Book #3 in the Chicagoland Vampires series
I borrowed this book through my library.
Warning Review may contain mild spoilers!
Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.
Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.
Alright, its getting better. I have mentioned in previous reviews and even a blog post about waffling yesterday that I was struggling with this series. I was having problems with how the world was going and wasn’t into the lead character, Merit, and her love interest, Ethan, all that much. I have always liked the tone of the book and the world it is set in, but those two characters that the plot revolved around just weren’t cutting it for me. So the first half of this book took me days to get through and the last half I finished in a marathon read that ended at 11:50 last night.
So what changed? Merit and Ethan finally did the dead, and then proceeded to fuck up their burgeoning relationship. Both of them are stubborn fools if you ask me and deserve each other. It is like watching a train wreck, I just couldn’t look away. Up until the moment where Ethan gets all wrapped up in his duties and obligations I was really starting to like the new side of him we got a chance to briefly witness. I finally saw how these two could be good for each other during their one day relationship. Then everything turned to hell for them.
I think I could have gotten on board with these two being an item if the author had not tried to throw in the love triangle with Morgan. Speaking of which, that relationship did not get the closure it deserved and lead to a really awkward scene between all the players in that failed relationship. I still like Morgan, and now that Ethan drove Merit away, I hope that he makes another play for Merit. Not that I want to see him with her anymore, I think he deserves better, someone who picks him first, but just to mess with Ethan’s head a bit. Ethan deserved to be messed with over Merit, after all he couldn’t back off and be respectful of their relationship, why should Morgan return the favor.
The author seems to be determine to thrust a love triangle on us, so in this book we are introduced to Ethan’s former flame, Lacey, who is still pining away for her former Master. For some reason I think this triangle is going to work more for me. Probably because I don’t care much for the character Lacey, and wouldn’t mind seeing her crushed by Merit in a competition for Ethan’s affections.
The shifter aspect of this book was interesting as well, most of it kinda boring, but near the end heated up quite a bit. I really liked some of the new characters introduced and I look forward to seeing the part they play in this new war that keeps being referenced. It sound like Merit is being set up to bring many of the different species together and unite them in this paranormal world the author created. Its kinda cliche; this all powerful new vamp that is unlike anything anyone has seen before re-born to save the world as she is trust into a role she isn’t sure she wants to accept. But so what.If the story-line continues to pick up I’ll stick around for the ride and see how everything plays out.
So I’m glad I stuck this book out, and will be starting the next one shortly. I’m signed up for at least one more book, and probably more, this author is pretty good at writing a cliffhanger. Merit and Ethan are starting to grow on me, shouldn’t have taken three books for that to happen, but they are. Still think they are a train wreck and probably deserve each other to save others from having to deal with their relationship crap. Off to see what happens next.