Chicagoland Vampires - Series by Chloe Neill

Merit was a graduate student - quiet, studious, and not at all interested in the vampires that had recently announced their presence to the world - until she was almost killed by a rogue vampire. 

Saved by a 'good' vampire from Cadogan House, one of the three vampire Houses in Chicago, Merit isn't dead ... but she's lost her life anyway. From drinking blood to giving her full obedience to the Master of her House, Ethan Sullivan, Merit has a lot of adjusting to do. Especially with that obedience thing ...

On top of that, she also needs to figure out why people are still trying to kill her, why a certain rogue vampire has it in for her, and what's going on behind the scenes that keeps turning Chicago into such a dfangerous place for humans and vampires alike. 

Tags: shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires, witches

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The sub-genre of 'whoops-I-was-turned-into-a-vampire' books tend to either be cute chic-lit type stories or ... well, pretty bad. The sub-genre of 'vampires-come-out-of-the-coffin' books are all over the place in terms of quality and style. 

The Chicagoland Vampires series is technically both of those, but if you go into these books expecting the tired tropes of either you will be pleasantly - no, joyously - surprised. This is tight urban fantasy that marries plot and excellent writing with a spicy dash of denied attraction. 

The romance is steamy and tense. The action is well-written and tense. The politics are ... well, I usually find vampire politics tedious in the extreme. But these political scenes are (wait for it) tense - possibly because the machinations feel realistic and not at all like people throwing around vague supernatural powers ... even when they are doing just that.