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House Rules

(Chicagoland Vampires #7)

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In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by NAL Penguin
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Steven Cooke It's really a fun book serial for entertainment. NO sense in reading them out of order. There are not "Great Thoughts" explored in the series. Just…moreIt's really a fun book serial for entertainment. NO sense in reading them out of order. There are not "Great Thoughts" explored in the series. Just Saturday morning cartoon stuff, or Gothic Horror matinee shows. If the tale isn't interesting to you, or if you are looking for some great wrap-up, just let it go. :)(less)

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Wendy Darling
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With most Book Sevens, I am usually checking release schedules and making all kinds of martyred noises about how series should quit while they're ahead. By that point, authors are usually stuck on rules they've set for how the relationships play out, or they're having trouble coming up with new problems without changing the nature of certain characters.

That's not the case with Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires, however. This series shows no signs of slowing down or relying on tired, recycled st
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
As promised: A short review about the 7th book in the series! ;-)

If you haven’t read the other books, you better don’t read it though because I guess by now there would be many spoilers! *lol* I’ll mark them as good as possible but if you read them, don’t say I didn’t warn you!!! ;-P

What I liked:

- Malik! I love that man! He’s a side character but I don’t care!!! <333
- Same goes for Jeff Christopher!!! I love this little geek to bits and pieces!!
“He looked up and met my gaze, and in the eye
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Ferdy
Spoilers

I'm bitterly disappointed. I adored the first few books in the series — they were fun and exciting… Unfortunately the last few were a bit of a let down. I was hoping that Neill would recapture some of the magic that was present at the start of the series but sadly, she didn't.

Random thought/notes

-Ethan and Cadogan House were preparing to separate from the GP - naturally there were complications involving an egg, a cheesy bad guy and a bunch of dumb fairies. Also, Merit decided to invest
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Tabatha
You can check out more reviews by me on my blog:


I guess I should start with..

Helloooooo ! (:

Let's face it, we're all looking forward to reading House Rules by Chloe Neil and there's really no denying it. Difference is, although I love the storylines, I'm really, truly reading it for one thing.

That thing has a name.

*AHEM*


Wait for it..


Ethan Sullivan.

Yep, you heard me, the god-among-men-Ethan-frikin'-Sullivan. Because face it, we all love him. Even these guys:


(See? Are you feeling the love?)

I w
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Jilly
I guess if there is good news in this book, it is that Ethan doesn't actually break-up with Merit this time. No, he's really matured. Instead, he gets mad at Merit and uses his ex-girlfriend's feelings for him against Merit by ignoring Merit while having wine with his ex and then spending the night on the couch - with his ex - while Merit slept alone in their bed. That shows real growth. The kind of maturity that a teenage boy might show.

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aww, vampire emo boy is butthurt...

Lindsey, the best cha
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This is definitely not going to be the most objective review seeing as how I'm a total Ethan fan. As long as Ethan's in the book (and even when he's not), I've loved the book. I just love Ethan and Merit together and I've loved seeing them through all their trials and tribulations. The difference in this book was that I felt many things came together and solidified...finally.

The Cadogan house is breaking its ties with the GP and while there's lots of uncertainly, the house vampires have really
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I'm sad*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 03.02.2018
Eh, I believe my love for this series is mostly gone. It might be that I'm not interested in re-read the story, simply because I remember it so well (probably because I loved it so much) and the excitement is gone? I don't know... We'll get the answer to that when I get to book 13, which is the only book in the series that I haven't read yet. I pray to however that I'll love it.
The characters:
Caroline ‘Merit’ ‘Mer’ Evelyn Merit (becomes vampire at 2
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Kelly
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires novels have been brain-candy reading for me for a few years now. The books are quick reads that don’t require a lot of thinking but provide action, romance, humor, and occasional pathos. But, sad to say, I think I’m breaking up with this series.

