Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. 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. 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. Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, 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.
**Summary taken from Goodreads**
Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill is the third instalment in the Chicagoland Vampires series. To read my review for books one and two go HERE
It sees Merit play bodyguard to Gabriel a shapeshifter. Unlike Vampires, Shifters are still in the closet with the world, on the cusp on a war Merit and Cadogan House Master Vampire Ethan have to try and persuade the shifters to stay and fight alongside the vamps, something they've never done before, or will the shifters pack up their chew toys and head back to the mother land of Alaska and let the vampires fight alone?
Some Shifters are all for letting the vampires get on with it alone, and when a professional hit happens Merit and Ethan have to work to find out who it is, and protect Gabriel and co....along with a few other interesting things along the way.
I loved this book! I find Chloe Neill to be so evil in building the tension between Ethan and Merit over the three books, and in Twice Bitten it's just as addicting to read, will they...wont they....Argh i was hooked! Sometimes Ethan is a real ass and i'd happily smack him (quickly followed by much lovens and comfort...for i loves him!) so i was chewing my lip hoping his sweet charming self wouldn't put a foot wrong and say something to ruin the mood with Merit. I adored when he let his mask fall for a moment and let her see the man behind the master vampire, see not just the suave altogether Alpha male everyone knows him as, he showed her he could actually need someone and i loved that the author gave us another dimension to him. (FYI author, i wouldn't mind more skin time with Ethan either, maybe him just in low slung trousers, jeans, trackie bottoms...etc kthnx!)
I grew to like Merit more in this book, she was more confident but not at all cocky, she's never afraid to show her vulnerable side as she does with her still being on the outs with best friend Mallory, she may be an uber vampire now but she's still just a girl who misses her friend but when she's kick ass she is KICKASS! a heroine to really like and admire and unlike some heroines she doesn't let Ethan walk all over her or make her submissive to his hierarchy.
Many events happen, if you think book three is going to be all sweetness and roses, think again, just like the previous two Neill is good at giving with one hand and taking away with the other, it had me all angst ridden as i read, will they....wont they...will they...wont they...if i could have turned the pages as fast as Johnny 5 from Shirt Circuit (If you weren't around in the 80's you must google him) i would have! i just wanted to gulp down the story and find out what happened.
As light relief there is page time for some regulars, Catcher, Mallory, Luc and i love the Psychic vampire Lindsey,she's a hoot! (FYI author, if you wanted to give more skin time to Catcher too i wouldn't object. Just sayin')
Whether you're team Ethan (*pumps fist*) Catcher, Luc or Morgan you WILL like the development between Master Vampire and his Sentinel. One of the things i love most about the authors writing is how she develops the characters and the dialogue i adore, it can go from witty banter to down right heart string tugs.
Fans of the Chiagoland Vampires series will love this latest instalment and know it is truly an Ethan and Merit book. I can't wait until the next book HARD BITTEN due for release July '11 (yee gods the wait will kill me!) Being Urban Fantasy i will say Twice Bitten doesn't in any way give you a happily ever after for our favourite characters, but it gives you a slice of something delicious with the promise of more to come.
A quote i perhaps swooned at:
"You undo me, Merit. Wholly and completely. You don't take me at my word. You challenge me at every opportunity. And that means when I'm with you, I am less than the head of this House...and I am more than the head of this House. I am a man." He stroked my cheeks with his thumbs. "In my very, very long life, I need you more than I have ever needed anything."
A wonderful engaging sexy page turner, i give Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill 4 Sparkles out of 5!
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