Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. He has centuries’ worth of charm but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…
But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.
I love vampires. Not all vampires, mind you, but I never get sick of them, even when the rest of the world decides they’re blasé. So starting the Chicagoland Vampire series? It’s like coming home.
- The older heroine (27, gasp) means that she has brains, isn’t easily swayed by idiotic notions, and stands up for herself. No Too Stupid To Live women here! Check out what Merit says to the guy who turned her:
“Whatever happened six days ago, I belong to no one by myself, Sullivan, and least of all you.”
“You are what I made you.”
“I make myself.”
- The world building is nicely paced and keeps you wondering about things without leaving too many unanswered questions. Neill manages to introduce not only vampires but also sorcerers, shifters, and nymphs without going into info dump mode – well done indeed.
- Everyone is acting logically, even if we don’t know the logic straight off. There’s no obtuseness for the sake of being obtuse.
- It’s fun! Just the escape I needed from ~waves hands~ 2018 that I was looking for.
- Merit’s descriptions of guys got to me, always talking about their lips and sexiness.
His head was shaved, his eyes pale green, his lips full and sensuous. Had it not been for the annoyed look on his face, I’d have said he was incredibly sexy.
I was expecting this kind of description for a special guy but it’s all the guys, and every supernatural dude is a sexy hunk. Less objectification would have been nice.
- More character diversity would have been nice, too.
That’s it, though. This is a series I can binge on – great plot with interesting characters and sexy parts with some fights and female friendship thrown in. A hearty recommend for urban fantasy types, and paranormal romance people will enjoy it, too.