I had high hopes at the beginning of this seventh book, House Rules. Neill introduces a mystery: two rogue vampires have gone missing, last seen at one of the vampire registration offices the new mayor has set up. In the
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Sh3lly
Rating: A very meh 3 stars



I think this is the weakest link so far in the series (and I didn't much like the last one). What I liked about "House Rules":

✔ Jeff Christopher (view spoiler)
✔ Lacey "Biotch" Sheridan got put in her place
✔ Luc and Lindsey

Welp, that's about it. What I didn't like:

✔ Too much recapping/filler (we don't need to keep being reminded of things after 7 books)
✔ Merit and Ethan, "Methan," are so generic and vanilla now, what happe
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Jonetta
As soon as it was proposed that Cadogen House break with the GP, I got excited for this story and it didn't let me down. As I like all the political machinations and intrigue in the series, I was drawn to this book from the beginning. I expected shenanigans from Darius, Lacey and the other cronies but they still were able to surprise me. And, there is a major betrayal that I should have seen coming but...I didn't.

The added mystery related to the rogue vampires made things even more interesting
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Ain020596
May 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
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LOVE THE COVER!

It may look similar to quite a lot of other Urban Fantasy novels, but this cover is just really sexy. And the dimensions of Merit's body don't look weird:)
Ivana Azap Feješ
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As soon as it was proposed that Cadogen House break with the GP, I got excited for this story and it didn't let me down. I expected shenanigans from Darius, Lacey and the other cronies but they still were able to surprise me. And, there is a major betrayal that I should have seen coming but... Merit and the rest of her fellow Cadogan House vampires lives are about to be forever changed as they prepare to formally break from the GP and their oppressive reign. But despite all their preparations th ...more
Karla

4 1/2 Stars!! That's what I'm talking about. A decent story, some suspense and a mystery that kept me guessing. Cadogen House and its residents are taking a new direction!! It's about time!!

The suspense/mystery portion of the story played out well and had me guessing well into the book, as to who was committing the heinous crimes. Not until it was brought to the steps of Cadogen House itself, did I finally figure it out. I love the new direction that the series is taking and this will certainly
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Steph
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
I have loved this series for a really long time now and Merit and Ethan have held a special place in my heart ever since. The past few books have left me feeling really frustrated with the lack of relationship development between them. Every time things just seem to be going well for them, something happens to pull them apart, or make them doubt themselves or each other. Whilst that still happened in this book, I am very happy and proud to say that they do not succumb to their old habits this t ...more
Limonessa
Alas,
of all the things that I originally liked about this series, close to nothing is left.
The amazing, witty dialogues between Merit and Mallory are long gone since she turned to the Dark side.
The boiling hot sexual tension between Ethan and Merit is gone, stifled by the daily routine and the worries of a House to run.
All is lost, swallowed in vampire stories and the reality of what this series has become.... a detective story.
Let's face it, that's exactly what this is: murder, investigatio
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Awesome. Just plain awesomeness. I love Ethan. I love Merit. I adore THEM. It's absolutely adorable to see them together and even more satisfying that they are going through turmoil-Together. Their love is tested. It is tried. But all I can say is-There I was, reading a perfectly awesome novel where the house goes through it's most substantial crisis yet and

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BAM!
All the emotions of a freight train plow me over and I am, once again, mystified by this wonderful and alluring series.

I've talked an
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Jaime Arkin
I have to say... I finished this book last night, and I'm already biding my time for the next one. If you haven't started the Chicagoland Vampires series I highly recommend that you do. I struggle with finding goood Paranormal Romance but one thing I can count on is that Chloe Neill will always bring it.

House Rules picks up shortly after Biting Cold ends. Cadogan House is making their move and parting ways with the GP but of course it's not going to be simple. Darius is out to take everything a
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Catarina Szelsky †
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It has cover!

And by the way its freaking gorgeous (thank you god)

but we do have a problem..

Are you kiddin with me chloe? FEBRUARY? WE NEED TO WAIT 6 FUCKING MONTHS TO READ THIS? WHAT. THA. FUCK GIRL?




Seriously I can't wait more long... I NEED TO READ THIS NOW. I NEED TO KNOW ETHAN'S TATTOO MEANING, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE HOUSE, TO ETHAN, MERIT... ARGHHH

Freaking 6 months to wait for .. Fuck that


WAKE ME UP WHEN FEBRUARY STARTS BY THE WAY.

*going into hibernation state*


EDIT

IT'S COMING OH IT'S COMING
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Alex is The Romance Fox
It took a bit of time for me to get into this series but finally…..I am really loving it.

