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.
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As with my review of Biting Cold, I'll start off with one word for ya- Ethan...Ethan...Ethan. Okay, that was technically three words or one word repeated three times...whatever. As you can probably guess there is a lot of Ethan in the book and that made this little fan girl very happy. There seemed to be something a little different about the character in this book and it's not even something I can necessarily put my finger on or didn't like but just something I noticed. I'd be interested to see if anyone else gets the same vibe or not. Since Merit and Ethan or Methan as Neill dubs them, which by the way I love, are just starting their relationship, there are a lot of scenes that make your heart go pitter patter. But as fans of this series know these two have had a very bumpy road and it certainly doesn't end here. They will drive you crazy, in a good way, yet again with their stubborn attitudes and refusals to see the other's side. Yet, for once, the problems aren't all resulting from Ethan's behavior. I think Neill did a great job in allowing us to sympathize with both characters this time around instead of having the reader wanting to slap Ethan around until he comes to his senses. Am I right? You can't tell me there weren't times during the series you didn't wish you could grab Ethan Sullivan by the shoulders, shake him and yell Geez, get it together man!
Even though I go into each new book from this series with high expectations, those expectations are always met if not exceeded. This installment was no exception. With the Cadogan house vampires' nerves on edge awaiting the official departure from the GP the last thing Merit and Ethan needed was extra drama but that's exactly what they get and from all sides. Two rogue vampires go missing, Merit's initiation to the Red Guard is looming and someone from Ethan's past comes into the picture just to cause problems. House Rules has a lot of story arcs going at once but I think Neill navigates us through them very smoothly.
This installment had a bit less action but more Methan relationship stuff so I felt it was a fair trade off. As with all the books in this series I tore through this one in record time and enjoyed every minute of it. Now I'm back to being in the Post Chicagoland Vampires New Release depression as I impatiently await for August to arrive so I can read Biting Bad.
Loved House Rules, love the series, go get your copy now!
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"That guy," Lindsey said, "is a douche. Asterick, I hate him. Footnote, he can suck it."
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