Let me start off by saying I'm a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires Series. I love the characters. I sincerely appreciate Merit's sarcasm. Jeff makes me laugh. I love seeing Merit & Lindsey's friendship. Luc is great. But, this book was probably my least favorite in the series.
The biggest problem I had with this book is that Mallory did all these deplorable things and then the punishment is being a dishwasher for the shifter bar? Seems very mild to me. I'm not a huge fan of moral relativism. Well, Mallory did all these horrible things, but she is way more sensitive to the magical good/evil imbalance than others so it's a little more understandable why she succumbed to a black magic addition and almost destroyed the city and betrayed her friends! NO - what she did was bad, it doesn't matter why. Not to mention, Merit is still willing to talk to her and be in the same room with her? People have walked away from friendships for much less. Mallory tried to kill Merit among all the other things she did. Then, after all the problems Mallory has with black magic, Ethan lets Mallory use him as a tool to help destroy Dominic! And everyone else is cool with it too - vampires and shifters. I'm a fan of HEA endings in books, but I don't think it's necessary for every character to have a HEA. Granted Mallory is still being "punished," but it's a joke of a punishment and it seems like she may be able to mend her past relationships to a degree. People have choices and those choices have consequences. Then, there is Tate who is redeemed b/c his evel twin was living inside him. Then, after Mallory uses Ethan as a tool to fight Dominic, he magically gets his psychic abilities back and she's out of his head. Maybe I missed something, but it seems like that was just cleared up quickly and I didn't understand why. So to sum it up, the beginning is slow, then at the end Mallory and Tate are redeemed and Ethan's problems are solved in the blink of an eye. I'll have to read the next book to see where Neill goes with Mallory.
I'm done ranting now. I was happy to read about all the characters I've grown to love in the book. I also enjoyed seeing Merit mature. I liked the cliffhanger at the end (that is what I was hoping would happen). I look forward to reading the next in the series. Hopefully more Jonah in the next book? ;)