Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit...
Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for both the vampires and humans.
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he'll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.
At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she's become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she'll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.
It started with two... Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago's vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.
Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.
Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.
For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.
But fate takes a hand when the Pack's totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family's rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff's help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it's too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
Reading these books was really fantastic! And I'm glad that I did it in this grouping. Because yeah, I knew that Ethan was gone in Drink Deep, and slid back into asshole-ness in Biting Cold, but after that, they had a solid relationship! So yeah, that was really awesome!
There were a variety of bad guys in these books. Some we knew, the GP, the new mayor and who she's working with, and Seth Tate.Then there were some that we didn't know who they were at first, but did after some investigation. By that, I mean Mallory. I kinda knew it was coming because of reading the later books' synopsis's, but yeah, it was something of a shock!
Some of the things that happened in this book were pretty aggravating! Like the guy that was sent to see if Cadogan was following along with GP, putting a restriction of blood? And doing it so that his own house would rise in power? Yeah, horrible!
But Merit grows up in these books! She knows she can live without Ethan-it's just that her life is better with him! And she joins the Red Guard, which causes some problems, but they work it out in the end!
Howling For You was a special treat! We've been rooting for Jeff and Fallon for a while. It was a bit unlikely because of her family, but yeah, it was great to see them, and that they got that, it was such a great read! Loved it!
Loved reading these books, so much, and with the ending of Biting Bad, yeah, I need to read Wild Things!
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5
Read: June 27th, 28th, 30th, 30th, 30th, 2016
Reason Why: Loving this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: New American Library, Penguin Group (USA), NAL, Penguin Books
Published: November 1st 2011, August 7th 2012, February 5th 2013, August 6th 2013, January 7th 2014
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