Published by Berkley Trade on December 3rd 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed, Library
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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 Chicagoland Vampires series is definitely one of the best paranormal series to date, BUT … man, after reading the Heirs of Chicagoland, it has fast become my favorite. Come on, what is there not to like when you combine a vampire with that of a shifter’s world?
The characters – Elisa Sullivan and Connor Keene, are what make this series. What is so amazing about Elisa Sullivan is despite how influential her parents are, she is adamant about discovering her own path. Conner Keene is the same. He is the only son of the Apex, but he too refuses to ride on the coattails of his powerful father.
While the first book Wild Hunger centers on a vampire predicament, Wicked Hour focuses on shifters. Not set in their beloved Chicago, Elisa and Connor have so many more challenges to overcome. These obstacles range from prejudice, generational and racial power struggles, and morality/mortality issues. Combining their skills, Elisa and Connor take on everything that comes their way.
As far as the romance goes, there isn’t much to see so far. But you know what? That doesn’t bother me one bit. If anything, the slow burn and the LOL-worthy bickering keep things more than impressive. These two knew each other since they were practically in diapers but witnessing their powers intertwine is a thing of beauty.
Despite the lack of that component, the entire book is full of suspense and thrills that held my attention throughout its entirety. I loved everything about this book and can not wait to see how Elisa and Connor conquer their next adventure.