Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.
First of WOW.
And second I’m not even sure how to review this book without spoiling anything. I will make this one a short review, because of that.
Humans are being killed and that is not something Mayor Tate like, he tells Ethan to take care of it or take the fall for it. That keeps Merit and Ethan busy and say spend a lot of time together getting behind whoever or whatever is putting not only the humans and risk but also the house. Like that is not enough, Darius from the GP, the head of the Vampires has arrived in town to put the houses back in order. He is breathing down Ethan’s neck. Ethan is a lot more likable in this book and he even admits he was did a mistake with Merit, he is trying really hard to win her back. He is often sweet and even opens up about himself to her. I liked that, but there is still something I can’t put my finger on that I don’t trust about him.
Merit, in this book seemed stronger and more secure being a vampire then ever. She did have moments of fear but didn’t let that stop her. I really enjoyed her in this book.
Things seem to be going better between her and Mallory as well. I liked that Merit also saw she could have been more there for her when Mallory found out she is a witch. In any case Mallory is pretty busy learning her new craft, Catcher of course helping her. I really wasn’t sure about Catcher and Mallory in the beginning, thinking it all went a little fast but now I really love them together.
The same goes for Luc and Lindsey, I really hope those two get it together sometime. I really grown to like Lindsey, and have to admit I even prefer her over Mallory, not sure why and it is not that I don’t like Mallory, I just like Lindsey better.
Okay now to the other stuff where I can’t say much. All I can say is WOW there are some major twists in the story and the end was just utterly heart breaking. I really wasn’t sure what and why. I didn’t see the sense in it but maybe that was just my anger thinking. This is and was a big book where a lot of things are being revealed and a lot of things happen that will make you weep at the end.
Overall, while I was not happy at the end of the book, I did love the book. I can’t wait to see what will happen next and how the story will carry on.
I rate it 5 ★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Learn to be a vampire, to be a warrior, to be the soldier you are capable of being. But consider the possibility that I made a mistake I regret—and that I’ll continue to regret that mistake and try to convince you to give me another chance until the earth stops turning.”
“I'm afraid,' I finally confessed.
'I know.' His voice was quiet. 'I know, and it kills me that I put that fear into your eyes.”
“I mean, who does that? Who touches someone’s hair and pronounces they have magic?”
“Darth goddamned Sullivan.”
“I wouldn’t let you leave the House if I didn’t—there’s too much at stake.”
“At stake. Ha-ha.” At his frown, I winced.
“Sorry. I kid when I’m nervous.”