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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Review: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires # 3)
by Chloe Neill
Urban Fantasy

Chicago is in a bit of an uproar against vampires, who are being accused of murdering humans at raves. Ethan has a warrant for his arrest out from the CPD. Cadogan House is still under repairs. Humans are protesting outside the House.

Merit is now forced to investigate these human murders to clear Ethan's name, using Jonah as an ally, they try to infiltrate the raves to gather information, and stumble upon a drug that is making vampires crazy and brings out all their violent trades.

As usual with Chicagoland Vampires, there's a lot of vampire politics and intrigue in this book. We still see the usual suspects, Jeff, Catcher, Mallory. Mallory is actually going through a bit of an identity and adaptation crisis, but it's nice to see Merit being there for her. Catcher, can I just say... Now with the glasses we could just use him as a role play fantasy of a naughty professor ;) Lindsey and Luc and their relationship or lack of. And I just really like Jonah, I want to read more about him!

One complaint I do have, "V". Why the name? I mean if we really had to go there with the storyline, which reminds me a bit of the general idea from Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian, but why call it V as it has been used before as well? True Blood anyone?

I really didn't see the bad guy at the end coming, the sneaky bastard! And, yes, let's face it, I have to talk about the end. How could one little part of a book now have become the only thing I can remember happening in the whole book?!?!? I don't want to spoil what happens, yes you should be scared of it. It will probably have you crying.

Oh.My.God! I really didn't see it coming. I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest. And yes, I'm crying! How could Ms. Neill do this to us? I really had hopes, and then... OK, I'll try to have faith, even though I don't see a way to fix this now. *pass me a tissue so I can finish typing this review*. I don't think I can take anymore heartache from this series, and I really hope next book has a resolution in sigh, a HAPPY one. November just feels so far away now, I wish I would've waited.

Favorite Quotes:

"You wouldn't say that if he was making you levitate a 200 pound lead weight for the 67th time" - Mallory

"You can run. You can keep running to the ends of the earth. But I won’t be far behind you."
"No. I will never be far behind you.” He tipped up my chin so that I could do nothing else but look back into his eyes. “Do the things you need to do. Learn to be a vampire, to be a warrior, to be the soldier you are capable of being. But consider the possibility that I made a mistake I regret—and that I’ll continue to regret that mistake and try to convince you to give me another chance until the earth stops turning."

"No one said love was easy, Sentinel." - Ethan

Again with the damn crying!  On a side note to the author, I'm trusting that this will all be fixed in the next book!