House Rules



[Download] ➼ House Rules By Chloe Neill – E17streets4all.co.uk In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps At the tender age of twenty seven, Merit became a sword wielding vampire Since then, she s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly bu In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps At the tender age of twenty seven, 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 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 familiar, and powerful, than they could have ever imagined.House Rules

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil s Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest When she s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys her husband and their dogs, Baxter and ScoutConnect with Chloe at chloeneill.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader 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 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 familiar, and powerful, than they could have ever imagined."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 353 pages
  • House Rules
  • Chloe Neill
  • English
  • 04 June 2017

10 thoughts on “House Rules

  1. says:

    With most Book Sevens, I am usually checking release schedules and making all kinds of martyred noises about how series should quit while they re ahead By that point, authors are usually stuck on rules they ve set for how the relationships play out, or they re having trouble coming up with new problems without changing the nature of certain characters.That s not the case with Chloe Neill s Chicagoland Vampires, however This series shows no signs of slowing down or relying on tired, recycled st With most Book Sevens, I am usually checking release schedules and making all kinds of martyred noises about how series should quit while they re ahead By that point, authors are usually stuck on rules they ve set for how the relationships play out, or they re having trouble coming up with new problems without changing the nature of certain characters.That s not the case with Chloe Neill s Chicagoland Vampires, however This series shows no signs of slowing down or relying on tired, recycled story lines or forced conflict to move the action forward In this particular installment, the vampires Cadogan House is in a state of flux as its status among the other Houses is called into question On top of that, vampires are disappearing and a face from the past comes back to make trouble for Merit and Ethan.The series trademark humor, great action sequences, and complicated political intrigue are all here, in ways that feel familiar and yet still fresh I love that Merit is such a kickass character, but who still struggles with her vulnerability The question of doing what is honorable comes up again and again in this series, particularly in this installment as she s faced with a new allegiance she s made with the Red Guard that may threaten her standing as Sentinel and protector of her House I love that Ethan is true to the character we ve come to know, and proves again what an admirable Master he is, as well as a good match for Merit I love that we get to see Jonah, albeit all too briefly someday he really must get a spinoff series, I think And I love that awkward Jeff gets some cool moments as well.There are also some, um, pretty hot scenes in this book Vampires eyes get silver when they get angry or excited and let s just say there is a LOT of silvering of eyes and pouncing in this one DIf I had to quibble about anything, I d say that I do wish the author didn t feel the need to use so many of her characters in every single book While I appreciate the sprawling and memorable cast of characters, as well as how easily she works back story into the narrative, having to explain so much does slow down the momentum of the beginning of each book And please, let s have these vampires suck a littleblood But those are minor points when I enjoy so much about these books somehow the Chicagoland Vamps just work for me every single time I d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adult urban fantasies, or to mature YA readers who want to try out books with a similar feel butadult conflicts Chicagoland s Merit is a lot like Vampire Academy s Rose, actually Both strong, principled characters who get into all kinds of trouble, but have a hell of a time fighting and reasoning their way out of it This review also appears on The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

  2. says:

    As promised A short review about the 7th book in the series If you haven t read the other books, you better don t read it though because I guess by now there would be many spoilers lol I ll mark them as good as possible but if you read them, don t say I didn t warn you P What I liked Malik I love that man He s a side character but I don t care

