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Blood Games

(Chicagoland Vampires #10)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  9,472 Ratings  ·  601 Reviews
While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet...

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magica
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by NAL Trade
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Not impressed… There was way too much focus on Merit, Ethan, and their silly feelings for one other… So much so I couldn't even enjoy anything else, not that there was anything else particularly exciting going on.

Random thoughts:

-The plot was all over the place, there was a pointless villain-of-the-week/murder investigation that added nothing to the story… The other arcs centered on Ethan's bid to rule the GP and Ethan's lame secret (which was that he was a giant-blood-drinking-murdering
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

Re-read: 05.02.2018
Not such a bad re-read. Probably because I didn't remember all that much about it. Which is actually surprising. Anyways, to the next re-read. Soon done.

The characters:
Caroline ‘Merit’ ‘Mer’ Evelyn Merit (becomes vampire at 27, but is 28 in years), Sentinel of the Cadogan House.
Ethan ‘Liege’ ‘Darth Sullivan’ Sullivan (394, though became a vampire at 30), master of the Cadogan House —> dead, but is back from the dead.
Mallory ‘Mal’ Delancey Carmicha
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
UGH. One of my fav series of all time-thanks for the Xmas present, Jenny!

*4.5 stars*

And so I'm finally caught up.....I can't say I wasn't wanting a little more. Like, you know, a certain something that would have been abso-freaking-lutely adorable...but sadly I am still left waiting. And that's okay, I suppose...but I NEEDS IT. And soon. My fragile little heart can't take the teasing anymore lol. Or maybe it's pretty cute, really, how much Ethan loves and adores Merit. I know I gush a
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blood Games......that name!

 ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Book Grrrl ⚔
I feel like this series has reached the Tobey Maguire Spiderman 3 period where it got really cheesy and there was product placement everywhere.

Ethan has achieved Spidey status... he has fangirls and there is even a version of Comicon in this where panties are sold with his face on them!

And of course, Merit is dumb about it and has no sense of humor. Which makes it all the more insufferable.

So we get LOTS of relationship angst in this one. Secrets from Ethan, angst about Ethan's past (hint: sho
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Ethan and Merit, Merit and Ethan...that's all I really care about but unfortunately there's some other stuff thrown in. Like Ethan waiting to see what comes next in his challenge for the GP and naturally some crazy is running around killing people and Merit has to step in and take care of business. What else could you want? Naked Ethan? Oh yea, there's that too! ;)

I'm just going to get right to the point...I'm all for more drama from Darth Sullivan but really? That did seem a bit trivial especi
Blood Games is the tenth installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. Each book in this series has a strong mystery element and although this one had a murder mystery to solve, it is more focused on Ethan's future in the GP. My favorite part in this book though was some confirmation on the direction of Merit and Ethan's relationship. Whoop Whoop! If anything, this story will keep readers motivated to continue the series.

My favorite quote:
"I knew there were
Alex is The Romance Fox
The 10th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and the author is still keeping me interested in the compelling and fresh urban fantasy world she has created.

I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that just did not do it for me.
The story opens with a murder of a human that may be linked to the vampires. Soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose that likes using tarot cards as his signature. Although this is one of the plots, nothing really happens until the end when
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

*** Review contains minor spoilers from previous books in this series. ***

There are two main plot threads in Chloe Neill’s latest CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES installment, but in all honesty I only had eyes for one. The Tarot murder mystery was interesting enough in itself; I liked seeing Merit & Mallory finally getting back on track, and I enjoyed deciphering the riddles left behind by the killer. However, after the way WILD THINGS ended, my focus was entirely on Ethan’s GP
Merit has some major daddy-issues. That can be the only reason she puts up with the bullshit that is Ethan Sullivan - her very hot&cold boyfriend. I mean, seriously? Girl, you need to get some dignity.

