Published by Penguin/New American Library
February 4, 2014
Disclosure: E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions granted herein are my own.
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.
But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?
Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out. ChloeNeill.com
I am so excited to be part of Chloe’s blog tour for this book; we all have our favorite series and this is a huge favorite for me. I actually love to take time to savor these stories. And, by being part of the tour I get the opportunity to reward a lucky reader with some of Chloe’s fabulous mystery swag.
I don;t have to review on Chloe’s writing − it’s top notch. I don’t feel like I am reading the same old thing when I read anything by Chloe.
I have always enjoyed her descriptions of Chicago and its delicious foodiness. This story has the least of any of her books. At least I don’t feel the need to run out for some tacos, hot dogs or pizza.
So, it’s diet safe. Do you ever feel you have to go get some of whatever the characters are eating or drinking in the book you’re reading? THAT would be an interesting sociology study.
Chloe has taken us all on some major roller-coaster rides with Ethan and Merit. Because of previous plots I never know what to expect and I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Ethan and Merit are a compelling couple, although Merit is still in awe of Ethan — his goodness and nobility, his hunkiness, his prowess in the bedroom and in battle, and his power and political acumen, but she also puts him in his place with a word.
Their relationship isn’t one of dating and let’s get to know each other. It’s forged in blood, and danger, and an attraction to each other. But, Ethan is very romantic in sweet old fashioned ways like holding Merit’s hand. He’s very possessive, and there is no doubt of his loyalty or fidelity. There are some very hot but not vulgar scenes between Merit and Ethan. It’s enough to make you wish you were a vampire. If you could have the kind of sex vampires do, would you consider turning?
Ethan lives fiercely; taking nothing for granted.
The mystery in the story is also unusual and very interesting. It revolves around the crazy mayor and goings on in the supe community. I thought it was really suspenseful, and while Chloe puts in foreshadowing, she also throws in twists and takes the reader through a lot of the deductive reasoning to solve the case.
Knowing this is one of my favorite series, I think it is all all must read. The story is both complete in itself AND leaves us with set-ups for future. MUST READ! MUST READ!
Me: Do you consider Your vampires “alive” versus undead?
Chloe: Yes. They are very much alive–just a genetic mutation that’s triggered by ingesting by sharing blood with a vampire.
Me: They seem to continue to have digestive tracts, including a heart beat, so are all their systems still going?
Chloe: Correct–although the genetic mutation makes them stronger, adds a bit of sixth sense, and enhances the degree to which they shed magic. (Which humans do, but in relatively minuscule quantities).
Me: Are they a subspecies of human, aliens, or are they simply humans with something magical?
Chloe: Since they’re genetically different from humans due to the mutation, I suppose they’d be a a completely new species in the “homo” genus. Rather than homo sapiens, perhaps homo vampirus. Or homo vladius, to give homage where homage is due. : )
Thanks Chloe! Here’s a link FMI:
It hasn’t arrived yet, but Chloe gives great swag so I’m sure it will be grand!
Just do the rafflecopter form. OPEN TO USA SHIPPING ONLY, you must be at least eighteen years-old to enter.
The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Wild Things Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs January 27 through February 7 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
- A Kindle Paperwhite
- A $50 Amazon gift card!
- A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
- An autographed Chicagoland Vampires or Dark Elite novel
- Two Cadogan House Novitiate Luggage Tags
- A Cadogan House lanyard and BITING BAD All Access Pass
- Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, buttons, and swag!
TO ENTER YOU NEED TO HEAD OVER TO CHLOE’S: ChloeNeill.com