NAL / February 4, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and 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, living or dead…or both.
But now those 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. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. 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.
Chloe Neill's Wild Things is the ninth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and readers have been on a wild ride throughout; we have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and there is still so much to come. Each book has discovered—and resolved—a problem, but also kept advancing the overall series arc.
Wild Things picks up where Biting Bad left off. Ethan dispatched Harold Monmonth and is being held responsible. Cadogan House has video surveillance to prove Ethan did what he needed to do, but the new Mayor is on an anti-supernatural rampage and wants to use Ethan as an example. To escape the Mayor, Ethan and Merit take refuge at the Breckenridge estate where a shifter festival is being held, and end up in the middle of a supernatural fight. Ethan, Merit, Mallory and Catcher are the odd men out, and unless they solve this conflict, too, they will be blamed. Ethan and Merit have to solve the disappearance of several members of their community without Ethan leaving the estate. If Ethan leaves, he becomes free game for the Mayor and her accusations and there is no guarantee he will win that fight.
In addition, Monmonth's death caused more than a stir with the citizens of Chicago, it also brought the General Presidium to town and one of their members is calling in a favor from Merit. The favor will change the entire vampire community, the politics of the supernatural community and possibly Ethan and Merit’s relationship. Merit knows the change is for the best, but of course she does not want to lose Ethan and she is left to decide if she will do the right thing for the population or the right thing for her.
Underneath all of the political and supernatural intrigue the strongest part of the Chicagoland Vampire series remains Ethan and Merit’s relationship. There have been shaky times, but Wild Things gives us a glimpse at what happiness they could have. Things will never be easy for this couple, but we now know there is hope for their long term future. This ninth book of the series brings a new level of commitment to their relationship. The prophecy of the green-eyed child is addressed and with the additional information Merit finally tells Ethan what she has kept close for so many months.
“Merit,” he said, his voice ragged. “I need you. I love you.”
“I love you.”
Forever, he silently said. Regardless.
Forever, I said to him.
Wild Things is fast-paced and gives the reader several things to focus on, all the while staying true to the original premise of the series. Wild Things has a solid conclusion but there is a storm on the horizon and the promise of even more exciting things to come.
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