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Commanded by her aunt, the dark Queen Andais, to conceive a child as heir to the throne, Meredith Gentry, a half-mortal, half-faerie princess, returns to Los Angeles, only to find herself and her lovers trapped between the dark and light faerie courts and human law....

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A Lick of Frost Reviews

  • F
    2019-03-02 10:14

  • Lori Whitwam
    2019-03-02 15:26

    I can't decide what I think about the latest installment in the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Yes, I like the series. Yes, I like Merry and Darkness and Rhys and Frost and Galen, etc. The last couple of books have bothered me on some levels, mainly that they take place over the span of only about one day, and are over-packed with intrigue, politics, alliances, sex (recreational, procreational and/or political... not bad, just sort of a LOT of it for reasons I'm not always clear about), carnage, miracles, magic, salvation... well you get the point. It's often hard to track who is allied with whom, and whether the seemingly miraculous happening is a good thing or a bad thing. This title starts by setting up what you assume will be the main conflict in the book, yet it disappears fairly early on. (Amazingly, NO sex till well after page 100) In some ways, this book almost felt like a novella compared to most of Hamilton's books. The story moved, changed and resolved so quickly, and there weren't a lot of character developments. I also wasn't satisfied by the "major development" at the end (don't want to give it away) but it seemed a bit of a cop-out. A resolution that, while interesting, seems to shoot down something we were supposed to be waiting impatiently for, and which was supposed to be of major political concern. Seemed like Hamilton said, "Well, can't decide what to do about that, so...!" I guess I'd say "Good, but not thoroughly satisfying." I hope the next book in the series is better.

  • Tina
    2019-03-17 12:08

    I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for Meredith to get pregnant already and for there to be some forward movement of plot in these books. Also, I was getting tired of the strung together scenes of sex...new magic...more sex...some more new magic.This book really toned down on the sex, thank goodness. And, to be fair, the plot did inch forward infinitesimally. But this book was quite boring. It was a bunch of mirror conversations. First Merry talks to Taranis is the mirror for eleventy-billion pages. Then she talks to Andais for eleventy-more-billion pages. The she talks to the goblins. And then we hear about some more new creatures her sex has brought to life.In the course of these conversations we get more of Bat Shit Crazy Andais, something of Skeevy Perv Crazy Taranis and of course there is Just Psycho Crazy Cel lurking off in the background. Talk about tedious characters. If Merry is so dang powerful why doesn't she off some of these people already. I do agree with Andais, Merry has turned into a wimp.I remember the first book when she got her hand of power and used it. Actually, I remember the first book and so much happened just in that one book. Le Sigh.

  • Daniel2
    2019-02-24 11:16

    I thought, "What the hell." Hamilton has sold enough books to fill a desiccated Lake Eerie, so I just had to pick one up, almost in spite of my own literary snobbishness. I've been wrong before. The fourth Harry Potter movie was out before I decided to pick up Philosopher's Stone and I was pleasantly surprised at the journey the good Ms. Rowling took me on. I will tell you that I tried. Twenty pages worth of trying. The book (read: paper better used for wiping the asses of dysentery sufferers) was a lesson in mediocrity on par with the profound literary masterpiece known as The Hunger Games. The first page was tough and I wanted to stop, but I thought, "No, Atreyu wouldn't quit now." So I slugged on, and each page was worse than the previous one. Lame exposition of situations–and in an environment– thinner than the wasted paper it was printed on.Here is Ms. Hamilton's attempt at simile: "But his hair was uniquely his own, silver, like metal beaten into hair." I reread this three times thinking I was missing some deeper meaning, refusing to believe that this line slipped passed the eyes of the authors many drafts, and an agent, and a line editor, and a story editor, and a copy editor, and a final read by all of the above. Here are a few more: "...the white of his shirt was less white than his own skin.""There was no magic to it, just the force of their physicality." The force of their physicality? "The men across the table gave the guards the glances men give when they see another man whom they are almost certain could take them physically without breaking a sweat." Read that like you would a Shelley poem or Shakespeare. So talentless, so very sad.Listen, writing a book is hard. I get it. No one deserves to have their art dismantled and mocked. But there is no attempt, by the author, or by the publisher, at greatness here. A book is so precious, so goddamn important, and this thing is printed...why? because of a story? because she's sold books before? Because, because, becaaaaaause, because of the wonderful things she does? Bad books have always been written. They shall always be written, but I guess I'm more concerned with the impetus that compels so many people to pull 25 bucks out of their pocket and slam it on the counter gleefully for this trash. "LOOK," I say to the average reader. "There sits Picture of Dorian Gray, Bleak House, Pillars of the Earth, Drood, The Idiot, Dune, anything by Gene Wolfe! pick up that instead, PLEASE. It's even cheaper!"As a lover of books, it hurts my heart and my brain. Just another rant. Not like anybody reads these anyway.

