As I’ve said before in a past review, I normally do not like series that still continue on after 3 or 4 books because sometimes authors are not able to hold up the bar that the previous books had set.
Of course that’s not the case with Chloe Neill‘s Chicagoland Vampire series!
Especially in her latest novel: Dark Debt which in my opinion definitely surpasses Blood Games.
The saying “So many things to say, so little time” comes to mind when it comes to this latest release. The Chicagoland Vampire series is one series that I always enjoy with each new book because there is never a dull moment and trust me, Dark Debt will have you glued to it until you get to the very last page.
Just a warning there will be mild spoilers ahead if you’ve never read the series:
You would think now that Celina’s dead she couldn’t cause anymore more trouble but her former actions still can. Merit and Ethan stop an assassination attempt on a guest and soon discover that Celina left Navarre House in debt with a powerful criminal syndicate known as the Circle. I’ll admit that I was happy about the trouble Morgan was gotten into especially for all the times he defended Celina. Not to mention all the times he refused to help out and be a team player like how Cadogan, Grey, and the Ombuddies are with each other. However, we find out that The Circle’s not the only problem Morgan has on his plate and you can’t help feel sorry for him especially since he didn’t cause the trouble Navarre is going through. Don’t get me wrong that doesn’t mean Morgan’s forgiven and on my list of favorite characters. Let’s just say he’s on the right path to being a redeemable character again after his actions in Dark Debt. We’ll see how it goes in the next books.
At the end of Blood Games, Chloe Neill left us with quite a cliffhanger and we’re left with the notion that Ethan’s old master Balthasar is alive and kicking. Don’t believe I ever read about a character with a narcissistic personality as bad as Balthasar’s because he took it to a whole other level. Balthasar makes his appearance very early in Dark Debt and boy was it an entrance when he appears before Ethan and Cadogan House. For those of you wanting a Ethan and Balthasar brawl in their first meeting again, you’ll be lucky to know we get a small one after Balthasar goes after a certain heroine we all know and love. Yep, Merit and trust me he does go after her again which leaves her in a temporary state we never would have imagined from our beloved heroine. Of course like I said it was temporary and was able to overcome it with the help of Ethan.
Speaking of which our favorite Methan couple come out strong as ever in this novel. Readers will be doing a lot of swooning, sighing, squealing, screaming, and laughing while reading Dark Debt in regards to their relationship.It also looks like the drama between them is finally over and we’re finally seeing Merit and Ethan as stable couple who are happily moving forward.
Let’s not forget our side characters who were just great like always! Mallory and Catcher especially have taken a huge step in their relationship and are finally past the drama they had before. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Jonah who disappointed me in this installment. Who really did surprise me in Dark Debt was Merit’s father.
Had a feeling that either the Balthasar plot or The Circle plot would be the next story arc for the last 2 books. I was hoping that it would be the Balthasar plot but alas it wasn’t though I gotta say after reading Dark Debt I really enjoyed the new threat The Circle presents to Cadogan House. Makes me dying to know what Chloe is planning with them as the next and final story arc.
* I received an ARC copy of Dark Debt from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*