Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)

As of today, there are 102 days before this book is released. And I know, it’s not fair but I promise the wait is well worth it! You are going to love this series!

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I was surprised, albeit happily surprised, with how often Ethan and Merits characters showed up in this book. It was a little weird having Ethan and Merit be side characters, being able to hear their words without their thoughts. I almost felt left out, like I was missing something. But I guess that’s how it is with all spinoffs. It’s a good thing I loved Elisa’s character! Otherwise, I think it would be difficult to stick with the series.


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Author: Chloe Neill
Published: August 14, 2018
Pages: 352

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Series: Heirs of Chicagoland

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Synopsis:
As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.


Review:
First off, do not go into this book expecting a miniature Merit. Although Elisa has aspects of her parents, she is no Merit. She is more and so different. And as a side note, I love the parents Ethan and Merit turned out to be.

“My smart and kind and beautiful girl. He (Ethan) liked to say that, had been saying that for years, and had always put ‘beautiful’ last. Whether it was true or not, he’d tell me it was the least important of the three. “You are smart,” he’d say. “You should be kind. And if you are, you’ll always be beautiful.” 

I love this quote because it says so much about their character and values. And again, it shows what kind of parents Ethan and Merit are. I do wish Elisa would have felt like she could have told them her secret. I can’t imagine the weight of having to carry that around with you, not being able to talk to anyone about it.

The prologue was really fun to read. Chloe Neill did a great job at capturing the innocents of a child and the love/hate relationship between two young kids. If you haven’t read Chicagoland Vampire series, then I don’t think you would fully be able to picture the scene described here. Neill doesn’t go into too much description with the characters. For example, you don’t really get the sense of just how big/dominating Gabriel and Ethan presence would be, especially to two young kids. I do love how Elisa refers to Connor as ‘Connor Stupid Keene’.

Elisa’s character is complex. She is 23 and although she is a vampire, she continues to age. Elisa is heroic but at times can become reckless. And although she thinks she has discovered herself in Paris, she still has no idea who she is in Chicago. But no matter where she is, she is unbelievably brave.  Knowing she has to do something, even if it means hurting the ones she loves most because it’s to save the innocent, doesn’t hurt any less. I love the innocence of Elisa’s character. Although She is able to step up to a fight, she is still affected by the loss of death.

The phrase ‘I’m an immortal’ has come from Elisa throughout the entire book. I’m not sure why it sticks out to me, but it does. I can’t help but wonder how and if this might come into play later.

Connor is just as gorgeous as he is cocky. The naked scene was far too short and such a tease. God I loved it!! I love the dominant side of him and I like how he’s honest with Elisa. Even when it’s hard, he tells her not what she wants but what she needs to hear. I like Connor’s take on Elisa’s ‘monster’. I don’t think I would have looked at it that way, but it makes sense.

Connor and Elisa have a very complicated relationship. On the one hand there’s old childhood resentment, then there is their life’s dream – for Elisa it’s being anonymous, earning her way. For Connor it’s being leader of the pack. – and finally, it’s the connection between them, discovering who they have grown to be. But even as the sparks fly between them, the rules are clear and choices will eventually have to be made.

The banter between Connor and Elisa is fantastic but there is definitely a love/hate, are we friends or more, kind of thing going on here.  Some of the scenes between Connor and Elisa are not only intense but they are seductive! Who would have thought having someone grab your hand to prevent you from turning could be so sensual?!?! Chloe Neill does such an amazing job with building sexual tension between the two characters!! She is such a gifted writer and Wild Hunger is no exception.

The side characters are fun to read. I love LuLu’s hidden hobby of running. Finally, a girl that speaks my heart! I love the little details Chloe Neill adds into her books. They make her characters, no matter how minor, seem more real and relatable. Even the side characters are written in such a  personal way, it’s easy to connect with them.

The plot is fun, exciting, and similar to Chicagoland Vampires series yet much more. Elisa has been away from Chicago, developing control, and is returning to support the houses in hosting peace talks amongst the other supernaturals in the world. And as you can imagine, those talks don’t exactly go as expected. One of the things I found interesting is how Cadogan house struck a deal with the mayor to not get involved in supernatural crimes. And part of me gets it – when supernaturals get involved, the city tends to get destroyed. But another part of me recognizes the injustice that is put upon a single race. I can’t help but make a comparison with today’s world and how we look, respond, and treat those of different races.  I’m not sure if that was Neill’s intention or not and it wasn’t like it was an overwhelming theme. Just something I noticed.

