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Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Laurell K. Hamilton , Laural Merlington
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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28 Oct 2007 Meredith Gentry Novels (Book 5)
I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of faerie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.

My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards . . . and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.

Now Mistral, Queen Andais’s new captain of the guard, has come to my bed–defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic, mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives. Not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.

If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in faerie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Abridged edition (28 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423322363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423322368
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,979,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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"Erotic, magical, violent, sensual and thrilling...extraordinary tales of a Faerie in hiding as a private investigator in LA...quite simply delicious...Highly recommended." (SARAH BROADHURST, The Bookseller)

"Oozing with sensuality...steamy sex scenes that are wonderfully touchy-feely." (Starburst magazine)

"Relentless high-paced trashiness...good fun." (SFX magazine)

"Seductive and terrifying...this series is proof not only of Laurell K. Hamilton's immense storytelling abilities, but also of her continued development of contemporary dark fantasy and horror." (Enigma magazine)

"Sizzling...memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The fifth darkly fantastic, deliciously dangerous outing into the sensual realm of Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times-bestselling series - it's Merry Gentry's most erotic adventure yet! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read, but sex is not a story in itself. 7 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
First of all I would like to say that I have loved the other books in the series with Merry Gentry. This one however dissappoints me quite a lot. The story in Mistral's Kiss carries on immediately from A Stroke of Midnight. Literally. But this time there is so much detailed sex in the book that it really detracts from the story. In the end whenever I came to a sexscene I would skim the next few pages until I was past it, because it just became so boring in the end. I thought that other reviewers that had written the same, were just old maids and conservative bigots, but I have to agree that the detailed sex scenes are just boring. I like and enjoy sex in a book, but it has to be a part of the story and not most of the story.

I didn't know how short this book was until it arrived. With Hamilton I always like a good heavy plot and this time it arrived in a small package. You might think when reading it that the first half of the book belonged in the real end of A Stroke of Midngiht with the last half being part of whatver major work comes next in the Merry Gentry series.

Bsides from that, what there is of a story is excellent but absolutely too short. 3 stars as I think Hamilton could have done a vastly better job.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but.... 9 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I still think Hamilton spends way to much time on sex and discussions about sex and feelings without getting anywhere. I wish she would go back to the style of the first books (both Merry and Anita).

This is an ok read though, but get it from your local library instead of buying it if you can. And then buy some Kim Harrison books instead, because they are everything the first Anita books were and more.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poison kiss 4 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have followed this series and looked forward to the fourth instalment. Unfortunately, Hamilton has dispensed with plot (and when I say plot, I mean any forward action in the story line) and instead replaced it with bad porn--no, actually I imagine bad porn has a lot more believable entries into prostituting its protagonists. Will she ever come up with more of a reason for Merry to have sex with EVERYONE she meets other than to make the flaming grass grow? Can you at least give her the dignity of having her clothes? If she was dressed in this novel I must have blinked and missed it.

I think 'Mistral's Kiss' was blatantly written by an author writing for

reasons other than enjoyment. You come to your own conclusions as to what those reasons might be.

'Mistral's Kiss' was written for those grateful to find 'Romance' (by this I mean pornography) cunningly disguised in the less embarrassing covers of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, but I am disappointed to say any reader who enjoyed anything more than the sex (the sex now is completely unoriginal and more grotesque than erotic) will be let down.

This series used to be magical, intriguing and imaginative, with sex and violence peripheral attributes written with far more taste. It was even refreshing to read about a sexually free female character. However, the sex is now as degrading to women (no, humiliating!)as you might find in any teenage boys porn collection and although she is apparently in a position of 'power' Merry is the sexual toy of all the men she panders to; what kind of message is that sending about women? I was offended.

For me, the series ended with 'A Stroke of Midnight'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely thanks
realy enjoyed this thank you. now have the whole series. if you liked this you'll love Anita Blake novels, x
Published 3 months ago by hollowjen
3.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I'd say this but...
There was too much sex in this book. Usually the storyline out weighs the sex for me with LKH books but with 'Mistral's Kiss' that didn't quite happen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bex79
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
I like this series better than the Anita Blake series and that's saying something! Just buy the whole series to save yourself time!
Published 6 months ago by PerfectPurplePak
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Laurell k out does herself in this wonderful and compelling series.

Mistrals kiss is one of my favourites in the merry gentry series!
Published 10 months ago by pub girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Having read the others in this series I knew this one would be good and it did not dissapoint me
Published 17 months ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait till I read the next book
Cant wait for my next read, It is everything I love in a book sex, intreague, fantisay a hole new consept of writing
Published 17 months ago by susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 4 books in the Merry Gentry series and eagerly downloaded this one. I am however only 30% of the way through it and am struggling to go any... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
"She's done it again!". Laurell Hamiltion has done it again, this books is ace, as are all her books, the Gentry series is just as good as the Anita Blake novels- wonderful... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Faith
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
After reading the 1st Merry book and enjoying it i decided to buy this one. I agree it does have a lot of sex in it however i think anyone who's read a Hamilton book will be... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by bambeano85
3.0 out of 5 stars magic, dark fantasy, fairies, merry gentry
These books are entertaining, plain and simple. You have a barage of colourful men with fascinating eyes, rather not so bad sex scenes and Merry who is quite cool. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by Rebecca
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