Book # 11 in the Chicagoland Vampires series : Published 3/3/15
I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Net Galley for an honest review.
A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan’s dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don’t know whether he’s friend or foe. But they’ll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.
At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs….
The connections to Chicago’s Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last….
Oh boy, this series is just getting better! This book might have taken a while for me to read, but that had nothing to do with its lacking, life got in the way and I finally had to tell everyone to go away and let me finish my bleeping book! There was so much development and reinvention in this addition to an established series I’m not sure what I want to talk about first.
Lets start with the setting. I love how Ms. Neill has captured the city and portrays it almost as a character in its own right. Sure there are some clichés that she leans on pretty heavily, food-obsessed Merit references as an example. However, I always feel like I am there though be it a picnic in a small park, running around Navy Pier, or chasing down a bad guy on Michigan Ave while dodging tourists. I can feel, smell and almost taste Chicago when I read this series. Ms. Neill captures the essence of this city, its neighborhoods and people, and she does it right. I also loved the nod to Chicago’s infamous organized crime history that was a major plot motivator in this book.
Moving on to Merit and Ethan: for the love of God please put a ring on these two already. I know they still have shit to work out, but please I want to see them commit to one another before I am old and gray! Of course with how things ended with Mallory and Chatcher in this book we will probably have to wait another two books before this happens, but we all know they are headed down the aisle. Enough teasing already. I hope they elope. Just send them to Vegas and be done with it and move on to the next topic I want to talk about.
The new bad guy!!! Oh. My. Goodness! I am so excited about this new development. He is deliciously evil and rotten to the core. This is going to freshen up and add some new life to this series. It also explains some of what has been going on behind the scenes a bit, a look at who has been pulling the strings in regards to vampire business in the city. He needs to go down and I am going to be sitting there with Garrett’s popcorn as we get to watch Merit and Ethan put this scumbag in his place.
There was serious development in regards to Merit’s family issues and what the heck is wrong with Navarre house. There might have been serious closure in regard to Navarre and Morgan, but I think there is still a lot of drama left to work out with Merit’s father.
The only thing that held me back from giving it that fifth star was some of the running gags are getting a little old and referenced a bit too much in the book. For example we were constantly being explained about how Luc always references corny movie and TV line. We get it. And Merit’s food habit doesn’t need to be leaned on so heavily. It just distracted from this amazing plot that was unfolding. Still this was a great addition to the series and a must read for fans. Looking forward to what happens next!
My Rating: 4 Stars