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Review: Dark Debt by Chloe Neill

Title: Dark Debt

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #11)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451472322 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451472328 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan’s dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don’t know whether he’s friend or foe. But they’ll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs….

The connections to Chicago’s Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last….

Quick & Dirty: An old enemy is back and scores have to be settled.

Opening Sentence: There were two seasons in Chicago: winter and construction.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The GP has been disbanded and the new American version put in place. Ethan has been welcomed back into in the fold despite Nicole’s attempt to blackmail him about Balthasar. However, Ethan received a note from someone claiming to Balthasar, but he is quite sure he is dead. Until the news breaks and Balthasar shows up at Cagodan House. When the reunion isn’t what Balthasar wants he immediately forces Merit to do his will.

This scared Merit out as up until now she firmly believed she was immune to most vampire magic. Before Ethan and Merit can figure it out they end up stopping an assassination attempt at a party they are attending. When it is revealed the vampires attempting to carry out the assassination belong to Morgan they know something is up. Soon it’s revealed that Morgan has replaced his second with someone who was extremely fond of Celina.

The mystery deepens when Morgan reveals that because of Celina the house is deeply in debt to an organization called the Circle. When Merit begins digging into them, she finds that they are the ones funding Balthasar as well. Then the dreams begin and Merit knows that Balthasar is trying to hurt Ethan through her. Will she be able to find a way to withstand his power? Will she be able to keep Cagodan House out of reach from the Circle?

Just when you think you are done with Celina, she is like a bad disease that is always creeping back. I feel sort of bad for Morgan that he is forever having to deal with cleaning up her messes and now he has been outmaneuvered by a pro-Celina faction. He is totally losing control of his house, but like I said I sort of feel bad for him in this book. Balthasar is one creepy guy, and I can see why Ethan left him.

Sigh, Merit and Ethan as always are rock solid, for such a fairly new relationship they know where they stand with each other. It’s refreshing to see, I also am very happy that Catcher and Mallory are back in the most perfect way.  Ugh, just two more books…. Nooooo.

Notable Scene:

Every phone call put us on high alert, because a ghost-or someone pretending to be one-had staked a claim on our lives. That ghost was Balthasar, the vampire who, on a battlefield nearly four hundred years ago, had made Ehtan immortal and nearly turned him into a monster in his own image. Ethan had escaped his maker, made a new life for himself, and believed Balthasar had died. Shortly after he had escaped. Ethan hadn’t yet told me the details but he hadn’t indicated any doubts about Batlhasar’s death.

Chicagoland Vampires:

1. Some Girls Bite

2. Friday Night Bites

3. Twice Bitten

4. Hard Bitten

5. Drink Deep

6. Biting Cold

7. House Rules

8. Biting Bad

8.5 Howling for You

9. Wild Things

10. Blood Games

10.5 Lucky Break

11. Dark Debt

12. Midnight Marked

12.5 Phantom Kiss

13. Blade Bound

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FTC Advisory: NAL/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dark Debt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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