House Rules Chloe Neill – 4 Stars

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #7 in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

I borrowed this book from my library!

Book Synopsis:

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

My Review:

Been a busy weekend/week so I couldn’t devour this addition to Ms. Neill’s series like I did the past few titles, but I did manage to finish the bulk of the book in less than 24 hours.  While I liked this book, it didn’t grab me like the others, which is possibly why I didn’t carve out time to read it.  I am enjoying how the author has finally decided to just let Merit and Ethan be together, she was still able to create some drama through the reintroduction of the Lacey character who continues to carry a torch for her former master, Ethan.  We also had some fun drama as Ethan discovers Merit’s secret and that she is now partnered with Jonah.  This led to one scene between Ethan and Jonah that was particularly fun.

Much of this book dealt with house drama as Cadogan house left the protection of the GP, and I say good riddance.  Of course the GP couldn’t just let them go and the Cadogan vamps had a pretty stressful few days as they fought to keep their home.  Much of that was dealt with behind the scenes and Merit spent much of her time trying to solve some vampire murders taking place in Chicago.  An old enemy is back as McKetrick has landed a perverted position for the city that Merit’s Grandfather used to hold.  GP’s ass was kicked to the curb, although I bet they will be back, and I so hope that Merit and Ethan tackle the problem of McKetrick and the psycho Mayor soon.

There was some interesting insight to Merit and her father’s history that came to light in this book and I hope we continue to get some back story on that front soon.  I am torn though as to if I want Merit to make up or forgive her father.  He is kinda an ass, but I have a feeling Ms Neill is going to find a way to redeem him eventually.  The character of Mallory progresses in this story as well and she is starting to sound more like her old self.  I hope that Merit and her are able to restore their relationship to what it once was.  Well off to start the next title.  Only going to be able to read the next two before I need to take a break from the series.  Will see through, if I am still hooked I might have to find a way to get book 10 before I can borrow it through the library (breaking my book buying ban…)



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