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    SpoilersI m bitterly disappointed I adored the first few books in the series they were fun and exciting Unfortunately the last few were a bit of a let down I was hoping that Neill would recapture some of the magic that was present at the start of the series but sadly, she didn t Random thought notes Ethan and Cadogan House were preparing to separate from the GP naturally there were complications involving an egg, a cheesy bad guy and a bunch of dumb fairies Also, Merit decided to invest SpoilersI m bitterly disappointed I adored the first few books in the series they were fun and exciting Unfortunately the last few were a bit of a let down I was hoping that Neill would recapture some of the magic that was present at the start of the series but sadly, she didn t Random thought notes Ethan and Cadogan House were preparing to separate from the GP naturally there were complications involving an egg, a cheesy bad guy and a bunch of dumb fairies Also, Merit decided to investigate the disappearnace of two vampires There was quite a bit of boring House politics but it mostly felt like a bog standard investigation of the week type plot It didn t make for very interesting reading There were quite a few info dumps especially in the first few chapters I m pretty sure every single character and arc was recapped what characters looked like, what their personality was like, what their job entailed, what Merit s relationship was like with each of them, what things the characters got up to in previous books It was frustrating I didn t need to be retold every little detail Lame humour Especially the running gag of Merit s obsession with meat, chocolate and other food I found itirritating than funny Why did it have to be mentioned so much Merit sure blushed a lot for someone who was a vampire and also someone who wasn t a teenage girl Also, her cheeks seemed to warm whenever Ethan so much as glanced at her I already know that Ethan is hawt and sexy and that Merit just can t help but react like a teenager girl I don t need it shoved down my throat I used to think Ethan and Merit had loads of chemistry but for the last couple of books, I ve not really felt it I d prefer they spilt up and Merit just be single for a while Also, their romance seemed forced rather than natural Ethan didn t have an attractive enough personality The amount of times he s been manipulated and played is ridiculous Lacey, Amber, that other person, Darius and Michael Why is he is so naive When is he going to get a clue I don t like Ethan I guess he was okay at times but for the most part he came across as childish, weak, hypocritical and hurtful Especially when it came to his relationship with Merit instead of acting like a 400 year old adult he acted like a pouty emo teenager My opinion of him went way down when he used Lacey to hurt Merit and make her jealous because he was angry at her Ugh He should have behaved like a man and communicated instead of acting like a teenager I wish there wasfocus on Merit s family and her relationship with her non vampire friends IDK she doesn t show any growth she has exactly the same personality as she did in book 1, only now she s a better fighter or real depth she needs somethingthan her Sentinal RG duties and her relationship with Ethan I got tired of Merit being referred to as Sentinel It s one of my pet peeves when characters aren t called by their name I also got sick of the amount if times Ethan Merit Other vamps eyes silvered I was irritated by every little thing or nuance being explained give the reader some credit If Ethan had a proud look in his eyes after Merit did or said something admirable, she would monologue about why he was proud it didn t need to be explained, it was bloody obvious. Or if Merit s dad wanted something from her, she would then monologue about his personality Why We ve seen his personality in previous books and we can also figure out his personality by his dialogue and actions I don t need it explained to me it was like being hit on the head with a hammer I do like the side characters but I have noticed that they re all rather vanilla Mallory was the only one with some depth and complexity but even she was going back to her vanilla roots I was expecting some sense of conflict, struggle and deep emotion but she rarely showed it When Lacey found out about Merit meeting Jonah and thought they were having an affair Why didn t Merit make a better excuse for seeing Jonah instead of telling Ethan she joined the RG Merit could have easily said that she meeting Jonah to get his opinion help with the murders After all, Ethan knew he d helped her before in investigations It was a joke that the very day she was fully initiated into the RG, she broke her oath to keep her membership a secret I found it off putting how Merit was overly protective of Ethan in dangerous situations I know it s her job as sentinel but it s also comes across to me as a mother bear protecting her pwecious son It s just not my idea of a hot romance The end action scene was a let down I rolled my eyes at Michael explaining everything, like a true cheesy bad guy does Evil people must reveal all their evil deeds to the good guys I wish the who, what s, where s and why s were revealed in an organic and skilled way instead of the typical confession and explanation in the big showdown All of Ethan s speeches as a Master and leader were mediocre at best How he s a leader, I don t know He rarely says or does anything truly inspiring He doesn t have that enigmatic and effortlessly powerful quality that makes people want to change, listen and follow He s just so blah At one point, Ethan Merit were talking on the phone with Morgan and Merit mentioned that his eyes widened it wasn t mentioned that he was on a video screen, it was made out to be a normal phone call so yea, that took me out of the story.I think dedicated fans of the series will love this Unfortunately for me, I m no longer feeling the series Will I read the next one Yes I ve come this far, I m not giving up I ll be getting it from the library though