  • Denisa
    2019-03-12 14:24

    Yay, finally! I can give a book in this series 4 stars!Yup, this one was better than the others. I absolutely adored it!

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2019-02-26 16:31

    These books would be perfect if someone killed Taranis and Cel

  • Elyzia
    2019-02-25 17:16

    For me this series gets better with each book. I am always expecting the new love twist, the new magic, some new development. But this one, broke my heart....I tend to get sucked into the books that I read that I truly love and enjoy.. I feel the emotions and develop my relationships with the characters.Through out this series I have chosen my favorites...Doyle, Rhys, Frost, Galen and Kitto. I care a lot for the others, but these five are my favorites.So much happens in this book, so many realizations, news that we have been waiting for. A lot of heartbreak too...Frost, he is so complicated, so stubborn and so defensive, so when you get a glimpse of his true emotions it takes you back....there is a part of this book, that will stand out to me above all others, it moved me to tears....the thought of someone saying this just breaks me..."I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you...." "I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine"Great series...looking forward to reading the next one...

  • Grace
    2019-03-03 09:15

    Holy crap. Now that's what I'm talking about. I've been giving LKH's Merry Gentry books progressively lower ratings because...well, my estimation of them has fallen greatly. What started as a magnificent series with lots of potential and a keen awareness of Celtic mythology had fallen into 200-some pages of endless sex romps with multicolored men. Until now.This book definitely turns all of that on its head, and actually *furthers the plot*...something that LKH has avoided for at least several books now. The climax at the end of this book (no spoilers, but it takes place in Meav's dining room) had my jaw on the floor. In addition to the wonderful plot advancements, and spot-on mythological references to explain a total plot-shocker, the actual *writing* is great in this book, with several passages that I read multiple times just for their flow and poetry. Hats off, LKH. If this is any indication of where the series is going from here on out, I'm glad I stayed on the rocky ride!!!

  • Peggy O'Connell
    2019-03-15 17:25

    I love this book, I love this series. This is the 6th book in the Meredith Gentry series. This was yet another book that I just couldn't put down. I can't get enough of Merry Gentry's world. Love it. Better than the Anita Blake series. Love the play on Celtic lore, the love story, the push for non christian perspectives. Absolutely adore Dole. Laurell finally got a powerful man right, no breaking this one down into fluff like she did with her vampire hero in the Blake series. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys tales of the Faery Courts, sidhe intrigue, and copious sex.

  • Heather
    2019-02-25 15:10

    This is one of the best books in the Merry Gentry series! I loved it!The plot thickens with Merry awakening all sorts of new powers in both the seelie and unseelie courts... There is of course HOT sex, but also a great plot as well!!! Im am really impressed by this one and cant wait for the Swallowing Darkness!!! WOW!!!

