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Book Review: Hard Bitten

By Sandy Amazeen May 9, 2011, 6:08 GMT

Book Review: Hard Bitten

"Neill creates a strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris\'s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton\'s Anita Blake." -Library Journal 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 ...more

Since that fateful night when she was attacked on a Chicago college campus and turned into a vampire by Ethan, the sexy ruler of Cadogan House in order to save her, Meritís life has not been the same. Shortly after being turned, Ethan appointed Merit to the post of Sentinel. Then the shapeshifters revealed their presence to the general public, a move that caused paranoid reaction amongst the more fanatical humans who felt anything not human should be destroyed. In the midst of this atmosphere of distrust and simmering hatred comes a summons from the mayor regarding vampire attacks taking place at underground raves. The message Merit carried out of that meeting was simple enough, get to the bottom of those attacks and see to it there are no more. A task much easier said then done after Merit uncovers the use of dangerous drugs by some of Chicagoís vampires and worse, her nemesis Celina is involved.

As Merit digs deeper into Chicagoís underbelly and her rocky romance with Ethan continues its bumpy course, she discovers the shocking truth about who orchestrated the attack and her subsequent turning the night her life was forever changed. By following the ties from the perpetrator to the power, Merit unravels the mastermind behind the violence and drugs, but at a terrible cost.

The fourth book of the Chicagoland Vampires delivers enough action, plot twists and fights to satisfy the most jaded urban fantasy reader and thatís not including the surprising climax that will change the future of Chicago and Cadogan House. As with previous titles in the series, the pace is nonstop and the politics intriguing, reminiscent of Laurell K. Hamiltonís early Anita Blake titles before being taken over by gratuitous sex.



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