House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill
February 5, 2013
Favorite Quote: “That guy is a douche. Asterisk, I hate him, footnote, he can suck it.“
At the tender age of 27, 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. (Goodreads)
I’m assuming those reading this review have read the entire series up to now. If you haven’t, this contains some mild spoilers.
Fans of Neill and her Chicagoland Vampire series will be pleased with her latest foray back into her exciting world of vampires, supernatural hijinks and baked meats. After a somewhat disappointing predecessor, Biting Cold, House Rules comes back with a vengeance and sets the arc and characters back on track. The GP (Greenwich Presidium) has sanctioned Cadogan House and Ethan has decided to fight back by seceding from the elitist vampire ruling council rather than taking anymore abuse. While the house is preparing for the secession, rogue vampires are turning up dead. Merit and Ethan once again place their lives on the line as they try to figure out who is killing the vampires and why.
I was pleased by the balance permeating this installment. Action, suspense, drama, romance, and humor all blend together perfectly to give us a fast paced adventurous story that hooks you from beginning to end.
Read the rest of my review at Smexy Books.