Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #7
Publication Date: Feb. 5th, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 368
Reviewer: Amber I.

 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.

I must say I enjoyed this book a lot more then the last one. The new story line is just exciting and new. And of coarse in the beginning of this book I was in love with the way Ethan was being all flirtatious and sweet to Merit. I thought they really needed that after everything. But of coarse that happy bubble can not last. Not only because of the house drama like they are separating from the GP and that mess but because a certain someone comes in and causes a lot of drama.

Merit has so much to deal with in this book. The troubles of separating from the GP without The House losing everything, trying to lead her double life as an RG member, trying to catch a serial killer before he kills anyone else and also that pesky person I mentioned above. With so much going on though something is going to slip and when it does do things get tense. Her loyalty is questioned and one of her relationships is put into jeopardy.

I won't lie there in the middle I wanted to scream my head off. There was this little part of the story I couldn't deal with. Luckily it was not dragged out or else it would have made this book hard to read. Its not fun but its over pretty fast, so when you get to this spot, hang in there it'll be over soon.

I am really excited with the progress House Rules has made to the series. It feels like we are moving towards something and maybe even coming to a close soon. I am hoping after this book Ethan and Merit will have everything together and not let little things come between them. House Rules was an action packed book with never a dull moment, and it had more romantic scenes then before (happy dance)! This book is definitely one for the Chicagoland Vampire fans to get their hands on.

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  1. I quit listening to this series after Drink Deep, I wondering If I can jump right to this one, after reading your review I'm finally excited again about Chicagoland.
    Could I, or you think I would be missing too much?
    Thanks for reviewing :)

    1. Hmmm I will have to think on that. I think some parts you'll question but I can always tell you about them so you can be on the same page.

  2. I still have to start reading this series. After that book that made most people hate the series, I did not really want to anymore. Perhaps someday :)

  3. O.M.G I am so excited for this. Now I'm curious what part made you want to scream!

  4. This book was amazing. I absolutely love this series. One of my top favorites.

  5. I loved the beginning of this series, had some problems with the middle. honestly i'm hoping its wrapping up now. i'd like to love it when it ends and not be tired of it.

  6. Love the series, can't wait to dive into House Rules! Book Savvy Babe

  7. I've had problems with this series since Drink Deep but Chloe Neill really pulled it together with this latest installment. I didn't want to throw the book across the room; not even once! LOL After finishing this novel, for the first time in a long time, I'm actually looking forward to the next one. I'm happy that I didn't quit this series but it was touch and go for a while.


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