Book 9 in the Chicagoland Vampires series
Author Chloe Neill
Narrated by Sophie Eastlake
Published By: Tantor Media
Publication date Sep 29, 2015
Running time 5 hrs 2 min
Audiofile provided by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In Howling for You, Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of Vampires. For a long time, Jeff only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen, and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
In Lucky Break, Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, but their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door—covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose…
Sophie Eastlake brings the perfect mix of sexy, snark, tough and girl-next-door to the voice of Merit, Cadogan House Sentinel and fairly new vampire, and a great mix of refinement, gravitas and gruffness to her beau and Cadogan House Master and new President of the North American Vampire Governing body.
I reviewed HOWLING FOR YOU very favorably in January of 2014 when it came out on Kindle. It offers a look into the supernatural world outside of Cadogan and other houses. Here’s some of what I said:
Jeff is the nerds’ great leap forward (literally – he is a tiger shifter). He may be a brilliant computer nerd, super hacker dude, but he is also a shifter and a fighter. He’s been pretty impressive since his first shifter action in the series and he gets even more so herein as he stands up for what he wants: Fallon.
The theme in this story is all about love and duty. It’s the story of the princess who loves the commoner. Actually, it is one trope in my paranormal reading that is not overdone. It’s presented interestingly and I could very honestly envision this particular story as a graphic novel — especially the villain. We’ve met Fallon, but haven’t really gotten to know her, so this being from her point of view is really a fresh peek into her head. She’s pretty cool — with “ink” and piercings.
The love story is quite low key, although I found the couple’s despair palpable, and I was mildly outraged by the pack rules that would allow a non-wolf shifter to be a pack member but not be an equal member. In other words, I was quite engaged in the story. There’s a switch up, a fillip, that is a lot of fun and strengthens the young, current vibe these characters bring to the series.
In LUCKY BREAK, Ethan and Merit have gone on a little trip to get away from the crap they had recently been going through. But, heavy is the head that wears hair as great as Ethan’s. The Colorado Supernatural community makes Chicago’s Supe Landscape look like tea with Queen Victoria. The personalities of the characters who are not previously established in other volumes in the series is shallow in the way of the novella format. Aside from bravely facing danger as usual, what Merit and Ethan once again prove is that they are smart, and very noble. They are all about the greater good, each other and the new American governing format. Ethan is the consummate leader; Hell! if he ran for US President I would vote for him.
I had wanted to hear this story because it was teased elsewhere, but I just didn’t think I would get to it. The combined audiobook and my huge honey-do list (we both wear the “honey” in this house) made the non-taxing story very accessible: easy to listen to and keep track of the action and characters. It was perfect for a project and my husband didn’t mind it on speaker. Chloe always gives us a good ending and while she might leave us with a cliff hanger there’s always a reason behind it.
These are best in the context of the series, and preferably if you have read/listened fairly far in as the timeline for LUCKY BREAK is late in the series. There’s too much back story and world-building to jump in here. I would say it is a series lover’s must read!
Chloe Neill: http://www.chloeneill.com/?p=6448