  • Bunnycore
    2019-02-21 17:37

    pardon if this becomes a gushing review but I am not sorry so here we go.This is by far one of my favorites of this series, Tretchory is a foot. I always wanted to say that. *ahem* So much has happened in this book so many things and it wasn't all happy. There is so much to go through so I am going to start. Merry's guards were accused of rape of a noble woman, and they had to go see the lawyers. From here is when hell in the form of beautiful light broke down on them. Tarnis want Merry to be his queen of light and illusion and she finds that frightening and icky no shit right? He attempts to kill her Darkness and Galen, he freaks out on everyone tries to be spell Merry to get her to come to him and they run. Merry has to bed Ash and Holly to keep the alliance with the Goblins alive and now the Red Caps are loyal to her. Merry is starting to become a true queen in her own right and I have to say I am not surprised. I have to say that I am okay with the collection of power from this series. LKH leaves an opening for it and doesn't make it seem like this is out of sorts. She talks about the fae becoming Deities and really it makes what Merry becoming believable. You find out that Merry (view spoiler)[is pregnant(hide spoiler)] n this book and I couldn't be happier. I love the Pagan lore in this series. I feel that LKH is rocking it. So far you have found out that and. She also finds out.(view spoiler)[ it's twins (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[ Doyal, Frost, Mistrial, Galen and Kitto are the fathers (hide spoiler)]. She also finds out (view spoiler)[ that she is pregnant or going to be pregnant with a third and Sholto is one of the fathers of that one but there are to be more. You don't know every one of them yet but there is that little tid bit.(hide spoiler)]Let me just blurt out that oh my gods Rhys has not been in the front running for a man in my heart. I hide nothing when it comes to my guys Frost and Doyal but Rhys now has a piece too. I wasn't much a fan of Galen and still am not. But, Rhys is just strong enough to hold how I feel. what happens to (view spoiler)[ Frost becoming the white stag (hide spoiler)] what happens to kill something inside of me. I am in love with him and the quote from him.Yes, ladies and Gents this is one of the many reasons why I love this man/fae/manfae. He is everything to me, and I am so, a heart was broken and in shock and I can not wait to read the next book. I love you LKH, I love what you write some of the political shit pisses me off but you do know how to write the romance and I applaud thee. well done ma'am well done.. see even Deadpool approves. I will be reading the next book and the one after that and after that. I am emotionally invested and in love with Merry and her Men and I need to know what happens next. This book absolutely gets 5 happy bunny stars for making me smile, cry and just fall in love and lust with some of the most beautiful men i could imagine. Happy reading everyone!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Karissa
    2019-03-19 11:37

    Ah, the next book in the Meredith Gentry series (book #6 if you want to keep track). This is a series that I read because I like reading about the Seelie and Unseelie courts. I am not sure why else I read it. The plot is complex and interwoven and the characters interesting. Meredith herself is an interesting contrast of personality traits. Like most of Laurell Hamilton's books I think I can best review this by breaking it down into the good, the bad, and the ugly.This series makes no secret about devoting itself to sex. Strangely this book was lacking in the numerous number of pages detailing sex scenes. There were a measly two sex scenes; no sex until around 200 pages into the book...I mean wow! That's got to be a record. There is a lot of talking about sex. So onto the good, the bad, and the ugly.The Good- The plot moves...seriously the plot actually advances in this book (notice I didn't say quickly). A good portion of the 300+ pages are devoted to plot!- We get to hear about Frost's past; I love Frost and I loved hearing about his past.- Amazing fairy things continue to happen and amazing creatures are introduced- The book focuses on 4-5 of Merry's "men" instead of having her sleep with a plethora of them- The Red Cap goblins are back; I love them.The Bad- Continuous rants about how every kind of sex is acceptable take up loads of page space. We get it, S&M can be a good thing, multiple partners can be fun...now let's move on.- Merry humoring her thousand year old boyfriends' need for constant emotional support; geez if I had to try and not to hurt the feelings of 20 guys at once I guess it would take time...but does it have to take up soooo much page space???The Ugly- Merry's guards seem to never be around to guard her when something extremely bad happens...what it up with that!- This whole book, like the last two, spans a time frame of maybe a day.- Rumors are that Swallowing Darkness is not the end, we will continue to be tortured by this incredibly strung out story.***SPOILER START****- Much of the book is taken up preparing with you for a sex scene between Merry and the goblins but it doesn't lead much of anywhere.***SPOILER END*****Okay so, in general this book had more plot and less sex than I was actually expecting so that is a good thing. It focused more on characters I like and less at throwing in a billion new men for Merry to have at it with. All-in-all I wasn't disappointed. I read a ton of paranormal genre books and these books are still very creative and reasonably well-written compared to most of them. I know it's easy to gripe about the lack of plot, etc. etc. I am guilty of that too; still Hamilton is a good writer. I mean how many other people have made erotica hit the New York Times bestseller list?I'll read the next book because I am a sucker for the characters. I am hoping the series doesn't drag on for too much longer though. Seems to me the overall story could come to an end soon.

