Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Different Kind of Detective

A Caress of Twilight:  Meredith Gentry #2 by Laurell K. Hamilton

Paranormal Romance/Erotica

This book starts just where the last one left off.  When we last saw Fairie Princess Merry Gentry, she had just been ordered by the Queen to have unstoppable sex with her buff bodyguards until she was pregnant.  It's so hard being a princess!  Tough life, that.

Still, it's not all fun and games.  Merry is in a reproductive race with her cousin, Prince Cel.  And, if she doesn't have a baby first (the heir to throne), her days are numbered.  Cel would love to kill her with his own hands.  In her spare time, she also has a day job as a detective.  Now that her cover has been blown, she's taking on paranormal  cases.  Her newest case involves a goddess who has been exiled, and solving this case could also mean Merry's death.

This is not a series that I love. The book is very long without the action needed to make reading it seem effortless.  You'll be hard-pressed to find one male character to root for.  No one guy stands out, which is maybe why I don't love this series.  I am an old-fashioned girl like that, I suppose. I refer to these books as 'paranormal pornography', although they are really more erotica.  I like a good romp in the hay as well as the next girl, but this is just too much.  I'm exhausted just reading about her sexcapades.  One thing I that I really didn't like was Merry's sexual tryst with the brownie/elf.  For most of the book, she described this creature's innocence much as a child and treats it like a pet.  This part was particularly distasteful to me--almost like bestiality. 

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