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House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires) Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Praise for the Chicagoland Vampires novels:
"These books are wonderful entertainment."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
"A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine." —USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner
"[A] strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake." —Library Journal
“Delivers enough action, plot twists, and fights to satisfy the most jaded urban fantasy reader.”—Monsters and Critics
“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.” –Geek Monthly
About the Author
Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When not transcribing Merit's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys, her photographer husband, and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.
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Top Customer Reviews
$7.59 for a Kindle book seemed okay to me for a book put out by a major house (Penguin) but they seem to be going up higher. I want my favorite authors to make a living so they can keep writing the books that I love, but if the prices keep going the way they are, I'm just not going to be able to afford to buy the series anymore.
As for the book itself - Loved it. Neill continues to create some of the best characters in the genre. The H/h and their relationship is great to read and often had me smiling at their interactions. The supporting characters are well rounded, amusing and naturally since they are vamps and shifters they are all hot! What more could you want?
My only issue is some practical stuff that keeps picking away in my head as I read the series. **spoiler alert**
1). How could such an old vampire, with an interest in the city and strategic/political games not have any friends outside the house?
When the Mayor Tate issued a warrant or threatened to issue a warrant, how did Ethan stand alone? Not a single politcal ally? He has tons of money, you can buy powerful friends.
When Tate was gone, how did he not already have in play some process to pick or nudge a candidate with more pro-vampire leanings?
2) Where are the lawyers? Jesus. When they issued an order to register, how on earth did everyone just agree? That just drove me crazy. One simple lawsuit in federal court and it is tied up for years. Not like the Houses don't have the money. Why would they care how long it takes?
3) If they are getting bad press why not hire a PR firm? Maybe they could consult with a ad exec about better branding? Get some good PR. For goodness sakes, Mallory did that for a living. I can't understand why such saavy people would do the obvious. They finally meet with Nick, but it just seemed to little to late.
According to the book, they have lots of rich, beautiful people in their house, the press would love that.
4) They have a video of McKetrick setting a fire. They surely have video of the front of the house, the death of Monmonth is on it. Why on earth would they hide, run from a stupid warrant? They should have had the best criminal lawyer in Chicago on it from the time of Monmonth's death. Just does make sense that Ethan would leave it open like that. Also, as a tool for the author, the legal stuff just does not work. A triple homicide would be investigated. The GP just waltzes off to Europe as if that puts them beyond the pale? Someone is responsible for those deaths.
Minor stuff, but it tosses me out of the book.
For a long lived, political master, Ethan seems to not have any pull in that arena. Its weird. He should be smoozing, have a few senators on speed dial, an AG or two... he should have contacts with other powerful people. A master stagegist should have long term plans and people to call.
Other than that, I love the books. Love the cast. Can't wait to see what happens.
Merit completes her entrance into the Red Guard and, even though it is supposed to be a secret, has to tell Ethan about it which rocks their relationship. She also has to deal with one of Ethan's former vampires, now the Master of a House in California, who really wants a relationship with Ethan. Merit has momentary doubts about her own relationship with Ethan and there is jealousy on both sides for Ethan and Merit to work through.
And, third, someone is killing vampires in pairs. The first pair killed were Rogues. Since Ethan wants a better relationship with Chicago's Rogue vampires, he and Merit investigate. Merit also gets some help in her investigation from the Pack and from her Red Guard partner Jonah. Merit is also trying to rebuild her trust in her best friend Mallory who is under the control of the Pack as she battles her addiction to Black Magic.
I liked the way that Merit is forging relationships among the various vampire Houses and with the other supernaturals in Chicago. I liked that she was able to have a civil conversation with her father and get over some of the bitterness that she has toward him. I especially liked that her relationship with Ethan weathered the trials that it faced in this episode.
I am looking forward to more in this series. I want to see how Cadogan House manages in the new order without the oversight of the GP. I am especially eager to see how relations with supernaturals in Chicago change now that Merit's old enemy McKettrick has been appointed to a position by the mayor and has semi-official support for his hate campaign against all supernaturals.
Fans of strong, smart, kickass characters can't go wrong getting to know Merit.
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