Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad Official Blog Tour Stop: ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Posted August 5th, 2013 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway, Guest Post / 81 comments

I am so honored to be a part of the Official Blog Tour for Biting Bad by Chloe Neill. Today we have a guest post by Chloe rating one of the men of the Chicagoland Vampires Series on his book boyfriend material. Then enjoy my early review of Biting Bad. And last, make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a lot of Chicagoland Vampires Series goodies. 
by Chloe Neill
Hi, everyone, and welcome to the BITING BAD Blog Tour! From July 29, 2013 to August 9, 2013 (click here for full schedule), I’m visiting blogs to give Merit an opportunity to rate the men of the Chicagoland Vampires series–are they “Book Boyfriend” material? Let’s see what she has to say.

Gabriel Keene, Apex North American Central Pack

Hair/eye color: Sun-streaked blond-brown hair/Amber
Species: Shifter (wolf)
First appearance in book (book/page): FNB, page 353
Thoughts: Gabe’s as alpha as they come, with mysteriously amber eyes and the body of a god. He’s god a quick wit, a good heart, and a beautiful wife. And he’s an Apex predator.

Verdict: A- / Definite book boyfriend material.



Chicagoland Vampires Series #8

by Chloe Neill

Publisher: NAL Penguin (August 6, 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: ARC (368 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
Purchase: Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

At A Glance
It took me some time to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

The Good
You all probably know by now how much I love Chloe Neill. She has a way of creating these characters that stay with you days and weeks after reading the last page. She finds a great balance of action, mystery, paranormal, and romance in her books that we expect in excellent urban fantasies. Biting Bad was another good addiction to the Chicagoland Vampires Series because it had all the elements to keep me reading.

Merit is finally in a good place with Ethan, but now she has to worry about the anti-vamp mobs trying to run out (or kill) all the vampires in the city. Merit does a great job of keeping her cool through all the vampire hate in Biting Bad. I’ve always loved her ability to focus and think through the problems in front of her. She knows how to utilize connections and doesn’t leave a stoned unturned. Merit has always been resourceful, and now she has 100% support from Ethan, which makes things run so much smoother. Even Merit’s attitude has changed. She is still snarky and fun, but she now has this air of maturity and optimism. I love the direction Merit is going.

Ethan is at his finest in Biting Bad. He is finally someone I can respect. He still has that “oldness” to him with being a very old vampire and all, but you can tell he is finally starting to enjoy life, even amongst all the drama. He has so many responsibilities, but Merit helps him have fun and enjoy the little things. She keeps him “human” and young. Ethan also becomes a pretty awesome badass with his sexy vengeance and smooth dealings with Merit’s family. I really love his turnaround.

As always, we get peeks of the lives of the rest of the crew. Mallory is really doing good and I can finally see a positive outlook on her future. Merit’s grandpa goes through some things that surprised and scared me, but I loved it. The GP are as horrible as ever. Oh, their arrogance knows no bounds. I am getting so annoyed with them getting away with so much crap. But some of the good vamps really fight back this time around which made me happy.

Chloe’s writing, as always, was great. She knows her way around some engaging and witty dialogue. Everything flowed really well. I loved the ending, with a tiny bit of a cliffhanger. I love the direction with all the characters, which is rare for any book I read. Can’t wait for the next installment.

The Bad
I really, really had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. It took me two days to read 70 pages. It was somewhat slow and boring. But one-third the way in, it started taking off.

Also, I didn’t get as excited while reading this book compared to the others in the series. The storyline wasn’t spectacular, just good.

The Snuggly
With Ethan and Merit finally together, we get to enjoy watching them in lovers mode. They are so cute together. No fighting, just love and support. We also get a hint at where their relationship is going. I feel like these two are finally settled. No more big drama like the other books. At least, I hope so.

There is sex scenes but they are so not detailed and often cut short that they are almost YA. Definite sexual tension throughout though.

Final Thoughts
Though Biting Bad wasn’t as good for me compared to the other books in the series, it was still very enjoyable. The characters kept me reading. The little twists and turns had me genuinely surprised. Very Recommended.

“Once upon a time, I tried to have dinner with my best friend, and the apocalypse happened.”  

“You’re at the stage where good intentions meet crappy abilities. Welcome to my first eleven months as a vampire.”

“You’ve only been a vampire for ten months.”

“My point exactly.”

“Anything I need to know before we go in there? Is she a black belt in martial arts? Does she carry a crossbow? Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer her personal savior?”

“Because that would bum you out?”

“The slaying part would, yeah. Not the Joss part. We all love Joss.

