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Thursday, April 28, 2011

ARC Review: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: NAL
Rated: Adult
Pre-order: Hard Bitten 
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 4
*Book won through GoodReads First Reads Giveaway*

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...

What I thought:

I had a hard time with my review of Hard Bitten. I had notes about what I wanted to point out but when I got to the last few chapters, it's all I can think about. Not sure if that is the way it was supposed to be, but that is the way it is, at least with me. I'm not completely sure what Chloe Neill has in store for the next one, but it seems she's left a window open for hope. The only thing that sucks completely is, I can't tell you guys. I can't talk about it for at least another week or so until people start to read it.

Hard Bitten had a great story. I like how Chloe Neill can write things and have them turn out completely opposite of what I would have thought would go down. The GP offers up some resistance and obstacles for Merit and Cadogan House. It was interesting to read and see the mind set of a vampire who was ages older than Merit and what he thought was pressing. While I've waiting for things with Celina to be resolved and it looks like things aren't as over as I might have thought they'd end up.

Merit is a character you just can't help but love. She's strong, vulnerable, human, protector, friend and lover. I was aching with her at the end, the revelations that were shown. She's grown so much in the few books we've seen her with and I'm anxiously waiting to see how she copes with everything in the next book. She's a fighter. Even with things ending the way they did, even if I didn't like the way it ended, it isn't the end of the story.

I love this series. Even with an ending I hated, I still love it. I don't know if that makes sense. It drew emotions out of me so fast. One minute I was happy, the next crying. Yes, actual tears. Hopefully, if you haven't read Hard Bitten, or the series Chicagoland Vampires, you will give it a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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