April 7, 2009 New American Library
352 pgs., Paperback
First in Chicagoland Vampire Series
Summary From New American Library
They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced theirexistence to the world-and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker... and this one decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I've traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four hundred year old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude-and servitude. Right...
But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I'm surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy, and Ethan's attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone's still out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?
My initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood...
I would definitely recommend this book. It has enough action to keep my attention, but not so much action that it doesn’t delve into the characters. Merit is brave, loyal, and doesn’t let money talk. Her fathers constant usage of her for power, money, and prestige has left her with issues that are brought to attention when she is unwillingly changed by Ethan. Although this series will undoubtedly have romantic elements Merit is not involved with anyone directly in this book. This doesn’t deter from the overall greatness of it, but actually makes it better. Merit is strong enough to resist her “liege” and the sexual tension she feels for him. This is a great fun read.