This is the third installment of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series, which mean you need to read the first two books Some Girls Bite and Friday Night Bites, before this book to understand how Merit became a vampire and the relationships she has developed since.
Chloe Neill has brought Merit back and if Merit thought navigating Vampire politics was difficult, it has nothing on the Shifter culture:
Shifters from across the country are about to descend on Chicago to talk about peace as well as the recent reveal of Vampires to the general public. A gesture of peace and good faith Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered Merit to be their leader's, Gabriel Keene, bodyguard for the duration of his stay in Chicago and if affords her an opportunity to spy Ethan is not going to throw that away either. What was supposed to be an easy task turns fatal when someone is hell bent on killing Keene and taking over the shapeshifters or is the assassin another Vampire house. Merit needs to put all her training into play in order to protect her charge or risk an all out war. Merit doesn't know who she can trust shapeshiter or vampire all she knows is the tenetative peace hangs in the balance as well as her life.
I was a little worried after the first two books that Neill was going to be a bit redundant in her following book, but I am glad that she realized that she needed to introduce a new aspect into Merit's life and world as just the vampire aspect was getting slightly tired as we are now in the third book. Neill achieves this with the introduction of more shifters into the storyline. Although I find the plot/mystery a little bit of paint by numbers, Neill is still able to keep me engaged and interested as a reader, I just hope that in the next book(s) there is a little more mystery and events that will keep me second guessing.
I really really enjoyed the addition of the fight scenes as it keeps being stated that Merit is a warrior but we have yet to see her fight (other than getting her butt kicked by Celina) or training with either Catcher or Ethan. I'm glad that Neill realized that is was about time to show what Merit could do in a fight. In all honestly if Neill did not add the fight scenes into this book I would not have continued on in the series, as then i would have just been a normal paranormal romance novel, which is not my thing.
Speaking of action, the fight scenes are not the only thing that heated up in this novel as the romance between Ethan and Merit is on a very physical level in this book, and i'm glad that Neill was able to wait this long before letting the get together. Though there are times when I want to strangle each of the at different times with their misunderstanding or jealousy, especially Ethan with all his hot and cold "play" with Merit.
This is a good addition to the series, and I like that Neill took the time to introduce the readers to an more in depth aspect of the shifters population. I hope that Neill will continue to have the fight scenes and a more of a mystery vibe to her books. If she does this will keep me coming back for more.
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