Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires Series #3)

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Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and ...

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Overview

Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.

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Editorial Reviews

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Neill's briskly paced third Chicagoland Vampires paranormal romance (after 2009's Friday Night Bites) makes new readers comfortable with a thorough recap before diving into swiftly developing events that will satisfy returning fans. In the two months since graduate student Merit was involuntarily turned into the Cadogan House Sentinel by master vampire Ethan Sullivan, she's become part of the vampires' recent emergence into the public eye, battled another master vampire, suffered several emotional upheavals, and honed her fighting skills. Now she's assigned to guard the leader of North America's shape-shifters as the packs gather in Chicago to discuss the future of their often strained relationship with vampires. Merit's frequently snarky voice and amusing observations about the occasional absurdities of her situation combine with the magic of Neill's world in a refreshing take on urban fantasy. (July)
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"A refreshing take on urban fantasy." —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451230645
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Chicagoland Vampires Series, #3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 230,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. She is the author of the Chicagoland Vampire series, including Biting Bad, House Rules, and Biting Cold. When not transcribing Merit's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys—her photographer husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Vampires, Shifters and a Sentinel

    Before reading this book, I recalled how I came across this series. I've never heard of it and did not read any reviews when I decided to purchase its first book Some Girls Bite. I am always happy when I find a book on my own and influence friends int o reading. It is really awesome that I found this book and my bloggers friends seem to love it like I do.

    Since this book has not been released yet, I will try to avoid spoilers as much as I can.

    So remember where we left off in Friday Night Bites? The Shifter leader - Gabriel Keene and his Apex pack are in town to have some convocation about staying in the area and maybe allying with one of the Vampire Houses. Ethan and Merit were in the center of it all. The story was not as highly political as I would think it would be which suited me just fine. Gabriel is a pretty interesting character he has valor, intelligence and a genuine love for his people and family, a sign of a great leader. I hope to see more of him in the future Chicago Vampire books.

    This is by far my favorite book in this series. I love every page of it. This is what I've been waiting for (what we've all been waiting for); a start of something, a pace in the series... A more up close and personal profile of Cadogan House, Master Vampire, Ethan Sullivan. And a newly improved Sentinel of the Cadogan Merit. These two kept me all night robbing me of sleep, whether because of a training scene in the Sparring room, the constant bickering and there is great amount of foreshadowing that heightens their undeniable attraction for each other. Ethan made me swoon, broke my heart, then got me back to swooning some more. And Like I said have improved, in every thing fighting skills, she had fully embraced vampiredom but still has the heart and stubborness of the former human version of herself, and she is really coming out of her own. Even if other elements are trying to influence her.

    Chloe Neill did it again, and I think she especially did a splendid job on this one. It has plenty of action scenes that will give you a good imagination on how dangerous and awesome Merit has been. A fair amount of humor. Romance that everybody will be rooting for. Intrigue that will categorize this book as unputdownable. And a heart of a writer that puts in a lot of thought and emotions into her. It has all the elements that will get a reader hooked.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    The third Chicagoland Vampires romantic urban fantasy is an action-packed thriller

    Humans have recently learned that vampires live among mortals. Shapeshifters fear they will be next and debate how to handle what they anticipate will occur shortly.

    In that regard to plan on the inevitable, Gabriel Keene, Apex of the North American Central shifters, has convened a conference of the packs to determine their best course of action. He also invites Cadogan House Sentinel Merit and master vampire Ethan Sullivan to attend as security as evidence is strong that an assassin is coming for him and terrorists plan on disrupting the convention. Though only a couple months since she was turned involuntarily, Merit takes her security work seriously, but has trouble focusing with arrogant Ethan nearby.

    The third Chicagoland Vampires romantic urban fantasy is an action-packed thriller that never slows down from its opening quick synopsis of the previous two biters (see Friday Night Bites and Some Girls Bite until the biting climax. The rookie vampire and her mentor (she would say tormentor) try to protect a leader of the other prominent paranormal species as many want to prevent an outing. Fans of the saga will fully relish Merit's actions as she continues to adjust to her new life as an undead.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

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    Twice Bitten is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampire series

    Twice Bitten is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampire series and picks up almost immediately following the events at the end of book 2.  Merit has been receiving these red envelopes with hinting at an invitation to some thing special. I admit that I had this crazy thought that they were some kind of invitation to the Raves that they had been investigating. Turns out I was way wrong. Turns out, Merit has been invited to join the historic Red Guard, the secret police of the Vampire Masters. She is flabbergasted by the invitation, especially with how new she is and with her loyalties still forming in her mind, she requests some time to think about the offer.