That's right, after all of the b.s.: Ethan telling her that he is going to propose, they are together forever, he would win her back - after breaking up with her - and after pushing her away when he was first resurrected - he actually pulls the same crap again in this book. He is being blackma
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ethan’s decision in the previous book, Wild Things, to challenge Darius for the GP council head has been weighing on Merit. She knows his intentions of declaring his challenge are for the good of all vampires, but she cannot get the dangerous side effects out of her mind. She knows she has to protect Ethan at all costs as his Sentinel, but also as his lover. When a friendly charity event is visited by a gunman and strange murders begin popping up over Chicago, Merit has her plate full. Add in Et ...more
Blood Games
4 Stars

As Cadogan House and it's Master, Ethan Sullivan, await the response of the Greenwich Presidium to his challenge for leadership, Merit has her hands full assisting the CPD on a case involving several murders staged to look like the work of vampires and other magical practitioners. Can Merit stop the killer before he strikes closer to home?

There is a lot going on in this installment of the Chicagoland Vampires with three separate storylines. Nevertheless, Neill manages to pull i
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't love the last book but with Ethan challenging to head the GP I figured this one might have some good stuff to work with. Unfortunately I was disappointed. So the Cadogan vamps realize something is wrong with Darius and decide to step in. Takes one rescue mission and a bag of salt. Much of the rest of the resolution is done off the page in the UK. The big, bad challenge amongst the Masters is highly anticlimactic. Some psychic stuff and then a chance for Ethan to show off his physical st ...more
Cocktails and Books

My first thoughts when I finished BLOOD GAMES was "my how Merit has grown". And that's a thought that has stayed with me after I've fully digested the tenth book in the Chicagoland Vampire series. As with the other books in the series, Merit and Ethan always have someone coming after them for one reason or another. But in the past, Merit has had a hair trigger when it came to her emotions. She was quick to jump to conclusions, fight or push Ethan away. But in BLOOD GAMES, Merit shows just how
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I literally did not see a single thing in this book coming. NOT ONE.

(Can I just say,the first half of this series was great and well paced, but House Rules on wards is UHMAZING!)

Damn. Ethan is PERFECTION. I mean... whoa. swoon, sigh, drool, weak knees, all of it.

Merit is amazing, I can't not love her and her appetite.

I'm just.... going to be awake for a while thinking about this
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, kindle
In Ethan's and Merit's world nothing comes easy, not running Cadogan House, not trying to replace Darius on the GP Council, and certainly not their relationship, but they can have fun trying. Darius steps down rather than accept Ethan's challenge but that doesn't mean Ethan ascends anywhere. Instead, there are 3 challengers for Darius's spot so they are "tested" like old school vampires. Ethan does his stoic vampire pose and Merit stomps around aggravated with his pride. In other words, the usua ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I’m about to cry here. After reading all the instalments in this series back to back, I’ve finally come to the last published book. This means I will now have to wait until March 2015 before I can get another Chicagoland Vampires shot… Four whole months without Merit, Ethan and the rest of the Chicago sups? This will be a very long winter indeed!

Anyway, back to Blood Games. Well, we definitely have another winner here! What can I say, this series never disappoints and it’s one highly entertainin
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There’s something to be said about a series that’s reliably good even after ten installments. Chicagoland Vampires may not be my favorite urban fantasy ever, but it’s certainly on my list of favorites. And as other series disappoint me and the list gets shorter, Chloe Neill can be counted on to deliver. That’s not to say that the series didn’t have its ups and downs. There was a low point a few books back that’s pretty much forgiven and forgotten. The last few books have been excellent and the n ...more
This was me the entire time I was reading this book:

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If you've read any of the prior books you've already read this one. They're having problems with the GH...again(*yawn*), Ethan's panties are all in a bunch while he's protecting the house...again (*yawn*), Ethan has a secret he's keeping from Merit and he's full of angst...again (*yawn*), Merit's unsure of their relationship and so, so worried about Ethan...again (*yawn*), there's some powerful vampire woman from Ethan's past that he won't tal
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I can't believe I have to rate this 3 stars, but I must be honest.

