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Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #2
Published by Berkley on December 3, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Vampires were made, not born--until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever.
After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor's family, even though she's a vampire. But the peace doesn't last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self--fangs and all.
The Heirs of Chicagoland series continues with a new adventure where we get Connor and Elisa spending a lot more time together on a trip out of town. Connor is going to a Pack event and takes her along as his date. They haven’t spent much time, even as friends as adults so an out-of-town trip seems odd.
The previous book, Wild Hunger, was Elisa just back in Chicago and she jumps in to investigate a bad situation when not really connected to any group. It brings us up-to-date on old friends from the original series and introduces us to the new generation. Since then, Elisa has taken a position at the Ombudsman office.
In Wicked Hour, we have the conflicts of the elders with the younger generation, and the vampire vs shifter unease, along with the brief beginnings of a relationship between Connor and Elisa. I enjoyed this adventure much more than the last book; it is more like a murder mystery with battles and just a touch of romantic elements. The conflicts and unease in this small community are somewhat a reflection of the national issues.
The entire story is set outside of Chicago so we get limited connection to their home base. An Ombudsman and Elisa’s bff Lulu show up to provide backup and intel support when people start dying. I’m not really connected to them yet and I find Lulu boring and other than a few pithy comments on personal level, she isn’t very involved in anything.
Connor’s role in life is clear and he’s developing skills and experience by going out to small communities to improve things overall. Elisa hasn’t really decided what she’s doing and seems sort of in limbo. I look forward to watching their professional and personal roles progress as the series continues.
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