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    You can check outreviews by me on my blog I guess I should start with. Helloooooo Let s face it, we re all looking forward to reading House Rules by Chloe Neil and there s really no denying it Difference is, although I love the storylines, I m really, truly reading it for one thing.That thing has a name AHEM Wait for it. Ethan Sullivan Yep, you heard me, the god among men Ethan frikin Sullivan Because face it, we all love him Even these guys See Are you feeling the love I w You can check outreviews by me on my blog I guess I should start with. Helloooooo Let s face it, we re all looking forward to reading House Rules by Chloe Neil and there s really no denying it Difference is, although I love the storylines, I m really, truly reading it for one thing.That thing has a name AHEM Wait for it. Ethan Sullivan Yep, you heard me, the god among men Ethan frikin Sullivan Because face it, we all love him Even these guys See Are you feeling the love I want to kiss him,And although it may be a little stalker ish yep, just a little bit.. I want to steal him away and keep him all to myself..Anyways, just thought I d inform you of that. Not 100% sure why I always feel the need to. Oh well Hope You re having a great day wherever you are,BYEEEEEEEEEEE Over Out, T xx

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    I guess if there is good news in this book, it is that Ethan doesn t actually break up with Merit this time No, he s really matured Instead, he gets mad at Merit and uses his ex girlfriend s feelings for him against Merit by ignoring Merit while having wine with his ex and then spending the night on the couch with his ex while Merit slept alone in their bed That shows real growth The kind of maturity that a teenage boy might showaww, vampire emo boy is butthurtLindsey, the best I guess if there is good news in this book, it is that Ethan doesn t actually break up with Merit this time No, he s really matured Instead, he gets mad at Merit and uses his ex girlfriend s feelings for him against Merit by ignoring Merit while having wine with his ex and then spending the night on the couch with his ex while Merit slept alone in their bed That shows real growth The kind of maturity that a teenage boy might showaww, vampire emo boy is butthurtLindsey, the best character in the book aside from Jeff, explained the Merit Ethan situation wellyou re knee deep in angstIt s like a teenager s emo birthday party in hereYou said it, girl So, there s all of that Blech And, sadly, this is an actual improvement in the Merit Ethan relationship in these books Maybe in the next book we will actually see them have an adult relationshipThat s crazy talk What do you think he is, like 400 years old or something The storyline didn t bother me, but I agree with everyone about how it is the same storyline that s been going on for books and books It would be nice to inject some new life into this series Something Jeff related.And, speaking of 400 years old, which Ethan supposedly is he seems pretty dumb Every crime scene they check out, Merit comes up with the most obvious ideas and he acts like she just invented electricity or something For example, they check out a crime scene and Merit notices there is an apartment building across the street and says that they should ask the doorman if he saw anything on the night the crime happened Ethan acts like this is some sort of genius ideaWell done, SentinelUm, isn t that common sense Even if you watch the lamest of cop shows on television, they ask the people around the crime scene if they saw anything I think SpongeBob could have come up with that idea And, then, after Ethan and all of his lawyers and the higher ups have been searching for ideas on how the GP their union, basically could mess them up if they leave, Merit comes up with the idea of reading the contract that they originally signed with them Ethan s brows lifted in surprise That s not a bad idea, Sentinel I ll suggest itAre you telling me that they never thought of reading the contract that they wanted to get out of Really I think a lot of these people need to be fired if that s the case Dumbasses Another time, Merit suggests that they look into the background of the murder victims to see if they had any enemies EthanIt s a good thought, SentinelAgain, nobody thought of that Who the hell are these people and how did they ever get along before Merit came around I m surprised they haven t caught themselves on fire by playing with matches by now Holy crap There were so many times that this read like a really bad episode of CSI a show I won t even watch because of its lameness I highlighted and wrote the note this is so stupid way too many times On the good side Lacey finally gets her comeuppance Believe me when I say that it takes way too long, but worth it Later Bitter Betty

