Reviewed by: Chelsea
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review is spoiler free, it does assume you’ve read the previous Chicagoland Vampires books and are familiar with its characters. If that’s not the case, we highly encourage you to start the series and read the VBC review of the first book Some Girls Bite.
The Chicagoland Vampires series is back.
I don’t mean that in the obvious there’s-a-new-book way. I mean the energy of the series is back. Remember how OMG amazing Twice Bitten was? The eighth installment of the series Biting Bad throws back to that kind of gripping read. It’s Merit being awesome, and sometimes failing. It’s Merit and Ethan together. It’s vampire politics. It’s Chicago.
In other words: Biting Bad is damn good.
When we left the Cadogan House vampires at the end of House Rules, they’d broken with the GP and Merit and Ethan we’re officially together. If you’ll recall, those two spent quite a bit of the last book having some sort of communications standoff, making everyone wonder if their relationship would last. I’m happy to report Merit and Ethan are solid in Biting Bad. It was one of my favorite parts. There’s still sizzling chemistry between the two. Merit lives in the Master apartments with Ethan, and we get to see them as a truly united force. I delighted in their witty conversations and found myself falling for Ethan all over again. We see more of him, and there aren’t many reasons to call him Darth Sullivan anymore. I’m good with that.
The mystery in this one focuses on anti-vampire riots targeting odd places. John McKetrick continues to be an epic thorn in vampire sides everywhere, and you will get a resolution on that plot, which was timed right and left me satisfied.
Actually, everything about Biting Bad sated my hunger for Chicagoland. There’s the right doses of other supes, tons of Ethan/Merit time, a kickass fight scene and enough tension to keep me flying through the pages. This is the Chicagoland Vampires book that you will be unable to put down. Chloe Neill brought her A game, and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
Sexual content: Sex