Publisher: Ballatine Books
Date published: July 2010
Urban fantasy romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Meredith Gentry is back in Los Angeles with Frost and Darkness at her side. Everything looks to be settling down and Merry hopes to kick back and enjoy her men and her pregnancy. But, when the LAPD call her in to look at a murder scene, she knows that things are not going to stay calm very long and her men and her people, are going to have a hard time protecting her. Someone is killing demi-fey and leaving them in a bizarre way, to look like pictures out of a fairy-tale book. It seems as if a serial killer is on the loose. Demi-fey are not easy to kill and everyone is hard pressed, to find out just who would be able to do such a thing. Add in the fact that everyone is getting used to living in the mortal realm and accepting Merry as their Queen, and it seems when Merry is intimate with an immortal their power gets stronger, life is definitely not easy.
This is the second book I’ve read in this series and I really need to catch up on past books. I really do enjoy this type of story, although, Merry having multiple lovers is something hard to get used to. Still, it seems to work and the men are all patient, caring and understanding of each other. I enjoyed how Ms Hamilton described each relationship. It seems Merry has a very deep and loving relationship with a few of her men, and a less deep, but loving relationship with others. And they all intertwine with each other and have a special reason for the relationship.
This story is sensuous, exciting and I was captured and transported to another place with each page I read. I enjoyed the wild magic, the humor and the thrilling fast-paced action. I also enjoyed how Ms. Hamilton gets into her characters heads and shows how the people of the magical realm have to cope with post-traumatic-stress and accept new ways and cultures. It’s a book you can’t put down and I look forward to the next one.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.