I fell upon this series completely by accident about a week ago when I was looking for a new paranormal book that was slightly less YA in nature and not too long, with some humor and maybe some romance. I didn't want anything too deep since I would be on the beach with the kids. I got exactly what I wanted. In fact, I had such a good time reading this book that I am going to dive right into the second one.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merits. 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 walking undead.
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 inconvenient 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.
First of all, if you are looking for a serious read, this isn't the book for you. This is a book for readers with a love of the paranormal who are looking for a story with fun characters, humor, action, and a strong female lead. Merit is that female lead and most of the story deals with her trying to adjust to being a vampire. She is naturally independent, stubborn, sassy, and stands up for what she believes. A lot of this story deals with her making decisions about her new life but I found this to be quite interesting and it was also needed since this is the first in the series. The minor characters are also extremely likable. We have Jeff, who is a shifter/computer nerd, Catcher, the hot sorcerer/vamp trainer, and Mallory, who is Merit's best friend/new found witch. These characters are fun and make the book even more enjoyable.
I also liked the idea of humans and vampires being aware of each other's existence, the different vampire houses, and the hierarchies in each house. There are definitely a ton of possibilities for future story lines as the series progresses. As for the romance in the story, there isn't a whole lot of it in the first book but I can tell there will definitely be a love triangle between Ethan, Merit, and Morgan. I haven't decided who I like for Merit yet so I'll have to get to know both contenders a bit better before making my choice.
Light and fun, with just a bit of bite. I'm on to the next book to see what happens with these characters next.