  • Kercelia
    2019-03-16 11:10

    I have followed the Princess Meredith series for awhile, but realized that I had missed a couple of installments. Frost is the princess's number two guard, after Darkness. Meredith struggles with her feelings of favoritism among her guards, but she is very honest about it. In A Lick of Frost she is once again in a fight for her life. She has repeatedly been targeted as a key member of Faerie society -by both factions, the Seelie and the Unseelie. She is also half mortal and this does not bode well for her future. She has been on a quest to become pregnant in order to solidify her position and take over the reins from her cruel aunt. As might be expected, her favored guards make for prime targets in this ongoing fight. In A Lick of Frost her guards have been framed for a brutal crime and their very lives are at stake. She is raped by her uncle, King Taranis, who just happens to be as mad as a hatter. She loses Frost -and nearly loses her beloved Darkness in the ensuing battle. Out of so much misery comes the miracle she has been longing for with the discovery that she is at long last pregnant. This was a great read, as are all in the series.

  • Sbuchler
    2019-03-14 14:34

    Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal RomanceI think this is the first Merry Gentry novel that focuses significant time on plot rather then sex! In fact, I don't think sex happens until after page 200 (which is pretty amazing, given I guess-ta-mate that the previous book had about 20 pages that _weren't_ sex). Events happen, evil plotting occurs! It isn't resolved, but the book reminded me of why I used to really like Laurell Hamilton's work. We get more actions from the King of the Seelie court! Political scheming! Yeah! The shocking thing (imo) is that all the sex in _A Mistral's Kiss_ actually becomes a plot point in this book. Who'da'thunk?

  • Stacy
    2019-03-15 12:32

    I want it now!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhh!!! oh I can't wait. This is going to be awesome. Hey if anybody wants to discuss anything about Laurell K Hamilton's two series this one and the Anita Blake one check out Ladies who Love Laurell in the Group section. (we are under books and Literature then Romance) We got a discussion going about who's going to be Merry's babies daddy, so stop bye and throw in your two cents. Personall I think...DOYLE FOR KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mackenzie
    2019-02-26 13:29

