Its been six months since the last time see saw Ethan and Merit. Malory has a love hate relationship with Berna and the world is good… well maybe not. As we know the house is revolting against the Greenwich Presidium rule after everything they did in Drink Beep. Everyone is coming down from the Tate’s and Mallory’s release of evil. The vamps are trying to keep a low key now that they have not friends or love in the Mayor’s office.
Now Cadogan House is preparing for its divorce from the GP and there’s a killer on the loose. When it rains it pours in Chicago. Not only will Merit have to use her head to help Ethan with the GP. She also has to figure out how to keep everyone she cares about safe. And the things she’s been dreading since she made her decision about the RG (Red Guard) comes to a head. In House Rules Merit uses every resource she has in her arsenal to help the house and I do mean “every”.
House Rules takes us back to the funnier books in the series, with Merit, Luc and others having one liners. We get things like Lucsey (Luc and Lindsey) and Methan (Merit and Ethan) just to give you a little taste of what you might find. I laughed and chucked throughout the whole book even with the series issues going on. We also see how Ethan’s death and resurrection have and are affecting and redefining him and the house. I know people don’t like or believe in the story because CN killed Ethan off and then brought him back. But I’m here to say the changes in Ethan blend whom he was and is together nicely. We get to picture what Ethan would have been like as a human if he’d come back from war alive. House Rules brings Ethan’s warrior training, nature and history together with his vampire strength, strategies and political ideals. He truly has become a man who can be Merit’s equal and lead a house of Rogues.
We get to see some of our favorite characters and not so favorite. We also meet some new ones that aren’t so likeable. McKetrick makes an appearance. We also see Kelley, Juliet, Luc and Lindsey. Margot makes some awesome food as always. Malik goes back to being second as he gives Ethan control of the house once again. Helen helps with the transition of the house. The librarian, Paige along with a new character named Michael Donovan and Lacy try to find loop holes the GP might use against the house. Merit gets to hang with Chuck “grandpa” Merit, Jeff Christopher and Catcher. She also gets to play cards with Gabriel and we get to meet a few more brothers Christopher, Ben, and Derek. With a murderer on the loose we meet up with Noah, Jonah, Morgan Greer and Scott Grey. And of course we see the GP Darius West who we’re met before and now we meet Harold Monmoth who was the man that helped Celina when she was human.
As the house becomes a house of Rogues we also see what help the RG will give the house. And the best part Ethan goes off on a few people, which has been a long time coming as far as I’m concerned.
I had a blast reading this latest installment and I hope the next six months goes by quickly. If this book is any indication the next one will be wickedly hilarious and one that you won’t want to put down. Put your reservations a side and take a chance to fall in love with Ethan and Merit all over again.
Where could Chloe Neill go after Drink Deep that’s what we find out in Biting Cold the sixth book in Chloe’s Chicagoland Vampires series? As we know there’s not a lot Ms. Neill won’t put Merit and Ethan though, or us for that matter, and Biting Cold isn’t any different. Will someone die… of course we haven’t had a book yet that someone hasn’t died. This time I promise it’s not Ethan or Merit, but that leaves everyone else up in the air.
Biting Cold picks up hours after the end of Drink Deep with Merit and Ethan on the road to Omaha to catch Mallory. And if you’ve read the first chapter or have heard about it since it’s been posted on CN’s website, so this isn’t a spoiler, along the way (on the road) they meet an “old” friend. Nope it’s not Mallory, it’s mister evil himself, former Mayer Seth Tate. Oh yes, the Mayer is out and about, and he’s all about revenge among other things. Biting Cold is action packed from the get go and every time you think you’re going to catch your breath think again. I think I can count on one hand how many times Merit sleeps.
Since we all know hell is about to break lose as Ethan and Merit race off to save a black magic addicted Mallory what else could go wrong? That my friend’s is the billion dollar question? After Drink Deep‘sending we were left with so many questions. What’s going to happen with the House? Who or what is Tate? Can Mallory be saved? Will the Ombud’s office be able to help the sups as it did but from the shadows? What will happen to Merit and Johan’s partnership? Will Morgan grow a pair or remain a child? Who is the Master of Cadogan? Does Mallory control Ethan?
I know so many questions and I’m sure I forgot a few. Here’s the thing I can’t answer them. What I can say is you’ll find out when you read the book. I couldn’t put this one down and there were times I had too. I read Biting Cold in less than 24 hours (don’t tell Flyboy) because it was that good.
Chloe Neill’s latest story is going to have you all over the map both literally and emotionally, because let’s face it does anything ever go according to plan? There may be love in the air but it may not be from Merit and Ethan. You’ll have to read the book to find out. I’ll tell you this we do see some of our favorite sups come out to play and even hear from not so favorite ones. So much happens within these pages and we get many answers. This book pretty much closes all the issues that have been left standing open to date. I’m not saying there aren’t threads where we can’t still learn more as time goes by. This book just seemed to shed light on questions I’d had and issues I know others have had since Hard Bitten.