Here is the thing:
I don't know where this series is heading anymore. It makes me sad because this is one of my favorite UF series and I LOVE these characters like they were my friends.

The first books all made sense, I believed everything was happening for a reason, but in the last books I felt lost. I felt like the characters were dealing with things that had nothing to do with the actual plot and I suspect it's because the autho
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
DAT COVER. I'm a little scared, though. Why aren't there more books planned? This cannot possibly be the last book. I refuse.

There are at least three more books coming, I can breath again.
Jaime Arkin
Book 10 of The Chicagoland Vampires has become my favorite of the series so far.

Merit and Ethan have a lot going on at Cadogan house. In the last book we found out that Ethan is challenging Darius for the GP position and as expected that challenge isn’t going to be easy. Once again we see the struggle for both of them to compartmentalize their roles and their feelings. Ethan only wants Merit to be safe and stop putting herself in danger, but she takes her role as Sentinel seriously and despite
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr
Well, this series has been up and down for me, but this book is most surely and upswing in enjoyment for me. There are parts that are just downright funny! (Ethan in particular) It has lots of Ethan and Merit development, some pretty good action scenes, and good doses of the supporting cast which I adore such as Catcher, Mallory, Margot Lindsey and Luc. There was not enough JEFF! But I understand he has his own novella, so I need to get on that.

This book has two storylines running throughout an
Andreea Pop

Chicagoland Vampires is a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I binge read the first five volumes two years ago. Since then, I've been awaiting every following installment with the patience of a committed fangirl -- so, yes, hyperventilating, happy dances and crazy shouting every now and then were a part of my usual response. Blood Games is no different. I wanted the same kick-ass addiction I've been experiencing for the past nine books and that's exactly what I've got.

“Go ahead,” I to
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just... Wow.

Compete review coming once I can pull my thoughts together. Bottom line? Spectacular.

Complete review here:

1\11\15 This book is absolute perfection. My review (linked above) still says it all. I am awed that after ten books they still keep getting better.
„I use the tools in my arsenal,“ Ethan said.

If my boyfriend called me „tool in his arsenal“, I would kick his ass. But it Merit is okay with that, then great for her. It's also cool if she thinks that the way Ethan is treating her is okay. It's her choice. Whatever.

Other than that, Blood Games has it all. Murder investigation, GP trouble, Ethan being an ass, side characters not having enough space to show their full potential. Just like every other Chicagoland Vampires book.

Maybe if I read t
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, urban-fantasy
Merit's grandfather has asked her and Jonah to investigate the murder of his friend's grandson. The body was found in the park with two katanas stuck in the chest. But on closer look, they find that the swords are replicas. Did someone kill the human and set up the vampires to take the blame? More bodies are found murdered in a way that points to the supernatural community. Now the vamps have teamed up with the humans to find the killer who is stalking Chicago.

The tenth book in the Chicagoland V
Aug 05, 2013 marked it as to-read


is this Ethan
is this ethan





What do you think??
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Holy Moley! TEN books! I'm optimistically adding this to my TR list. Hopefully, Biting Cold is good and the series can make it to TEN frickin' books.
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Chicagoland Vampires: * Blood Games (Book #10) 11 86 Nov 20, 2014 07:55AM  
Who's Your Author?: Blood Games by Chloe Neill 13 35 Jul 30, 2014 07:08PM  
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“Family. Couldn't live with them, couldn't run a stake through them.” 16 likes
“Oh, François,” I breathily said. “You’ll have to hurry. My boyfriend will be back soon.” Ethan grunted and slipped his arms around mine, pulling him tight against my body. “My desire is impatient,” he said in a French accent that was surprisingly believable. “It will not wait, and damn your boyfriend.” I turned to face him, wrapped my arms around his neck, and caught his bottom lip gently between my teeth. “Then by all means, François, let’s get to it.” 8 likes
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