of vamps, wolves, undead, etc., you have GOT to read this ENTIRE series. This is a series that will keep you wanting more. Every one of her books (including her fae series) I can not put down. I have all her books and each read is usually 1-3 days cover to cover non-stop reading - yeah, it grabs you just like that and keeps you enthralled the entire time, leaving you wanting more when you have finished each book. The only bad thing about any of her books is......she just cant get the next one out fast enough to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars not your 80s type of fairies June 16 2004
Format:Hardcover
My gf introduced me to Meredith Gentry and, as silly as this may sound, I now compare every book I buy to this series. (As to all of our friends whom we have introduced to the series) It is beautifully descriptive, passionate, and it has an absolutely gripping plot that makes my mouth water in anticipation of the next novel. (soon please?) And yes, the third lives up to the other two, though I must admit the first is still my favorite - for the surprise factor at seeing such wonderful writing if nothing else.
First off, let me answer some of the criticisms of this book before it turns you off and you miss out. Some reviewers said there was too much sex in this last novel/this series. Yes, there is a lot of sex, but it is Really hot sex for both male and female readers and it is very well incorporated and explained. It is also very well depicted with the kind of imagery that outshines Anne Rice while still keeping a good plot. For those who do not think the amount of sex sounded believable, try to keep in mind the characters are fay. Not Tolkien's elves, not puritan shoe faries, fay - and if you have done research on what that word meant to the cultures that coined it you would know this is not really a stretch. And if you have done research you will be pleasantly surprised to find that Hamilton has done her research too and incorporated it perfectly. Now, if you do want nice, censored novels that do not challenge you or provide any visuals inappropriate for children then by all means skip this one. And if you are not particularly sensual or are somewhat conservative then again, skip this one. But if you are ok with reading something naughty and want to get away from the traditional 'vampire bites neck.. er.. sensually' then this is a must-read.
Now, on to the actual book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sex was interesting
the best part of the book was character developement... sure it mostly happened in a bed or turning merry on... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Seduced by Moonlight
Wow!! I have been waiting soooo long for the next book. Well it is finally here and she still left us hanging! Read more
Published on June 11 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for entertainment reading
I must admit very guiltly that I liked this book inspite of the fact that it was all sex and very little plot. To have as much sex as it had did detract from the actual story. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Fracturedfae
2.0 out of 5 stars Sidhe don't need night lights--they glow in the dark
Between Hamilton's last Anita Blake book and the reviews for this one, I wasn't expecting much, and aside from occasional glimmers of plot between the heavy breathing, I didn't get... Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by abt1950
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book I have ever read
This is by far the worst LKH book I have read and possibly the worst book I have ever read! While the past two Merry Gentry books have been somewhat interesting and entertaining,... Read more
Published on May 27 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars NC - 17
On the positive side, Merry is still alive, despite the best efforts of her Unseelie enemies. On the other side, despite her and her macho harem's best work, she is not pregnant. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Huntress Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilling
Meredith NicEssus is still trying to get pregnant in order to win the Unseelie crown. A half-mortal faerie princess, Merry has been copulating with six gorgeous guards for several... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars It's like soft-porn! Except worse!
Out of all LAURELL K. HAMILTON's books, this is by far the worst. It took me almost two weeks to read this book becuase I kept wanting to put it down and read something with a... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Sophia Domiguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
Try as I might I couldn't finish reading this book. The whole thing was shallow and filled with one empty sex scene after another. Read more
Published on May 15 2004
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