You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross- and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong. Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle...yet.
All that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior—but that doesn't make good copy for a first-time reporter looking to impress his high-society family.
So now my "master"—the centuries-old yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan—wants me to reconnect with my own upper-class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires...and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn't want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.
So after not really being too impressed with the first book I was hoping this one would be a lot better as I have been told my others and I have to say I liked it a bit more. We get back into this one by seeing Merit continue to adjust to life as a vampire and her new role. Merit is just going along enjoying life when her liege Ethan needs her to actually interact with her high society family to help him deal with a problem that could cause problems for all vampires. I have to say I could fully see why Merit doesn’t interact with her parents as they are complete jerks and so self absorbed. I think this book made me like Merit more as I liked the fact that she stood up to them and didn’t let them treat her how they felt like it.
As the story continues we see Merit and Ethan trying to deal with crawling up the social ladder and all that entails. Merit is also dealing with adjusting to Mallory and her magical abilities and the fact that she is also sleeping with Catcher. I have to say I hope the author has plans to fix things as I am not liking the direction that Mallory and Merit are going in. I loved their friendship in the first book but in this one Mallory is annoying me and making me not like her at all and when you add in Catcher I’m surprised Merit can hold it all together. Overall this book was a major improvement over the first one and enough that I like Merit enough to want to see what will happen in the next book. I have to say that I think the narrator at times started to have a monotone voice going on that caused me to have to go back and re listen to a few parts as I would zone out from her voice.