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Twice Bitten: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Merit, Chicago's newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. 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.

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. And she's not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel 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 centuries-old green-eyed Master vampire.

©2010 Chloe Neill (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A refreshing take on urban fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karen M. Krettler Oregon City, OR United States 09-25-11
    Karen M. Krettler Oregon City, OR United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Another writer for my "paranormal favorites' list"

    I have really been enjoying this vampire/supernatural series. The explanation for vampirism seems almost more plausible than most of the paranormal fiction novels I have read. For example: an alteration in the DNA. They are still living, still warm, can eat food but need blood supplements, are mostly immortal with some fatal flaws.... It is a bit irritating that we are kept in the dark as to Merit's real first name. And Merit should just boot Ethan to the curb. Cynthia Holloway's narration can be a bit confusing at times as there often isn't enough variation to differentiate between characters but she still does a pretty good read. Definitely not detracting enough to take away from the story. Bottom line is that if you enjoy listening to authors like Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Carrie Vaughn, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, J. R. Rain (another really good find), and T. A. Pratt, you will probably enjoy this series as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 01-29-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2016

    I have now I listened and read over 1500 books since 2010. Goodreads.com is a good way to find books and keep track of what you've read.

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    "Great Story."

    I have read and listened to a lot of different vampire series and this series is definitely in my top five. The story line is wonderful, the narrator is excellent, and the characters are fun. I love this series and can’t wait for the next book to come out in August. I have already listened to this series a few times and will continue to do so. 5 stars.

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    Karen 06-28-11
    Karen 06-28-11
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    "book is good, narrator not so much"

    Once again Cynthia Holloway does not make any indication to show she has noticed parentheses or asides. She is full steam ahead with her readings.

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 08-08-11
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 08-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Series!"

    I actually give this third book in the series four and a half stars. I really am hooked on Chicagoland vampires, and I am very sorry that there's only one more book (please more!!), but just two things kept this from being up there on the list of my all-time favorite vampire series.

    First reason is Merit, our intrepid heroine. She's feisty, she willful, she's stromg, resilient and sexy. But sometimes she borders on being a "Mary Sue". Mary Sue is a name given to usually female characters (sometimes male) who know more, perform better, figure things out faster than the leaders, experts or masters. They often save the day, saving everyone even though they are newbies. Merit just borders on Mary Sue-ism, but thankfully doesn't cross the line.

    The second reason is the Ethan and Merit relationship continually upstaged any of the conflicts in the plot. Their relationship started and stopped, interrupted for some conflict. I know their issues couldn't be resolved immediately, but what ended up happening was I had a difficult time caring about all the troubles with the vampires and shape-shifters because I was so distracted with Ethan/Merit. I wanted to just hurry through all the fights and arguments and get back to those two.


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    One thing made me very happy---no Red Guard! Thank goodness!!

    Anyway, loved this book and on the next (and last, hopefully not!).

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    Brad Mesquite, NV, United States 01-16-11
    Brad Mesquite, NV, United States 01-16-11
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    "Loved the Book, Loved the Narrator!"

    I liked both the previous books in this series, but this one is the best one so far (stayed up all night listening to it). I can't wait for the 4th book to release May 3rd, 2011.

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    Kindle Customer 11-12-10

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "I love these books!"

    I love the "Chicagoland Vampires" series!
    If you like books from the Paranormal Genre. You will really enjoy these books.

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    Kelly Ungelbach Michigan 05-11-13
    Kelly Ungelbach Michigan 05-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Action Packed"

    I think these books are really hitting their stride. I enjoyed this book immensely. There was tons of action between the vampires and the shifters and I really didn't see the villain coming which always makes me enjoy a book more. I loved the advancement of the relationship between Merit and Ethan. I did miss Mallory and Catcher as they didn't seem to be around quite as much as in the previous books. I'm really enjoying this book series and can't wait to listen to the next one. As a narrator, I like Cynthia Holloway and think she does an ok job though she doesn't differentiate between the characters as much as I like.

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    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 10-30-12
    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 10-30-12 Member Since 2016

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).

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    "Welcome back to the Windy City"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Twice Bitten to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, I didn't read the print version


    What other book might you compare Twice Bitten to and why?

    It's kind of a grown up version of House of Night books by P.C. Cast. The reason I say that is because all the vampires seem to live together in houses and there is girl drama. Otherwise it also has a bit of the Dresden files but not nearly as good.


    Have you listened to any of Cynthia Holloway’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one was really no different than the other two books she did in this series. Though I will say it kind of threw me off how she all of the sudden decided to change how she said Navarre house (or however it is spelled.).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I have no idea. I don't think it would make it to a third film and third time around is not the charm.


    Any additional comments?

    The story isn't bad and it's good for when you don't want to think too hard. I like the characters even! It's just not the best book I've read with the same sort of subject matter. If you want a bit of entertainment and a few chuckles but aren't looking for a book that is going to grip you by the throat and take you on a wild ride, well then this series is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hoffman AB Canada 11-03-16
    J. Hoffman AB Canada 11-03-16
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    "Wow! Its my favorite book! I love It!"
    Would you listen to Twice Bitten again? Why?

    Yes. I already have listen to it again and again. I love the third book. It is my favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twice Bitten?

    The ending when Ethan gives her, her ball with all the cubs signatures on it.


    What does Cynthia Holloway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alive voices to each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book.


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    LilyElement 07-25-16
    LilyElement 07-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.

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    "LilyElement Book Reviews - Twice Bitten"
    Any additional comments?

    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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