    This book is hard to rate for me. Less than four, more than three... maybe a 3.85? The book starts off maybe a little slow, but then it warps into high speed with a LOT of information thrown at you. I am still trying to sort this all out so this review may be more of that, less than an actual review. Merry and her guards are back in L.A. and are living in Maeve Reed's star Hollywood home. They are around 20 people or so and at this point the house itself is becoming a little small for everyone. More of the sidhe wanted to come into exile with Merry, but Queen Andais put a stop to everyone fleeing. In fact, she make it a point to torture others for their want to leave with Merry. Most of the fae are afraid to leave the sithen because their magic/powers don't work nearly as well elsewhere. The book begins with Merry and some of her guards sitting in a lawyers office. King Taranis has done the unthinkable and has turned to the human courts for justice. The Seelie Court claims that Rhys, Galen and Abeloec raped Seelie Lady Caitrin. In the end, during a mirror call with Taranis, they realize this is all a ploy to get to Merry. He keeps trying to get her to come to him and he refuses to answer the question if he has sexual or marital intentions towards her. That made everyone nervous. When the Goddess's power becomes present, Merry is able to stand by herself up to her Uncle and he gets really mad. Suddenly, Taranis uses his hand of power and it shoots through the mirror and seriously injures Doyle and less so Abe. While the ambulance stables Doyle, Frost and Rhys speak with Sir Hugh from the Seelie Court. Hugh admits that Taranis hadn't been himself for awhile. He states that there are others like him who would like to force a vote and choose a new ruler, and they would like it to be Merry. She feels as if the Seelie Court treated her worse than the Unseelie. It is obvious that the Seelie Court is divided and instead of having 1 set of assassins after her, by accepting the Seelie throne, she would have two. Also, it could be a simple plot to bide more time and when one has enough power, overthrow her reign like they did the kings. No, she did not like it at all. Merry was not feeling like herself. She was tired and feeling like she was coming down with a cold. At the hospital Abe, formally the god Accasbel, was holding his own. But Doyle was still unconscious. Halfwen was arguing with the doctor in charge. Merry put herself in the middle and when the ring came to life, she saw a woman who worked in a bookshop nearby that he had grown up with. If they were together, they would have children but he loved medicine too much and feared that he could not have both. While distracted, Halfwen healed Doyle enough that atleast he was movable. Rhys was acting strangely at the hospital. Rhys loved Merry, but knew she did not love him like he did her. When they returned home, after a wonderful greeting by the fairie dogs that the magic of the wild hunt had created a month ago and a greeting by the demi-fey, they went straight to the mirror to meet with the Queen. She was livid as she had heard that Merry was offered and accepted the Seelie throne. It took a lot of convincing that Merry had done no such thing and there had been NO secret meetings behind the Queen's back regarding this. Galen loses it and demands that the Queen act like the Queen and help them. When she asks what he needs from her, Galen states that they need to know why Sir Hugh offered the throne in the first place. Andais states that she will try and find out if Hugh is being honest or not. Meredith is fearful when Andais states that she may want to take them up on the offer of the throne. Andais hates Merry and if not careful, her hatred of Merry may someday outweigh the desire for one of her blood to sit on the throne. On the Seelie throne, Merry would at least be safe. Next, the goblins call. They are angry and insulted that she took so long to answer. Merry convinces Holly and Ash that she was speaking with the Queen and all must wait on her wishes. They state that the negotiations must be redone but Merry demands to only choose two other men to guard her safety. They claim they will keep their word and will do only what was bargained for nothing more. Merry replies that although the guards will be there to make sure they don't get carried away, they will also protect her from herself as well. She doesn't mind getting rough and in the midst of sex, she might ask for things that would actually hurt her. Before the mirror went blank again, all agreed the night would continue as planned. After the call, Rhys is even more unnerved asking if Merry really enjoys pain and sex. She replies that sometimes yes she does. Frost stated that he didn't understand either, but secretly Merry knew he did more than he realized. Merry states that she enjoys being with all of them as sometimes she wants soft gentle lovemaking and sometimes she wants something a little rougher. Rhys leaves Frost and Merry alone because he realizes that as Frost stated he will guard Merry with the goblins, it is at great effort. Frost also needs Merry's reassurance, especially with the Queen reminding Merry that she can't love them all. And as soon as the king is found, everyone one else will return to her, which she is starting to look forward to. Also, Rhys senses the Frost is feeling the loss of Doyle at their sides. Rhys reminds Merry that she promised him sex before the goblin's meeting. Frost states that they have never shared Merry before and Rhys responds that they aren't going to. Maybe at times he will share her bed with some of the newer men but is is because Merry likes him better than them. However, he could bear to see how much more she feels about Frost and Doyle than him. Merry reminds him that she does love him, but Rhys before leaving states that there is going to be a winner and loser, even among Doyle and Frost. The day crashes over Merry and Frost, insecure asks if she doesn't want to be with him without Doyle. He knows that Doyle takes first place in her heart. She reminds Frost that she truly loves him too. Then she tells him that she is not feeling well and thinks she may be coming down with a cold which reminds her of how mortal she is. And when she grows old and eventually passes on, they will stay the same. Frost tells her the story of his beginning. He was just the hoarfrost but he began to watch though her window, a girl who had the second sight. Her name was Rose and other people in the village named her and her mother witches. When Frost begged the Goddess to help him help her, he began to become more. And in innocence, he took food from others to give to them, firewood and the like. They were put in jail and Frost froze the bars and let them out. Frost led them away from the village, but being an elemental of cold, they were dying. So Frost prayed again and the consort came to him and asked if he would give up all he was in order to save them. Frost agreed thinking that since in was his meddling that caused their misery, it was a suitable sacrifice. Suddenly Taranis appeared and began to take the two women to his court, but Rose refused to go with him and instead returned to Frost. Frost took care of Rose and they were even able to be married. Eventually he watched as she aged. But he loved her always because it was her love that made him real, the magic of love. Frost tells Merry that he, too will love her always. No matter what happens, no matter when her hair becomes white and wrinkles appear, he will always love her and be there for her. When Frost kissed her again, the fell into making mad passionate love. Frost ended up pushing Merry up against the headboard and Merry ran her nails down her skin but where it might have bleed, instead it was blue glowing lines that flowed out and painted both of their skin. Merry notices there was a stag traced across his chest as well as in his eyes. They orgasm together and a voice from the mirror says how she had forgotten how magnificent Frost could be. She asks Frost point blank if he loves Merry and if she loves him, and the answer makes her angry. She feels that fear is more powerful than love. And to prove it, she thinks she will take Mistral tonight and play with his body and find his fear. Merry moves into the only room without a mirror, Kitto's room. They snuggle together and then Rhys asks to join them. Apparently is a day for greater revelations as Rhys tells Merry that he once asked her father for her hand because he thought they would be good to each others. Rhys explained that her father felt there was enough death in Merry's life and he was hoping Merry would be paired with someone whose magic was all about life. Kitto feels the need to leave, but again Rhys tells Kitto to stay and help him understand why it is Kitto Merry turns to when she wants to relax. Rhys says he knows that he is not her heart's desire yet he still wanted a place in Merry's life and wanted to be something new. Kitto gets up and explains that he will not teach Rhys his place for then Rhys may replace Kitto. Merry protests but in the end Kitto leaves. Rhys goes on to say that one of the reasons he wanted to spend time with Merry when she was younger was because he wanted to see which side she took after more, Seelie or Unseelie. He knew some of her great, great great aunts and grandmothers and they were a warm and caring people. Rhys laid her on her stomach and began to gently kiss his way down her back. He laid his weight down on her and began to tease her with his hips, rubbing himself up and down. Rhys turns really dark and states that if he truly loved her, he would take himself out of the race for king. He would be like Kitto and Galen and let her go. If he truly loved her, he would somehow help her get her heart's desire, but unfortunately he was too selfish. He can't give her up without a fight. He shoves himself inside her hard like she likes it and is rough with her and full of deep emotions. He claims that he wants her even though in the end it may break her heart. He is selfish and doesn't want to give her up, not even to see her happy. Then he reminds her that he isn't being nearly as rough as the goblins will be. If he had to, he could give her up to Doyle, Frost, even Galen. But he can't to the goblins and the thought of her with them tonight is driving him crazy. So, he plans to use his power and he is going to fill her body with seed and he is going to pray as hard as he ever had that he gets her pregnant. Not because he wants to be king, not because Cel won't sit on the throne, nothing as noble as that. He wants her, HER, even knowing that she doesn't want him like that in return. And when they shove themselves inside her tonight, they won't know that they will be shoving his seed farther in. The meeting with the goblins start off well. When she recognizes Jonty the Red Cap, Jonty states that her hand of blood helped bring them back into power the night of the wild hunt. Will she touch the others who weren't there that night, yes, of course she will. Suddenly, it seems as if the whole world has paused and the demi-fey flew into the room with the faerie dogs right behind them. The dogs ran to their masters. Frost asks what is going on and Royal of the demi-fay states that it is the moment of creation. Doyle appears and the Consort moves behind his eyes.Suddenly the magic breaks and it is like standing at ground zero. Through the explosion of color and light, she realizes the dogs had anchored her from breaking apart. Her next thought was for Frost who had no dogs at his side. Moments later, it is over and everyone realizes that reality has changed. The room they are in is now never ending. Jonty claims that she is remaking them. Rhys and Galen draw her attention to Frost who is on the floor lifeless like others who had no dogs to anchor them. Doyle steps forward and is completely healed. He called out and some of the dogs by his side leave and find their masters, bringing them back to life. But no dogs came to Frost. Merry sees a glowing blue on Frost and it is the stag head she had seen before. Creation comes with sacrifice and the white stag was the mark of a sacrificial king. Merry is angry and yells at Doyle/not Doyle and Rhys and Galen calm her stating that Frost would be ok with this. Just then the Queen’s ring touches Minnie and Merry sees that Minnie is pregnant. Minnie nudges her and beside Merry are two small phantoms of her own; she is pregnant with twins, and there is a faint promise of a third. When Merry looks up she realizes that Doyle, Frost, Galen, and Rhys are the fathers of the 2 children. It didn’t make sense but it was true as it had happened in the far past. Merry touches Frost and he transforms into a stag and runs off into the new land that was created. Frost wasn’t gone, but was changed and only the Deity knew if Frost would return. In the after math, Ash and Holly are pissed because they want their night with Merry. But since she is pregnant, that won’t happen. Still, Kurug, King of Goblins is happy since the Red Caps have returned to their full strength. Doyle states that Merry will have two children with three fathers each, just as those in legends past. Mistral and Sholto are added to the father list. Suddenly it is all too much and Merry wants to be alone. The new sithen obeys her and she finds herself out in a sunny courtyard where she can cry with her two dogs beside her. Amatheon appears and kisses her. She tries to push him away and suddenly realizes it is Taranis, King of Light and Illusion. She makes a door appear to call for her men but they don’t get to her in time. Taranis hits her over the head and knocks her out. She awakes naked in his bed with him. Merry has a severe concussion and begins vomiting. She prays for the Goddess to help her. The king goes to get cleaned up and Hugh and others fight to get Merry to freedom. Merry is not alone because Doyle, in his dog form, has entered the Seelie sithen to be with her. He has come in that guise often. Sir Hugh and Lady Elasaid swear they will do all to help Merry, but they hope that perhaps she might do something to see them pregnant. Merry agrees she would be happy to help when she was better. They get her to the press conference occurring outside and Merry speaks about the possibility of being raped by her uncle. They get her to the ambulance and Merry discovers Rhys, Galen and Sholto have also taken the risk of coming to her rescue. In the ambulance Doyle holds Merry and she cries helplessly. She may have won the throne of the Unseelie Court, but at what price?

