Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
by Chloe Neill
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.
Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.
Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.
This is the eighth installment in one of my all time favorite series. The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill is Urban Fantasy at its best. The main characters are vampires Merit and Ethan, who have found themselves as defacto leaders in the supernatural community. They also happen to have a very tricky and unusual relationship. For now, they are both alive and they are in love. Aside from that, well, they are complicated.
This book starts out as most do, with a bang. Merit is simply trying to reconnect with her best friend, Mallory. The same best friend who almost destroyed Chicago. They just settle in when they find themselves in the middle of an anti-supernatural riot.
Merit ends up in the middle of a political mess. At her side is Ethan Sullivan, Master of Cadogan House. They have to hunt down the culprit behind the riots all while tiptoeing around a centuries old political mess that Cadogan House has found itself immersed in. Then of course they can not forget the political mess that is taking place in Chicago where anti-super sentiment is taking hold.
When the riots continue, things start to get a little too personal for Merit.
Ethan and Merit make an amazing duo and together they have to bring an end to the riots and solve the problems plaguing the political landscape among supernaturals.
This installment was no less exciting than all of the others. Merit is frequently front and center to all of the action. She finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, depending upon how you look at it.
Merit and Ethan’s relationship is anything but simple but in this installment they get to do more typical “couple” type things. Merit takes him to dinner with her family. They share a suite. They go places together, as a couple. I loved the development and the somewhat “normal” interactions that they had in this book. I also love how Merit makes friends and forms alliances wherever she goes. She is the Cadogan House Sentinel, but she is also a diplomatic powerhouse, and she can kick ass with a Katana.
Ethan is still Ethan. He is aloof and calculating. He is what you would expect of a centuries old vampire who is in charge of one of the biggest and oldest Vampire houses in North America. Ethan has been through a lot and he has changed around Merit. He is warmer and more tender. He becomes more real somehow squeezing into a twin size bed with Merit in her old dorm style room.
I gave this one four stars. It was really good. It was not my all time favorite so far, but I still adored it and will most definitely be reading on.
4+ stars for me.