Blood Games

Chicagoland Vampires, Book10
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 10
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,412 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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Blood Games

“My Power wasn’t his to take” This was a great line Merit said and I couldn’t agree more. In the middle of trying to solve a serial murder case Ethan decided to run for GP. It kinda put a kink into everyone’s world but it worked itself out. Merit and Ethan had thing that needed to be said and old hurts and past truths needed to come out. I do like that it took Ethan a lot to come to terms and open up to Merit. Not the fact that it took him so long but that she let him work it out on his own. And that in turn gave him the trust he needed to be open. That ending is ominous that is for sure. I love the narration and I am off to start the next book.

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best in the series so far

best story yet! listened to the last couple chaptersseversl times and I hate reruns :-)

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Rinse and repeat

It seems like it was right P repeat repeat you’re able to skip lots of parts because she repeats all the time and don’t forget she is sentinel fake ass for people that don’t read previous books they decided to replay everything in play Vitas books

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I can't believe how Merit acts like a doormat

• Okay, 1st issue: There's a threat to Ethan and the house, and Ethan learns something about that threat, but not only won't he let the house protector know what it is, he gets more and more angry when asked about it. He just tells Merit that it's nothing security needs to know and that "he's handling it." (And by handling it, he actually means that he isn't doing a single thing at all except sulking). Not only does he not have any idea if security should know about it, his demeanor, anger, and refusal to communicates is clearly distracting the heck out of his Sentinel (both personally and professionally). He could be hard pressed to better help his enemies lower the security and endanger Merit. But worst of all, Merit just gets upset and takes no action besides telling Ethan that she needs to know. The Merit of previous books would make it clear to him that if he cannot trust her that she understands she can't make him, but neither can a couple work if there isn't trust. Something along the lines of: "Since you will not let me know why you won't trust me, and you are somehow fine just watching me suffer, then exactly how can I have any idea that you won't behave like this again?" And here's the worst part [teensy spoiler]: Ethan thought it would make Merit feel better about their relationship to be treated coldly, given no trust, and have her job be made significantly harder and possibly much more deadly than for him to let her know that, get this... 400 years ago he had a lot of sex and drank blood. I was waiting for Ethan to let her know he killed enough people to fill the seats at Wrigley, or other such things. And then Merit would explain that that isn't that person she fell in love with, etc., etc. But seriously... Lots of sex, more decades ago than years Merit has been alive? • Next, 2nd issue: Inconsistent fighting ability/ability to take damage compared to previous books. In "Twice Bitten", Merit jumps in front of a spray of bullets to act as a shield for someone. Within minutes, while gunfire is still going on, her body pushes two bullets out of her and she's pretty much fine. She even gave the reasoning that of course she put herself in the line of fire by saying "I'm immortal." Yet here, she takes one shot in/near the shoulder and she is rendered unconscious for over a day?

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if only i could give this 💯 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!!!

Chloe Neill is Magnificent! and Sophie Eastlake should be winning awards, Multiple awards!!! Ms Neill spins an intricate web of laughter, tears, hatred and most especially, love. throughout this series, i have laughed and cried and wished for vengeance and wished that i, too, could be a part of Cadogan House. to serve Ethan and be friends with Merit, Lindsey, Luc, and all the other Cadogan vampires. and Mallory and Catcher and so on and so forth =) this book has been the best so far tho and i’m More than grateful there is still so much more to come!!! perFection!!!

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Chicago Wins Again

Ethan once more tests Merits love. The Sentinel of Cadigon House will have to step up her game to help Ethan win in the race for King of the Presidium.

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pulls you in

loved it the hole series pulls you in all the way to the end. looking forward to the next