Published: April 7, 2009
Source: Bought on Audible
Goodreads Blurb: First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker-and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood.
I am now hooked on this series! I blame it all on Rachel at Fiktshun. It’s all her fault. 😛 I kept hearing so many things about Chloe Neill’s books, and I had to check it out for myself.
This story is fast paced, and there is a ton of sarcastic humor. I know, I’m a sucker for sarcasm. But it is part of my daily conversation. 😉 There was never a dull moment. I was actually surprised at who caused all the trouble. That doesn’t happen often anymore.
The characters were awesome! I love Mallory. She is every girl’s dram BFF. Jeff is the pervy guy friend in the bunch, but he seriously has me laughing throughout the book. Merit, our MC, is strong and determined. When she decides to do something, it’s whole-hearted. I love when the main character is a kick-ass chick. I can’t wait to see what she’s up against in the sequel. And Ethan….. I’m not sure how I feel about him. He has serious trust issues, and he’s a little too arrogant for my taste, but we’ll see how things go.
I didn’t care for the narrator much. Her parts for Merit were fine, but the male voices were a bit off, and started to sound the same.
If you are a fan of The Hollows by Kim Harrison, you’ll enjoy this series. There are many of the same elements.