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Biting Cold: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel [Kindle Edition]

Chloe Neill
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.
And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
 
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.

No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.


Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Chicagoland Vampires novels:
"These books are wonderful entertainment; and if you are looking for a vampiric role-model, you couldn't do any better than Merit of House Cadogan. Chicago is lucky to have her." -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

"A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine." --USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner

"[A] strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake." --Library Journal
 
"Delivers enough action, plot twists, and fights to satisfy the most jaded urban fantasy reader."--Monsters and Critics"If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl." -Geek Monthly

About the Author

Chloe Neill is the author of the Chicagoland Vampires paranormal romance series and the Dark Elite series, including Firespell and Hexbound.

An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1292 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7JHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped August 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
I had a really hard time getting into this book. As a big fan of Ethan and Merit, I had high hopes for the reunion brought on by the events of Drink Deep. Granted, I wasn't overly excited by the prospect of the Mallory arc, but that turned out to be a moot issue anyway, since very little of the book is about her. Let me back up.

This book begins right where the last one left off, with Ethan and Merit in pursuit of Mallory and the dark book she covets. There are a lot of longing looks and lingering emotions, but they can't act on them because of the pressing nature of their mission. They actually apprehend Mallory pretty fast. She's not the Big Bad after all. The real bad guy (who I won't name so I don't spoil you) quickly takes center stage as Merit, Ethan, and the gang try to figure out how to defeat him.

Here's the thing, I felt like the first quarter of the book was delay-delay-delay on the Ethan-Merit love fest. Then Ethan develops a problem that makes him push Merit away before they can ever really get back together. This is where I went from a little bored to a bit annoyed. We've been there and we've done that with these two, ad nauseum. I felt like we, as readers, earned a big payoff on these two after all we have been through with them. I cried for two darn books over Ethan's death and Merit's mourning. We've moved past sexual tension into the realm of "you've got to be kidding me."

As for the action-arc, it was fairly good, though nothing entirely earth shattering. I felt more anxious about the looming judgement from the GP on the future of Cadogen House than any real danger from the bad guy. I mean, what's the worst he could do? After we survived Chloe Neill killing Ethan, any other worst-case scenario is going to seem tame by comparison.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating ride August 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
The universe should have given Merit at least a small break for a happy reunion after certain someone's miraculous return. But that just isn't in the cards as her somewhat former best friend's turn to the dark side stands in the way. Mallory is determined to steal a something that would unleash all evil unto the world, and Merit has the best chance at stopping her. It becomes a wild goose chase across the country in a fight that she must win at all costs. But Mallory isn't the only problem as someone else wants the book too, and he makes Mallory's powers look like parlor tricks. Merit is in for the fight of her life.

I was utterly crushed by the events of Hard Bitten. Losing Ethan was simply horrible. I was every bit a shambled mess as Merit was, right up until the very end of Drink Deep when the awaited miracle happens. Now in Biting Cold, I had expected Ethan and Merit to be head over heels for each other and all the issues and insecurities between them to be a thing of the past. So, when they weren't I couldn't help being a little disappointed. Of course once I took a step back I realized that even death wouldn't have been some miracle cure for the issues between them. Granted, it definitely was a major wake up call for Merit, but that doesn't mean she would be able to be happy with the constant indecision Ethan finds himself in when it comes to her. There is a whole lot of healing that needs to happen first, along with a good deal of change, but it seems like they are finally taking a step in the right direction. Only time will tell, as there have been so many false starts, I am almost afraid to believe this one will stick, but I have more hope this time around than I ever did before.

It really is amazing how much Merit has grown from the start of the series.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The fun is gone, just more drama... August 9, 2012
By Ann
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An okay read, average, nothing outstanding IMO. Lots of story with a bit of Ethan/Merit's romance (and thank you CN for keeping Ethan alive in this one). The situation with Mallory is sorted more or less, Catcher is hurt and disappointed by her actions to say the least and who knows where that will leave their relationship. Jonah drops in for a small part and my favorite shifters Gabriel and Jeff are featured. Tate is the main attraction and he's got quite the secret and with Mallory's assistance makes bad things worse. The house's situation with the GP is tenuous and major decisions for Cadogan House's future go down. Overall a decent story with a good ending.

My disappointment here is that this bk is nowhere near as good as the first 3 bks which I've re-read numerous times. The series drew me in for the interesting characters, great story, the romance element and an all around good time spent with Merit and crew. Maybe this series has reached a point where all those things have for the most part played out and from here on out it will be about Merit's adventures. While interesting, that just doesn't reach out and pull me in like it once did. What I've always loved about this series is the witty banter from Merit and Mallory, Catcher and his snarky personality, geeky Jeff who's stud to the water nymphs, fun with Lyndsey and sexy cowboy Luc, Ethan, Ethan and more Ethan. Don't want to leave out bad boy Morgan and even Grandpa Merit was endearing. I guess the series has just lost the fun it once had and turned more serious. Just not enough grins to balance out the drama which is what I miss most about Merit and friends.

I'm sure fans of the series will enjoy this one, while those riding the fence....well, it's just a shame the kindle version isn't lendable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but fun
Many supernatural events take place in this book. There are some over the top instances but the characters work together throughout the entire book to provide a safe environment... Read more
Published 5 days ago by StephPhillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Satisfied
Published 19 days ago by Michael Wiglesworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I really love these characters. The makes me go yum and Merit is strong. we lost some of my more favorite side characters, like grandpa. The story lives.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoying the ride
Enjoyed this addition to the series that I am currently binge reading. It was nice to finally get some answers and have some movement on the Ethan/Merit relationship drama, even if... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy Softa
2.0 out of 5 stars Answers Come Too Late.
Well, to be honest, this was better than a lot of the previous stories, but.....

In my review on Drink Deep, as a reader I had gotten fed up with knowing how to solve... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Twelfth Night Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicagoland Vampires
Good series - quick reads
Published 1 month ago by James A. Patek III
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Read
Published 2 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is pure perfection!
With all members of Cadogan now accounted for, some of the tension has been lifted from the House. All is not smooth-sailing for Cadogan House, which always seems to be the case,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by meigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Biting Cold
This is a great addition to the series. A lot of questions are answered and there are many more asked. Merit and Ethan are together again....sort of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christie Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome series!!!
Published 2 months ago by siamese987
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More About the Author

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest--just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia's to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit's and Lily's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.) You can learn more about Chloe by visiting http://chloeneill.com

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