Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

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Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill
House Rules
Book Info

Released: February 5, 2013
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #7
Pages: 352


“The difference in this book was that I felt many things came together and solidified…finally.” ~Under the Covers

This is definitely not going to be the most objective review seeing as how I’m a total Ethan fan. As long as Ethan’s in the book (and even when he’s not), I’ve loved the book. I just love Ethan and Merit together and I’ve loved seeing them through all their trials and tribulations. The difference in this book was that I felt many things came together and solidified…finally.

The Cadogan house is breaking its ties with the GP and while there’s lots of uncertainly, the house vampires have really come together. They are also having lots of support from the Rogue vampires, the Shifters and Merit’s grandfather’s group. But the GP has some moves up their sleeves and causes some problems. (I loved when Merit found the ‘object’ but I’m a little sad about the fairies.)

Ethan and Merit finally have a bit of down time for their relationship but of course, there has to be trouble and her name is Lacey. Yep, that wicked witch is back in the picture. Unfortunately, she is not the only problem…just the catalyst. Even though there was tension, I enjoyed seeing Ethan and Merit work through things and I think they’ve come out stronger because of it. (I loved when Ethan and Jonah was sparring!)

Naturally, there has to be some mystery and that starts with two vampires being killed in a type of ritualistic set up. I was really intrigued by how everything came together and was surprised at who the killer actually was. I love how CN sets up all the puzzle pieces and seeing the light click on for Merit.

Things are also coming together with/for Mallory. She’s not out of the woods yet but I’m happy that her and Merit are mending their fences. I wish there would’ve been more of her and Catcher but maybe next time.

There were lots of interesting new things that came out especially the one about the Tiger. I quite enjoyed that one as well as the Shifters poker game!

Overall, I really enjoyed it though I wish we had a more detailed account (or even some details!) of Merit and Ethan’s smexy times…I almost feel cheated about that. And even though I liked the ending, the end crept up on me!

Favorite quotes:

♥ “So you traded up?” I asked, walking toward the car and opening the door. “Do you treat your relationships in the same way?”

“Yes,” Ethan gravely said. “And I spent four hundred years shopping before I met you.”

“You may begin impressing me now.”

♥ “I walked into his arms, and he embraced me with relief, as if the act of touching me removed the weight from his shoulders. That might have been the most flattering compliment I’d ever received from him, nonverbal as it was.”


It took a moment before she responded. DARTH SULLIVAN = PRETENTIOUS HOTTIE, she responded.”

♥ “You are mine and mine alone, and it appears you need reminding. I suggest you return to our apartment; otherwise you’ll be ravished here and now where you stand, and the door is open.”

♥ “I will have you. Body, mind, and soul. And I won’t share you with anyone else.”


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About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Photo by Dana Damewood.


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