I will say I like where CN is going, as a writer I always have, and I don’t see an end in sight. This path she leading us down is the next step in the progression of the storyline. And let’s be honest without a path in the next direction the series would fall to the waste side. Now I’ll tell you, some may not like the ending because it’s left open-ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cliffhanger. Trust me there is a difference and it’s a big one. Yes the ending is suspenseful but it’s not very which is way open-ended works. The story doesn’t have a predetermined limit. Which is why this is a series and not six standalone books. So while we have one issue arise that is settled yet brings up new issues for the end of the book I’m sure House Rules will pick up the thread and run with it. We just have to wait until February 2013 and to be honest that’s not a long wait. So sit back relax and enjoy the action, it’s going to be a wicked hell of a time.
Today ladys and gents, the Doll House is featuring Chloe Neill’s Biting Cold Blog Tour. Its a scavenger hunt, so stop by and see what’s in store.
I’m in the land of the stars tonight to start my weekend with three of my beautiful nieces one of which is Makenize. Flyboy and I flew all day and spent the night chatting with family. Tomorrow we should have a fun filled day not jet lagged with the family, so fingers crossed.
I did get to finish Drink Deep while we were on the trip out and I did enjoy it, if I have down time I’ll write my review, otherwise it will be done Monday on my way home.
Okay today we have a lot going on…
First thing family - Commissioning and Graduation are over. My baby brother has completed college and in October he will be making his way to his first base. I’m so proud of him. Like I said yesterday he was so cutie in his dress whites. So that’s the good family news. On the flip side my daddy was sounding better yesterday but its still not looking good. My flyboy is on his way home to fly up to see him with me and make sure I’m in place for when/if something happens. Cross those fingers please that all goes well.
Next on the list… I did get a rejection Thursday as we were headed down for graduation, it was a form letter that Legacy was not what the agent was going for. No biggie I just have to keep looking. I still have two other queries out and I’m working on my Author Bio to send out for another query that I want to send. So all is good. I’m positive I’ll have a bit sooner or later and with everything else going on I need all the positive energy going into the queries I can give them. So I’m thinking good thoughts and being the glass have full girl.
Last but not least its time for me to finally give you the review I’ve been telling I would give you for two weeks now. That’s right a its time for Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten review. I know everyone has been hard on Chloe for her ending, honestly I liked it. I would have written it the same way. So I guess people aren’t going to like how I write. lol
Hard Bitten is the four installment in the Chicagoland Vampire Series, we take a slight turn in this book from the first three. I say this because in the first three Merit is learning to become a vamp. In book one she fights the fact that she’s a vamp and fights Ethan. In book two she’s coming to terms with the fact that she’s a vamp but she still doesn’t like it all that much. In book three she’s excepting the fact she’s a vamp and she’s learning all that she can as she has now fully become a vamp. She’s also excepting her role as Sentinel. However in all three books the storyline is mostly how Ethan and Merit work together to solve the issues at hand. Yes they have the help other other secondary characters that we love but it’s mostly Ethan and Merit.
This is where Hard Bitten is different Merit has to step into her role as Sentinel, and leave Ethan at home. We see more of the secondary character which I think makes this novel a little more true to what life would be like for Merit. We get to the heart of what Merit has to do. So far she has played guard, this time she had to put the house above everything else and protect what she told by Ethan to protect The House. She has to go against orders to do so even. Now I can’t get into detail and I’m not going to give spoilers because I never do on here so if you want to know more about that you have to read the book, but I really did enjoy it.
I will worn you the ending is sad, and it did make me cry and miss my Flyboy. So make sure you have a box of Kleenex with you when you read it. There are some other things that happen at the end that make you wonder what’s going to happen next and I have my ideas, from tidbits from other books, but they are my thoughts and you guys know how my wicked mind works. I mean I have haunted houses in my stores. So give it a read I think you’ll like it but don’t go in excepting it to be some grand book its a good read, it made me cry but it is different from the first three. So if you want what we had be for yes you won’t be happy things are changing they have too. Merit is showing herself when she’s stressed and how she acts when she’s with her friends not when she’s with Ethan. People are different with different people, some readers don’t like that so be prepared. I never go in excepting to have an awesome book anymore with any author that way I’m pretty much always happy unless its really bad.
Okay have a great weekend. Enjoy reading.
Okay guys this is for the Ladies over at PBD go check out Sudiobook giveaway by author @ will win they are having a cool giveaway and you know they always have the best. Byran’s book sounds really cool and for those of us that like crime fiction it should be right up our ally. So enjoy what you read and maybe you’ll find a new author you’ll enjoy along the way. Good Luck Byran and thanks for joining the family.
Later this week I’ll give you my review without spoiler on Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill it was good and I loved it. Have a good one. Talk with you soon.