  • Jas
    2019-03-02 15:17

    **Mini Spoiler**This is my absolute favorite scene from the book:Frost broke my heart when he was talking of the first woman he loved and how he would never stop loving Meredith:"I watched her fade, but I loved her always. Because it was her love that made me real, Merry. Not faerie, not wild magic, but the magic of love. I thought I was giving up what life I had to save Rose, but the consort had asked if I would give up everything I was, and I did. I became what she needed me to be. When I realized that I would not age with her I wept, because I could not imagine being without her." He came to his knees and put his hands on my arms, and stared down into my face. "I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, Meredith, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine" (201-202)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-06 17:12

    I was really reluctant to read the Meredith Gentry books originally. I was so in love with the Anita Blake series that I just didn't want to read the other series for fear that it would be too Science Fictiony or *gulp* bad.Now I am hooked and the only book I have kept of the Laurell K Hamilton books is this one. I sold all my other ones. So I guess that speaks of my enjoyment of this series. And yes - I agree with the other reviewers that this book stood out and was right up there with the first book. I liked the books in the middle - but I too thought it was a bit much. Meaning - For all that action and intrigue to happen in ONE DAY was insane. But only when you stood back and said - this all happened in one day - INSANE. When you were reading it you didn't feel that. Or rather - I did not. Anywho - Read the Merry Gentry series. Don't be afraid. They won't bite.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-26 17:36

    The Good: Taranis has been discussed at length many times in the previous books, but we finally get to see him as a major character in A Lick of Frost. Everything mentioned before pales in comparison to the reality of what Taranis is capable of. Things get dark and gritty quickly and Hamilton is the queen of dark and gritty. Some very powerful, emotional, devastating stuff goes on here with Taranis and beyond. Merry experiences bitter joy and deep loss, all in the confines of needed plot progression. Frost's backstory was an important inclusion here, really explaining who he is and why he's different than the other sidhe.The Bad: This is another shorter book and I sincerely believe it should have been combined with Mistral's Kiss to make one larger novel that would fit better with the flow of the series.

  • Cassandra
    2019-03-06 09:23

    Thank goodness...a return to plot. After slogging through two short books of what amounted to a ridiculous amount of sex and very little storyline, I was getting ready to give up on the Merry Gentry series. I was disappointed at first glance by the length of the book, thinking that 181 pages was not nearly enough to get the storyline going again. I am thrilled to be proven wrong. Without spoiling the story, events are finally turning again. It feels like Merry has more control over her life and the politics in the story, and that it's not one big Deus ex Machina with a convenient orgy thrown in every once in a while. It's a nice return to the Merry Gentry from the first and second books.Of course once again Laurel K. Hamilton ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see how the next one turns out!