The first couple of books I found Merit to be the most irritating heroine ever!!!! And even though I did like Ethan Sullivan, I was a bit dubious about his character. The interaction between the two drove me absolutely crazy…..yes I do, no I don’t!!! Jeez!!!!! Back and forward!!!! So much drama. It almost felt forced at times. Make up your minds you two!!!!

But by the time I came to House Rules, book #7…I fin
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Keisha Fite
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Merit has gone from hard student to a vampire with issues at every waken turn.
With a broken heart full of greif, a reciever whom is threating to shut down the house, a stressed out bestfriend and mayor that blames vampires for everything. What more can happen? Merit is on a mission to save both her house and Chicago.
Chicagoland is thrilling and entertaining. It's a complete page turner with no disappointment.
Beatriz  Lins
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Am I the only one who didn't like the cover very much? The other covers were so unique and beautiful, and this one looks so common.
Still, I'm DYING to read House Rules <3

Edited
Sigh. Chloe Neill, why do you keep blowing me away? 5 stars all the way. Again.
Kt
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Merit and the rest of her fellow Cadogan House vampires lives are about to be forever changed as they prepare to formally break from the GP and their oppressive reign. But despite all their preparations they know they can't possibly predict everything, so their is a cloud of worry hanging over their heads. They've taken steps towards making peace with the rogues of Chicago, but that relationship is fragile at best. So when two rogues go miss
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Shumaila Dosani
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
best one so far reminds me y I fell in love with the series in the first place
realy curious about Gabrielle's premonition with green eyes like ethans but not ethans
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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3.5 stars

At A Glance
I had a love/hate relationship with House Rules. I loved the concept but I often put the book down. It took sometime for me to really get into it.

The Good
Let me start off by saying I really do love this series. I like how the vampires in this world aren't creepy or scary. They are normal like you and me, but they just have some special powers. They are relatable and in essence live normal lives except for a few vampire type probl
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YA Reads Book Reviews
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. W
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Stephanie
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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REVIEW TODAY AND TOUR KICK OFF TOMORROW

In this volume in the series, finally Ethan and Merit are beginning to really trust each other. And more importantly, Merit, never a shrinking violet, is beginning to trust her own decisions as sentinel. THe couple is under a lot of stress as this nasty, nasty something is going around and beheading vampires in a serial killer fashion. Then the worst mayor in the history of Chicago hires the militant McK
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I enjoyed HOUSE RULES more than its predecessor mostly because I felt that Neill really made some progress with the plot and the relationships that readers are most looking forward to in this book. It felt more solid, moving forward as the character show some growth and I enjoyed the pacing of this book more than the last one.

HOUSE RULES brought the series back on track for me and I think readers will be excited to see the sparkle that comes along with this series that we have missed as of late.
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Claire
Aug 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
I'm very excited for this book, but if the "evil more familiar than they ever could have imagined" involves Celina somehow coming back from the dead I'm going to bang my head against the wall.

That said, YAY.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this early copy of House Rules for review, as a part of the blog tour. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series, truly gets better with each book! House Rules sees us with Merit and Ethan and the rest of the Cadogan vampires getting ready to leave the GP, and thus become Rogue vampires. They are ready for it and embrace the life, even getting to know the Rogues in Chicago with a little get together. But it is soon put to a halt when two Rogu
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires are certainly firing on all cylinders in this 7th installment! And that’s saying something considering that I was all but ready to give-up on this series after the last couple of novels. House Rules is the book that keeps on giving with lightning fast pacing, a masterful web of plot lines and a steadfast heroine who refuses to give up.

To say that Merit has her hands full in this installment would be the understatement of the year.
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“Please stop calling me that. You’re still officially the Master.”
“Oh, I know,” Malik said. “But much like Merit, I find it amusing to irritate you.”
As Malik walked down the hallway and around the corner, Ethan turned his pointed gaze on me.
I shrugged innocently. “I can’t help it if I’m a trendsetter.”
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“So you traded up?” I asked, walking toward the car and opening the door. “Do you treat your relationships in the same way?”

“Yes,” Ethan gravely said. “And I spent four hundred years shopping before I met you.”
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