Book two in the Chicagoland Vampire’s series
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You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle yet.
But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn’t make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.
So now my “master,” the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.
After the last book I had trouble getting this series out of my head. Needed to review some books I’d requested for review so I had to push this one back a couple of book before I could start it. Now that I’ve finished it I’m not sure what to think. If I didn’t have the next two books lined up and checked out from the library already I might be tempted to set this one aside or say I’m done with it. I just don’t think I cared for the direction the series is taking. If it wasn’t for those last 50 pages or so it would have been a two star rating.
I have decided I am not an Ethan fan. I was so rooting for Morgan and Merit didn’t even give him a chance. There one ‘date’ together had great chemistry play between them and suddenly everything went to crap…and I blame Ethan. I did like having the opportunity to get to know some of Merit’s house mates, and like another review said the house is essentially a dorm for vampires…
I did witness some growth in Merit’s character, and I realize she is going through a lot, but at this point I’m not liking her much more than Ethan. She need to embrace who she is soon or I am going to call it quits on this series. That will teach me for requesting too many books in a series at a time…now I got to read them, even though I am not thrilled with how things are going down.
I hope things pick up in the next book, it looks like we are going to get to explore another aspect of the supernatural world Merit lives in, the shifters. I hope she comes to her senses and gets over this sexual attraction with Ethan, perhaps she just needs to jump him once and get it out of her system. I also hope we get to know more about the other characters in her life, and the elusive second of the Cadogan house, new information about him caught my interest in this book.
Over all I was disappointed by this book, and if it wasn’t for the secondary characters, setting and that I already have the next two books on hand I probably wouldn’t be continuing.