Mistral's Kiss: Urban Fantasy (Merry Gentry 5) Paperback – 19 Nov 2007
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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)
The fifth darkly fantastic, deliciously dangerous outing into the sensual realm of Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times-bestselling series...See all Product Description
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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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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.
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.
I wasn't wrong. Taking place immediately (and I do mean right after) the events of the previous book, it then goes through some formulaic scenes (mostly the sex..again) and, more or less abruptly, ends.
Needless to say, I'm not impressed. Having read through all of the series from what seemed a brilliant premise, I expected a bigger pay-off at the end and have been left bitterly disappointed.
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
realy enjoyed this thank you. now have the whole series. if you liked this you'll love Anita Blake novels, xPublished on 10 May 2014 by hollowjen
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 morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Bex79
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 on 1 Feb. 2014 by PerfectPurplePak
Laurell k out does herself in this wonderful and compelling series.
Mistrals kiss is one of my favourites in the merry gentry series!
Having read the others in this series I knew this one would be good and it did not dissapoint mePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Carole