Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
Published by NAL on October 6th 2009
Number of Pages: 357
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
Vamps in Chicago!
You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle yet.
But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn’t make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.
So now my “master,” the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.
I spent a lot of this book rooting for Morgan. I know, I know. It’s obvious from the beginning of book 1 that Merit is interested in Ethan, and he in her. Even if it doesn’t look like it will work. But Morgan seemed like such a sweet guy. I couldn’t help hoping! (And no, I won’t say who she picked, because she didn’t exactly pick? And because spoilers. *nods*)
Merit did a few stupid things during the course of the book. Some of them made sense for her personality and what was happening at the time. But I couldn’t help wanting to bang my head and yell at her. She also had a few really smart moments though, so it helped that it was somewhat balanced out. Also, Ethan needs to start actually telling Merit the things she needs to know prior to the moment she should have known them. If she’s Cadogan’s Sentinel, she needs the knowledge she’s lacking by being such a new vampire.
I liked the bit of mystery, as well as some of the twists the book took. I’m super curious about the head of the Shapeshifters. I liked the little bit we saw of him before the book closed, and I’m hoping he stays likeable in the next book.
I don’t like Merit’s father at all. Pretty sure we’re not supposed to like him, but I’m kinda hoping something bad happens to him in the series soon. He needs a serious dose of how to treat others and that he isn’t the be all end all.
This book was a quick read, and I did enjoy it overall. If you like urban fantasy, and snarky/sarcastic characters you should read this series.