Series: Chicagoland Vampires
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by NAL, NAL Trade on August 5, 2014
Pages: 352 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
mild sex scene
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?
I love it when a series is so consistently good that I can have little doubt in its ability to stay fresh and exciting. BLOOD GAMES continues the steady tradition of awesomeness I have come to expect from The Chicagoland Vampires series. BLOOD GAMES revolves around a baffling series of murders that have supernaturals as the main suspects with a huge political battle raging in the vampire world. There is so much delicious intrigue and twists in this book that even without the breakneck pacing of the fight scenes I'd be glued to the pages just trying to figure out what is going to happen to Merit, Ethan, and their friends and family in the very near future. The political battle has the most far reaching consequences for Cadogan House and I'm excited to see where the results will take everyone in the next book.
I continue to adore Merit, my favorite foodie vampire. Had Merit not become a sentinel vampire she should have opened up a restaurant with her kind of amazing ideas for restaurant themes. She has matured so much over this series and come in to her own with grace and confidence. I constantly get annoyed at Ethan and his stubborn 'alphaness' which kind of puts me off of the character but somehow Merit is able to knock some sense into him every time he pushes her away which always makes way for some sexy make up time. Aside from her rocky relationship with Ethan I always enjoy seeing just how good of a friend Merit is especially with the always adorable shifter, Jeff. We get some Catcher and Mallory time where they actually get to help out with the finding the serial killer. These two need a short story together because I need to read more of them being adorable and quirky together.
BLOOD GAMES shows off just what I adore about this series. It has grizzly murders, massive political implications, and awesome sword fighting with a sassy, always hungry vampire at the center of it all. Chloe Neill has done it again; left me satisfied and craving more of Merit and this cast of colorful supernatural creatures.