Author Bio
Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

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/husbandand their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.) (Photo by Dana Damewood
Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
This giveaway is Open Internationally. Details on the rafflecopter. Enter for a chance to win the following: 
  • A “Chicagoland Vampires” tote bag
  • Chicagoland Vampires pens
  • A Signed Copy of Biting Cold
  • “I Survived Hard Bitten” buttons
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks
Blog Tour Giveaway
The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Biting Bad Grand Prize Giveaway, which will run July 29, 2013  through August 9, 2013 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • A personalized, autographed Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite novel
  • A Chicagoland Vampires tote bag
  • A $50 gift card from Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes & Noble (Winner’s choice)
  • A Chicagoland Vampires audiobook
  • A limited edition BITING BAD All Access Pass and Cadogan House lanyard
  • Two Cadogan House Koozies, so you can share a beverage with your favorite vamp.
  • Bookmarks, pens, buttons, and more swag!
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, July 29 – Rapid Reads, Oh Paper Pages
Tuesday, July 30 – The Consummate Reader
Wednesday, July 31 – Me, Myself & Books Blog
Thursday, August 1 – Reading Rain Blog
Friday, August 2 – VampChix & Bite Club, Rantings of a Reading Addict
Monday, August 5 – Wholly Books, Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Romance
Tuesday, August 6 (Release Day) – Cocktails & Books
Wednesday, August 7 – Nocturne Reads, Krista’s Dust Jacket
Thursday, August 8 – Urban Fantasy Investigations
Friday, August 9 – Saucy Wenches, Gizmo’s Reviews

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81 Responses to “Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad Official Blog Tour Stop: ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway”

  1. LadyVampire2u

    I absolutely love this series! And I am so looking forward to reading Biting Bad. Congrats on this all new release!:) I am not sure who I think Merit should end up with though. I have liked Ethan from the start. I think he has my vote at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Cherry

    To be perfectly honest, I’ve been avoiding Chloe for years since I got disappointed with Firespell. But since you are recommending it, maybe it is time for me to re-evaluate things with this series.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Hmm, I never read her other series so it’s hard to say. Chloe’s books aren’t always perfect, but I think you should try the first book out of this series. I think it’s awesome.

  3. Jess L

    One of my favorite authors, so thanks for the giveaway and review. Super excited for Biting Bad to get delivered to my Kindle tomorrow!

  4. drkngl

    Oh I’ve been waiting for so long. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Very nice review btw, made me even more anxious to read it!

  5. Amiee Ryan

    Great review! I can’t wait to read Biting Bad!! One more day! I love Ethan! he is book boyfriend material 😀 but I also have a soft spot for Gabriel 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Linda

    Love this, =) already pre-ordered and can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!

  7. Beckie Voigts

    I have yet to read all of this series. I have read the first 2 but none after. Does the series get better as it goes along? The covers are beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and I really enjoyed reading the author guest post.

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  8. Maris

    First of all, I messed up on the rafflecopter…forgot to leave my name under the comment section, instead I pasted the url from twitter. Sorry, I’m not fully operational today. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway. I really enjoy Chloe’s books. Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Barbara E.

    Great review and I loved all the quotes you chose. The Chicagoland Vampire series is awesome and I’m looking forward to reading Biting Bad.

  10. Anna

    I am so looking forward to this book! My favorite male character in this series has always been Catcher, although Gabe is a close second.

  11. Stephanie Fredrick

    I love Gabriel. He is definetly book boyfriend material. Tough, sexy, loyal and a family man. Can’t get any better. I am really curious though about his and Merits connection. I can’t wait to learn more about him and the prophecy.

  12. Kbaby81

    I’m really into Urban Fantasy and my cousin loves. these books! I’ve not started the first one yet because I’m trying to catch up on my R2R books as promised. I can’t wait though!!

  13. Jaclyn Canada

    This is one of those series that I’ve heard a lot of great things about, but I haven’t gotten to yet. I think that I would really enjoy Merit. I like what you said about Ethan and Merit finally being together and seeing things settle down. Plus, Chloe’s writing appears to be pretty great. Thank you so much for a great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  14. BookLady

    Congratulations to Chloe on the release of Biting Bad! I love the Chicagoland Vampires Series and I think Ethan is fabulous book boyfriend material. Thanks for sharing the great review.

  15. Lauren B

    Great review – love the good, the bad and the snuggly :0)

    Ethan is definitely my favorite book boyfriend in the series.

  16. miki

    0_0 THANK YOU!!!! an international stop!! thank you i was starting to get desesperate for an opportunity to win too^^thank you

    i love this series and i follow it in french too ( but we are behind^^;;) i love this new cover the color is perfect and my favourite character is gabriel keene ( can’t resist shifter^^)

    thank you once again!!!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      🙂 I decide to splurge and just pay the international shipping if that’s the winner chosen. I always feel bad making so many things US only.

      hehe, oh yes, can’t resist a shifter. I love the color of the cover too. So pretty.

  17. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. I love the Chicagoland Vampires. And if you are really going to make me pick one, I will have to go with Gabriel. Doesn’t mean I won’t change my mind later though. evamillen at gmail dot com

  18. Bookluvrs Haven

    I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds pretty interesting. I am always on the lockout for a good vampire series. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven

  19. mariska

    I am really happy that ethan and merit are together.
    And I really like this serie, thanks for your review and for the chance to win this book.


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