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Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires) Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Hard Bitten is...
“A fast and exciting read.”—Fresh Fiction
“Enough action, plot twists, and fights to satisfy the most jaded urban fantasy reader.”—Monsters and Critics
“Roughly fantastic from beginning to end, with one of the best endings in urban fantasy history.”—RT Book Reviews
Praise for Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires Novels
“The pages turn fast enough to satisfy vampire and romance fans alike.”—Booklist
“Neill creates a strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”—Library Journal
“With her wonderfully compelling reluctant vampire heroine, and her careful world building, I was drawn into Some Girls Bite from page one and kept reading far into the night.”—USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner
“Smart, sexy, and delightful. A must read.”—Candace Havens, author of Dragons Prefer Blondes
“A fun cast of quirky characters and smoking-hot sexual tension...a stunning combination.”—Tate Hallaway, author of Precinct 13
About the Author
Chloe Neill is the author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, including Dark Debt, Blood Games, and Biting Bad, and Dark Elite novels, including Charmfall, Hexbound, and Firespell. She 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 (her husband) and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
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I have become quite invested in the Chicagoland Vampire series. From the early pages of book one, I fell in love with Merit's snark, her strength and her on and off again relationship with the Master of Cadogan House, Ethan Sullivan. Combined with wonderful supporting characters (Mallory, Catcher and Jeff are three of my favorites!) I greatly anticipate these books.
Hard Bitten focuses on the fallout of the attack on Cadogan house in the previous book. Although vampires have been known to the public for some time, their novelty is wearing off and many have taken to protesting in front of the houses, no longer thrilled with the idea of vampires living side by side with them. The houses are on lock down, and the mayor is putting pressure on the Masters to keep their vampires under control. To make matters worse, violent vampire raves are breaking out. As Merit investigates further, she discovers these raves are not just a blood party -but something or someone is causing vampires to turn aggressive. With both the mayor and the head of the council breathing down Ethan's neck, everything around Cadogan and Chicago become very tense.
This review is really, really hard for me to write. I have said that in the past but I really mean it this time! I say that because something happens at the end - the very, very end that is big. Huge. Enormous. I read it, and then I rubbed my eyes, and read it again. And then I called a friend and said, what in the world just happened. Until this point I would give this book a solid B. I like the conflict with the rave parties and the political pressure Ethan has to put up with brings nice tension to the story. Being a romance fan, I have been frustrated with Ethan and Merit's relationship through all the books. They had a very "up" moment in book three, only to be down in love in this book. There is something fishy going on with Mallory. We get little hints throughout the book about her progress to becoming a sorceress and I think there is definitely more than meets the eye. I'm intrigued. But none the less, this is an enjoyable book.
Until the end. Honestly, I'm upset. I'm not happy. I am angry.
I feel like what happened does not fit this series at all. It feels out of place. I get that it will be resolved in a future book somehow, but even then I don't know if I like it. Chloe Neill has stated to "trust her"." I'm trying! But I am having a hard time coming up with a resolution that will make me happy. Hopefully something happens in Drink Deep that blows my mind and I will come back to this review and say - why was I so upset? I've read some reviews that love the ending - so I'm interested to read reviews as more read this book.
I actually don't think I can rate this book. I gave it a three just to give it something. I almost can't rate this book, until I read Drink Deep out this fall. Once I get my question answered, I can come back and rate this one. Because my rating depends on one very, very big thing. And I'm scared of what the answer will be.
Merit is a kick a** character, from book one she was different then her genre, different then her kind, and amazing. I love her, I understood her choices, and sympathized with her, I understood her choice in the last book about Ethan. Now a couple months later Ethan is being threatened, not by guns and knives, but by the mayor who will arrest him for all the vampire Raves that's happening in the city, and by the European council who is debating on whether Ethan is fit to rule a house or not. Merit has to dig deep, call on contacts better left alone, and save Ethan's standing and the victims of the Raves. Meanwhile we get to see more of the secondary characters that make this series so interesting, Mallory, Catcher, Lindsey, etc. They don't disappoint. New enemies, new victims, and new friends are also introduced.
So, if you can handle waiting until November for the next release (thank god it's not a full year) read it, you will only be disappointed a little. If you have read the spoilers and know what's going to happen at the end, I suggest holding off until Drink Deep comes out, like I said above I trust Chloe to make this right. Enjoy!
I pre-ordered this, but reviews were in before it arrived. After all the anger and angst expressed again and again over the ending, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stand reading the story, just to get sucker punched in the end. So I did what you're never supposed to do-- I read the ending first.
And I am Sooo glad I did!
But oddly enough, knowing what was to come, I was able to really enjoy the book all the while noticing clues and hints which Ms. Neill gives plenty of throughout. She not only hints at what is to come in this book, but also how it will be resolved in the next book. And I take heart, that the "green eyes just like Ethan's only not Ethan's" that have been mentioned about 3 times now, will belong to Ethan part Deux, when Mallory, who ends the book on a ghost/Spirit hunting expedition with her magic tutor who's been teaching her the keys to magic including, to her distress, guilt and grief, black magic [ including reanimation- I have NO doubt.]
For those who fear REAL death of our beloved Ethan, I say fear not. Ms. Neill is no fool, and she has given abundant clues as to how this will be resolved.
As a fan, we just have to decide if we are willing to buy how she works things out in the next installment. Drink Deep will certainly make or break the series for many if not all of the readers who have faith or curiosity to read it. Going this direction was a mighty big risk. Hope the fans will be rewarded for our trust.