Title: Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, 9)
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz Fiction (20th February 2014)
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and became the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds.
But now these alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. But who – or what – could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?
Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
WILD THINGS is the ninth addition to Chloe Neill’s brilliant Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit’s story continues with the mayor of Chicago looking for someone to blame for Chicago’s recent paranormal activity, and Ethan Sullivan makes a good target. Merit and Ethan retreat only to find another enemy waiting for them.
I have been looking forward to continuing the Chicagoland Vampires and reading WILD THINGS since I heard about its publication, but have only recently been able to get around to reading it. One of the things that I really liked about this book was that despite the gap between me reading the previous book in the series and this one, I was still able to fall straight back into the world and remember who was who. Once I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down; I read from start to finish in one sitting.
WILD THINGS follows the same basic premise as the other books in the series, and I found myself really enjoying the familiarity of the series – even if I didn’t know quite what was going to happen in this book. I also liked the fact that the romance aspect was very much part of the book, but there was a lot more going on to – Neill managed to make all the different parts of the narrative flow well together. I also thought that Neill handled Merit’s friendship with Mallory well, showing that even best friends need to work on their relationship. I also really liked the mystery aspect to the plot and how it was resolved; it seemed pretty logical and realistic to me.