Genre & Series: Urban Fantasy, The Chicagoland Vampires #4
Published on May 3, 2011Trade paperback, 368 pages
Where did I get this book: Bought
Blurb: 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 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...
Review: I read the first three books in the Chicagoland vampires series and loved it. I had really high expectations especially after reading Twice Bitten (book 3). Prior to picking up Hard Bitten, I've been seeing a lot of negative reviews on it, and became iffy on whether to read it or not. Hard Bitten picks up a couple of weeks after Twice Bitten, with Merit doing what she does best being sentinel to the Cadogan House. Mayor Tates calls Ethan and Merit in to a meeting to discuss 3 missing women that was apparently attacked by bloodlust vampires. Things start to go from bad to worst for the Cadogan house and as usual it's up to Merit to figure out what happened and fix it.
What I love about the three previous book was the chemistry and interaction between Ethan and Merit, but we didn't really get to see much of that in this book. The only interaction I saw the most was between Merit and Jonah...and really nothing much there. I was also hoping to see more plot lines involving Gabriel Keen and his pack, but sadly they were not in the book as much as I would like...maybe just two scenes. The book was slow in comparison with all the previous novels, and lacking action scenes this time around. The ending was a shocker, and probably why many fans of the series were so angry and gave negative reviews. Overall despite it being slow, it was still a good book. I wasn't happy about the ending like most readers, but am still interested in picking up the next book to see what will happen next.
To those that have already read the first three books, not as great as the previous but if you want more Merit and Company than I suggest you borrow this from the library or from a friend. To those that haven't read this series, don't let the bad reviews for this book stop you from starting the series. The first three books are fun and entertaining...and you never know what you're missing out on!