Book Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

House Rules by Chloe Neill (GR)

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (#7)

Published: February 5th 2013 (Kindle Edition)

Publisher: NAL

“In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of 27, 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.” (Goodreads)

Merit and Ethan are back! And trouble is obviously in their wake. I can’t begin to tell how much I’ve been waiting for House Rules to be released. Chicagoland has always managed to crack me up and it is one of my favourite series! It amazes me how Chicagoland Vampires doesn’t get boring even after 7 books, this series still lives!

Now, House Rules picks up right where Biting Cold left. Ethan is no longer Liege but everyone sees him as such and he decided to pull Cadogan House out of the Greenwich Presidium’s authority. But things are never easy for these vampires so, on top of that, vampires are being murdered.

The politics maneuvers and conspiracies couldn’t have been left out or this wouldn’t be a Chicagoland Vampires. For those who have read the other books in the series know this, but I just have to say it, the GP is a bitch! Damn, if I was Ethan I would have kicked some asses, that’s for sure. And then there is the reappearance of a certain lady vampire, Lacey. Yeah, Ethan’s ex is back and in full swing. Whenever she showed up in the book I was like “Noooo, not again! Go back to your house, damn it”. Like an idiot Ethan obviously couldn’t see that she wanted him back. Men!

But to make things worse, there is the little detail that Merit is joining officially the Red Guard. She wants to tell Ethan but is afraid of what he will do. Ok, this is one thing I don’t understand: the RG is supposed to make sure the Houses’ leaders and the GP don’t abuse of their power too much (which is always happening, btw) and, for that, the members of the RG have to spy on their Houses or the authorities of wherever they are. Why would Ethan be against it? He is always against the power of the GP but doesn’t support the RG just because they are spying on him? That’s BS in my book.

In another topic, Jordan and Ethan’s little dispute made me swoon. Merit is one lucky girl!

House Rules wasn’t my favourite book in the series but it definitely fixed my addition for now! It was a fast paced book that will make you sigh, laugh, scream in rage and try looking for your Ethan or Jordan.

Now I can only wait anxiously for Biting bad…

4 Chibis

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