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    This is definitely not going to be the most objective review seeing as how I m a total Ethan fan As long as Ethan s in the book and even when he s not , I ve loved the book I just love Ethan and Merit together and I ve loved seeing them through all their trials and tribulations The difference in this book was that I felt many things came together and solidifiedfinally The Cadogan house is breaking its ties with the GP and while there s lots of uncertainly, the house vampires have really This is definitely not going to be the most objective review seeing as how I m a total Ethan fan As long as Ethan s in the book and even when he s not , I ve loved the book I just love Ethan and Merit together and I ve loved seeing them through all their trials and tribulations The difference in this book was that I felt many things came together and solidifiedfinally The Cadogan house is breaking its ties with the GP and while there s lots of uncertainly, the house vampires have really come together They are also having lots of support from the Rogue vampires, the Shifters and Merit s grandfather s group But the GP has some moves up their sleeves and causes some problems I loved when Merit found the object but I m a little sad about the fairies Ethan and Merit finally have a bit of down time for their relationship but of course, there has to be trouble and her name is Lacey Yep, that wicked witch is back in the picture Unfortunately, she is not the only problemjust the catalyst Even though there was tension, I enjoyed seeing Ethan and Merit work through things and I think they ve come out stronger because of it I loved when Ethan and Jonah was sparring Naturally, there has to be some mystery and that starts with two vampires being killed in a type of ritualistic set up I was really intrigued by how everything came together and was surprised at who the killer actually was I love how CN sets up all the puzzle pieces and seeing the light click on for Merit Things are also coming together with for Mallory She s not out of the woods yet but I m happy that her and Merit are mending their fences I wish there would ve beenof her and Catcher but maybe next time There were lots of interesting new things that came out especially the one about the Tiger I quite enjoyed that one as well as the Shifters poker game Overall, I really enjoyed it though I wish we had adetailed account or even some details of Merit and Ethan s smexy timesI almost feel cheated about that And even though I liked the ending, the end crept up on me Favorite quotes So you traded up I asked, walking toward the car and opening the door Do you treat your relationships in the same way Yes, Ethan gravely said And I spent four hundred years shopping before I met youYou may begin impressing me nowI walked into his arms, and he embraced me with relief, as if the act of touching me removed the weight from his shoulders That might have been the most flattering compliment I d ever received from him, nonverbal as it was ETHAN EATS TOAST WITH A FORK It took a moment before she responded DARTH SULLIVAN PRETENTIOUS HOTTIE, she responded You are mine and mine alone, and it appears you need reminding I suggest you return to our apartment otherwise you ll be ravished here and now where you stand, and the door is open I will have you Body, mind, and soul And I won t share you with anyone else

  7. says:

