A porch extended across the entire front of the house, its railing made of wide hewn logs. I crossed the patterned stone walkway to the porch. Adirondack chairs were situated here and there, and a swing of the same hewn logs hung from the far end. I imagined passing a night rocking in the swing, book in hand, Ethan at my side. I glanced back at Ethan.
He handed the katanas to me, then pulled a key from his pocket and unlocked the heavy wooden door. Wood floors, log walls that gleamed like honey, and at the end of the long front room, an enormous fireplace that rose two stories to the vaulted ceiling.
The furniture was leather and oversized, arranged to face a wall of windows that opened to the valley beyond. A glass door led to a wooden deck that flanked the window wall and mirrored the one on the front of the house. I opened it, walked outside, gasped at the view. The valley spread before us like a gift, mountains rising high on either side, a small river moving sinuously through the middle until it disappeared into the distance.
Green had begun to sprout through ground spotted with snow, and the entire scene was illuminated by a moon that hung heavy in the sky. I nodded, smiling as a warm breeze, the breath of spring, rustled my long, dark bangs. We stood there together for a long, quiet moment, until our eyes had adjusted to the darkness and our ears to the unusual silence. Even Hyde Park, which was miles away from downtown, had a constant level of noise. Air traffic from Midway, cars, neighbors, dogs, sirens. At first, there was nothing. But as our ears grew accustomed, sounds emerged. The slip and fall of water around rocks.
Wind rustling through grass, frogs and crickets hiding among the spears of it.
The creak of wood as the house settled, as if it, too, was relaxing into the darkness. The sudden pealing of the doorbell was an explosion of sound. It rang once, then again, with obvious urgency. Nessa McKenzie was our host, the owner of Ravenswood and its accompanying main house, the leviathan that lurked down the wooded path. I followed Ethan to the door, waited beside him as he checked the security peep and pulled it open without a word.
Her hair, a dark mane of curls, pitched forward over one shoulder. Her eyes were big and brown, and streaks of blood stained her hands and her dress.
He took her arm, pulled her gently into the foyer, and closed the door again. Ethan put a supportive hand on her back, the familiar line of worry between his eyes. He was dead. Her grief was obvious, palpable, and a haunting reminder. The pain of it, the frustration, the sense the world would never be right again. I went into the kitchen, poured water into a glass from a sealed bottle in the refrigerator, carried it back.
Ethan reached for it, our fingers brushing as I passed it over. There are a lot of McKenzies in the valley. He came with a deputy and they started looking around. I went outside to get air, and then I started walking. See All Customer Reviews.
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Add to Wishlist. USD 1. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly. Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears.
A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys—her photographer husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. About the Author. Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.
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Read an Excerpt 1 The world below us was dark, cities glowing in orange grids like electrical circuits strewn across black canvas. Ethan smiled, crooked a finger at me. I intend to spoil you, Sentinel. The trees were. Ethan cursed, released me, glanced back. I instantly went on alert. She stood in the doorway, a vampire in the form of a voluptuous brunette.
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Zach Barrows is a cocky, ambitious White House employee until he's abruptly transferred out and Neill also continues to point out in subtle and humorous ways the huge age and cultural differences between Ethan and Merit. Not being a fan of fish eggs, I scooped guacamole with a blue corn chip.
Throughout the book, Merit suffers from a touch of depression as she realizes that her life will never be "normal"—that she and her fellow vampires will always have to overcome the prejudices of humans, the disdain of her father and brother, and threats from supernatural villains. She also worries about the child that Gabriel prophesied—the first child to be born a vampire. And if she's the only one—the only vampire kid? What kind of life would that be? What kind of life would she have? Obviously, I recommend this book to all Chicagoland fans. We've waited eight years for Merit's single literary year to end, and it's a satisfying finale that I promise you will enjoy.
Although it has been a long journey, it has also been an exciting and compelling excursion. Neill has created a cast of fully developed characters, particularly Merit and Mallory, and has placed them in some extremely inventive situations. I have enjoyed each and every novel and novella and am looking forward to Neill's future writing. Caroline Evelyn Merit who calls herself Merit is a twenty-seven-year-old University of Chicago graduate student when a rogue vampire mortally wounds her and Ethan Sullivan, master vampire of the Cadogan House, rescues her from death i.
A handful of rogue vampires live independently, with no allegiance to the Houses. Merit, the daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, is initially devastated by her changeover. When her powers develop to a much greater degree than is normal for an initiate, she is appointed to the position of Sentinel, which includes guarding Cadogan House and its master.
Merit has an ongoing love-hate relationship with Ethan, whose arrogant, alpha attitude drives her crazy. Villains include a variety of traitorous vampires and werewolves.