HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

Posted 28 November, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Urban Fantasy (adult)
350 pages
Available now (May 2011)
Publisher: NAL
Review copy purchased
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals-and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are…tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society-a world full of vampires who seem ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands… 

I do so love this series. Maybe it’s because I’m a Chicagoan (okay, ex- but I grew up in Chicagoland so I get to say that) and the way Neill incorporates the neighborhoods, the foods, and an overall love of Chicago into her novels that makes me happy. Maybe it’s her fast-paced writing and snappy dialogue (always of fan of snappy dialogue between characters). Whatever it is, I look forward to these releases.

And, oh, there’s such fabulous tension between Merit and Ethan, tension that’s been building since he turned her in book one. So delicious. Merit snarks at him and Ethan gives it right back to her. They challenge each others’ sense of self and, because of this, they make each other better people…er, vampires.

That’s not the main focus (sadly) because someone’s killing humans and vamps are being blamed. People are freaking out, picketing outside Merit’s House, the House she, as Sentinel, is bound to protect. So she and Ethan team up to discover the truth and, hopefully change people’s bad opinions. Throw in other supernaturals, sorcerers, and an underground vamp society, and you’ve got yourself one action-packed story. I’m enjoying the way the series arc is unfolding and the other supes showing up on the radar. I hope we get to see more of them in future novels.

But what about that ending?!?! Holy cow. I certainly didn’t see that coming. I’m in shock. Complete and utter shock, I tell you. A cliffhanger that practically gave me a heart attack and had me yelling. Loudly. Thank goodness, the next in the series (DRINK DEEP) released just a couple of months later or I might have been extremely upset.

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4 Responses to “HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill”

  1. I love this series so much but I thought it might be the death of me when I got to the end of this one. I’m getting all emotional just thinking about it! Can’t wait for your thoughts on Drink Deep Mary:)

  2. This sounds pretty awesome, I’ve always wanted to go to Chicago – mostly for the pizza and because I once was a huge Bulls fan – so I think I might enjoy this.

    Thanks for the review, I’ll try to look up the start of this series

  3. I’ve heard some awesome things about this series. I’m so glad that you liked this one! I’m definitely going to have to check this one out some more. Thanks for the review!