A Stroke of Midnight: Merry Gentry #4 by Laurel HamiltonParanormal Romance/Mystery
I wish there were half stars....4 is a bit too high and 3 not nearly high enough. This series always places me in somewhat of a quandary...because, well, it's just weird.
The main character, Merry Gentry, is competing to become queen of a paranormal court of some really killer faeries and other creatures. The competition is between her and her cousin, Cai, who is insane and it is a race to see which of them is the first to become pregnant. With that being said, there is more sex going on in this book than any dirty channel in any hotel. My word. I'm no prude, by any means, but a girl can hardly take a break before catching her breath again. It's just all so...hedonistic and decadent. This is certainly not a book for the faint of heart, or easy blushers.
Hamilton most certainly has written one of the most unique series I've ever read. The characters fairly leap off the page and readers will whole-heartedly wish this was a land they could visit, if only for a night or two (because what human could keep up the pace?) The first few books focused more on Merry's detective skills and solving of a mystery, but that was only lightly touched on in this one. Shame, I really liked those parts in the other books. One aspect of the book that is very difficult for me is all the court rules and shenanigans that go on. I feel as if maybe the book should come with a faerie etiquette guide. If I were Merry, I could have been murdered long ago if only for my lapse in court rules.
I shall most certainly keep reading. With all the shenanigans going on, Merry is bound to be impregnated soon and the drama of that will be quite a read.