Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.
I think for me this book may have finally been the one to make me like this series and see what others were talking about. I went into this one expecting more out of Merit and Ethan and I finally got more than Merit being so love-struck for Ethan and Ethan not being as much of a jerk as he was in previous books. I liked that this time we get to see Merit more on her own handling things as we get to see just how capable she really is and how smart and tough she is. I loved that she took no prisoners and was really learning to function on her own and she will need this strength later on. Merit has to get help from an unlikely source this time around and I have to say I was shocked she even asked for help and then took it but as we get further into the book it all makes sense.
As we get further into this one we get a ton of revelations that come out. I have to say I went through all the emotions with this book from shock to outrage to just having my heart ripped out. I have to say I didn’t see the ending events coming so kudos on the author on that cliffhanger. I felt so brokenhearted and cant wait to see how she will fix this as I know there has to be a way. Overall this was a great installment into this series and one that I have to listen to the next book because I need to know what will come out of that cliffhanger. If you haven’t gotten into this series yet you really need to get into it and see what you are missing.