Meredith Gentry #1: A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. HamiltonAdult Paranormal
Oh, my! I've never read a book with such complete random and gratuitous sex--and so much of it! Erotic doesn't begin to cover it. It's on the road to pornographic. It is slow at the beginning but stick it out--it keeps getting better.
Merry is a fairy princess in hiding. When her aunt came to power, Merry knew she had to leave to save her own life. For years, she has been hiding out with some mortals and other paranormals working in a detective agency.Merry's gig is up when her aunt, the Faerie Queen, summons her home. The queen's plan is for Merry to sleep with all the men of the court and to choose a consort. Tough job that, being a princess.
I liked the book but found it to be very strange, mostly because of the sex. Sex is used as power in the book and, strangely enough, the women hold that power. The men can only have sex when the women say so. This is not what made the book strange. It was that the sex was so emotionless. (Maybe this is a bias of mine....) And, I was very creeped out by the inter-species troll sex.
I liked the story line of family secrets and lost loves. I am going to read the next one. Merry is a likable creature and the story was so unusual that it captivated me. The ending is a cliffhanger so what's a reader to do?