Review – Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

Posted December 27, 2019 by Carole in 2019 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 14 Comments

Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: December 25, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: NetGalley

In the second pulse-pounding novel in the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics.

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.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book.  This is the second book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series which is a series that is best read in order if at all possible.  I had fun with this book from the very start and found it became more entertaining as I worked my way through the story.  I found this to be a very solid entry into a promising series.

This book takes Connor and Elisa on a trip.  Connor needs to attend an initiation in Minnesota and asks Elisa to come along.  This is not the kind of event that vampires are usually allowed to attend so Elisa takes the opportunity.  There is also the little issue of Connor and Elisa’s budding relationship to deal with.  Things get exciting just as soon as Connor and Elisa make it to the Pack’s home.  There are some strange things going on including a few deaths.  Connor and Elisa have a lot to figure out before they can head for home.

I thought that this story was quite exciting.  There was a nice combination of mystery, action, politics, and romance to really keep things moving.  The overall mystery was pretty complex and I couldn’t figure out who the responsible party was until it was revealed.  I also really enjoyed the progress that was made in Connor and Elisa’s relationship.  I think that these two have a lot of chemistry and really do fit together well. 

I thought that the characters in this book were very well done.  Elisa and Connor are both really strong characters and I like the fact that they seem to have each other’s back at every turn.  There were some really great characters that were introduced in this installment and a few from the previous book that we got to know a little better. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a really strong installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series.  This book was filled with wonderful characters, plenty of excitement, and a few swoony moments.  I can’t wait to read more from Chloe Neill!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Series – Heirs of Chicagoland
Book #1 – Wild HungerMy Review
Book #2 – Wicked Hour – Now Available!
About the Author

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels (Blade Bound, Midnight Marked, House Rules), the Dark Elite novels (Charmfall, Hexbound, Firespell), and the Devil’s Isle Novels (The Hunt, The Sight, The Veil).

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14 responses to “Review – Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

  1. I still need to start the first series. I think I have 3 of the audiobooks, and started it, but I wasn't in the mood and then never got back to it. Glad to see you're enjoyed the spinoff series, too. This is a spinoff, right?

    • Rachel, I listened to the original series all on audio. In fact it was one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to and it was on CD from the library but I own them all now too. This is a spinoff series. Elisa is the daughter of two characters from the original series.

      Anne – Books of My Heart

  2. I enjoyed this more than the first one. It was more well-defined and I knew the world better. I like the Minnesota setting too.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. Neill's first series has been on my radar for ages but I've yet to start it. It's a little intimidating with over a dozen books in the series. It sounds like this one is a great addition to the spin-off!

  4. This one sounds like it is such a balanced book! The combination of mystery, action, politics, and romance is what intrigues me most – all of those are things I love and seeing them interact in the story is going to interest me ^.^

  5. Great review Carole, I'm looking forward to eventually reading this series. I'm actually starting Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 1, this evening. It's a series I've been wanting to read and been putting off. Thank you for reminding me that I want to read it.

  6. I do like the idea of vampire/ werewolf interactions, and Minnesota seems like such a natural fit for a Pack territory haha! All the woods. This sounds fun, and the mystery being complex and not easy to decipher is a plus too!!