Review: A Caress of Twilight (Meredith Gentry series novel #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Title: A Caress of Twilight
- Series: Meredith Gentry – book #2
- Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
- Recommended reader age: 16+
- Sexual content level: Moderate
- Related authors: Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost
- Similar series: Cassie Palmer, Dorina Basarab, Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake
Meredith Gentry is the heir to the Unseelie Court (dark fae) throne… if she can conceive a child before her co-heir, Prince Cel. Luckily for Merry, Prince Cel is currently in the middle of a 6 month punishment. Unluckily for her, once he gets out, he’s probably going to be insane and she’ll be at the top of his list o’ people to see, people to kill. The Queen, who set up this little death match, has sportingly allowed Merry her own “court” (read: harem) of men to help her secure the throne (read: become pregnant). So the princess and her merry band of men all live together in a a 1-room apartment in L.A., working as private detectives (and sometimes bodyguards to the rich and famous).
This story is adventure-style, so of course it has a Big Bad as well as a few not-to-be-trusted royals. The Big Bad seems almost secondary though, as Merry’s interaction with her men and her private detective work (much like the mid-series Anita Blake books) take center stage. Surprisingly, this novel is not all that graphic sexually. For LKH, it’s quite well behaved!
I enjoyed the novel and read it fairly quickly (which you can tell if you look at the time between this post and the first Meredith Gentry book review I did). I’ve given myself an ultimatum: slow down with the reading, or speed along but write reviews at the end of each novel before going on to the next one. I have to write this review now so I can read #3 later tonight!! =D
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If you’ve read A Caress of Twilight and liked it, you might check out the Cassandra Palmer series from Karen Chance and the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Merry’s adventure-style story and overall personality are closer to Cassie Palmer than to Anita Blake, but the detective work relationships with all the men resembles Anita Blake as well. This series (so far) also reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire Chronicles by Charlaine Harris) in the earlier novels, before the politics started taking over the plotlines, albeit with a more cosmopolitan attitude about sex.
Even magic can bleed…
The air became blood, and it was like trying to breathe underwater. For a second I thought I would drown, then I was choking in air and trying to spit out blood at the same time.
Whew, talk about imagery! If blood and gore aren’t your thing, you may want to avoid some of LKH’s novels. The first half of the Anita Blake series, for example. Having read through those books, this one is almost tame by comparison. There’s really only one instance of that level of violence, and it’s not so bad. I did want to give this warning though, because had I known what I was getting into with some of the AB books, I’d probably have passed. I’m glad I didn’t (because I truly love the over-arching storyline), but I definitely would have skimmed a lot more often. *wink*
The I’m-not-going-to-be-a-cliff-hanger story wrap-up at the end of the book is almost as tantalizing as a real cliff hanger ending! Reading about what new abilities the characters have gained (because that’s pretty standard for LKH’s characters- they are constantly evolving) just makes me want to dive into the next book. Laurell K. Hamilton gets a lot of criticism for the erotica she includes in some (ok, most) of her novels. I applaud her for being willing to write what SHE wants and not caving to all the negativity. Her scenes are honest and vibrant, and that’s not something you see in a lot of today’s romance. So, bravo Ms. Hamilton!
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