  • Julia
    2019-03-10 12:14

    Short review for this one. I love the series, but I am pissed at LKH. As with Anita Blake she ascribes to the "more is more" school of logic when it comes to sexual partners. I have to say it, Merry having 6 baby daddies is just STUPID. First of all - 4 would have been more than enough for twins! I mean come on. Then the fact that she and Galen have already made their peace with not being together, but he is a baby daddy? He gets that she loves Frost and Darkness more and that he is not politically savvy and more of a liability. Wish Merry was not going the way of Anita, but apparently no woman in LKH's books can be powerful without turning into a whore. If this were a man who had a harem of women no self-respecting woman would want to sign on to be the nth one, so why would I buy strong male characters being ok with it (yes even with the sexual ban)?

  • Donna
    2019-03-20 13:23

    I had planned to give up on Hamilton in general, but picked this up on a whim at the library. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that it actually had a plot, and one that didn't just involve Merry making out with everything in sight.It was such an improvement that I almost rated it higher, but I still wouldn't call it a good book. The action packed ending was a pleasant surprise, but other parts really dragged. Merry's long relationship talks and the details of juggling her guards have become tedious. And it was a bit boring to have so many key scenes involve their magic mirrors.The ending of the book advances the plot, but it has the potential to make the relationship issues even more intolerable.

  • Suzanne Vegter
    2019-03-10 17:31

    This is book 6 in Hamilton's series about Merry. I have enjoyed the entire series. However, as the fifth book seemed to have very little plot and lots of sex, this sixth book has only a few sex sceens and the plot moves along at a rapid pace. I felt like the book could have been a little longer and included something about what happened when she and her men first return back to Los Angels. I only say this because something happens then that turns out to be vital to the end plot, and it would have been nice to read it, instead of just reading the charachters references to it. however, I was happy with how the overall outcome.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-18 17:34

    the writing seems to be getting back to what it was. Picking up on the story arc from the previous books, Merry is still trying to get pregnant to get the throne of the Unseelie; to save it from her insane Aunt and cousin. The plot moves far in this book, although I wished it was longer. I won't say why, I wouldn't want to spoil it for those who havent read it yet, but the narrative has moved far. The biggest suprise of all though: there are only two well written sex scenes in this book. LKH seems to have gone for quality over quantity in this book. Over-all a good read, I'm happy to give 4 stars.

  • T.M. Payne
    2019-03-17 10:25

    Book: A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry #6)Author: Laurell K. HamiltonPublication Date: 10/23/2007Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts My Rating: 5 Stars REVIEW Meredith’s crazy uncle King Taranis has truly lost what sense he had. He has gone to the human courts accusing three of Merrys men of rape. I think of all the books in this series so far this one tore at my heart. I love Frost and Darkness. Merry has no clue that her two greatest loves have made a deal after both had a dream. Many things take place in this book and the fight begins. And a great surprise and deep loss. Wonderful book in this series.I got this book from my local library.

  • Christa Simpson
    2019-03-15 13:18

    This book has been bittersweet for me. Let me start by saying Frost is and will always be my favourite, My Darkness and Rhys at a close second. When I saw his name in the title, I was so looking forward to this book! Hamilton has Frost delivering in the swoon department, but I craved more of him!!! Just more!Before the reader has time to digest Frost's admissions, Rhys comes in and steals the limelight. Hot damn! (P.S. I pretend that Rhys is tall, like the others. Being 5'9" myself, a man at 5'6" just won't do. lmao.) That's the joy of reading. No one can tell me I can't do that. :-P This book... devastating, and that is all you're going to get from me.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-03-16 10:21

    I am not exactly sure why I keep reading this series--besides of the sex I mean. Pure stubbornness, most likely. I just want to see what happens next. The storyline is pretty far fetched, but I still buy into it more than into the magic described in Stolen (see my previous review). Also my imagination gets a great workout, trying to picture the outlandish looks of all of Merry's bed companions.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-25 14:29

    This book killed me. I was slightly horrified by the ending and it definitely is a turning point for the whole series. Now I have to wait to find out what happens! Adult content throughout this book.

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-16 14:10

    A book devoted to Frost who has the largest chip on his shoulder. I like him still, regardless of his prima donna jealous ways. LKH is definitely getting kinkier and I liked it. My favourite one since the first. I hope it gets better from here. I do feel as though I'm still being strung along.

  • Cyn Coons
    2019-03-21 16:34

    No spoilers, but I will say that she did get away from the smut-a-palooza that marred her last crop of books. We got to page 159 without there being any sex at all. This was really all plot. We're starting to go back to what made the series so addicting to begin with.