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House Rules: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel, Book 7 | [Chloe Neill]

House Rules: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel, Book 7

At the tender age of 25, 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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

At the tender age of 25, 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 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.

©2013 Chloe Neill (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Rising star Neill has made the learning curve for her gutsy heroine, Merit, quite steep, which means the journey is all the more spellbinding." (Romantic Times)

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    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 03-26-13
    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Why change the narrator?"

    IF I MAKE IT THROUGH THE BOOK IT WILL BE A MIRACLE!!! The story isn't bad but for some reason the narrator is so monotone that I can hardly pay attention. She speaks softly and all of the male characters sound the same. (Gruff or tired) she sounds bored. HOPE the next book goes back to the original narrator. Being that it is an audio book this is important more energy is needed to keep the listers attention.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    K Sunbury, PA, United States 03-29-13
    K Sunbury, PA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator Thumbs Down"

    No offense to Sophie Eastlake but she really is making this series suck for me (Her accents are all wrong and there isn't enough definition between the character voices). I was hoping they would get Cynthia Holloway back again but alas...no...

    Seriously considering hard copies for the next one. Story is still good!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Rozelle, Australia 04-01-14
    Phil Rozelle, Australia 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator improving with each book"

    I wanted to disagree with those who have expressed disappointment with Sophie Eastlake's performance. I started the series a few weeks ago and have been listening to them one after another (and really enjoying them!).

    It was disconcerting to get to book 6 and find a new narrator, and I did have some trouble adjusting to the change at first, but with House Rules I thought that Sophie Eastlake really hit her stride and did an excellent job.

    I've just started Book 8, Biting Bad, and the performance is only getting better in my opinion. In fact I think that is the big improvement over the previous narrator. There is a lot more theatricality to the way she voices the characters and their emotions. I find her very believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KIVA COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-31-13
    KIVA COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Waiting to read what happens next?????/"
    Would you listen to House Rules again? Why?

    Yes, I already have 3 times,because you learn something you missed the time before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character Development,the triangle between Ethan,Merrit and Lacey and Ethan,Merrit and Jonah


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    just different vibe from previous narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cadogan House,This House always Rules (i know cheezy but i had to think quick lol)


    Any additional comments?

    Great Read!!!!!! Can't wait to find out why Morgan can talk to Merrit, via the connection and who's green eyes did Gabriel see in Merrits' future. And the mysterious tatoo Ethan has on his leg whats up with that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lavergne,TN 07-21-13
    Amazon Customer Lavergne,TN 07-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Absolutely love to read, anything! Well maybe not Western or biographies but other than that anything. Dystopian is quickly becoming my fav!

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    "exciting"
    Any additional comments?

    While Neill's stories have been back and forth for me I enjoyed House Rules. Not as good as the first two but very worth the read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer MCKINNEY, TX, United States 05-23-13
    Jennifer MCKINNEY, TX, United States 05-23-13
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    "And he's back"
    Would you listen to House Rules again? Why?

    yes, I love this series and the books are really coming together nicely


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Ethan and Merit are working together again the chemistry between the two characters are addicting.


    What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's Merit all the way. I was happy with her as a narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well I always laugh at Merit's snide remarks.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    heather Clovis, NM, United States 03-28-13
    heather Clovis, NM, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sold yet on the new narrator"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I am still having a hard time with the new narrator. She did better this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Still looking forward to the next book in the series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-09-13
    Lisa Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2009

    "A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon layout down, and commence living on its hint. what I began by reading, I must finish by acting" -Henry David Thoreau

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    "Still Not Sold"

    Love the Chicagoland series especially since the story is getting more in depth with richer character development. Like, other reviewers I am still not sold on the narrator. I want to like her but I believe the first narrator had a better sense of how to represent each character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherese Garland, TX, United States 06-14-13
    Sherese Garland, TX, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.

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    "Good Story; Better Than Expected Performance"
    Where does House Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was enjoyable enough that I have listened to it 3 times so far. This is difficult to answer considering I have over 100 books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author combined 3 different storylines into one cohesive mix.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes included Lacey, Ethan and Merrit.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. The book was evenly enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Previous reviews complained about the new narrator. I found her performance to be just fine with the exception that the male voices could be more distinguishable. Since I have listened to this book more than once, the male voices have grown on me. Eastlake does a better job of acting than the previous narrator and she at least can pronounce words correctly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda Nebraska 09-03-13
    Delinda Nebraska 09-03-13 Member Since 2006

    I believe a story should be interesting enough to absorb me, not bore me. I live reality daily. And many times reality is brutal. So I look for a book that makes me forget. It has to absorb me into the pages. Kind of like going on a mini vacation. I like stories that make me laugh. I like stories that make me look for the next episode.

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    "Not wasting my time again"

    I'm not getting another one. I knew I shouldn't have gotten this one, but wanted to be wrong. The story just keeps getting weaker and weaker.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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