    When Gabriel, the Apex of the North American Shifters requests Ethan and especially Merit to be part of the security for the up coming pack meetings and massive event called the Convocation. This put Merit and Ethan neck deep in shifter politics.  All the while dealing with a break up with her semi-kinda boyfriend Morgan, a fight with her best friend Mallory and the confusing feeling growing between herself and Ethan.

    This book took us deeper into the Vampire world, gave us more insight into the Shifter world, let Merit start using all that training she has been getting, thrilled those rooting from a Ethan/Merit pairing then broke our hearts and ended with a bang. I was so much happier with where this book versus book 2.  I felt like Merit is really starting to get her head on and grow into the position of Sentinel for her house as well as a bad ass chick. I am really enjoying the direction this book is headed and can't wait to start the next book. I had to give this book 4 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

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    Twice Bitten is the third book in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vamp

    Twice Bitten is the third book in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. I just love this series; each book I have read so far is so good but this one is my favorite so far. We see a new side of Ethan and get a glimpse of what "more" could mean between the Merit and Ethan. Twice Bitten also incorporates much of the shifter world in this story. Again, Merit is essentual in developing aliances and peace between the two supernatural species. I love how each book in this series has it's own mystery element that has to be solved. It keeps each book in the series fresh while still following the main characters.

    My favorite quotes:
    "Some days it didn’t pay to be a grown-up."

    "A friend once told me the hurt that came with the end of a relationship was painful because it was the death of a dream—the future you’d imagined with a lover, a loved one, a child, or a friend. That loss was its own painful, nearly tangible thing. You had to reimagine your future, perhaps in a different place, with different people, doing different things than you might have first imagined."

    "Humiliation is like a fine wine. It should be shared between friends.”

    “The best revenge is a life well lived.”

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    Merit is still as snarky and hilarious as ever. I must say that

    Merit is still as snarky and hilarious as ever. I must say that this is a great continuation of the storyline with the added bonus of shifters. Not only is Merit and Ethan being included into pack business but Gabriel hints at the fact that Merit will be protecting his family and unborn child. There is no conclusion to that in this book but the ties between the vampires and shifters are not severed by the end of the book which makes me believe that in due time we will know what that is all about.

    I’d also like to touch on the fact that Merit and Ethan get rather close in this book. Ethan has some swoon worthy moments that had me getting that “aw” face. There are parts where he really puts himself out there and becomes vulnerable. For me this was monumental because Ethan has always been, “Sentinel, get in my bed and become my mistress” but in this book he actually shows his true feelings for her and how protective he is over her. There is a part where Merit and Ethan are at the shifters bar with Gabriel when gun fire breaks out and considering Merit is not only one of his guards but stands as Sentinel, you would think that she’d protect Ethan from the gun fire. However, before she has a chance to react, Ethan is on top of her protecting her from the flying bullets. Moments like that really showed how much he really cared for her.

    Now maybe this is just me being nitpicky but I don’t like the cover model. Not only is she drastically different from the original model but she doesn’t match Merit’s description. Merit is supposed to have dark hair with bangs, neither of which this model has. Now I could see thinking “maybe Merit went for a new look” except for the fact that the author describes Merit’s hair and how either Merit or Ethan brush her bangs back, you are reminded of the fact that the Merit we know is not the Merit on the cover. And for some reason that bugs me… a lot. I like the covers to actually resemble the characters.

    I honestly cannot wait for what else Neill has in store for not only us as readers but for poor Merit and Ethan. Where do the shifters come in? What happens with Ethan and Merit’s relationship? With Celina (big bad villain from book #1) on the loose, will she strike again and if so how? All of these questions are darting around in my head after reading this and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Until next time…

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

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    Good

    Like with the last one it was going to be a 4.5 but I was like, eh 5 stars is good too. I'm surprised how much has happened so far, especially with Ethan and Merit. You'd think it be prolonged throughout the series. But nope its, just the third in this series. And I especially liked the writing style in this one. And noticing each book with its title means something or happens somewhere in the book. Also Catcher you are awesome. Another good sequel in the series, so far. On the cover, shouldn't she have her hair in a ponytail and her bangs?

