same old story... her two naked guys with really long hair... I am bored. I guys it's time to stop buying her stuff... I couldn't even get past the first chapter on this one.
I would say this book is second only to the first in the series.
I absolutely adore Meredith Gentry, but her cast of guards make the story compelling for me.
Laural Merlington accentuates the personality quirks of the characters, making them real, distinct, and powerful. She brings the whole cast to life.
This book made me laugh out loud countless times. There are emotional moments, and steamy moments, but the interactions between the characters make for some memorable scenes.
I am SO glad that these books were my first exposure to audiobooks. I can't stop listening. I am hooked.
I have to say when I read this series I liked this book better than the first even. We learn more about the fey and Merry's men and there's a really neat twist for the "bad guy". So, thankfully the story is the same so that's why the 4 stars. The narrator is not so great. She doesn't take the time to learn how to pronouce things properly and that's a really annoying habit in a narrator. Her inflection and voices improved though so I'm hoping by the end of the series she'll be able to do a decent job. Thank goodenss this was whisperlink and only $3.99. Not a credit worthy performance otherwise.
This book was not as good as the first. While it was okay, it did not have me running to pick up the third book in the series. Eventually I might get around to it, but not really sure when.
I don't understand the people complaining about plot. Have you ever heard about character development and back story? Geeeze! The woman just settled down with several very alpha males, she has new political clout and baby to beget. The first book put alot on Merry's plate and the second book is about sorting through all of that. I loved the interaction between the guards and Merry. The power plays between the men and between the men and Merry. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and realize that she would rule them and not the other way around.
We were given the barest introduction to the men in the first book. The second reveals more of them and tracks them as they are changed by Merrys affection. I liked that they were flawed, but still worth while. I loved the confrontation between Merry and Reese over Kito.
The story with Maeve was interesting. It does advance the plot line bringing the Seelie Court into play for the first time. We also get a stab at Merry's bitch of a mother; LOVED that. Not as much action in this story, but that was appropriate. As for the repetition of key facts, EVERY series does that. It is necessary for readers who jump in the middle of the series and to remind readers who read/listened to the previous stories some time ago.
Still a really good listen.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Princess Meredith gets to return to LA with her entourage under the condition that she continue to try to conceive. Merry strategically forms/maintains critical alliances whilst delicately trying to knead the personalities of her vastly dissimilar ravens (guards). They encounter some opposing forces and challenging situations as Merry grows into the power she's destined to wield. Mind you, she must balance her responsibilities with those demanded by her Aunt, the Queen.
Interwoven into the plot are careful reflections & explanations of circumstances & characters from A Kiss of Shadows, Book 1. So much that may not have been understood from the 1st installment becomes apparent as "Caress..." unfolds. Again, Hamilton's technique for illustration and articulation are exceptional. Sometimes I find myself impatient with her propensity to abuse her prose. Thank God for the narration speed feature... LOL, yes, I simply advance the speed to propel forward through it. I enjoyed Caress..., Book 2 so much more than Kiss..., Book 1.
The sexual pleasures she and her men exploit in an effort to conceive are no doubt liberating. Some readers may find their morality compromised as she embraces lust, enjoys her multiple sexual partners, and falls in love. I adore a woman who isn't afraid to explore and have fun with her sexuality. Go Merry!
As others have already noted, the narrator, though the same one employed in all installments, seems to have failed her homework. Laural Merlington's enunciation of central characters (Frost & Doyle) are inconsistent not to mention the pronunciation of character names like Dole instead of Doyle. Such continues in Book 3 especially with relationship to Doyle's character. Nevertheless, the awkwardness and annoyance in audio interpretation isn't worthy of abandoning the series!