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Blood Games

Chicagoland Vampires, Book10
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 10
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,150 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

While Merit didn't choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she's managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet. 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?

©2014 Chloe Neil (P)2014 Tantor

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Just Keeps Getting Better!!

When you combine the creative mind of Chloe Neill AND the perceptive spirited narration by Sohpie Eastlake, you definitely have a winner. After 10 books, you'd think that the capability to sustain the Ethan/Merit romance, to keep the Cadogan House members and staff alive with character development and to create stories and plots that are interesting and intricate would wane. NOPE, NADA. NO WAY. This series just keeps getting better; the writing crisper and the dialogue just spectacular. Blood Games is no exception...and now I can't wait for the next one. I never go into the storyline detail...far more experienced reviewers do a much better job. But I will tell you that the level of maturity in Chloe Neill's writing is certainly on display in this work. AND you absolutely cannot go wrong with Sophie Eastlake. I am not only amazed at how Ms Neill THINKS of things to include in a conversation but also the ability of Ms Eastlake to bring that conversation to life. Do NOT miss this CV book 10...it's outstanding.

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A good ones for fans of GP Drama!

My Initial Reaction...
I love the books in this series that involve lots of GP BS, because it makes me so angry. Blood Games was no exception to that rule. So, of course, I loved it!

Note: some series spoilers to follow.

The Narration...
I enjoyed Sophie Eastlake narration for Blood Games as usual. She's Merit for me now and I think that if I were to read these books I'd hear her voice for Merit. For Blood Games, though, I noticed for the first time a lot of bleed over between Ethan and Jonah's voices, to the point where I got confused sometimes who was talking. I think it was Ethan's voice bleeding into Jonah's, which was unfortunate, because I felt like some of his personality was lost as result too at moments. But still a solid performance and I'll definitely continue listening to this series.

The Characters...
I think the characters are what captivate me about this series. I just love them all in Blood Games- from Merit and Ethan, to the Omsbudies and Merit's grandfather, to Jonah and Mallory and the Cadogan vampires. There's so many personalities and they're all so well-developed and unique.

Ethan and Merit are having troubles again and when I saw that coming my stomach about dropped. Thankfully, though, this was more of the kind of trouble you expect for any long-term couple, especially when one of the partners has hundreds of years of life history. So yeah, Ethan's past is rearing it's ugly head and neither one knows quite how to navigate those waters. Ethan is falling back on his go-to protect and exclude, while Merit is worrying and going on the defensive. I enjoyed watching them figure out how to navigate this aspect of their relationship, while still loving and being there for each other.

I'm a really big Jonah fan, so I was personally really happy with the time he got in Blood Games. His interaction with Merit was fun and increasingly more comfortable, we got to learn some fun new details about him, and I'm curious about what may be on the horizon for him.

The Omsbudies are doing so much better now that they have the support of the mayor again. I was really happy to see Merit's grandfather on the mend. I would always like a bit more Jeff, but I'm partial to him ;) Things between Mallory and Catcher are also so much better, I'm loving seeing their new relationship. I love the new Mallory, too. She's been healing slowly over the last few books and I feel like we've finally reached a point where trust is returned. She's learned from her experiences and is doing something about it for others, too, which I thought was great to see. I don't think her and Merit's relationship has (or ever will) returned to what it was, but it something new and equally great.

An unexpected treat for me was Lindsey, one of the Cadogan Vampire guards and Merit's friend. I've always liked her, but in Blood Games during the testing specifically we get to see a piece of her and her ability that I really enjoyed. It made me appreciate what life must be like for her a bit more and I felt it was a really nice touch.

The Story...
There's two big story lines to Blood Games as usual. One involves people turning up dead and the method of murders looks like it might be members of the supernatural community, or singling them out at least. For me, this very procedural element of the books is always just okay, but I'm just not that into procedurals. I didn't see the result coming, though, and there were some neat clues and elements that I really enjoyed.

For me, the real treat is the politics. I know for a lot of people it's the reverse, but I just love the drama with the GP. And seeing as Ethan challenged Darius for his position as head of the GP at the end of the last book we have GP drama in spades. I think Chloe Neill excels in this and I loved every twist. I did think that one element with Darius was fairly anticlimactic and a bit too easily solved, but besides that, nothing was easy. Which means it was great to read!

Concluding Sentiments...
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Games and cannot wait for the next one. Especially because things ended with a bit of twist! Thankfully it's not a cliffhanger in the sense that things feel unresolved, but I'm definitely counting down to the next book!

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DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES

DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES AND IF YOU DO, AT LEAST GET SOMEONE WITH THE SAME STYLE.

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Favorite dook of series

Favorite book in the series. Chapter 12 is amazing the emotion and power of the dance is captivating.

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Tarot terrors

March in Chicago and Merit and Ethan can't get a break. They called upon to consult on death and it rolls down hill from here. Ethan is competing to be King of the vampires against someone from his past. Chole oneill keeps you totally engaged. Sophie Eastlake is brings the characters to life. ⚘⚘⚘

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great series

this is my second time listening to the whole series just love it. looking forward to the new book

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Love Chloe Neill but not this narration

I love the Chicagoland Vampires. Chloe Neill is great. I'm struggling to keep listening to this because of the narration, The male characters all sound the same (with the exception of a southern accent for Luke). Ethan and his male cohorts all sound kind of low energy, slurry and vaguely elderly but not at all sexy. I'm thinking of returning it and just reading the book. Sorry.

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An interesting twist!

Once again, this author has concluded her book differently than the HEA expectation. Granted, this ending wasn’t as shocking as Ethan’s death but, the good guy didn’t win, in the end. I admit, we lovers of romance novels, have gotten used to our HEA endings. However, the good and just, Ethan, was not rewarded for his heroics, as a matter of fact, the opposite was true. Had Ethan not done the honorable thing, he wouldn’t have lost the challenge to the despicable curse, from his past. One can only hope that, ultimately, after the next challenge is bested, the good guys will prevail.

I’m off to the next book to find out!
-V from Kansas

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A rating overall...

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.5

I'll admit I'm running out of things to say about this series...mainly because I'm listening to the audiobooks right now back to back, but I love how the author has mastered Ethan and Merit's relationship in this series. Each book their bond becomes deeper, more. Each book I love the characters more and how they're evolving gets even better.

With most series, I begin to get tired of the repetition, but that hasn't been an issue with these. No, with this series, I just want to devour them faster and faster because the stories are getting incredibly faster. Wow...who would have thought it?

But this book also brought about some unexpected changes...I can't wait to see where Chloe Neill takes the series next. On to the next audiobook... (I'm going to be seriously crushed when I run out of the backlist of these books).

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Sophie Eastlake is wonderful

Ethan and Mirit continue their adventures. The American Houses have sepateted from the European Houses and all the American Lords have equal power..who is going to come out of the woodwork next time. Sophie Eastlake is very easy to listen to and weaves a wonderful audio story.