Jul 27, 2010

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Review: Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #2)

Urban Fantasy
September 2 2009
Trade Paperback
357 pages
NAL Trade

Kick Ass Chick – Merit

From Goodreads

“Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they’re enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But if people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle—the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.

So now it’s up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn’t want peace between them—someone with an ancient grudge…”

*Sigh* Ethan…  *Sigh* Morgan…  *Giggle* Catcher…  (But I’ll get to all that in a minute)

In “Friday Night Bites”, the second installment in Chloe Neill’s ‘Chicagoland Vampires’ series, Merit has a problem.  Okay so she has a few, but the one I think everyone who reads this book pays the most attention to is the problem she has with the men.  Catcher, you watch because he’s funny and his relationship with Mallory makes you swoon and laugh out loud simultaneously.  Morgan, you watch because Merit has been tricked into dating him and you want to know if he can win her heart.  Ethan, you watch because it’s hard not to and because the chemistry between he and Merit is impossible to ignore.  By the end of this book, I was surprised by how my opinion of these three men had changed since finishing the first book.  I still really like Catcher, but my feelings towards Morgan and Ethan were swaying as much and as often as those air-filled balloon guys on the side of the road showing you exactly where the ‘super big sale’ is.

Merit is quite tormented in this book.  She still wants to be ‘pre-vampire’ Merit, but she feels duty-bound to her new Master Ethan and to her House.  When asked to re-visit her somewhat estranged family and friends, she begrudgingly accepts – to help her House.  She agrees to do many things ‘to help her House’.  She is feeling a little used.  On top of feeling a little manipulated, Merit also feels a little broken throughout this book.  And when she finally lets someone know how she has been feeling, you really feel the weight lift off, not just her shoulders, but yours as well.  Merit is very likable.  You really want her to be happy and you want her to excel in everything she undertakes.  Basically, you want her to kick butt.

I felt frustrated towards Ethan often in this book.  But as I read on, I warmed up to him.  I think there may be a heart somewhere in there.  With Morgan, I felt drawn to him and sympathized with him.  Then umm…not so much.  Apparently, be it vampire or human, all men have the ability to become babies when they don’t quite get their way.  Geez…  Unfortunately, (not wanting to give too much away, but be warned, I’m giving a little away…) Mallory and Merit have a little falling out.  Okay, it’s a little more than a little one.  But they will work things out, right?  C’mon, they just have too!!!  I heart Mallory!

I like how “Friday Night Bites” plays out.  At the end of it all, I think things are how they should be…and headed to where I hope they will go.  I’ll just have to read on to “Twice Bitten”, the next book in the series, to see if I am right in my assessment.

As for the teams, Team Morgan is now at the bottom, Team Ethan is creeping up, but Team Catcher is still on top!

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’But I’ll admit that he’s kind of offensively delicious.’

‘Like salt-and-vinegar chips.’

“He humphed and grabbed a carton of milk, then chugged directly from the cardboard spout.  Mallory and I watched him, the same grimace on both our faces.  Sure, I did the same thing with OJ, but he was a boy, and it was milk.  That was just gross.”

  1. LOL..your teams were just like mine when I read this one….but…things may change for you in the next book *cough* I love what Neill does with the menz…you want to slap them and love them 🙂

  2. Yes Mandi – slap them and love them…in a candlelit room with rose petals and champagne… 😉

  3. I can’t wait to read the third one! I think I still like Morgan more than Ethan but I am warming up to him a little more.

  4. Ladytink – I’m posting my review for the third book on Friday (it will contain some spoilers though…) You have to read Twice Bitten NOW! I think Ethan will warm you up a little more!

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