2002, Ballantine Books
Series: Book 2 of Merry Gentry
After eluding relentless assassination attempts by Prince Cel, her cousin and rival for the Faerie crown, Meredith Gentry, Los Angeles private eye, has a whole new set of problems. To become queen, she must bear a child before Cel can father one of his own. But havoc lies on the horizon: people are dying in mysterious, frightening ways, and suddenly the very existence of the place known as Faerie is at grave risk. So now, while she enjoys the greatest pleasures of her life attempting to conceive a baby with the warriors of her royal guard, she must fend off an ancient evil that could destroy the very fabric of reality. And that’s just her day job. . . .
The Good: This series is very addictive. Merry is a wonderful main character - tough in her own right, intelligent but always learning more, open to new experiences and fully embracing where her life is heading. She's also a realist, understanding her situation and the ramifications of her choices. A Caress of Twilight doesn't spend a lot of time rehashing the events and world-building from A Kiss of Shadows, which I appreciate reading the books one right after the other. But, if a lot of time has past since reading the first book, a refresher may be in order. The stand alone mystery in the book is interesting and well thought out, but I especially love the continuing story line of Merry's place within the world of faerie and her mission to ensure her survival among her people.
The Bad: Not a thing.