House Rules… Chicagoland Vampires

BOOK 1: Some Girls Bite by  Chloe Neill

BOOK 2: Friday Night Bites

BOOK 3: Twice Bitten

BOOK 4: Hard Bitten

BOOK 5: Drink Deep

BOOK 6: Biting Cold

House Rules   description:

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.

house rulesBOOK 7: House Rules  3 STARS

This was definitely an improvement from the last book. It’s nice that Ethan and Merit’s relationship is finally firm, even as they argue they know they’re still meant for each other, no more on again off again junk. And Ethan is acting more like his old self. There was a lot of good development as the characters are trying to move forward from the past events, and from dealing with this break from the GP, trying to figure out where they stand now is a big deal and I liked where it went.

What I didn’t like, other than numerous typos (seriously does she have an editor?), is how Neill is trying to cram more into this book than needed to be. The break from the GP was already a huge deal, and trying to figure out what they’re going to pull and how much hell they’re going to cause for Cadogan house was already giving this book a lot of tension. However, she then has to throw in these murders, that were barely a background issue for most of the book, only to be miraculously dealt with right there at the end of the book.

 

Spoilers following:

My problem with the murders is that there was no real evidence or progress made, and then right there at the end all of sudden everything just falls right into Merit’s lap. My question is why would Donovan keep Carlos’ ring since he hated him, and then use that insignia ring in a way that would then lead back to him? Why would he start killing now after all this time? Is it just because McKentrick paid him? And how would McKentrick even know about this deep dark desire of Donovan’s, when no one else does? Why did Ethan hire him? Wouldn’t he have done a good background check to find all this stuff out about him to begin with. And if all the vampires Celine turns has the same genetic marker, and then anyone she turns gives the same genetic marker to anyone they turn, then how does any vampire have any unique genetic marker? What about when they go on to make their own House, like when Laney left Cadogan, do they all have the same gentics marker then too? So would that biometric scanner really be worth a damn, because who the heck make Celine, wouldn’t all the others they made have the same marker as well?

Seriously, it was like these murders were only happening so that in the end, Ethan and Merit could save members of the GP and Cadogan could be seen as something good by them, so that maybe they’d back off. It was all very contrived, and not believable. However, it was just a background plotline, and the rest of the book was rather good.

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