Okay, I promise I won’t say more about the plot and characters, don’t want to give too much away 🙂

The end of the book is fantastic! I’m surprised with how much Connor and Elisa’s relationship changes. Connor is going to have his hands full with her! And that darn prophecy! Ah, I love it. This is a book you will want to read. I’ve had it on pre-order from the very beginning and even though I was given an advanced copy, I can’t wait for the book to come. This will be a book I will read again and a new series I am looking forward to starting.


I would love to hear your thoughts about the review and if you are planning on reading this book. Until next time, Happy Reading 🙂

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Throwback Thursday- Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3)

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Todays Throwback is a book out of one of Kelly Gendron series, Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3). This book is such a fun read and perfect for those times you need a little extra romance.

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Synopsis:
Every girl in Galveston County knows about Zeke Declan’s rules and has agreed to them or is considering them.
Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you.
Rule #2 He doesn’t date.
Rule #3 No sleepovers.
Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.

When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is…

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Review:
As the first chapter opens up, you meet Lurlene who is spending the summer with her two best friends in Texas. But what catches the readers attention, or at least mine, is the intellectual and flirtatious conversation she has with the mysterious jogger. Although the encounter was brief, you couldn’t help but smile and get reeled into the book. I will admit, I went into this book thinking the opening idea to this plot was eye rolling ridiculous. In reality, you can never ‘break’ the bad boy and all of a sudden turn him into marriage material. Most books that try this usually fail and end up with a non realistic book that is more irritating than romantic. What Kelly Gendron did was almost make the concept of breaking the other character a side note within the story. What the reader discovers is this book is more about pain, guilt, heartache, finding courage and accepting love.

Even though the focus was on Zeke and Lurlene, I appreciated how the author took the time to develop strong minor characters. Zeke is a MMA fighter whose sexual confidence is gush worthy. Then again, the English major in me is in love with his literary mind. I never knew quoting Picasso or Dr. Suisse could be used as foreplay. Zeke’s past is heartbreaking. Although some of the things he does to Lurlene to push her away is cruel and started to irritate me, the author does a fantastic job of showing the reader the underlining intentions behind each action. I’m not saying that it makes them ok, but it helps you understand Zeke’s character better.

I loved Lurlene’s character. She is an English teacher with confidence and definitely knows her self worth. Her character is strong, feisty, and she doesn’t let Zeke get away with much. I will say I absolutely love the cat and mouse game Lurlene and Zeke play. What’s great is sometimes you never quite know whose the cat and whose the mouse. Their flirtatious banter and games had me smiling like an idiot throughout the book. Usually I don’t like it when characters play games with each other, trying to manipulate the other person. But the way it was done in this book, neither Lurlene or Zeke where the victim. The tension that built between the two characters was addicting but nothing compared to when the two of them collided and gave in. The sexual tension and scenes were hot and definitely fun to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy and quick read. I was able to finish the book in less than a day. I’m a little disappointed that this is book three in the series and I didn’t read book one and two. I’m definitely going to go back and read the first two books.

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Quote:
“Man, she’s beautiful. Not the kind of beautiful your eyes alone admire. She’s the kind of beautiful that seeps deep inside your body. Her beauty seizes you, empowers you, and then it possess you, takes a hold of your heart, and hangs on tight.”


Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought, Happy Reading 🙂

Throwback Thursday- Entranced (Guardian Academy #1)

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This weeks book, Entranced, is one I read a long time ago. Published October 19, 2015, this book is full of sassy dialogue banter, humor, strong heroines, romance, and a bunch of fun paranormal characters.

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Synopsis:
Alana Avery’s life is far from normal. Most of her family are Keepers, warriors chosen to protect the human race, and for as long as she can remember, she has been training to become a Keeper herself. So when she’s chosen to be a Guardian, investigators who solve paranormal crimes and murders, her life changes in an instant.

Alana has to attend Guardian Academy to train for her new role as a Guardian investigator. There, she meets Luca Gray, her new partner who happens to be a werewolf. Luca is smart, cocky, sexy, and drives Alana absolutely crazy.

Despite Alana’s confliction with Luca, her training and new life seem to be going well. That is until her grandfather is murdered.

Alana is determined to track down who killed her grandfather, even if it means getting help from Luca. But as she digs deeper into the case, she discovers there might be more to her family and the academy than meets the eye.

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What others thought:
Overall, people seem impressed with this book/series. Back when I read this book, I wasn’t writing reviews. But I was able to find a couple sentences about what I thought of the book- I’m not really sure what to say about this book. It was good and a fun read. But it was also short. Although a lot happened in the book, it kind of felt like not much actually happened. I enjoyed the sassy lead character. She’s feisty and strong, but also vulnerable. I’m looking forward to the second book, but I hope more happens.

I never ended up reading anything else in this series…