|Series||Chicagoland Vampires #3|
|Tags||shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires, witches|
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.
Review & Comments
I perhaps have less to say about this book than the previous two in the series - not because it isn't just as good, but because it is just as good and I feel like I'm running out of superlatives. Long story short: keep reading this series.
Long story slightly less short ...
The narrative core of this book is two parallel stories: shapeshifter politics and Merit vs. Ethan.
Normally the only thing I hate more than vampire politics is werewolf politics, but Merit's outsider viewpoint on the action - as a new-made vampire who didn't know a bit about any of this before her untimely death - really helps humanize the action. She relates to the politics through the personalities of people she meets - people who are generally trying to do the good thing for someone (like their family) in trying circumstances. Gabriel Keene is a particularly good addition to the cast of characters in this sense.
The plot climax of this book felt more satisfying than those of the first two books, perhaps because the danger to Merit felt more meaningful. She might have been killed in the first two books, but in this book she stands to lose something more.
As for Merit vs. Ethan, I will confine myself to saying that if, like me, you appreciate a romance in which you just want to beat their bloody heads together and tell them to stop being such asses about it ... then this is a damned fine romance.