    Chloe Neill s Chicagoland Vampires novels have been brain candy reading for me for a few years now The books are quick reads that don t require a lot of thinking but provide action, romance, humor, and occasional pathos But, sad to say, I think I m breaking up with this series.I had high hopes at the beginning of this seventh book, House Rules. Neill introduces a mystery two rogue vampires have gone missing, last seen at one of the vampire registration offices the new mayor has set up In the Chloe Neill s Chicagoland Vampires novels have been brain candy reading for me for a few years now The books are quick reads that don t require a lot of thinking but provide action, romance, humor, and occasional pathos But, sad to say, I think I m breaking up with this series.I had high hopes at the beginning of this seventh book, House Rules. Neill introduces a mystery two rogue vampires have gone missing, last seen at one of the vampire registration offices the new mayor has set up In the other main plot, Cadogan House has voted to secede from the Greenwich Presidium, and that would surely shake things up a bit.The series, however, has fallen into the same trap that Neill s Dark Elite series did for me The plot often seems secondary to immature bickering among the characters It s not funny enough to work as comic relief it s just sniping An example here is the cattiness between Merit and Ethan s ex, Lacey Sheridan The tension of the major conflicts gets lost in the shuffle when there s too much of this.Chapters 11 and 12 of House Rules were the final straws Both Ethan and Merit come across as incredibly stupid here view spoiler How did Ethan not realize the GP wouldn t let Cadogan leave without a fight How did Merit not realize Lacey suspected her of cheating on Ethan, not of joining the Red Guard These things are both painfully obvious to the reader And then when Lacey tattled on Merit, how had she not thought up a better story to keep from blowing Jonah s cover hide spoiler The answer to all these questions, of course, is that the plot required it I hate it when characters have to be stupid for the plot to work It makes me lose respect for them, and since it s so out of character, it also shatters the suspension of disbelief because it s too obviously a plot device.I don t want to see Merit and Ethan, who were both established as smart characters, act stupid I don t want to watch them continually have relationship drama even after weathering Ethan s death and resurrection And I don t want to get sidetracked by characters sniping all the time I want Merit to kick butt and solve mysteries.I think I ll just tell myself this series ends with Drink Deep Ethan came back to life, and then Merit and Ethan lived happily ever after and killed lots of bad things and ate lots of deep dish pizza The End.www.fantasyliterature.com

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    Rating A very meh 3 starsI think this is the weakest link so far in the series and I didn t much like the last one What I liked aboutHouse RulesJeff Christopher view spoiler He s a frigging weretiger SEXY hide spoiler Lacey Biotch Sheridan got put in her place Luc and LindseyWelp, that s about it What I didn t like Too much recapping filler we don t need to keep being reminded of things after 7 books Merit and Ethan, Methan, are so generic and vanilla now, what happ Rating A very meh 3 starsI think this is the weakest link so far in the series and I didn t much like the last one What I liked aboutHouse RulesJeff Christopher view spoiler He s a frigging weretiger SEXY hide spoiler Lacey Biotch Sheridan got put in her place Luc and LindseyWelp, that s about it What I didn t like Too much recapping filler we don t need to keep being reminded of things after 7 books Merit and Ethan, Methan, are so generic and vanilla now, what happened to the sizzle There is too much unnecessary drama and angst it feels forced The rogue and Navarre House murder plot was boring The GP drama was boring The RG Red Guard plot is boring The fairies plot was boringThere are too many hold over story lines happening and it s watering down the overall series It feels like this was a filler book Most of what happened is just a continuation of what happened beforeMallory s rehabilitation, Red Guard stuff that s been going on for several books now, same for the GP drama as mentioned Hopefully, the next books have a plot that injects some new life and emotional depth because otherwise, this has become one of the most watered down, generic series since the Sookie Stackhouse books became towards the end.I used to LOVE Ethan and he is not the same after that happened He reads stodgy and aloof He used to be so muchSEXY Methan have only really just started their relationship and it s already boring I hope this gets better in the books to come Also, Merit is just not all that as a heroine, in my view Although she does try hard and is persistent in helping her friends and her vampire family I ll give her that There s just something missing.

  9. says:

    As soon as it was proposed that Cadogen House break with the GP, I got excited for this story and it didn t let me down As I like all the political machinations and intrigue in the series, I was drawn to this book from the beginning I expected shenanigans from Darius, Lacey and the other cronies but they still were able to surprise me And, there is a major betrayal that I should have seen coming butI didn t The added mystery related to the rogue vampires made things eveninteresting As soon as it was proposed that Cadogen House break with the GP, I got excited for this story and it didn t let me down As I like all the political machinations and intrigue in the series, I was drawn to this book from the beginning I expected shenanigans from Darius, Lacey and the other cronies but they still were able to surprise me And, there is a major betrayal that I should have seen coming butI didn t The added mystery related to the rogue vampires made things eveninteresting and though I d picked the right suspect, the motivation eluded me until the end The requisite Ethan Merit drama showed up once again but at least it played out differently for a change Here s hoping we ve seen the last of this tiresome device I really enjoyed this story and liked how everything played out It was exciting and gnarly at the same time This may be one of my most favorite stories to date

