Merit was a graduate student, happily living her life, when she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A vampire attacks her on campus and rips out her throat. Before he can snuff out her life, he is interrupted. Luckily for her, it is by the Master of the Cadogan House vampires as masters are the only ones who can bestow the gift of immortality. Several nights later, dazed and confused, Merit is delivered back to her roommate Mallory with a guidebook on being a vamp. Now, instead of completing her dissertation Merit will be taking an oath to her House and to her Master, Ethan Sullivan, which doesn’t sit too well with this very modern and independent woman. Then there is the slight problem of discovering that she was not the first to die by the hand of a vamp ripping out young women’s throats. How will she adjust to her new unlife, her unwanted attraction to her Master and his to her, and stop the humans from turning against all the vampires?
I was really pleased that I was sent this debut by Ms. Neill. More authors are doing first person and it doesn’t always work for me. In this instance, however, Ms. Neill gives you the opportunity to experience everything from Merit’s viewpoint smoothly and effortlessly. You learn everything as Merit learns it which gives you a lot of empathy for her situation. I was worried that Merit would be another character where we are told how smart she is but she doesn’t act it. I was also concerned that we were going to have another character where she is attracted to the Master and he to her and that they would then start a relationship. I was wrong on both counts. Merit is smart, smart-mouthed, sarcastic, and insulted when Ethan isn’t thrilled with their mutual attraction but offers her the position of his mistress! I loved the fact that you know that Merit isn’t big on her parents because they are so focused on their standing in the community, their money, and their reputation. The only family member that she is really close to is her grandfather who used to be a cop. Their relationship is very sweet as is her friendship with Mallory. The vampires and the way they are organized into houses as well as the political climate between the houses and with the city of Chicago was unique and showed attention to detail. I was also on the edge of my seat wondering if we would find out what Merit’s first name is! I can’t wait for Friday Night Lights to be released in October!!!
First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker-and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her 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 her gratitude- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood.