REVIEW: Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

Title: Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3)
Author: Chloe Neill 
Format: paperback, 355 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: library
Published: July 2010 by NAL Trade

Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.

Why I Read this Book: I just can’t get enough of the romantic tension and banter between Ethan and Merit! But I would like it to progress into something and that’s what I was hoping for with Twice Bitten. Thank goodness Ms. Neill threw me a bone.

What I Liked: Love the thick tension between Ethan and Merit! Things progress a bit and then there’s some complications. I just love it, all of it. I can’t wait to see where the next book picks up.

We finally learn Merit’s first name (yay!), but not the story behind it (boo). When I say ‘the story behind it’ I mean that I want to know why she doesn’t go by her first name. There has to be some sort of animosity going on and I want to know the cause behind it. It’s kind of weird that she’s not fond of her father yet she has taken his surname as her first. It’s a bit confusing.

I love this cover the best, so far. Merit loses the innocent look and looks fierce! I love her fighting outfit.

What I Didn’t Like: Still not loving Merit as a heroine but I have to admit, the girl is growing on me. She still has time to completely win me over.

Overall Impression: Twice Bitten is my favorite book of the series so far. I was really happy with this one. I’m really anxious to read the next book, Hard Bitten, especially with the conflicting emotions from fellow book lovers. That bitterness and tang regarding the 4th book in the series is what got me to read this series to begin with. It’s a good Urban Fantasy series. One I recommend you read if you like the genre.


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

4 Frogs

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  1. This one is my favorite of the series too. I'm glad Merit is growing on you. She does get better with each book. :)

  2. also my favorite of the series, I absolutely loved it though - more than you I think.

    Good luck with the fourth book, I don't know what to say about it that isn't a spoiler...but man. It is a killer. I can't even review it! haha.

  3. So they only get better? *squeee* :D

  4. I'm dying to know her real name! Guess I'd better get reading!

    Teens Read and Write

  5. Julie - Merit does get better with each book! (Thank goodness too.)

    Allison - I need to get my hands on book 4. I'm hoping my library will order it.

  6. I have this series on audio and I CAN'T WAIT to get to it. SO HAPPY that I'm done with school & work for the summer!!!! This one looks really good. Thanks for the review, mama! :)


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