I finally finished book #6 of the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Book #5 was Mistral's Kiss and #6 was A Lick of Frost. I decided to review them both together since they were shorter than books 1-4. Mistral's Kiss was only 178 pages, which kind of pissed me off. First of all, a book that short always feels hurried and more like a novella rather than a meaty novel that you can really sink your teeth into. Secondly (and this has nothing to do with the book itself, but still makes me mad) is the fact that I still had to pay $7.99 for a book that was half as long as most of the others. Anyway, I'll get over it I suppose, and try not to let it influence my review. ;)
Mistral's Kiss was another disappointment to me in the world of Merry Gentry. I felt like it was just one more book that only focused on Merry having sex with more men that manifested in more magical happenings. This is all fine and good if you haven't just read 3 more books just like it. To sum it up briefly: Merry is still not pregnant so she still has not found her King; there are more assassination attempts on her and her guards; the Queen is still a sadistic bitch that tries to make Merry and her guard's lives painful; and Merry is still having sex with new and multiple partners that is bringing back old and forgotten powers to the land of Faerie. I give this book 2-stars.
Next up was A Lick of Frost, book #6 in the Meredith Gentry series. This book finally breathed some life back into this series. Real progress was made with the story on several levels. I don't want to go into too much detail with my reviews just in case someone hasn't read the book yet, so if I'm too vague I apologize. Let's just say that Merry finally gets pregnant, one of her guards and lovers is now "gone," and one of her biggest enemies makes a huge power play against her. Also, for me, this book finally gave me a little bit of the real emotion and connection that I was wanting between Merry and her men. There is a sex scene between her and Frost that finally made me feel something for him, and finally seemed to stand out among all of the other sex scenes. Then when one of her lovers is taken from her, I truly did feel her pain. Not enough to cry about it, but it was a good start! This book was somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me, but I'm going to stick it with a 3 because while I want to believe that this series is back with a vengeance, I still have my doubts.