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I Belong

Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

Title: House Rules

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #7)

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451237102 (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451237101 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

Quick & Dirty: Cagodan House is leaving the GP, if that isn’t enough Vampires are disappearing…

Opening Sentence: It was like a scene from a divorce; belongings divided into piles; books labeled with one owners name or the other; and everyone was emotionally exhausted.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Merit and Ethan are navigating the transition to becoming their own house outside of the GP. Noah the leader of the Rogue Vampires shows up and tells them two of his vampires have disappeared. They were at the registration center and never returned home. Merit agrees to investigate with Jonah. A few days later their bodies show up in abandoned warehouse. When Merit sees the aspen silvers she knows that McKetrick was involved, now she just has to figure it out.

Before that can happen the lawyers discover that the GP can take the majority of Cagodan House’s wealth due to some weird contracts that Peter signed. However, when Darius and the rest of the GP show up they don’t stop there they want the House as well since Cagodan’s behavior has been bad of late. So not only is Merit on the hunt for a killer, but she now has to help figure out how to save the house as well. Oh, and it only gets worse. Apparently Lacey has been following Merit and thinks that she is having an affair with Jonah because she saw them together the night that Merit joined the Red Guard.

So she outs Merit, which totally throws Ethan into a tailspin, and he wants Merit to leave the group. Then two vampires are killed at Narrave House and when Merit finds out that the locks only let Narrave vampires in she knows McKetrick didn’t kill these vampires. So as her relationship is spinning out of control, the GP is poised to take Cagodan House and a killer is on the loose will Merit be able to get control? Will she be able to save the other Cagodan Vampires?

This was an action packed book and it really took all of Merit’s abilities to figure her way out of the mess she was in with everything. I loved it, this series is so good and now it is getting bittersweet as I get closer to the end. I can’t believe it is almost over. Mallory is still working on redeeming herself with the shifters and so she is missing more than I would like from this book, and I didn’t like Lacey popping back up at all. Although I got to give her props for being willing to stand with Ethan against the GP.

Vampire politics are totally long game approaches, they are sneaky and wily and this book really showed that with all the out maneuvering they all pulled on each other. Plus, you find out what kind of shifter Jeff is and it’s totally worth it. I also sincerely hope that McKetrick meets his end soon, and yes, I can’t remember what happens to him so I will enjoy finding out as I re-read the series!

Notable Scene:

I was suddenly struck with melancholy, missing my former life, when my only worry would have been whether I was ready for the next day’s classes at U of C. I’d worried about due dates and dissertation chapters and grading papers, about whether my car would last through another Chicago winter (it had) and the Cubs would win another pennant(they hadn’t).

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


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

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