Aug 5 2013 2:50pm

First Look: Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad (August 6, 2013)

Biting Cold by Chloe NeillChloe Neill
Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
NAL Trade / August 6, 2013 /$15.00 print, $8.99 digital

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a
lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be
targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Our favorite snarky Cadogan House Sentinel, Merit, is back in Chloe Neill’s eighth installment of her popular Chicagoland Vampire Series. In the ten months that she has been a vampire, Merit has proven herself a valuable asset (and dedicated girlfriend) to her House’s Master Vampire, Ethan Sullivan. Now that the relationship between our heroine and her hottie is on stable ground, we begin to see Merit’s subtle influence on Ethan as he begins to unbutton a little (and not just in the bedroom). The once larger than life Darth Sullivan has become more approachable.

Merit and Ethan belong together and their chemistry feels right. They have developed a comfortable balance between working relationship and their personal relationship. The two are as at ease fighting side by side as they are in their personal relationship. Merit has given Ethan back his humanity. He, in turn, has given her a family—a place where she belongs and is cherished. Ethan and Merit complement one another and their being together has strengthened the House.

If I hadn’t adapted, we might still be enemies. I might still be refusing his advice and counsel, and he might have picked a House consort to fulfill his needs. My Red Guard membership would be less about helping the House than spying on Ethan. We’d have been enemies, engaged in a private war against each other.

Instead, over the course of the last year, we’d joined forces. We fought together against factions that sought to tear apart the House, And even in this tiny and cold and sparse room, I was home, because he was with me.

Ethan looked at me curiously. “Are you all right? You’re making the room buzz.”

“Just thinking,” I said, smiling a little.


“How much things change.”

He walked toward me and pressed a hand to my cheek, smiling slyly. “You were thinking about us.”

I nodded. “About where we were and what we’ve become.”

“And how I wooed you with my brilliance and sophistication?”

“Or your narcissism,” I teased.

When the attacks become personal, Merit’s fangs come out. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and family, and will do whatever it takes to keep them all safe. Neill’s plot is full of twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing until the end. We are anxiously waiting to see what Neill has in store for Merit and Ethan next.

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Stephanie is a high school social studies teacher who enjoys escaping from reality with a good book. She is the mom of two energetic sons and when she isn't chasing herself in circles, she can be found lurking on Twitter @KindlesConsort.

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Stephanie Walters-Rowe
2. StephanieWR
You will love it - Merit and Ethan are solid - finally, and she is really coming into her own. The only problem is that we have to wait until next February for Wild Things.
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