Title: Twice Bitten
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: July 6th, 2010
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.
This book was awesome. Definitely my favorite in the series so far. It has everything: action, romance, solid story, twists and turns, emotion, and of course the lovely Merit. I felt like this was truly the strongest in the series so far, and it had that little extra oomph the previous ones were lacking to make the full-on five star mark.
It’s pretty rare for an urban fantasy or even paranormal romance book to make me tear up. Actually, it takes a pretty darn emotional book for that to happen for me. But I cannot believe that I actually teared up during this book at a couple points. I won’t get into why, but I will say that this book is sort of an emotional roller-coaster for those invested in the characters. It made me happy, sad, giddy, angry, and everything in between. Which is of course a good thing, but during those sad/angry moments I was definitely not feeling the love. lol
In this book shifters from all over the world have come to Chicago for ConPack — a convention for all the Packs throughout the world. But it’s not just a happy-go-lucky event this time around. Shifters are on the verge of making a big decision: to head to their homeland in Alaska in an effort to avoid the upcoming war they feel is coming between humans and vampires, or staying where they are to fight alongside vampires. There are a lot of prejudices between the supernaturals in this world so the decision will definitely not be unanimous. In fact, the decision itself might just cause a war of its own.
So the storyline was very good and keeps you on your toes in this one. I didn’t want to put it down because it has lots of action and a go-go-go kind of feel — which I love. But aside from the plot itself, Merit’s relationship with Ethan is also a big part of this story. It may be tough between them, but the sparks are definitely there and it’s getting to be pretty difficult for either of them to ignore. I definitely loved this part of the story and it’s about time we got some more Merit/Ethan time on the page!
Overall this was a solid book. Like I said above, my favorite in the series so far. It’s very well rounded in that we get a really good storyline that you want to read more about, we get more romance than in the previous books, lots of action, and lots of emotion too. I can’t wait to read the next one and see what happens! These are just getting better and better.
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