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    A rating...

    My Review:

    I liked this book in the series...lots of action, tons of emotion, lots of Merit kicking butt. I like that, but this also was a book where Merit took some serious shots to her heart too, which made my heart ache for her. But it did make for a fabulous book!!

    This was it....the book where things turn a corner for our heroine (isn't book #3 where that happens in all these Urban Fantasy series?) Things heated up between her and Ethan, but when that got to be too much for him, he broke her heart (but you know, the author has already said that there's going to be at least 10 books in this series, so that wasn't such a surprise...in fact, I'm sure it will happen a few more times before it's all said and done and our heroine rides off into her happily ever after.)

    But this book really introduced us to the politics of the shifter community rather than the vampire community (although that was still present in this book too.) Long time frenemies, the shifters and vampires have an unsteady alliance, but as things heat up in the vampire world now that humans know they exist, the shifters are becoming edgy. When they become edgy, they tend to take off to the Alaskan wilderness where they are safe. The vampires don't want that....they need the strength that the shifters can provide if they stand by the vampires so Ethan is working hard to forge that alliance. But you know that these books are all about Merit so you know, she has a heavy influence in all this.

    I liked Merit so much in this book. She takes a LOT of mental blows, but she's learning to stand on her own and be self-confident in herself as a vampire and as a warrior. She was tough in this one...in so many different ways when she had all kinds of things thrown at her. She's smart, she's quick-thinking, and I just love her character.

    Now the debate is....do I move on to Book #4? I'm happy with this series right now and have heard so many grumblings about it from the next book on. I WANT to keep reading, and I fully plan to in the future, but right now, there are only 3 more of the 7 more planned actually out. Do I wait to read so I don't have to wait on pins and needles getting frustrated with the author and the way that she tortures her readers (at least that's what I've heard) or do I settle now fairly happy with where the series stands?? hmmm, decisions, but I'm just not sure I can resist book #4 sitting out there on my table. Maybe I'll just read the first chapter....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Can't wait to read more and more of this series!

    Can't wait to read more and more of this series!

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Recommended

    I thought the writing, plot development, and character all grew a lot in this book. Even if I still had complaints, I knew it was good because certain events in this book caused me to actually be sad. Not appreciating the characters feelings or empathizing, but actually hurting as they hurt. And finally Merit shows that she's matured a little. Can't wait for the fourth!

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Merit and her Master vampire have a love-hate relationship. Merit isn't sure how to evolve apart from the relationship, and she's not sure she wants to try. However, something more important catches the attention of the vampire community - the arrival of the werewolves for a meeting about their future. The Alpha werewolf extends the hand of interest to Ethan Sullivan and Merit. They attend a meeting of the werewolf clan heads, only to find tempers raging and the night ending with disaster. Now, Ethan and Merit must act as guards for the Alpha while trying to untangle an attempted murder, as well as figuring out the future for the werewolves and thus the entire paranormal community. In a previous war, the werewolves let the vampires take on the humans. Now that the world might be on the brink of war once again, will the werewolves stay and fight, or will they disappear like they did before? With tensions at a boiling point, Merit's having issues finding an outlet from work. Work is crazy. Her love life is a disaster. She's in a fight with her best friend. Will all these issues add up to Merit doing something reckless and endangering herself? An adult novel from a crossover author (Ms. Neill's YA debut was FIRESPELL) and the third in the CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES series that's hard to put down. There are so many things I love about this series, but mostly it's the relationships: Merit and her relationship with Sullivan - the snark and verbal sparring and their tension, Merit and Mallory's relationship, and Merit vs. the world. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

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    Twice Bitten

    Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill is sexy, powerfully original and just plain kick-ass!
    Ever since Neill's start with Some Girls Bite, I've been an avid reader. The Chicagoland Vampires novels are absolutely awesome, creative, and enticingly potent; I love every word of them. Each book keeps you glued to your seat in anticipation, awaiting the moment when Merit makes you laugh-out-loud, or makes your throat tighten with tears. Neill is a very gifted author, and I really hope she never stops writing!

