on March 1st 2016
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Urban
As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice...
A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long... Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City. With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting supernatural against supernatural...
In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything...
5 Stars! Fantastic! One of the best in the series! I can’t get enough, I am an Ethan and Merit groupie for life!
I started reading this series in 2009 and each time I read a new installment I want to go back and start all over, or at the very least, read my favorites parts, which all involve Ethan and Merit, no matter what they were doing. Even when they weren’t in a solid relationship there was something special about their moments together that always had me tingling with anticipation of what was to come.
Some books have been better than others and at one point or another, I was annoyed with Ethan or Merit, mostly Ethan and his doubting self that he could have a real relationship with Merit. I always loved him…adored him, I just wanted to smack him upside his nearly 400-year-old head! But he finally came to realize that she is his other half and they could make it work, and my goodness their relationship is everything I knew it could be and it’s never been so clear as it was in Midnight Marked!
There is a quiet intensity to their attraction and it’s something you can really feel when they are together. Ethan is not only a powerful vampire, he’s also a very passionate man, and he exudes strength and authority. Merit is his grounding rod, his calming force. She might be technically dead but she’s full of life, smart, a kick-ass fighter, and has a voracious appetite not only for food but for Ethan too. He says some of the most profound things to her, wisdom that comes about from existing for nearly 400 years. She will do anything in her power to protect him and when they team up to investigate and bring down the forces that are jeopardizing their lives and Cadogan house it makes for some awesome reading.
Merit’s rank as Sentinel of Cadogan house is to protect its people and their Liege, Ethan. He named her to this position but now he sort of regrets it. Not because she’s not capable, but rather due to the fact that it’s her job to shield him from danger and he wants to step in and keep her from harm, and in the vampire world it doesn’t work that way. But boy, when he does step in and does his thing…watch out!
The involvement of the Pack, most especially Gabriel, ramped up the intensity of this book. There might be a truce between the vampires and the shifters, but in this story, it’s hanging on by a thread. I honestly wasn’t sure if the friendship that Ethan and Merit have with Gabriel and his people would hold true, but when push came to shove, Gabriel is as wise as Ethan and thinks before he acts. But that’s not to say that his wisdom always filters down to the other shifters and things got chaotic very quickly. There was a lot of action, tense moments and it made for a heck of a read.
While there is always a serious nature to the plot in Midnight Marked that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of fun too. Mallory, Catcher, Jeff, Luc, Lindsey…and the rest of the gang add to the amusement. Merit’s grandfather, Chuck, is one of my favorites, and readers will be surprised and happy to see that Joshua Merit finally pulls his head out of his ass! I love when Ethan goes head to head with him and defends Merit!
The ending brought about something that I’ve been anticipating for a while and it speaks of good things to come…of course not until they fight their way through more danger but that’s to be expected.
I will weep, sob, and go through withdrawal when this series ends, although I don’t think it will be anytime soon. In the meantime let me float on my Ethan-Merit-Chicagoland Vampire cloud!
Chloe Neill has really upped her game with this series, and I wish the books releases weren’t so far apart, but if time is what it takes to get this kind of storytelling I will gladly wait, it’s well worth it!
*A copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*