Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: This review may contain references to events in the previous novel. If you haven’t read Some Girls Bite, please check out that review.
In Some Girls Bite, Merit was turned vampire against her will. And she spent that first Chicagoland Vampires novel trying to resist her new existence and come to terms with the required relationship with Ethan, master of Cadogan House.
In the second novel, Merit has accepted her role in the vampire world. She’ll keep her word and take up her position as Sentinel of the House. She even moves in. Though she does her damnedest to avoid Ethan, and it appears he’s doing the same. Their undeniable chemistry is no less sizzling, but his attitude still vacillates between infuriating and endearing. (We do love that green-eyed vampire.)
Merit continues to quasi-date Morgan, per the deal at the end of Some Girls Bite. He’s putting in the effort and the interest, while Merit gets taken in during the moment but in the off time isn’t dreaming of Morgan.
The character growth — particularly in Merit and Ethan’s development — was much stronger this time out. A duality of Merit’s struggle being vampire is stand-out. Add that to seeing her taking dedication to Ethan and the House very seriously, and its easy to get drawn into the mental Merit drama.
As much as I adored spending time with Mallory and Catcher in the first novel, I was happy to spend much more time with Merit, the Cadogan vampires and Ethan this time out. It felt right for her development and really brought about a connection with Merit that wasn’t as strong the first time out.
Short version: I’m dying for more Merit. Much more of that asshole Ethan. And oh so ready for vampire/shifter politics. Friday Night Bites powers up the vampire drama, character development and will leave you ready for Twice Bitten (Book 3).
Sexual content: Kissing, sexual references
Need more convincing? Read an excerpt of Friday Night Bites.