24 September 2013

Blast from the past Review: Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampies #3) by Chloe Neill

Blast from the past...

What they say: 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.

What I say: Merit's back and this time (for the most part) she's Mallory-less, but there's more Jeff which is awesome. Merit and Ethan 'Darth-Sullivan' are still stuck somewhere between teacher-student style colleagues and you-really-annoy-me-but-I-really-want-you so I don't know how to act around you. To make things more complicated Neill introduces a big shifter conflict and the return of a certain other vampire Master.
I think Chicagoland is going to be the series I love to hate. Some parts are really good and others really tick me off. I do enjoy the slow burn between Merit and Ethan, but it gets to a point when you either want them together or to move on.

For a while whilst reading Twice Bitten I was really happy. I thought we were finally getting a resolution (after the Merit & Ethan smexy times), but then Ethan had to go and ruin it all!

I get that we're supposed to find Lacey annoying and hope she'll find the sharp end of a stake sometime soon, but really, Ethan's interaction with Lacey seemed ridiculously cruel to poor Merit! Ethan has a LOT of grovelling to do.

The side plot with the red guards is becoming increasingly important. The stuff with shifter meeting was really interesting and Gabriel is a good addition to the series. It's also good to note the different leadership styles between Ethan the vamp and Gabriel the shifter. I should also point out that I'm still a fan of Morgan, even though he is in no way trustworthy.

I'm not completely sold on Twice Bitten as at times it seemed Neill was sort of 'winging it' plot wise, BUT I am still a big fan of the series and really like Merit as a heroine!
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "Catcher snorted. “If we’re not playing naked Twister, we’re wasting our waking hours."
  • "Pec-tacle? You know, like spectacle but with more dude nipples."  
  • "I’m prepared to wait for a positive response." "That’s going to take a while." Ethan lifted a single eyebrow, a grin lifting one corner of his mouth. "Sentinel, I am immortal." 

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