House Rules

While I was away, one of the books I read was House Rules (book #7 in the Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill. Ethan and Merit were the perfect addition to a beach vacation! (Cause ya know I love me some Ethan and picture him as David Beckham *sigh*) Please be careful reading this post if you haven’t read the book and intend to – don’t want to accidentally spoil anything.


So this book moved along nicely and had more tension than I would have liked – darn Lacey and her scheming to get Ethan back!! Then, the mess with leaving the GP and the fairies being completely unloyal. Sheesh!!

Poor Ethan had to learn Merit was sworn into the Red Guard and had Jonah for a partner. That went over like the proverbial lead balloon. I’m proud of Merit for sticking to her guns. It sure helped that Jonah was able to provide valuable information in a couple of instances.


I liked that Jeff and the gang were involved. Was totally awesome when Jeff shifted. And speaking of shifted, Gabriel was there. Woot woot! He provided Merit with some cryptic wisdom! Other than that, not too much out of the pack in this book.

Ethan totally cracked me up in this one. The guy gets some of the greatest lines. Poor thing – wrecked Mercedes and tries out a Bentley. Must be nice!

On page 3, Ethan and Merit are packing up the GP’s books in the library. Ethan says, “I find mixing business with pleasure makes both more interesting.” He continued a bit later with, “Being a vampire isn’t always about getting what you want, Sentinel. Although I’ll concede I can imagine more enjoyable ways of spending our time.” As part of the conversation, Merit talks about the GP and Cadogan no longer being a part of the club. “I know. We voted to break up with them before they could break up with us.” Go Merit!! Needless to say, despite the seriousness of the situation, they soon get distracted. Leave it to Luc to break them apart!

So maybe that isn’t the best passage to illustrate the banter between Merit and Ethan, but I failed to take a highlighter on vacation. I’m sure you do get the idea, though.

I really, really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next. 4.5 out of 5 stars!


Back in the U.S.

Sadly, I’ve returned to rainy and cold weather. I had spent the past four days in the sunny, warm Dominican Republic. It is the first time I left the country – got to put my new passport to use (for what it cost, I need to use it lots)!

I spent my time in Punta Cana at the Iberostar Bavaro, and I can’t say enough good things about the resort. The staff was very friendly and professional. The setting was gorgeous – the resort itself was immaculate. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back there. The food was exceptional – my only complaint was that I didn’t like their milk. The fresh fruits – delicious and juicy! I was happy that I was able to eat so healthy on vacation.

While I was there, I spent quality time at the pool and on my balcony (the view was amazing!). Given that, I did a lot of reading and some writing. Over the next couple of days I hope to post some reviews of what I read while I was there. Most of the books were on my Kindle, but I did have House Rules by Chloe Neill in paperback. I couldn’t very well go away and leave Ethan and Merit behind!

Enough for now… I have things to get ready so I can go back to the grind tomorrow. *Pouts* I will leave you with a picture of the view from my balcony. Enjoy!Iberostar_Bavaro