Series: Chicagoland Vampires #11
Published by NAL Trade on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes, attempted rape
Reviewed by: Kate
A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.
At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs....
The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last....
While some of my love of the Chicagoland Vampires series stems from its setting in my adopted hometown of Chicago, that alone could not sustain adoration of a series through eleven books. With DARK DEBT, Neill manages to surprise me, and make me fall in love with the characters and the series all over again.
Though DARK DEBT appeared longer than previous books in the series (and my unscientific experiment of comparing the thickness of the books more or less confirms this) it didn't feel longer. The action and the drama keep the book moving at a quick pace, with enough moments where the reader can stop and catch their breath while enjoying Merit and Ethan's relationship. One thing I love about Merit is she doesn't do things by halves - whether it's fighting or loving, and that certainly shows in this installment. Her vampire skills continue to improve and her sense of humor manages to hold its own against Ethan's dry, sarcastic wit. Honestly, Merit is most likely the vampire I'd like to be, if such things were possible.
One other aspect to the Chicagoland Vampires series that I enjoy is that it hasn't gotten stagnant. Neill managed to completely surprise me with one character's actions near the end of the book, while still making it clear the actions fit that character's personality. Other characters also act in surprising ways, and not necessarily as positively, but the fact of the matter is, they're not the same old, same old, every single book - like real people, they grow and evolve. I also enjoyed the time we got to spend with Mallory and Merit together, since that has been lacking in previous books. The girl time for Merit gives her another, softer side, after she spends all night kicking ass and taking names, and it makes her feel more real.
DARK DEBT has all the drama you'd expect it would, with the mystery and the action fitting in perfectly. Merit and Ethan's relationship continues to grow and also manages to be scorching as well. It's a perfect combination of elements, marking the Chicagoland Vampires series as one that continues to be worth reading. Thank goodness there's at least a few more books for me to impatiently wait for!Series Titles:
- Some Girls Bite – 3/5
- Friday Night Bites
- Twice Bitten
- Hard Bitten – 4/5
- Drink Deep - 5/5
- Biting Cold – 4/5
- House Rules – 4/5
- Biting Bad-4/5
- Wild Things
- Blood Games - 4/5
- Dark Debt
- For another series by the same author, try the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill.
- For a similar villain, try DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE (Night Huntress #4) by Jeaniene Frost.