Review + Giveaway: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

Title: Hard Bitten
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, #4
Publisher: NAL Trade
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Pages: 350

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... 

Oh, Chloe Neill, you might as well have just staked me. HARD BITTEN will leave you speechless, breathless and possibly leave you full of many many emotions. I loved it and hated it at the same time. And you will get my meaning when you flip to the last page of this book.

You guys have no idea how much I want to explode right now, explode all the secrets of this book, but I won't. I pray that the next week goes by fast so I can finally discuss with all my buddies, but this book was a roller coaster.

I will say that Ethan steals my heart. I love that boy to death and even though I do I have a new love and his name is Jonah. If I can't have Ethan I'll take Jonah. I think that with each Chicagoland Vampires book that each relationship grows, be it Ethan and Merit, Mallory and Merit, etc. I have come to love these characters as if they were real. I think it is amazing when an author is able to create a book where you totally grow to love the characters as if you're apart of them.

This book was so heartbreaking for me to the extent where I was tearing up big time. Note to self: do not read this book in a public place. I teared up so bad that I had to run and hide in the bathroom. I guess that is how much I really love these characters. I am sure many reviewers have talked about the ending, but I must say WTF?! I have to say it because that was what kind of ending it was.

It wasn't completely a cliffhanger, but it might as well have been. I will also tell you that in a million years you would have never guessed that what happens at the end happens. Congratulations to Neill for catching me so off guard.

I must say that I am looking forward, scratch that I would just die to get my hands on that book, and find out where the evil Chloe Neill lives. hahaha. I am happy to say that Drink Deep comes out November 2011 and thank god for that, because I would never last if I had to wait a freckin' year.


  1. Woot! I was waiting for your review :) Oh man... Im going to say Ethan is going to make me mad haha he better not hurt Merit!! Lol
    Thanks for the giveaway too!
    GFC follower : Kristen -Seeing Night Reviews

  2. I've been wanting to read this series! Excellent review. Would love to read this!!

    GFC follower

  3. Dying to have this in my hands! Great review.

    GFC Follower

  4. I'd love to enter for this one. It sounds really good.

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  5. Great review! Old GFC follower

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  6. I love this series and can't wait for the book!!

    I'm an old follower and tweeted (!/jenduffey/status/61246081744388097 ).

  7. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway! GFC follower name: Erinberry

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  8. Soooo can't wait to read this one! Already have my copy preordered and eager to read it!

    Old Follower

  9. I've just began this series, but I'm catching up!


  10. Loved your review. Looking forward to sharing the angst with you.

    I'm a follower.

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  11. I love this series! Great review, I'm dying to read this book

    I'm a follower!

  12. I love this series too, I am dying to read this book, it looks so good.
    I am a follower

  13. I've been reading this series since day one! I can't wait to get my hands on Hard Bitten :)

  14. Can't wait for the book to read it.Excellent review. Would love to read this!!

    I am a follower

  15. Would love to read this! CV is one of my favorite series.

    old GFC follower


  16. I would SO love this

    Old GFC Follower



  17. I’m dying to get my hands on this book! I’m so jealous that you got the ARC, you’ll have to tell me how you did that so I can try for an ARC of the next book….
    I’m an old follower, I tweeted, but I can’t figure out how to get the link to the tweet….so, here’s my twitter link instead:!/booksavvybabe
    booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com

  18. omg!!! i love this series!! i can't wait to read it!! would love to win this book!!!
    old GFC follower


  19. Nice review! Thanks for holding the contest! I'd love to read it. I'm a new GFC follower and I tweeted:!/VampireNovelFan


  20. Can't wait to read this! Love that quote!

  21. I'm a new follower, I have read book one and loved it. I look forward to Hard Bitten please count me in.

  22. Oh no, your review has me worried. I do think Merit should give Ethan a hard time and I wasn't initially fond of the character, but a weeper?

  23. I'm an old follower, count me in!

  24. You are so right about loving the characters, and I can't wait to start this story. Thanks for keeping all the secrets, lol.

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)

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  26. Great review! I've heard so much about the twist ending that I am dying to find out what happens!!! I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

    new GFC follower (Lesley D)
    tweeted @lesleyboogie (!/lesleyboogie/status/62885337197854722)

  27. I've been waiting for Hard Bitten to come out.

    sgiden at

    new GFC follower

  28. I can't wait for this book to come out! I've been reading reviews and no one wants to give anything away about the ending but they keep saysing how crazy it is! I've been running through possible scenarios for days and I hope that what I imagine isn't as bad as what it is.

    New GFC follower

  29. I can't wait to read this series, I do have the first book on my shelf calling to me

    Follower- BLHmistress


  30. Hey there..I'm a new follower and I've been dying to read this series!! It shipped today...cant wait!!

  31. The Fiction Vixen says the best things about this series. I'm an old follower.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  32. can;t wait to read this book, loved all of the previous books :)

    thanks for the giveaway

    blog follower


  33. I am a new follower :)

    A wonderful review, I am so nervous about reading this book now..

    I have sent my Tweet (SharonBooks)


  34. New follower...I follow through my twitter account (Ashley Gafford)
    The quote at the bottom from Ethan gave me chills! I am so excited for Hard Bitten!!

  35. OMGah! I can't believe you got to read this early! *jealous* Never hurts to enter a raffle...

  36. What a great giveaway thank you so much I love her books and can't wait to read Hard Bitten! Im a old GFC follower/latishajean
    + Tweeted too!/latishajean/status/63339273046339585

  37. thanks for the review - cant wait to read the book
    gfc follower

  38. I hope I'm in time to enter for this giveaway because I simply love this series and would enjoy getting to read Merit's latest adventure. Thank you!
    GFC: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  39. Great review....can't wait to read this book!

    new GFC follower-Valerie