Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

Posted June 21, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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.

Review: House Rules by Chloe NeillHouse Rules by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #7
Published by NAL Penguin on February 5th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

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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.


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.


About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’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 favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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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).
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4 responses to “Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

  1. Good review. Agree on your assessment. The concept and ideas behind the book are good and high entertainment but did seem to be off track for a bit but do enjoy Chloe Neills writing.

  2. I’ve been struggling with this series for a while now too but I really think that Chicagoland Vampires has reached a turning point. Hopefully for the better.

    Oh, and it’s about time that you read this one! Geez, slacker! 😉

  3. My thoughts exactly. I’m waiting for Biting bad and will be glad to have more werewolves, I love how she portrays them 😉