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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • KIVA
  • COLUMBUS, OH, United States
  • 07-31-13

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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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.

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  • Jennifer
  • MCKINNEY, TX, United States
  • 05-23-13

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.

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  • christa
  • san bernardino, CA, United States
  • 03-26-13

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.

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Moving Forward

I enjoyed this story. It moved several storylines further down the line and showed some growth in Merit's personal relationships. She seems to be putting her relationship with Mallory back together and it was nice to see her actually have a decent conversation with her father. There wasn't really a whole lot of Catcher in this story but it was great to finally learn what Jeff shifts into. I loved the back story on Peter Cadogan and the return of some people we'd seen before. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Sophie Eastlake did fine as a narrator but I thought she actually did better on the previous book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sherese
  • Garland, TX, United States
  • 06-14-13

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.

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  • K
  • 03-29-13

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!

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  • heather
  • Clovis, NM, United States
  • 03-28-13

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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A- rating overall

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.0

It's been a couple of years since I read one of the Chicagoland Vampire books, although it is easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I decided recently to pick up again via audiobook...and I'm so glad I did. I've missed Merit.

In this book, Cadigan House is on the cusp of the ceremony breaking all their ties with the GP, so nerves are very high. Add to that, there appears to be a vampire serial killer on the loose and Merit still hasn't come clean with Ethan that she's joining the Red Guard. There's a whole lot of stress on Merit...and Ethan.

But with all that going on, I really like where Merit and Ethan are. There's no doubts between them anymore (for the most part) and they are a united front in trying to do what's best for Cadigan House and the vampires in general. It feels like Merit finally has earned the respect she deserves...not only from Ethan, but from the majority of the vampires. Yes, she's still young, but she's strong and willing to do what she needs to that gets the job done. They recognize that in her now...and this series is even better for it.

I also really like where the series is going overall. The separation from the GP for Cadigan House is not going to be easy, but I foresee that creating some great drama in the future. It will be interesting to see what happens with the other two houses in Chicago.

Overall, I just really enjoy this series. This book was action packed and riveting. I listened to it in just two days because I didn't want to step away from the story.

And the best part now...since I took a break, I can devour several books in the series back to back.