Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vamps #5)
by Chloe Neill
Don’t worry, Chicagoland fans. *pat pat* Everything will be okay.
It’s been two months since the nail-biting events of Hard Bitten, and Merit is still dealing with the fall-out from what occurred. As Cadogan House is investigated for mismanagement and blood rations keep everyone on edge, there’s also trouble when Lake Michigan suddenly turns black and fingers are pointed at the vamps. Merit must work together with Jonah, the attractive captain of the guards at Grey House, to find out who’s really responsible, even as she’s haunted by dreams that she doesn’t understand.
Merit has always been a strong, smart and funny heroine, but her loyalty and her honor really come through in this particular book. We also get more kickass fight scenes, interesting political developments as a pending paranormal registration act causes tempers to flare, complicated problems with Merit’s best friend Mallory, skies that turn ruby red, and tense run-ins with faeries and lake sirens. I also liked that Malik has stepped up in a stronger role at Cadogan, and how respect and trust and allegiance are, as always, big themes in this series.
But never mind all that, you want to know about Ethan. The sexy, green-eyed Master is never far from Merit’s mind, and he casts a long shadow over all of the turmoil at Cadogan House. After the sucker punch dealt to fans in the last book, most of us worried about the direction that the series was taking. But most readers are going to be satisfied with the way Merit deals with her feelings for Ethan as well as her reluctant attraction to Jonah. I am really happy that she finds the strength to come to terms with this very tricky situation, and every development in this story arc feels completely right and emotionally true.
I continue to be impressed by how Chloe Neill juggles a sizable cast of characters and all kinds of interesting subplots while moving Merit’s personal story forward. There’s no doubt that this series will continue to deliver great stories and quality entertainment. And yeah, I gave an urban fantasy book 5 stars–what of it? Chicagoland has always been the cream of the crop for this genre, and Drink Deep is by far the best book in the series to date.
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review. Recommended for mature teens and adults only.