Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires Series #3)

Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires Series #3)

by Chloe Neill

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Overview

For the first time in mass market, the third book in the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series...

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with other supernaturals. Shifters 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. 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.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. Someone is gunning for Keene, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451230645
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: Chicagoland Vampires Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 187,733
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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"A refreshing take on urban fantasy." —-Publishers Weekly

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Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 395 reviews.
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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.
Shasta Bowman More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the next one. I read a lot of these types of books (Sookie Stackhouse...Morganville..Anita Blake) and Chicagoland vampires are almost #1 for me. Wonderful and exciting!
Anonymous 1 days ago
Fantastic
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and my favorite so far. This book had a more solid plot than previous books and things escalate both between Ethan and Merit and between the shapeshifters and the vampires. Definitely a must read if you enjoyed the first couple books of this series.I listed to this on audiobook and the audiobooks for this series are incredibly well done. This is one of those series that I think sounds even better than it would read; the narrator just does such a wonderful job.Shapeshifters are meeting in the Windy City and they meet to decide if they will return to their homeland or stay for the oncoming supernatural war. Ethan lends out Merit's services as a bodyguard to the shapeshifter's leader Gabriel-Keene. As the time to the Shapeshifter Convocation draws closer it becomes clear that someone has put a hit out on Gabriel. Merit continually finds herself in the line of fire. Not only that but she is trying to navigate treacherous politics between the shapeshifters and vamps while also doing one on one training sessions with Ethan to try to improve her lackluster sparring skills.This was the best book in this series so far. Things are really building to a climax in multiple ways. The shapeshifters are on the edge of either staying of fleeing as war approaches the supernatural community and the way they choose will tip the balance one way or the other. The tension between Merit and Ethan is constantly building and it was absolutely killing me to know what would happen between them. Merit is starting to understand her own powers and finally figuring out way to break down the wall she keeps hitting when she tries to spar.Romance is a huge driver in this story. The tension between Merit and Ethan is absolutely sizzling. This is one of those books where I loved Ethan and then I hated him. Seriously he jerks Merit around so much; yet he does it in a strangely understandable way. The only other series I can think of that has had me as emotionally involved as this one is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I swear there were parts of this book where I was holding my breath to see what would happen. Beyond that a lot of other neat stuff happens in this book. Lots of action in this one, Merit finds herself in a number of combat situations and performs admirably. The addition of the shapeshifters raised the stakes and ratcheted up the tension in this book, really driving the plot forward. So much depending on their decision to stay or leave. I continue to love the fun and witty banter between all of these wonderful characters.The story wraps up well, but will have people a bit frustrated I am sure. I am very eager to see where both the building-war and the Merit-Ethan thing ends up going. I am dying to read Hard Bitten now. I was a little disappointed that Mallory wasn't in the story more, she always adds a lot of fun. Hopefully we will see her more in future installments.Overall the best book in this series, absolutely stellar. If you liked the first few books in this series you'll love this one. Tons of action, building tension between the shifters and vamps, and lots of Ethan-Merit moments. This was a super engaging and fun read. Highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy. Reminds a bit of the Night Huntress series; so if you like that series I think you will love this one as well.
noahsmae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this series. The relationship between Ethan and Merit is complicated and intriguing. It seems much of the tension between the two is internally driven rather than due to circumstance. The only negative comment I would have about this series is the snarkiness of the characters. It gets a little old after a while. Otherwise, looking forward to what is ahead for Merit and Ethan.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This third book in the Chicagoland Vampires is just as fresh as the first two. Merit, a vampire for less than three months, was made Sentinel of Cadogan House due to her strength and speed, as well as her ability to feel magic and resist glamour. We deal with shifters in this book as Merit and Ethan are requested by Gabriel, the Apex of the North American Central Pack, to act as security at a meeting of four packs. The meeting will determine if the shifters stay where they are and risk being pulled into a war, or retreat to their home base in Alaska. Most aren¿t happy to have vampires included in their business. To the vampires, an alliance with the shifters would be a big deal for what they fear is coming.The relationship also heats up between Merit and Ethan, with some surprising results. The book contains a great deal of action and emotion and we¿re left with a larger playing field for possibilities in storyline with the next book.I love the characters and the storyline. Merit is destined to someday be a Master of her own House, but today she¿s got a lot to learn about fighting, politics, PR and alliances.
DijaK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't have any hopes for this book, mostly because I simply hated the previous book and by the end of Friday Night Bites, I was hating on pretty every character, esp. the main ones. But this book was surprisingly pretty good. The problems I had with the prequel, like Merit being too weak when it comes to Ethan and blowing up at people when she herself was in the wrong, and Ethan being way too annoying with his "morals", pretty much disappeared in this book. There were some pretty good twists and turns and the dialogue was quite witty. I'm really looking forward to Hard Bitten, hope these positive feelings for CVL continue in the next book.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun and probably the best one in the series so far. It¿s heavy on the romance and there¿s more relationship progression, making Twice Bitten just as emotionally intense as Friday Night Bites. What makes this series stand out is its emotional honesty and its truly sympathetic protagonist. The inner conflict and heartache Merit faces make up for the fact that she becomes a little Mary Sue-ish. (Her transformation into a badass warrior chick is fun if cliche and somewhat unrealistic.) There¿s more action this time around, which I enjoyed, but the choreography of the fight sequences could have been better written. The plot was predictable and the culprit is obvious very early on, yet it was faced-paced and the introduction of new, interesting characters made it enjoyable. Some questions are answered - we finally find out Merit¿s first name as well as more about Ethan¿s past - while other mysteries rise to the surface - for example, the unclear meaning of Merit¿s glimpse into the future. Despite its flaws, this is a surprisingly compelling novel and it¿s a great series if you¿re in the mood for light, romancy summer reading. I loved the hopeful ending and I¿ll definitely read the next book when it comes out.
AverysBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***Contains Spoilers***This book is frustrating to say the least- I don't know if I have ever so mentally and emotionally strained while reading a book I did while reading this. Whenever I became truly elated with what was happening between them Chloe would rip my heart out and stomp on it, leading me to throw my book across the room out of frustration and heartbreak.And I am further frustrated because while I would love to see Merit and Ethan together mainly because they would be a super powerful couple, I am still not exactly sure how I feel about Ethan. I understand that his house has to be a big concern to him, but exactly how big? Can he not be selfish every once and a while and go after what he truly wants? Does he always have to make sacrifices? Also, I am somewhat wary of their relationship because what would stop it from ending like Ethan and Lacey's did (especially taking into consideration that it does seem like Merit is going to be made into a Master, like Lacey was, which will eventually separate her and Ethan as their have to look after their respective houses)? Despite my frustrations I do believe that this book is exceptionally better than the second book in the series, "Friday Night Bites", however not as good as the first book in the series, "Some Girl's Bite".I was really glad to see Jeff play a larger role in this book than in the previous ones- I find him to hands down be the most intriguing character (I wanna know what he shifts into!). I think that in this book he became so much more than the quirky/ nerdy boy that we saw in the earlier books- he really pulls out his bad-ass, and dare I say, almost dangerous-bad-boy side. I also think that Fallon is a pretty bad-ass (I suppose that being in the female child in a family of boys would force her to become pretty bad-ass) and intriguing character, I can't wait to see how her and Jeff's relationship develops.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just thinking about this book....I want to pick it up and reread it. That slow build up between Merit and Ethan that I talked about in my first two reviews? (Check them out here and here.)Yeah. All I'm going to say is...WORTH. THE. WAIT. All kinds of hot. By the time some (I repeat: some) of the walls come down - I was so emotionally invested in their relationship that I about melted into a puddle of joy when progress was finally made. (Don't expect a totally happy ending though...just saying.)Anyway, besides the hotness...this was also the best so far as far as the action goes. Instead of a ton of vampire drama (although there is still that, of course)...we add in shifter drama. Merit and Ethan get in way over their heads and it is both exhilarating and hilarious to see them fight their way through the novel.This is far and away my favorite of the series thus far, and if Neill keeps getting better and better, this is going to be one of the best paranormal series out there! (Well, it already is actually - but I needed to make a dramatic statement to get my point across.)Do yourself a favor and check this series out. If you like paranormal novels, have ever considered liking paranormal novels, or heck...if you know how to read - you will fall in love with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoying the story as it lines up the growth of Merit in her role as Sentinel of Cadogan House!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and characters. Twist and turns in story. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. . . the copy editor keeps falling down on the job. Use your dictionary, for cryin' out loud. A NOVITIATE is not a person. It is a time period. It is the term that precedes the acceptance by the order (of nuns, for example) of a NOVICE into full fellowship, at which point the novice stops being one. Quit hanging lace on a Harley. Overly-adorned words generally acquire meanings they were never meant to have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Kept me looking for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
KittyTheVicariousBookworm More than 1 year ago
This story picks up right where we left off with Friday Night Bites. The world expands a little more with the development of Little Ukraine in Chicago but not so much as to require a lot of world building. I think that's for the best because I feel like the storyline moved forward quite a bit in this book and any more world building might have taken away from that. The characters continued to develop and grow in this novel. I'm especially impressed with the progression of Mallory and her training. I also like that we get to see more of Merit and what she can do than we have in the previous novels. The development of the characters, both old and new, is done relatively seamlessly with the story itself. I feel like there's a bit more depth in this book than I got to see in the last one. I loved the new direction the story went in to include the shifters. I really enjoyed reading this novel and can't wait to get into the next! For this review and more, please visit my blog at vicariousbookworm.wordpress.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she does it, but it has been showstopper after showstopper. I can't get enough of the exciting drama! Highly recommend this series as one of the best urban fantasy thrillers since Estep's elemental assassin stories. Fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This well paced, action packed, installment of the Chicagoland series will draw you in with sharp wit and believable characters that make you feel for them. Thrilling and fun, I couldn't put it down and I doubt you'll want to either.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Twice Bitten is book 3 in the Chicagoland Vampires series. Caroline Merit aka Merit is getting the hang of being the Cadogan house sentinel. Her and the master vampire of Cadogan house, Ethan Sullivan are hanging out with the shapeshifters in this installment. That made me happy since I wanted to see more of the shapeshifters. They're playing bodyguards while protecting the Alpha, Gabriel Keene. The shapeshifters are trying to decide if they should stay in Chicago and not everyone is on board. At the meeting, someone starts shooting and Merit has to save the day before one of the shifters gets killed. Things can only get worse from there, and it really made for an interesting read with lots of action. Twice Bitten was a pretty solid installment into the series. I think the shapeshifters will be playing a bigger role in the series later on (I hope so!). The vampires and shapeshifters have never really had a partnership in the past but I think there might be one in the near future. I was happy and then extremely frustrated with Ethan and Merit's relationship. Enough so that it pissed me off. Luckily there were a few appearances from the secondary characters that I've enjoyed so that was a good thing. I was mainly happy to see Merit and her BFF Mallory making up from issues in the previous book. I'll be interested to see what happens in book four, I'll have to grab the audiobook soon. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with vampires and shifters, I think you'll enjoy this series.
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Can't wait to start the next one