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Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill review

Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals--and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are ... tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in    order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls 

in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society--a world full of vampires who seem too ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands...

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If I could sum up what I felt after I finished reading this book, I would have said "Good Riddance!" You know, who I'm talking about :)

As usual Chloe Neill displays superb world-building, tempts us with delicious food of Chicago's best and slowly uncovers vampire politics layer by layer.

It was a very strong book, maybe not my favourite as I like my Merit fighting tooth and nail instead of talking (loved Twice Bitten), but nevertheless a very good one.

I actually really loved the ending and was very surprised by it. Merit has so many options now and a room for growth. I am extremely excited to read the new book - Drink Deep. Is it coming out in September?

In Hard Bitten Merit shows her investigative skills, following the traces of vampire raves gone wild. Ethan needs the situation under control ASAP, as the tensions in Chicago are running high, with lots of protests and fear of vampire population. Mayor Tate puts pressure on him, quasi-military group wants vampires out of town, and Merit's father being as manipulative as usual.

Merit pairs up with Jonah, her assigned partner if she is willing to join Red Guard, but she has to keep all this in secret from Ethan. I really liked Jonah, he was nice and not dramatic at all. Hopefully we'll see more of him in the next installment.

The GP representative was an amusingly pompous asshat, which only shows that I made a right choice wishing for Merit to join The Red Guard. Pretty please?

All in all, a fantastic addition to the series. We got rid of some loose ends and are ready to move forward. Bring it on!

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Ага, шикарная концовка очень хорошей книги, и очень правильная, несмотря на моё от неё удивление.

Кто не начинал ещё эту серию, - читайте! Она того стоит. Насколько я знаю, пока на русском выпущено только 2 книги.

После классных драк в третьей книге, четвёртая оказалась достаточно тихой.  Атмосфера в Чикаго сгущается, люди выходят на улицы и протестуют против вампиров. Мэр Тэйт приказывает Итану разобраться с нелегальными вампирскими вечеринками, так как по его сведениям, они вообще стали совершенно дикими, на них погибают люди. Если Итан этого не сделает, то его посадят в тюрьму. Он поручает расследование Мерит.
Мерит втайне запрашивает помощь Джона из Дома Грей, партнёра, которого ей дал Красный Страж и они вместе раскрывают, что за дикими вечеринками вполне возможно стоит Селина.

В то же время приехавший из Лондона представитель Совета расследует Дом Кадоган и, ведя себя как типичный бюрократ, не понимающий серьёзность ситуации, приказывает Мерит прекратить её расследование, чего она естественно не делает.

Книга полна вампирских интриг, бюрократов и Итана, пытающегося уломать Мерит к нему вернуться :)

Джона мне очень понравился, и я очень хочу увидеть его в следующей книге, играющим более активную роль. Концовка раскрывает потрясающие возможности перед Мерит, теперь совершенно непонятно по какой дороге она пойдёт, и я жду-не дождусь следующей книге в сентябре, чтобы это выяснить. Лично я надеюсь, что она вступит в Красный Страж.



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