Speed Date with Merry: Shiver of Light by Laurel K. Hamilton

Posted 19 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 18 Comments

FIRST DATE: I was both wary and excited to go on this date with Merry. When last I left her and her multiple lovers (five years ago), she was smexing it up almost as much as Anita Blake (The Vampire Hunter with the Magical Hoo-ha). Sex with Merry was magical, giving Fae back the magic that they’d lost over the years and returning fertility where there had been none for ages. It was too much. But, as I like the story and the power-play between Merry, the Light and the Dark, I had high hopes that this new novel would go back to the storyline, rather than an all-out orgy (as with Anita’s last couple books). And Merry came through (with less sex, that is.)

SECOND DATE: This is a book I read as an escape. I didn’t expect it to be perfect. I hoped there would be less sex (there was — still some smexy times, especially of the oral variety, since Merry just had some kids and all). I hoped there’d be more of a storyline (um…sort of. Taranis raped Merry and now believes that one of her kids is his. I don’t know why it takes so long to get a paternity test but they spend much of the book fussing about it and not getting it done. There’s a lot of talking and petting and description and not too much story beyond that and the fact that human soldiers are now worshipping Merry, even though this breaks the treaty the Fae have with the US government.). So, yeah. It wasn’t perfect. It certainly wasn’t as good as I’d hoped a five-years-in-the-making book would be but, you know, I still enjoyed it.

THIRD DATE: I have no idea if/when there’s going to be another Merry story. This book read more like a reintroduction to the world with a lot of set-up about the uber-powerful babies, Merry’s worshippers, Taranis’s increasingly psychotic behavior and threats of a coming war. It wasn’t perfect–more like hanging out with old friends that you haven’t seen in a while (powerful, weird and overly-sexed friends that are more fun with a couple of drinks under your belt but friends nonetheless).

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18 Responses to “Speed Date with Merry: Shiver of Light by Laurel K. Hamilton”

  1. I’m not a fan of multiples in a romance, so I don’t know if this would work for me. The story sounds kind of out there, but maybe at the right time? Who knows. Maybe with some drinks under my belt, as you say, lol! 🙂

  2. I was kinda disappointed with this one. I started it and quit about half way. I wanted more smexy times. I get in general romance not having as much but with this series I expect some heat so was way let down in that department since by the time I quit I think maybe there’d been a kiss. lol I’m gonna give the rest of it a go at some point though because I seriously love these guys. Will be interesting to see what happens with the world and if there will be more or not.

  3. It’s always nice to be back with old friends from a series you’ve been a fan of, but it’s too bad the five year wait didn’t give you something more. One of the things I loved about her books was how should could scare me/thrill me all a large dose of smexy. I was hoping for a return to her earlier style. Great spead date 🙂

  4. What is it with her books and the multiple sex partners and the heroines who are sex fiends? I’m all for sex in my books (YESSSSSSS), but I’m not a huge fan of multiple partners (unless they’re all together), so I don’t think this series is for me. I’m glad this one was a return to weird, over-sexed friends Mary, and that despite all the smexy times you still had fun reading it!

  5. Magical whooo-ha! You call it a hoo-hah too! I love that *cackles madly* you dear I love you…have I told you I love you? well yes I love you…now pass me the coffee.

    But yeah I enjoyed this series because I knew going in that it was erotica so I let more things slide. With Anita it was originally URBAN FANTASY that turned into PNR that turned into freaking Erotica so yeah and I noticed when I read several back to back that she says the same damn things every time. I just couldn’t hang anymore. I thought about reading this one since I enjoyed the other Merry books but I haven’t heard much good about it at all so why waste my time. So many other better peeps out there – and this doesn’t even have much plot from what you’re saying. Yep no scratch that

  6. I’ve heard good things about the early years in this series. I don’t mind multiples-relationships in books, but am not sure either of Hamilton’s series would work for me.
    I’m glad you liked this installment!

  7. Interesting, it seems weird that at book nine it felt like an intro. I like sexy time, but I need some plot. Escape books are good though. I am not sure this series is for me though. Fantastic review Mary!

  8. phew..i had your window open for this entire time and I just noticed this big “BLOGGER HAS ENCOUNTERED AN ERROR” and then I FREAKED thinking – nooooooooooooooo my comment was eaten. Refreshed the page and voila it’s there – crisis averted.

    I hate the net when it eats my comments!

  9. This is one of the few series where I didn’t mind all the sex (at first) because I felt like it had a purpose and the men were so beaten down and she respected them. I bought that they were a family but then it got to be too much.

    She literally has sex with anything that moves, has a sex schedule on the fridge (don’t we all!) and has babies with multiple fathers. I just couldn’t anymore.

    I quit two books ago. I thought I might jump back in at some point because I like some of the overall themes she tries to explore but it doesn’t seem like there’s any progress so …nah. I’ll just read your reviews 🙂

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  10. I am behind on the Anita stories and haven’t gotten to the oversexed books yet. Hm… not sure about this one. I will probably read it but I am curious about Merry’s character. I’m curious to see what has captivated you through 9 books.

  11. I’m a little concerned about the multiple love interests you mentioned, so this probably isn’t my cup of tea, but I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. It certainly sounds very interesting, so I’ll have to look into this author’s backlog to see what else they’ve written. 🙂

  12. I am VERY intrigued with that cover, though I’m not so sure the multiple love interests will play out well for me. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book, though! The series does sound interesting. Fabulous date, Mary!

  13. LOL. I can’t stop laughing over your “but still friends” description. Ahahaha. And all of this is good to know, b/c I haven’t gotten to this yet, b/c I haven’t restarted my reread. BUT if a lot of this is a reintroduction, then maybe I shouldn’t reread b/c then the repeat would just annoy me. Great (and hilarious) review, Mary 😉