Blood Games by Chloe Neill 4 Stars

This book is the 10th in the Chicagoland Vampire series, and I still love it as much as I did the first one.

The main character, Merit, is the Sentinel to Ethan Sullivan, the Master Vampire of Cadogan House and she’s also his girlfriend which makes for an interesting dynamic.

There are two plot points in this book, and one of them is that Ethan has put his hat in the ring to be the head of the Greenwich Presidium, which would give him control over all vampires, not just Cadogan House. But someone would like to stop him from running. They are holding something over his head and will go to great lengths to make sure that he doesn’t become the head of the GP.

Once again Ethan is keeping the details a secret from Merit. Merit knows something is going on, but Ethan refuses to share it. She’s having a hard time accepting that he’s hiding something from her, especially considering they have been talking about marriage. You’d think he would have grown up after 400 years, but he still manages to push her away.

At the same time someone is killing people in strategic ways, and making a statement by leaving them somewhere public. Merit has been asked to consult with the police because they think it’s a vampire doing the killing. But Merit isn’t so sure.

So once again Merit is investigating with her partner and friend Jonah. On top of it all, she is trying to do her job as Sentinel and protect Ethan, but Ethan is making that difficult, since he wants to protect her at the same time. Which is why he’s keeping secrets…he thinks he’s protecting her.

I still really enjoy this series. Merit is very likable, and she has some pretty good friends who have her back. It’s nice to see the friendship with Mallory become stronger after everything that has happened between them throughout the series.

I really love the relationship that Merit has with her grandfather. He’s the city’s Ombudsman and deals in supernatural issues, so he’s involved in solving this case just as Merit is. She loves her grandfather so much, and he loves and accepts her for who she is, which is something her parents can’t seem to do. The love they have for each other is palpable, and very sweet.

There is some heart pounding action that will keep you on the edge of your seat as Merit and Jonah, along with Mallory, Catcher and Jeff try to find this killer before someone they love becomes a target.

If you want someone to root for, and someone to care about, Merit is your girl, but start with book one, Some Girls Bite.

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