Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

Posted August 5, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Biting Bad by Chloe NeillBiting Bad by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #8
Published by NAL Penguin on August 6th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

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Biting Bad is the 8th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series you can expect a few series spoilers. If you are not up to date you may want to come back later to read my review.

Chloe Neill took the series on a detour, some would even say a rocky detour, but with Biting Bad she got us back on the fast lane to awesomeness. Biting Bad is more like the earlier books. The ones that made me fall in love with the series. As with a lot of series after a while there’s a slow point, a book that stands out as the not-so-great-one. For me that was Biting Cold (#6).

Things started getting back on track with House Rules but Biting Bad is the real winner. It’s very reminisce of the early days. Ethan and Merit’s relationship woes are over. I feel like we are FINALLY getting the couple we should have gotten after Hard Bitten. So without the ups and downs of Methan we get to focus on the plot.

Cadogan House and it’s vampires are still trying to figure out what it means to not be a part of the GP anymore. Then there’s still McKetrick, the vampire hater to deal with. Oh and if that’s not enough Neill throws in a new group of vampire haters, Clean Chicago. A group of humans that try to “clean” Chicago of its vampires. They start bombing places that have connections to vampires.

Merit has her hands full trying to figure out what the group wants and how they are connected to the places they are bombing.

As I mentioned earlier Biting Cold has the old feel back and the gang is slowly make their way back to each other. Merit and Mallory are trying to get their BFF status back. Catcher and Mallory is working on their relationship. And Mallory is trying make up for what she did to Ethan and the Cadogan House.

Also Merit gets to spend sometime with her family in a rare moment where she actually feels part of the family, when she take Sullivan home to meet the family after receiving a dinner invite.

Ethan and Jonah have learned to work together where Merit is consider. All is well in Merit’s personal and work life. Now if she can only figure out who wants to hurt the vampires of Chicago.

Biting Bad is a great addition to the series. It brings back that old classic feeling from the earlier books with snarky humor and swoon worthy Ethan moments. Neill has rekindled my love for this series and I can’t wait for Wild Things to be released in early 2014.


About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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4 responses to “Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

  1. *high five* Jennifer! This was my reaction to BITING BAD as well. As much as I used to love the Merit/Ethan angst and push/pull relationship, it was delightful to see them grow in a relationship together.

    Plus the pacing was so strong, I couldn’t stop reading. 🙂