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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.
Despite the fact that this is the 9th installment in the series, I’m not even a little bored or sick of Merit, Ethan, the story or the rest of these characters. I admit that I was a little bit nervous when I first heard how many books were planned for the series (13 so far) but now that I’m more than halfway through the series, I don’t think I can ever get enough. Who doesn’t like a kick-ass vampire with a love of all things bacon? (I was going to say meat but that sounded dirty 😉 ) With a great cast of characters that includes my favorite vampire, Ethan, Jeff, Gabriel, Catcher, Mallory and Jonah (among others), there’s still so much more of their story to tell!
After Cadogan House and more specifically Ethan, are being targeted by both the GP and the mayor, Ethan and Merit are forced to go into hiding and to once again rely on the help of the reluctant shifters. Lucky for the, they have a very powerful ally in Gabriel Keene, the pack leader and several other shifters including hacker extraordinaire Jeff Christopher. Unfortunately, not all the shifters feel that way and they love to blame their recent problems on the vampires. The fact that Gabriel is helping out vampires is making some of the other shifters question his loyalty and leadership. When a new supernatural creature starts attacking shifters, it’s up to Merit and Ethan and the rest of the gang to stop them before they lose their only alliance.
It always seems like it’s the Cadogan vampires up against the rest of the world. Luckily, they have a lot of help and I love the way the vampires from different houses work together with shifters, sorcerers and other supernatural creatures to solve whatever they’re up against this time. Despite the fact that they’ve done this other times throughout the series, it still doesn’t seem boring to me because it works with the overall story arc and it’s all leading up to events in future books. I’ve always thought of this series like a tv show. Buffy and the gang battled new creatures and saved the people Sunnydale every week, but with all the stuff that was going on with Buffy’s love life and the rest of the characters, it worked…I do wish that everyone would stop blaming Cadogan House for everything that goes wrong. I think Merit and the gang have more than proved their trust.
Merit and Ethan are definitely what makes this series so amazing! They’ve been through so much (that is a huge understatement) and it was nice to see them in a place where they are both on the same page regarding their relationship. They’re relationship has been one of those sloooooow build-up romances that has frustrated me at some parts, made me swoon at so many others, and broke my damn heart. I am so fucking happy to see them so happy and in love! One of my favorite things about their relationship is that they have enough trust in each other to let them fight their own battles. Merit may be a brand new vampire, but she is Sentinel of Cadogan House and she has kick-ass katana skills and can take care of herself. I love that Ethan knows when to fight for her, when to fight along with her, and when to let her fight her own battles. And vice versa. And whoa to stepping up the sex scenes in this book! Ethan and Merit have always had insanely hot chemistry, but I always wanted more than fade to black scenes. Especially considering this is an adult paranormal series. The last few books have upped the hotness level but this one was just wow! Totally increased my love for Ethan Sullivan even more. And hallelujah for no cliffhanger endings! *bows down to Chloe* Seriously, after the brutal cliffy in Hard Bitten (my heart still hurts just thinking about it), I can’t handle another ending like that! The ending leaves us with just the right amount of resolution for the current book, while leaving us excited for the next book. I love that these books have only a 6 month wait time between books instead of a year. Definitely keeping up with this series!
Audiobook Comments: This is the first time I listen to the audio version for this series. I was debating on ebook vs. audiobook but when I saw that Sophie Eastlake narrates these, I decided to go with the audio. I’ve already heard a book narrated by her (Rule by Jay Crownover) and knew I liked her. Considering there are so many important characters, I really loved how she gave everyone their own unique voice. Mallory sounded completetly different from Merit, and they sounded completely different for Lindsay’s character. Same thing with the guys. I knew who was talking right away which is sometimes a hard thing to follow in audiobooks. I’m going to continue the series on audio and have already started buying the first books so I can experience this series all over (and over) again!
Some of favorite non-spoiler quotes from Wild Things:
“You are mine,” he said, with a wicked spark in his eyes that sent a thrill down my spine.
“You don’t own me.”
“No,” he agreed. “We own each other. I am your Master. And you are my Sentinel.”
“What’s wrong? Oh, nothing in particular, Sentinel. Just the usual bullshit. City’s on our case. GP’s on our case. I’m knee-deep in complaints and I’m running out of fucks to give.”
“Do protect what’s mine, Sentinel.”
“Eyes on your own man candy.”
“My man candy’s already dressed,” she said between bites of what looked like chocolate sludge. “Yours is . . . less so.”
“Don’t get kidnapped this time. Ethan gets very irritated when you’re kidnapped.”
“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.
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