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Biting Cold: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel [Kindle Edition]

Chloe Neill
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 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 was born in the south of the USA and currently resides in the US Midwest. SOME GIRLS BITE was her debut novel and is the first in the Chicagoland Vampires series. She is also the author of the YA Dark Elite series.

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: #32,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 58 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 14 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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12 of 14 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicagoland is back on track.....
I started off loving this series and was obsessively reading it! I got a bit disheartened with book 5 but I still liked it enough to carry on. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Scott Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Fae, angels and vampires, oh my.
Love this world that Chloe has created. I was so happy that we finally start to see the relationship progress with Ethan and merit. This was a book of healing. For all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars great except they changed the narrator
Liked the book...Go team Ethan & Merit!

But the real reason I could get into the book:

I read audio book series-makes my commute to work bearable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Biting Cold
This is the sixth book in this series. I cannot wait to start the next. I think that any story that has you on the edge of your seat waiting for what happens next, for the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by HH
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hooked!
I'm totally hooked this series now... WONDERFULLY done with vibrant characters and not much of the "same old/same old" as most paranormals.
Published 2 months ago by Little Tank
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Again love the series can't get a enough
Published 2 months ago by Cherie Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
I am officially addicted to this story line.
Published 3 months ago by Kim S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
this series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I would recommend this series it's writing at its. best
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 4 months ago by StephPhillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, 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 husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Connect with Chloe at www.chloeneill.com.

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