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From Publishers Weekly
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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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Nonetheless, Hamilton is a talented writer. Her descriptions, when they're not repetitive, make for some fine reading. She has a surprisingly lyrical touch at times and can even come up with some interesting plot twists. Unfortunately these gifts get lost under the verbiage, and "Seduced by Moonlight" is mediocre at best.
**** Merry Gentry is much more intense than the Anita Blake books. Despite having to rely on her guards for protection, Merry does not appear at all weak. At times, your brain will be stretched, trying to picture the fantastic creatures invented for the series, but at their hearts, even the strangest displays extremely human emotions that you can recognize. Be advised, you need to A. refresh your memory on who's who or what in the prior books as the cast continually expands and B. it's definitely NC 17. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by CN
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. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Jason S. Stockler
the best part of the book was character developement... sure it mostly happened in a bed or turning merry on... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Bookmage
Wow!! I have been waiting soooo long for the next book. Well it is finally here and she still left us hanging! Read morePublished on June 10 2004
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 morePublished on June 9 2004 by Fracturedfae
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 morePublished on May 26 2004
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 morePublished on May 18 2004 by Amazon Customer
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