The books starts with Merit, the main heroine's initiation into "vampiredom". Merit is a 27 year
old grad student who is attacked by a rogue vampire. Before she dies, she's "saved" and turned by
a master vampire of one of the four Chicago Vampire Houses.
The book follows her journey in discovering her new life as vampire and how she copes with that.
From discovering her new physical skills, telling her family and friends she's a vamp and coping
with being a member of a very structured vampire society.
I literally laughed out loud in several parts of this book. For example, the lead heroine is sent
home with a "Vampire Canon" to help introduce her to the vampire life. The author describes
wonderfully the feelings of hurt and lost of the main character as she enters her new immortal life
that she did not consent to. It contains some surprising twists and turns too.
Great plotline, very witty and funny writing. The story moves along quickly and the its contains
some steamy love scenes and relationships.
First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of
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
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 in-
convenient 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.
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