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Review: Lucky Break by Chloe Neill

Title: Lucky Break

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #10.5)

Publication Date: February 17, 2015

Format: eBook, 112 Pages

ASIN: B00NUMIPY8 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly.

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. 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.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. 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…

Quick & Dirty: Fun, entertaining novel that really doesn’t have much to do with Merit’s storyline. A portion of this story was a bit predictable.

Opening Sentence: The world below us was dark, cities glowing in orange grids like electrical circuits strewn across black canvas.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lucky Break is a side novella set in the Chicagoland Vampire world by Chloe Neill. I decided that I wanted to read all the novellas that go with the series while I was doing the series read. I’m glad that I did because I thought it was fun to see the couple happy and actually working together. Merit is back to being sarcastic and funny. Gabe even makes an appearance.

Merit and Ethan are on a much-needed vacation. They travel to Colorado hoping to indulge in romantic couple time but as with all things Merit she manages to find trouble within minutes of settling down into her vacation “cabin”. The woman who is lending them the cabin comes running to them when she discovers that her husband is murdered. The only hitch is that she’s a vampire and her husband is a shifter.

The vampires and shifters in this area have been in a feud for over 100 years. Ethan and Merit get dragged into the feud and the only way Merit sees for the feud to end is for her to put an end to it once and for all. Merit must discover who murdered the shifter and then discover the real reason of why the feud began in the first place. In order to do that, Merit must enlist the help of Gabe to control the pack of unruly shifters.

The only thing that I found a bit of a stretch was how Merit solved the overall mystery, it was just too predictable and convenient. The novella is a fun and quick read but I really did like the fact that Merit and Ethan worked together to solve the feud instead of having some kind of conflict especially after Blood Games. I wouldn’t say that this story has a lot to do with all the main novels but it was still a fun read.

Notable Scene:

Damien turned, pushed a perfectly folded omelet onto a plate in front of Gabriel, then glanced at me. “You want ham or bacon in your omelet?”

It was the question of my dreams.

“Yes,” I said with a grin.

I can only hope you answer with the same conviction when I propose to you, Sentinel. Ethan had made his intentions abundantly clear, even if he hadn’t formally done the deed.

I reached out and patted his hand, smiled mysteriously. We won’t know until you stop fake-proposing and get to the point, will we?

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: I purchased my own copy of Lucky Break. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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