A House Rules Sneak Peek!

by Chloe Neill on 25 January 2013

Since we’re only 11 days away from the release of HOUSE RULES, here’s another sneak peek to whet your appetite.

He stopped behind my chair and held out a hand. The entire table went silent.

“Dance with me,” he said.

My cheeks warmed. “There’s no music.”

Before he had time to respond, the quartet in the corner—a group of Cadogan and Rogue vampires with musical talents—began to play a jazzy tune.

I gave him a sardonic look. “Did you just telepathically direct them to start playing that?”

“What’s the point of being telepathic if you can’t use the connection for a wee bit of wickedness, Sentinel?”

I heard the yearning sigh of a female vampire to my right, and caught the dreamy-eyed gaze of a male vampire to my left. Ethan was an equal-opportunity crush.

He wiggled his fingers. “Merit?”

With the audience’s eyes on me, it would have been difficult to say no to Ethan even if I hadn’t had feelings for him. That I did made it virtually impossible.

“Of course,” I said, putting my hand in his and letting him lead me to the makeshift dance floor.

Oh, my God, could he move.

Ethan whipped a hand around my waist like he’d trained with the cast of a televised dance competition. With moves that were a mix of swing and tango, he led me around the floor like a dance master, all the while keeping those ridiculously green eyes focused on me. Fortunately, I’d been a ballerina in my former (human) life, so I managed to keep up with him. I even tried to put on a good show—or at least as good a show as pants and a fitted leather jacket would allow—to the surprise of Rogue and Cadogan vampires.

The song ended, and Ethan dropped me into a dip, his smile mischievous and his eyes twinkling. The rest of the world came rushing back in a roar of sound as the vampires on the margins of the dance floor burst into applause.

Ethan brought me back to my feet, my ponytail bobbing over a shoulder. “And that, Sentinel, is how you impress a crowd.”


Need more Merit? Read the first chapter nowor another little snippet, or you can preorder House Rules at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndieboundPenguin, or the iBooks store!


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1 Sabrina January 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm


2 CatScott January 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Holy cow…

3 Elizabeth Tardencilla January 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Awwwww!! So many METHAN feeeeeeeeeels!

4 Cindy McCune January 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Squeee….can’t wait! ٩(̃-̮̮̃-)۶

5 Cindy McCune January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Squee….Can’t wait! ٩(̃-̮̮̃-)۶

6 Xenia January 26, 2013 at 6:27 am

Now that’s a huge tease! 😉 Thanks!

7 Agnes January 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

Can’t wait… I love this side of Ethan :)

8 Jason Huebel January 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

Will there be an audiobook version? Please say “yes”! :-)

9 Chloe Neill January 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Jason – Yes. I understand it will come out after the books because there’s a new actress reading Merit.

10 Kathy @ Kathy loves books January 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

Oh my!! That was HOT!

11 jayne January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

*squeals loudly* oh i so can’t wait, i really can’t wait. The date its released in the UK, the most perfect date. Valentine’s day!!!

12 Joanne January 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Melting. It was so good. I can’t wait for the book.

13 Nadine Merced January 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

that was so sweet xD ohhh my Ethan :)) i cant wait to read this really

14 Chrissy January 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

Can’t wait :)

15 Heather January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

*warm fuzzy feelings : ) I pre-ordered it last night, can’t wait!

16 Ellen January 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Wow! I didn’t think Ethan could be even sexier. He is a male of many talents. I can’t wait to read the book next week.

17 Rahilah January 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

Jumps up and down at first *Sighs* WOW!
OMG runs and tells her sister you have to read this!
Can’t wait pre-ordered my copy.
Officially melting in my chair now LOL :)

18 Veronica January 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

Major swoonage here!

19 TIFFANY M January 30, 2013 at 10:28 am


20 jayne January 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oh i would love to dance with Ethan, but………………. i would be terrified that Merit would be head me LOL!!!!

21 Andrea January 31, 2013 at 12:15 am

OMG!! 😀 I wish I could get a copy of this! >.<

22 Gail January 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

SQUUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! SO unbelievably excited!!!!!!!!

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