    Merit is a badass newbie vampire that makes me laugh with each pun, joke and implication. She's truly riveting, and there isn't a heroine that I love better than one who kicks butt, tells it as it is, and loves eating. She's sexy, smart, and beautifully crafted; there is not another character out there that shines with as much potential as Neill's Merit.
    In Twice Bitten, Merit is thrown to the wolves-figuratively, speaking of course-when her Master vamp, Ethan offers the Shapeshifter's leader, Gabriel Keene, her services. Someone is defiantly out for the Gabriel, as Merit oh-so-happens to witness when she is put into the line of fire on his behalf. She has to save his ass.to save her own from her Master.
    When said Master, Ethan Sullivan complicates the mostly-platonic relationship between him and Merit, she knows she's in over her head. And that she's going to have to hold on tight.for one heart-pounding, crazy ride.
    I must say, I loved Twice Bitten just a little more than Friday Night Bites; with its charm, lust-factor, and remarkable heroine, the Chicagoland Vampires Novels are sure to please older teens and adults alike.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Bout Time

    Not to give anything way but it is ABOUT TIME that's all I am going to say and those of you that have been following this series can understand. Now, I liked this installment in the Chicagoland Vamps but I still feel like I have read or seen most of the scenes in this book already somewhere. It is like every other scene is a tag line from an old commercial or movie. It is very predictable but it's still a fun read and interesting. I look forward to more in this series but I would borrow not buy these.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    IT'S ON MY TOP TEN SERIES TO READ LIST!

    I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES, MERIT IS OUTSTANDING, I'M IN LOVE WITH ETHAN TOO. I CAN'T WAIT TILL HE REALIZES HOW MUCH HE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MERIT. AND OMG HER NAME FIRST NAMED IS FINALLY MENTIONED. I DO HOWEVER WANT HER TO MOVE ON AND MY SOMEONE TO LOVE HER IN THE MEANTIME ETHAN GET HIS SH*t TOGETHER. GREAT READ!

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    I'm Hooked!!!

    Wow, it feels great to be excited about a series again. Twice Bitten is a fantastic addition to what has become one of my favorite series and my only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book. Chloe Neill has created a great world with equally great characters. It's exciting, suspenseful, infuriating, sweet and fun. I'm Hooked!

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    Loved It!!

    Chloe Neill is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love this series and couldn't wait to read the third installment. The book has mystery, suspense, and hot and steamy scenes. I hope that Chloe continues writing about Merit and her adventures. Great read, wish it was longer. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    Best of the Series

    This book had everything. It made you want to laugh, cry and scream. It gave you passion, love, struggle, lust and determination. The twists never stopped. The emotional intimacy topped the physical intimacy if you can imagine that. All i could do was continually say "Awww" or clap my hands and applaud for the independence demonstrated by Merit. It was just "WOW". This is a book i will have to sit down and really read, because I skimmed the crap out of it to get to the good parts. Sullivan is so dark and brooding and he had his moments where he was being a big douche.! Especially when he brough Miss. Snooty Pants into the house. I would have slapped her a million times over. I hope to hear more from Miss. Snooty Pants, because it would seem like her and Merit would have a really good fight. I think Sullivan is going to have a problem on his hands, but Merit and him are bound to be great together. I think if she had the chance she wouldnt take her own house as a master, but be content with staying by his side.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    BEST in the series!!

    Twice Bitten is by far the best in the series! A roller-coaster of emotion that has you flipping the page to read more. Definitely a series every vampire/shifter fan should read. I really hope there will be more than 4 books in the series!

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Chicago has become the Shapeshifters haven. The master Vampire, Ethan, who has been in Chicago for some time, has decided to all a truce with the Shapeshifters and their leader, Gabriel. Ethan even gave the Shapeshifting leader his newest vampire as a bodyguard and her name is Merit. This wasn't just done as a favor to the Shapeshifters, Ethan has a hidden agenda which is having Merit work as a spy. When Gabriel's life is in danger, Merit soon figures out that this is going to be a really tough job.

    The really cool thing about this book is Merit. I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. She's a kick-ass chic with wits. Five stars!

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