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    I m sad Re read 03.02.2018 Eh, I believe my love for this series is mostly gone It might be that I m not interested in re read the story, simply because I remember it so well probably because I loved it so much and the excitement is gone I don t know We ll get the answer to that when I get to book 13, which is the only book in the series that I haven t read yet I pray to however that I ll love it.The characters Caroline Merit Mer Evelyn Merit becomes vampire I m sad Re read 03.02.2018 Eh, I believe my love for this series is mostly gone It might be that I m not interested in re read the story, simply because I remember it so well probably because I loved it so much and the excitement is gone I don t know We ll get the answer to that when I get to book 13, which is the only book in the series that I haven t read yet I pray to however that I ll love it.The characters Caroline Merit Mer Evelyn Merit becomes vampire at 27, but is 28 in years , Sentinel of the Cadogan House Ethan Liege Darth Sullivan Sullivan 394, though became a vampire at 30 , master of the Cadogan House dead, but is back from the dead Mallory Mal Delancey Carmichael 28 , Merit s bestfriend and a fourth class sorcerer, a master of the First Key power Charles Chuck Merit, Merit s grandfather is the Ombudsman a liaison between the regulars and the sups Chuck s team his secretary, Marjorie 50 , the computer prodigy and a shape shifter, Jeffrey Jeff Christopher 21 , a fourth class sorcerer and a master of the Second Key weapons, Catcher Bell 29 , and there s also a Housed vampire who works for him that not even his colleagues knows about Joshua Merit, Merit s dad sucky dad guard of the Cadogan House, Lindsey 115 and who is also a psychic, and a good friend to Merit Also dating Lucas Lucas Luc , the Captain of the Cadogan House guards, now House Second back to being Captain Malik Washington, Second, House Cadogan, now Master of Cadogan House, until Ethan takes back leadership back to being Second Morgan Greer, Master of Navarre House, 72, though looks 28 Merit s sorta ex and a weak man Gabriel Gabe Keene, Apex of the Central North American, Jeff s pack leader love him Darius West, head of the Greenwich Presidium and a total dick Seth Tate 36 , former mayor of Chicago and a fucker A part of him, that is His twin brother Dominic was evil and lived inside of him Seth is technically good He s view spoiler angel messenger hide spoiler Scott Grey, Master of Grey House Noah Beck, the leader of Chicago s independent vampires and a Red Guard RG a vampire Secret Service, of sorts Jonah, the Guard Captain, Grey House and a Red Guard, has a crush on Merit Franklin Theodore Cabot, was the appointed receiver of Cadogan HouseDarius West, head of the GP, had decided he didn t like the way the House was run, Frank had been sent to Chicago to inspect and evaluate the HouseHe sucked big time Berna, shifter, and ended bar and worked the kitchens at Little Red Diane Kowalcyzk, Chicago s new mayor John Q McKetrick, a former military type with a raging hatred of vampires He now the head of the Office of Human Liaisons, or OHL Michael Donovan, House Cadogan s security auditor He stepped forward to keep our bodies aligned, and took my chin in his hand I will have you Body, mind, and soul And I won t share you with anyone elseQuick basic facts Genre Adult Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy.Series Series, Book Seven.Love triangle view spoiler No hide spoiler Cheating view spoiler No hide spoiler HEA view spoiler No hide spoiler Favorite character Ethan Liege Darth Sullivan Sullivan.Would I readby this author or of series Yes.Would I recommend this book series Yes.Will I read this again in the future Yes New Rating 3 stars.First read review I adore Ethan and Merit Love them And Gabriel is awesome 5 stars

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