Review: A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K Hamilton

Adult Paranormal/Romance
Author: Laurell K Hamilton
Title: A Kiss of Shadows
Series: Meredith Gentry #1
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Published: April 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition

Summary from Goodreads

My name is Meredith Gentry, but of course it's not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don't even know why...

I fled the high court of Faerie three years ago and have been in hiding ever since. As Merry Gentry, I am a private investigator for the Grey Detective Agency: Supernatural Problems, Magical Solutions. My magical skills, scorned at the courts of Faerie, are valued in the human world. Even by human standards, my magic isn't flashy, which is fine by me. Flashy attracts attention and I can't afford that.

Rumour has it that I am dead. Not quite. I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. To speak that name after dark is to call down a knock upon your door from a hand that can kill you with a touch. I have been careful, but not careful enough. The shadows have found me, and they are going to take me back home, one way or another.

So the running is over. But the fighting has just begun...

Rich, sensual, brimming with dangerous magic, A Kiss of Shadows is a dazzling tour-de-force where folklore, fantasy and erotically charged adventure collide.

A Kiss of Shadows was quite a compelling read that I found hard to put down. I love this world of Fey that Laurell K Hamilton has created.  It had a fantastic storyline and Laurell has a great writing style.  She is very detailed when describing people and places, so I was able to imagine what the characters looked like very easily.
Meridith Gentry is a confident and mentally powerful person. Merry is half fey and she has had to deal with more than her share of unpleasant issues in the past and deal with them without emotion so other fey don’t exploit her for it. Her Father was a Prince and second in line to the throne of the Unseelie court, so he taught Merry everything in regards to court politics so she would survive on her own. She is a witty character who uses humour to lighten the mood when things are tense. But there is no way I would like to cross her because she will do anything in her power to take you down!
There is a lot of sexual activity in this novel, as it is the way of the Fey, and it’s during one of these encounters that Merry comes into her powers. She enjoys having sex, and now that things have changed she will not be limited to one partner. Merry has had her heart broken once before and is not willing to do that again. She lets the men in her life close, but not all the way into her heart.
And the men in this book....yum!! Mind you I would have to give them all haircuts because hair to the ground is just too much for me. They are all shapes, sizes and colours, but all HOT!! Ab’s of steel everywhere! And they all seem intelligent, Yay!
The last chapter in the book is summarised, once the action was over it runs through events that happen after Merry returns home. It is like a bit of a fast-forward in Merry’s life so it can lead into the next book.
I am looking forward to reading the next book, but I don’t think I will jump into it right away. But I’m not going to wait too long; I will need to have another Ab fix!

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  1. I believe I have seen this book around, and it does sound...interesting ha ha :)
    However, I just can never seem to get into Fey books. I'm not sure why..
    But this does sound like a very 'sensual' read :)
    And major kudos on abs!!!! oh yeah, abs ha ha ha

    Great review!

    Magen Corrie

    1. Thanx Magen!! Means heaps to me that you check them out!! You ROCK!!

  2. I have heard a lot of about Laurell Hamilton's books, but have yet to get into them. I even have some sitting on my bookshelves! I really like your review. Hair to the ground? I would be requesting a haircut too lol. But I always love some abs :)

    1. I know, way too much hair, argh!! Lots of Man Candy for sure!!

  3. BTW, your website is looking really fabulous!

    1. Thank you, most of the credit goes to Simone, I just move stuff around!! Haha!!

  4. hair to the ground? hmm. This sounds like a great read, I am glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I know!! Yuck!! Thay'd have to be seriously hot to have hair like that!

  5. I'm going to have to get back to this series - I love LKH and I think I'm on book 3 of this series.  Great review!

  6. I've only read one book so far, but I want to get into it, but can't find the time!!


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