I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.House Rules by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #7
Published by NAL Penguin on February 5th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.
At the tender age of 27, 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.
This is book 7 in a series, so don’t be surprised if I talk about plots in earlier books. If you’re not update on the series you may want to come back and read my review once you’ve read House Rules.
I think Chloe Neill has finally brought the series back around to where I can be excited about it again.
I’m going to be honest… I’ve not been in love with Chicagoland since Drink Deep. No, I did not “die” after Hard Bitten ending with Ethan’s death. I don’t mind a main character dying if it adds to the over all plot of the series. I felt like his death was done well and had meaning.
I had a little hard time with Ethan coming back because I thought it lowered the meaning of him dying to save Merit. But I got over it and was glad Merit could stop mourning and have her Dark Sullivan back…..
But I hoped that the back and forth, we can be together, no we can’t BS was done. Nope. So I dragged my feet starting House Rules because this issue was still playing out in Biting Cold and I really didn’t want more of Mallory. After she went all Willow (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) I don’t care about her. I want her gone.
After being told about others that House Rules has more of a feel that the early books has I was like ok, it’s time to finally read it. It took me almost two weeks to finish it. Why? I just couldn’t get into until about the last quarter of it and then I stayed up late to finish it.
Does it feel like the earlier books? NO. But I was happy to see that we got little of Mallory in this installment. And it seems like Ethan has FINALLY made up his mind to stand up for his relationship with Merit and back her 100%. I feel like House Rules should have came after Drink Deep and could have skipped Biting Cold.
I think Chloe Neill has finally brought the series back around to where I can be excited about it again. I’m actually looking forward to Biting Bad and even more so for Wild Things since by the cover it looks like we will get more of the werewovles.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).