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Drink Deep: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel [Kindle Edition]

Chloe Neill
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake." (Library Journal)

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit...

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for both the vampires and humans.

Editorial Reviews


"A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine." ---Julie Kenner

About the Author

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now lives in the Midwest, where she can keep an eye on the Cadogan House vampires.

Product Details

  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RERL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unfortunate addition to an excellent series. November 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been a big fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series since it came out. Unfortunately, this book fell a little short for me.

The story seems to be, more or less, a repeat of what was previously done and the main character does not seem to be developing much. She is continuously making the same decisions and has the same inner turmoils, just with different men. It felt to me, like the possibility of Jonah as a lover came from left field and was just used to offset the previous attempts by another lover to win her affections from Ethan and create some drama and fodder for Merit's love life.

The book circles around what appeared to be quite obvious to me at the beginning and a lot of the interactions with other sups seemed to be page filler. It doesn't make sense why the water nyphs would destroy the water and it seemed to take a long time for the heroine to come to this conclusion. Repeatedly throughout the book, there are references made to sorcerers being the only ones who could have initiated the magic that caused the sky to bleed and the water to die, yet Merit takes the entire book to end with this, ultimately discovering it was Mallory.

I would have liked to have seen, at least SOME build up, to indicate Mallory had a dark side. From the beginning of the series, Mallory was always level-headed and kind. Out of the blue, she is embracing evil and nearly destroying the city? Merit claims repeatedly Mallory is like a close sister to her but doesn't put two and two together and see that there is something seriously wrong with her "best friend."

In the end, Ethan rises from the ashes, literally. Honestly, I have read a lot of paranormal type books with varying magical abilities but this one seemed to be a bit too much.
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87 of 102 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drink Deep November 1, 2011
*******NOTE: There are spoilers for previous books in this series, as well as spoilers for Drink Deep*********

The first three books of this series I loved and adored. I recommended them to many based on their snark and action appeal. But then Hard Bitten came along, and at the end, the vampire hero Ethan dies. Stake in the heart, turns to ashes. The end.

I did the whole - wait, what? Let me read that again. Seriously? I may have thrown the book across the room. I'm all for cliff hangers - I enjoy being miserable along with my friends. But this just didn't feel right. After 3 books, and most of 4, I didn't want the hero of the series to be dead. I actually thought by the end of book four Merit and Ethan would finally trust each other enough to be together. I wasn't only angry that the hero dies, but I was angry that we were still being dragged along in this series without some good solid romance. I was bitter and angry, and I remained bitter and angry as I started Drink Deep - did it skew my opinion of this book - maybe. Just putting that out there.

Now I assumed all along that Ethan would eventually come back. He has to, right? Right. I was more worried with the "how." HOW will Chloe Neill bring him back, and will it be plausible? I'll answer that in a minute. First let me set up this book.

Drink Deep starts two months after Hard Bitten ends. Right here is a problem for me because we miss all of Merit's mourning. Although sad, she is basically ready to get back to work. I think we needed to be a part of her intense mourning instead of just telling us she mourned.

Malik is now in charge of Cadogen House and has problems. The water in Lake Michigan has turned a dark, inky black and has stopped moving altogether.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really? November 6, 2011
You all will have to forgive me - I don't usually write reviews, I just read and review aloud. However, after finishing this book this morning, I was compelled to share my thoughts regarding.

I have to say, I was absolutely surprised at how so very, absolutely and terribly...boring I found this book. Prior to reading, I was a really big Merit fan, loved her, loved the action, intrigue, the love/hate/like/lust relationship she had with Ethan, and just about everything about the story. I read Ms. Neill's website, took a deep breath, and "trusted her." I regret that now (and I don't believe in regretting anything I do). While I realize the author has to be true to the story, and there was some attempt to redeem it (the story) in the fans eyes - for more than 3/4's of the book, that "wow" that "it" that "x factor" that made the story so great, was missing. Without giving it away for those who have not read it, I will simply say - I am going to B&N and doing something so totally out of character for a woman that at one point owned more than 5,000 books - I am returning the book for a refund.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in Drink Deep November 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the first three novels of the Chicagoland Vampires. Then Hard bitten happens, and now, Drink Deep.

There are spoilers in this review. I'm sorry ahead of time. But look away if you don't want to know what happens.

This will be my shortest review on Amazon. I posted longer rants on Goodreads and my Book Blog about this novel. Suffice it to say that Drink Deep was an utter disappointment. At the end of Hard Bitten, Ethan get's a stake to the heart, and turns to dust. Dead. Gone.

Talk about a kick to the head. So then we are told to trust Ms. Neill. At this point in my life, trust has to be earned from authors. The yo yo back and forth from Merit and Ethan, doesn't lend itself to trust.

At any rate, I find myself still bitter apparently. Sorry about that.

Drink Deep had an interesting premise. One of the things I enjoy about Ms. Neill is her writing style. I like how she describes people and places. Drink Deep however was lacking in the emotional department.

After you kill a character, there needs to be GRIEF. We need to FEEL. The opening of the book starts TWO MONTHS AFTER Ethan dies. We are not Privy to one IOTA of Grief or sadness.

The end of Drink Deep, when you know Ethan is going to come back, should have been an emotional reunion between Ethan and Merit. We were robbed of this. It should have been emotional between Ethan and the Cadogan House Vampires. We were robbed of this. It should have been emotional between Malik and Ethan, as they were best friends. We were robbed of this. This was the most unemotional come back EVER.

I feel completely cheated.

I also hated how Mallory has taken the dark path.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Sick
Skip reading this bad book go to the next it so unbelievable. Now if you want your dead boy friend back after he has been turned to ash so you can sleep with him again read this... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Gary A Altman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best UF series ever made. Seriously.
With a pall of grief still cast over Cadogan House from the events of the previous installment, this is no time for a potential apocalypse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by meigan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
I love this series! Merit is my hero, always driven to do what's right. even if it puts herself in danger. and she's terrified but goes ahead anyhow. RESPECT!
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Drink Deep
Drink Deep bring us deeper into the magic in Chicago. Merit is having dreams of Ethan that seem so real she wakes crying for him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christie Christensen
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a transistion
*Do not read if you haven't read the previous book.*

I waited almost a week before reading this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Total Book Geek
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Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Want to Read
After the devastation of the ending of book 4 , I didn't want to read this one. However once I started I couldn't put it down anymore than I could the others.
Published 4 months ago by Angel Hatfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
I am going to give everyone a heads up right now: This review is going to have spoilers from previous books. If you haven't read them and hate spoilers, Stop Reading Now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judy-Ree
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it
I was really disappointed with the end of the last book... BUT stick this roller coaster-of-a-series out- it is worth it!
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Hertel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness, and it keeps getting better and better
kept me reading non-stop! about to begin the next book, but better get some chores done if the next will captivate me like this one
Published 6 months ago by Heather
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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

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