Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton

When a book opens with a room full of naked men and a batch of fresh cookies, you know this is no British cozy. If still questioning the nature of the novel after that, the 40 pages of sex scenes that followed would have convinced the most clueless. What we have here in Mistral's Kiss is Hamilton's latest work of fantasy erotica in the Meredith Gentry series. A note of warning: If you haven't read the earlier books (A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight), this work won't make much sense, as it reads like a single chapter in a much larger work. This is one of its faults, but one common to the fantasy genre, so I can forgive it fairly easily.

For those not afraid of a little lovin', Mistral's Kiss is an entertaining and engaging trip into the underground of the Unseelie Court, where Meredith and her band of body guards and lovers get stuck for the duration of this book. The political intrigue begun in the earlier books continues here, as Merry continues to try to get knocked up in order to beat her evil cousin Cel to the throne. But the fertility acts cause some unexpected changes in the undead gardens, where much of the tale takes place. What will this mean for the royal court and for Merry? Go check out Mistral's Kiss to find the answer. You probably won't regret it. -- Inanna

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