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Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
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This was a fantastic installment in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill. From beginning to end, I didn't want to put it down for a second. From action and adventure to revenge and retribution to love and trust, this book had everything in it.

Merit: Everytime you think her life couldn't possibly get stranger, it does. She is a strong, resilient woman...well, vampire woman. She defends those she loves with everything she has. She will put herself in danger to protect others and does it willingly. She has been betrayed but will give chances for those who have hurt her to prove themselves. She gives chances but she is not naive, she is prepared for the worst case scenarios.

Ethan: This is a guy who you want to smack for being so indecisive and going back and forth with Merit, but in the end, he knows they belong together. And even when he says they can't be together, he is only doing it to try to protect her. He has to get points for that. He protects her and cares about her and has now finally accepted just how much she means to him. He is willing to sacrifice anything for her and trusts her completely. Even enough to allow someone else to control him.

Mallory: This girl. As Merit's best friend, she does care about her and wants her to be happy. But she cannot stop her own pain and that takes over her life. At least she is truly apologetic for what she has done and is trying to make amends. But it will take alot to fix what she has done.

Seth/Dominic: Well this was definitely a plot twist to the story, but a great one. You have to give Seth a lot of credit for helping Merit and Ethan against Dominic. That was understandably not easy for him considering the situation.

This book was engaging and riveting. Absolute 5/5 stars for me. My favorite in he series so far! ( )
  Michelle_Boyea | Jun 7, 2019 |
Pretty good, but it's time to end the series. ( )
  mary23nm | Feb 27, 2019 |
Book 6 in Chicagoland Vampires series. Ethan is back from the grave. Mallory is after the book of all things evil that is being stored in a retired missile silo in Nebraska. This one evolves into a battle of good and evil literally. We have angels and demons/fallen angels. This one you kind of race through as it's one crisis after another. Others have said that this felt like the end of a trilogy. I'll be looking forward to where the author takes the series next. ( )
  ChrisWeir | May 26, 2018 |
Biting Cold
4 Stars

The Chicagoland Vampires series is definitely not great literature nor is it particularly well-written but for some reason it is addictive, like chocolate mousse - you know its bad for you but you can't help eating it anyway!

Biting Cold is the latest installment in the ongoing Merit/Ethan angst fest. Ethan is back to being a stubborn jackass who needs to be slapped upside the head. Thankfully, he eventually comes to his senses after Merit kicks his ass and the resultant make-up sessions are well worth the wait.

The plot moves at a solid pace with some interesting twists and turns, especially the introduction of an unexpected villain whose identity and motivation are quite compelling. The action starts virtually immediately and the resolution is both exciting and satisfying although the middle is a little too drawn out despite one or two nail-biting scenes.

Mallory's character development is the most annoying aspect of the book. In Drink Deep, Neill made a brave choice in this regard, but now seems to have backtracked while implementing a misplaced politically correct agenda, i.e. the redemption of a selfish and manipulative character who willfully committed evil acts. This is the woman who tried to turn Ethan into a mindless slave and brought disaster on the city, yet suddenly excuses are made as if she is not responsible for her choices. In what warped world is washing dishes for the shifters an appropriate punishment for her behavior. Evil should be destroyed, not redeemed. Likewise, Seth Tate, the villain for the past two installments, also undergoes a completely incomprehensible transformation and is turned into a contrite and selfless hero over night - seriously? It is disappointing that Neill took the easy way out with these characters.

The book ends with some closure but there are questions that remain unanswered. It will be interesting to see what happens next given the possible ramifications of the changes in Cadogen House and the implications for both the GP, the Red Guard and the rest of Chicago's vampires.

Narration: The new narrator, Sophie Eastlake, is a HUGE improvement on Cynthia Holloway. She is much more versatile with her intonation, inflection and voices. Her versions of Irish working class, upper class English snob, Texan drawl and Ukrainian mothering hen are all accomplished with equal aplomb! ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Biting Cold ~ 3.5 Stars

Biting Cold was enjoyable enough, plenty of action, but good god Ethan just keeps getting on my nerves. It's getting old the back and forth between Merit and him. Such an emotion roller coaster, but Merit is strong and she will fit for what she wants.
I feel Merit is growing into a strong heroine and I like Paige she seams to be an interesting character. Mallory well she is the big bad witch still and has lost all her friends. I think she gets off too easy for everything she did.
This series is ok! Enjoyable, but I'm not going to read it again. ( )
  angels_gp | Apr 26, 2018 |
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Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
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Turned into a vampire against her will, Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago's vampire underground. Now she is on the hunt, charging across the stark American midwest to tail a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world.… (more)

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