A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?
Blood Games by Chloe Neill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book 10 of The Chicagoland Vampires has become my favorite of the series so far.
Merit and Ethan have a lot going on at Cadogan house. In the last book we found out that Ethan is challenging Darius for the GP position and as expected that challenge isn’t going to be easy. Once again we see the struggle for both of them to compartmentalize their roles and their feelings. Ethan only wants Merit to be safe and stop putting herself in danger, but she takes her role as Sentinel seriously and despite her feelings for Ethan, her number one job is to keep him safe… no matter the cost… even if it ends up being her life.
In this installment, Merit and Ethan team up with their usual crew to find a serial killer… one who seems to be targeting certain people and killing them in a certain way. That’s all the detail you’re getting from me – #sorrynotsorry – (READ IT!)
I absolutely loved that we got more Mallory in this book – she was always a favorite and her relegation to the backseat over the last few books was expected but she was missed. I really enjoyed having her back and seeing the development of her and Merit’s friendship again.
Of course things aren’t all smooth sailing for Ethan and Merit here either. Ethan’s past is creeping into his present and it was so frustrating to see him go back to keeping secrets from Merit. BUT I will say that I loved her maturity about it. We all know how much he loves her and he isn’t shy about letting the people around them know either, so that was never an issue. But seeing his lack of trust in her feelings for him… that was hard.
Once again, we get a bit of a cliffhanger here, but nothing that will have you chucking the book across the room – I promise! It will however have you anxious to get your hands on book 11 – I know I am!
Neill has created an amazing paranormal Chicago that I absolutely love. Her characters are captivating and interesting and her stories are filled with action and intrigue … and yes definitely some romance! If you haven’t started this series, get going!