Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I’m obedient when it counts.”
Chloe Neill takes pity on her faithful fans and gifts us a small adventure with Merit and Ethan before the final farewell novel, Blade Bound, releases. This novella isn’t necessary to the advancement of the series and can be read as one’s leisure. Fans will remember in Midnight Marked, Ethan and Merit found themselves tested by a pair of enemies.vPhantom Kiss picks up approximately two months later. Merit and Ethan have discovered one of those enemies has escaped and is now in the wind and they are on the final countdown to their wedding. When Annabelle Shaw, a necromancer they met and worked with earlier, contacts them that she has discovered a disturbed grave, Merit and Ethan fear the worse.
The story opens to Merit and Ethan arriving at Merit’s parents home for their wedding shower. A lighted hearted scene turns serious when it is revealed that some of Merit’s family is not one hundred percent on board with her new life and wedding. Will Merit and Ethan have family issues on their wedding day?
Oh, I almost guarantee it.
The action kicks into high gear as the Cadogan House finds itself teaming up with the Ombudsman’s office and the rest of the gang to investigate the mystery behind who disturbed the grave and why. Supernatural hijinks, some ambitious ghost hunters, and a walk back through Chicago’s turbulent history offers fans the intrigue, suspense, and of course the humor they’ve come to appreciate from the series. Fast pacing, witty narrative, and a strong well plotted storyline makes this novella well worth the cost. Fans will enjoy spending a little time with their favorite couples and the small peek into Blade Bound offered at the end.
Though I’m sad to see Neill ending her Chicagoland Vampires series, I am more than ready to read the last book see just how she has chosen to bring this series home.