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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.
A “Chicagoland Vampires” tote bag
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A Signed Copy of Biting Cold
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- 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.
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