Early Review: Biting Cold by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #6)


Biting Cold by Chloe NeillBiting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)
Chloe Neill
Published: Aug. 7, 2012 (NAL)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Reviewed by: Chelsea

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: This review is spoiler-free for the current novel, but assumes you’ve read the previous books. If you have yet to start the Chicagoland Vampires series, please start with my review of Some Girls Bite.

I missed Ethan Sullivan. And after reading Biting Cold I want to leap on the stubborn and oh-so-sexy master vampire all over again. (I won’t because I so don’t want the wrath of a jealous Merit.)

I hadn’t realized how much I missed his cool control and wry wit. I actually came to enjoy Jonah in Drink Deep as a balance for Merit, but he is no match for Ethan. The dynamic between the Cadogan vampire and his sentinel pops on page. However, just because he’s back from the dead doesn’t mean things are easy for them. (Have they ever been?) Ethan has a realistic fear of hurting Merit due to the residual effects from the magic that brought him back. This forces Merit to finally take more control in their relationship. She no longer lets Ethan dictate when they’re on or “halting.”

Biting Cold showcases Merit’s growth as a character. She’s a stronger woman. Her confidence shines throughout the novel. She learned to exist in the worst case scenario without Ethan, and he’s returned to find her more capable than he realizes. Additionally, she isn’t in any rush to forgive Mallory for damn near destroying Chicago (more on that at Heroes & Heartbreakers). Or for the other craziness she causes in Biting Cold.

When we started this journey in Some Girls Bite, Merit complained about her new lot as a vampire. In Biting Cold we finally see her as a truly powerful, capable woman. Hell, I’d let her lead a House, if I were in the GP.

Speaking of those bothersome vampire politicians, things are still jumbled within Cadogan. The GP isn’t pleased with them and refuses to reinstate Ethan as the Master of the house. (He did die.) Expect political tensions within the vampire world as well as with the fae. We see Claudia, the fae queen, more than once, and she continues to be a fascinating ancillary character.

Chloe Neill delivers another engaging plot, but better yet Biting Cold reminds us this urban fantasy series is about strong, well-developed characters. Ones we can get invested in and wish were real so we could indulge in a pizza and sing-along movie night at their place.

If you’ve been on the border about continuing Chicagoland Vampires, I encourage you to read Biting Cold. Neill has brought the series back to the core we fell in love with — and there’s a lot of Ethan. Shirtless. You do want to read about a Mr. Sexypants Vampire without clothing, don’t you?

Sexual content: Sex (and sexual frustration)

13 Responses to “Early Review: Biting Cold by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #6)”

  1. Julie says:

    Well….as a matter of fact, yes I do want to read about “Mr. Sexypants Vampire without clothing”. LOL! Thanks for the review, I’m picking up my copy today.

  2. Lashawn says:

    Sounds good, I really missed Ethan.

  3. I’ve gave up on this series but after this review I may give it another chance…

  4. Barb says:

    This review and a few others I’ve seen have convinced me to give this series another go. I missed Ethan so much. It felt like the heart was ripped out of the series when he was dead and gone. Just let it stick this time…

  5. I swore off this series, but your review is compelling.

  6. Brenda D. says:

    I am soooo jealous that you’ve already read this. I don’t have mine yet. 🙁 Thanks for the review. That’ll have to hold me over until my book gets here!

  7. Amy M says:

    I’m sad that I’m already finished but I just couldn’t wait to read it! I really like that Merit, like Chelsea says, doesn’t just let Ethan dictate their relationship. It’s another thing that shows us how much she’s grown to this point in the series.

  8. Amber says:

    I love, love, love Ethan & can’t wait to crack open the cover to start reading. I’ve told my husband from the beginning of this series, that if Ethan were real (as I secretly dream), then I might have to run off to marry his royal sexiness!!

  9. trixie says:

    I still havent been won over to pick up this series again. Being realistic, the shark was jumped at the end of Hard Bitten and no matter how much joanie loves chachi the series will never be the same again.
    I’ll stick with Briggs, Singh, Harrison, Andrews, Frost, Estep, Hunter, Price, Hearne, Moning, McGuire, Black, Wells, Wilks, Arthur, Sands, Caine, Mallory …there are just so many more better series out there right now

  10. jusst finished the book and I really enjoyed it. It never got boring and it had all you can ever wnat in a book

  11. VLover says:

    So predictable and annoying that he returned.

  12. Süeda says:

    Thanks for the review! I almost freaked out when Ethan was no longer there.I am relieved!

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