Series: Chicagoland Vampires
Published by Penguin Group NAL Trade on July 6th 2010
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
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Also in this series: Friday Night Bites, Hard Bitten
Also by this author: Some Girls Bite, Friday Night Bites
Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.
This is a series I really enjoy. It has it light moments, and then of course the badassery moments.
I love Merit. She’s smart, tough, and lethal when she needs to be. She doesn’t take everything at face value, which is a good thing in this installment. She also banters with Ethan very well. I love their relationship because they know when the need to be serious, and when they can mess with each other. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Ethan is centuries old.
There are so many things going on, and people seem intent on bringing down the vampire houses in Chicago. I loved that we got to see more of the shifters in this book. We’ve had glimpses of them before, but things happen that make the shifters and vampires forced to work together.
All in all I enjoyed this book with it’s mix of comedy, flirting, and awesome fight scenes.
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