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Book pick: Ending of ‘Hard Bitten’ makes up for super slow, repetitious start May 8, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in News, Reviews/summaries.
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It’s been a while since my buddy Dot has had a chance to file a book pick. She’s been reading a lot of historical romances but jumped back into the paranormal world to bring us this review of Chloe Neill’s latest book in the Chicagoland Vampire series: HARD BITTEN. Here’s what Dot had to say about Book No. 4:

If you have been hiding under a rock then you haven’t heard all the buzz about the ending in this most recent edition to Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It is a shocker and I’m not about to spoil your fun in finding out for yourself. My warning is just be careful reading reviews because many do contain spoilers and it would be a shame if you found out too early.

That said — and you knew I’d have to have a qualification somewhere — the first half of this book deserves a two or three stars, but the last bit deserves five stars. So for an overall ranking, I settled on 4 stars.

There is so much repetition in the beginning that I was truly ready to toss in the towel. How many times does Merit have to repeat the same report? Obviously, to every secondary character in the book. A simple-Merit told the Ombudsman(Mallory, Ethan, Luc, Morgan, Tate, Jonah, Catcher, Jeff, etc.) what went down – would suffice. But with each repeat we are treated(?) to the entire, or almost the entire, retelling all over again.

OK, with that rant out of the way, I think the ending is priceless. It is a testament to the author’s bravery to write it as she has because there will be fallout. I thought it was fitting and will make the fifth book in the series a must-buy. The ending made all that repetition worth slogging through. If you’re a fan, you won’t be sorry if you read this book. I cannot wait to see where Chloe Neill takes this series. So often later books in a series start to wither and we wish the author would end it all and put us and the characters out of our misery. I have a feeling we are in for a real treat with the continuing of this series.

As with most series you would do well to start with the first book and proceed through each in turn.

5. DRINK DEEP (coming in November)


1. Diana McCabe - May 8, 2011

Hey Dot — Thanks for the book pick! I’ve heard this one is pretty slow at the start. Saw someone on Twitter complaining about it. Glad to see it redeems itself at the end. Last Mercy Thompson book was same way — slow start but ending was decent!


2. Lisa Champ - May 28, 2011

I just finished it this evening – I cannot believe that ending!!! Crazy! Where in the heck is the next book going to go?

Diana McCabe - May 28, 2011

Dunno. But did you think it was totally in slo-mo at beginning, too? (Dot — where do you think she’s gonna go with next book?)

I am way behind on my TBR pile but reading Graveminder, so hope to have something up on that in the next couple of days. (This is by Melissa Marr and her first “adult” paranormal book. Altho her Wicked Lovely series to me was adult even tho it was about teens.)

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