Guest Review: Biting Bad

biting badReviewed by Jenna J

I love this series. I mean L O V E it. I cried when I thought Ethan was gone forever and I shed tears of joy upon his return. And when Jen handed me a fresh copy of Biting Bad I gleefully dove right in. I’d seen all of Chloe’s posts on Twitter and Facebook and was devastated at the idea of waiting until August to get my hands on this book. After all, with the excitement of House Rules surely this new release wouldn’t disappoint!? Alas, it did.

Biting Bad is the 8th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. Merit is now serving as Sentinel of Cadogan House. Cadogan is one of four houses of vampires in the U.S. However, they’ve cut ties with the Greenwich Presidium, the governing council for Western European and North American vamps. Master of the House Ethan Sullivan is Merit’s maker and lover. These two, along with the help of her Scooby gang aka the “Omnibuds” and some others are fighting to keep the city they love from going to hell in a hand basket.

The plot? Rioters are targeting vampires and vampire lovers across Chicago. So there’s a mystery afoot: Who’s behind the riots and why are they doing it!? I had this figured out before I was halfway done. So, I found myself caring less and less about the big mystery they needed to solve. Instead, I became more interested in what Merit was wearing/eating/driving, Mallory’s witchy training, Jonah’s dating life, and basically anything else but who was attacking Chicago and its vamps

And when did Ethan and Merit become an old married couple? I scoured through pages and pages of her hating him, lusting after him, wanting him, needing him, not being able to live without him and now they just do it with the lights off before they fall asleep once a week?! What. The. Hell. This is supposed to be a, to quote Carrie Bradshaw “Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.” This is the first time I haven’t felt like it is. Sure, their banter is great and funny. And their gestures of adoration are sweet and I even get a tiny bit emotional when the two of them get weepy eyed at Merit’s parents’ home thinking about kids and such. But that was IT.

I just kept turning the pages of Biting Bad hoping something would grab me and hold on. But, before I knew it, the book was over and all I was holding on to was the hope the next book would be better.

Rating: C+

*ARC Provided by NAL

Click to purchase: Amazon

Biting Bad
by Chloe Neill
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: NAL


  1. Great review! I was one the fence about this one after my lingering disappointment of the last two. Now I know the break up is real. Oh well.

  2. I actually liked Biting Bad better than the last two books. I liked that we didn’t get the back and forth from Merit and Ethan’s relationship.

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