Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe NeillTwice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill

Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

byChloe Neill

Paperback | July 6, 2010

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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 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.
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...
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Title:Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451230647

ISBN - 13:9780451230645

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This series keeps getting better!!! Its definitely worth it.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best one yet! I think Neill is really hitting her stride with this installment. The evolution of Merit and her relationship with Ethan dominates this book. The shifters are in town and request that Merit and Ethan provide security for their clan meeting. Forced into close quarters together they have no choice but to struggle through some of their emotional issues. The suspense plot was well done and there was a lot of world development in this installment, outside of the vampire realm. I can't wait to see what Neill has in store for Merit next. I would recommend if you are new to the series that you start at the beginning for this one. It will make the ride that much more enjoyable.
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twice Bitten has me Undone Twice Bitten is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and, let me tell you, Chloe Neill has outdone herself in this instalment. Many layers of more supernatural goodness has been added to the world we’ve already fallen madly for. As you know, there’s no rest for the wicked, and as wicked as Merit is she’s not missing a stride since the last book. She’s thrown head first into new alliances outside of her Cadogan Sentinel position. While she deals with this new inner struggle that she can’t share with anyone, not even her sometimes beloved Master or her former witchy, best friend Mallory. Before she has a moment to feel one ounce of self pity for her loneliness, she gets thrown to the wolves. Not alone of course. Ethan has his usual furrowed brow, political strategy face on. He strikes up a bromance, with the Alpha of the shapeshifters, Gabriel. Ethan is in high hopes that they can come to alliance between the shifters and the vamps in order to strengthen their stance as supernaturals amongst the prejudices from the human world. To help move this decision and alliance along strong and steady, Merit is handed over for security duty to the shifters while working her “Merit ways.” Conveniently, Ethan decides to start training Merit for this special new job. Every area in Merit’s life sparks and multiplies with excitement and danger in the best and most surprising ways. If you thought the sexual tension, action and entertaining interactions between the supes were a good ride before, you will be losing grip of those horns you were handling with ease in Friday Night Bites. To say I loved Twice Bitten is truly an understatement. All that teasing to us loyal Chloe Neill readers has paid off, yet, leaves us hanging on and begging for more after the last page. Merit continues to be a heroine I can really get onboard with. When she takes a hit, emotionally or physically, she gets back up and gets all the more stronger with even more sass. Now for the real showstopper of this book... Merit and Ethan are an incredible duo no matter which way their “relationship” turns and twists. That may have something to do with Ethan being God to all things man, but you can’t blame the workings of a female mind and nor do I want to fight it. That fictional man is everything that makes any woman come “undone.” As much as I love the secondary characters, Sullivan and Sentinel have stolen the show. Have no worries though, you will see all the familiar faces of the minor lovable characters also. I couldn’t ask for more out this instalment.
Date published: 2010-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series The 3rd book in the Chicagoland Vampires series about newly turned vampire Merit who's finding out that she's got more power than she thought and the ongoing romantic drama of her relationship with Master vampire Ethan. I love this series, it's go humour, drama, romance, action and vampires what more could you ask for. 116/1000
Date published: 2010-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Third Installment (Be warned, this review contains spoilers) I’ve been wondering how on earth am I ever going to be able to write a review about this whole book, when there is one chapter in particular that is stuck in my head. In fact, it’s pretty much all I’ve been thinking about since I’ve read it. I think it’s one of the best chapters I’ve ever read. It’s sweet, raw, romantic, swoon worthy and very Very sexy. Of course, I am talking about Chapter 8. *sigh* Chapter 8… But that’s probably not the best place to start this review. So, I suppose I’ll start at the beginning… “Twice Bitten” is the third book in Chloe Neill’s ‘Chicagoland Vampires’ series – and so far it’s my favorite. The story is exciting, the twists are invigorating and the romantic tension between Merit and Ethan is sizzling! We get a real good look at the shifter community as Merit and Ethan are asked to stand guard during a very important gathering of the packs. I really liked the Alpha of all Alphas, Gabriel Keene! He is sharp as a character and you immediately feel his pull. You fear for his safety while you admire him for his commitment to his pack. He makes a good Alpha – one you want to stand behind. Now that I got Gabriel out of the way, why don’t I just continue to what you all want to know about: the men of ‘Chicagoland’. We don’t see much of Morgan in this installment. I don’t dislike him, but I don’t love him anymore either. Let’s just say I don’t wish him unwell and I hope he does well as Navarre’s new Master. We also don’t see much of Catcher. But what we do see is just as satisfying as in the last two books. He’s funny and clever, plain and simple. We see a little Mallory too (I know, not a man, but I’ll stick her here just the same). The short scene with the cat…HiLLariOUs! Now we may not see much of these beloved characters, but we do see much of Ethan. Boy, do you see lots of Ethan!..which takes me back to Chapter 8. It is titled ‘Hungry Eyes’. Before reading this book, the title would bring me back to Dirty Dancing and yummy Patrick Swayze wooing a sweet and naive Baby. Now, the title will forever make me think of Ethan! Oh my… *blush*Chloe shows us that it is possible to write a love scene without using harsh words or crass imagery and descriptions. This chapter is Hot with a capital H. You really feel Ethan’s need and passion and Merit’s desire and love. Two people who just have to be together and who just can’t fight it anymore. *Sigh* Will it all last? Well, we are talking about Ethan here – and that’s all I’m going to say about that… “Twice Bitten” is a fantastic addition to the series. When you finally discover who is behind the badness in this story, you just cry out ‘whoa dude!’ I could not put this one down once I started reading it. I even made my kids Kraft Dinner and skipped bath time so I could put them to bed a little earlier and read longer (and ultimately finish the book at midnight that night). I’m not proud of it, but that’s just how good the book was for me. Would you get as much out of it if you had not read the previous books? No. But if you have read them, you just HAVE to pick this one up. Team update?! I still love Catcher, but I am now Team Ethan. I just hope he doesn’t act like too much of an ass in the next book (“Hard Bitten” due out July 2011) because I think I would like to stay on team Ethan. Especially after reading Chapter 8. ;)
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Merit's got Moxy! Chloe Neill has certainly set herself up for the Grand Slam with Twice Bitten; book three of the Chicagoland Vampire Series! Readers will travel on a roller coaster of adventures and emotions that will have us all eagerly anticipating the 4th book of the series, set to release in July 2011! Merit continues to mature as a vampire and to build upon her latent abilities in an effort to become a valuable member of Cadogan House, as its Sentinel. Neill’s ability to clearly convey Merit’s experiences, both emotionally and physically, entice readers to cheer Merit to success and to adore her as a wonderfully strong, yet sassy, heroine. Ever present is the battle of wills between Merit and Ethan Sullivan (Master of Cadogan House). She may be stubborn in her fight to protect her emotions, to keep her focus on becoming a talented and effective house Sentinel; but, even stubbornness and unfailing determination won’t be enough to hold Ethan at arms length forever. Now, if they can both just get past Ethan’s deep-seated (although somewhat misguided) sense of duty to the house, maybe they will finally be able to deal with what has been right in front of them the whole time! In Twice Bitten, readers are further introduced to a myriad of supernatural characters whose politics and very way of life seems to have collided with that of the Vampire community. Once again, Merit, Ethan, and crew team up for a nail biting adventure that will keep readers on their toes, flipping pages, and most certainly ruing the chimes of the late night hours. Personally, the very thought of having to close the cover and place the story aside in an effort to catch a few Z’s was almost depressing. It was like when you’ve become totally captivated by a great movie and the power suddenly goes out! Ugh! Counting the minutes until I could once again “crawl between the covers” of Twice Bitten made for a very fitful slumber! Three cheers for Chloe Neill and the Chicagoland Vampire Series! Lastly, I have one more thing to mention…I simply can not resist…”Nanner, nanner, nannerrrrrrr! I know what Merit’s name is!...Nope! Can’t say! Run out and grab your copy of Twice Bitten today and you’ll find out!
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Third's a Charm Neill has done it again, delivering a solid, entertaining third book in this terrific series. Like its predecessors, Twice Bitten, blends the right amount of humour, action, and sexual tension. Merit continues to be one of my favourite new heroines. She's smart and sassy, with just the right amount of vulnerability and snark to keep her from being a stereotype. I couldn't put this book down and ended up finishing it late into the night. This time out, the shapeshifters are in town. It's an important event. Will they vote to withdraw from society like they did once before, or are they willing to risk exposure and stand beside their supernatural brethren, the vampires? Ethan is certainly pushing for an alliance with the shifters and to that end, he has volunteered his and Merit's services as security to Gabe, the apex (kind of like the alpha) of the shifter community, for the upcoming convocation. Merit soon finds herself up to her neck in furry politics when there is an assassination attempt on Gabe's life. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I'll just say, there is a lot of Ethan and Merit time in this installment and they are right on form. I love the give and take banter between them and the sexual tension is always delicious. There's a point in the story where I just want to smack Ethan, but he manages to redeem himself by the end and I can't wait to see what happens next - So get writing Chloe! I'm already dying for the next book. 2010-138
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Merit kicks butt! Merit is still trying to find her way in the vampire world that she was unwillingly pull into. Merit is quickly finding life more complicated with an invitation to join the secret service of the vampire world, the RG. Merit is unsure what to do. Joining could allow her to deal with Celina where others could not, but it would be a slap in the face to the master of her house, Ethan. Don’t need to complicate that relationship any further. Merit is also supposed to help the shifters prepare for their meeting to decide whether to stay in Chicago or go back to Alaska with the war that is coming. With the attack on the shifters and Merit in the middle of the hole thing she must find out who is trying to stop the proceedings and why. Adding to the complications is her relationship with Ethan, add to it the arrival of Lacey another Master vamp, and Ethan’s ex-lover. What is a sentinel to do?! This is book three in a great little series and I loved it. I kept the summary short because I could go on and on and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. There are a ton of one-liners that had me laughing, including one referencing the leather clad Merit from the cover of the book. It was an emotional roller coaster ride for both the reader and Merit. Merit is a great character because she is a strong woman who tries to do what is best and be true to herself. Yes there are other strong women characters out there, but Merit is one that is real, challenging and growing. I also liked how the book ended, it leaves the series open for a lot of growth and I can see good things coming!
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid series This is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, and all I have to say is that it was amazing. This is my favorite book in the series so far and I love that it's a consistant series as well. This book picks up where the second left off and that means Merit is still trying to get used to being a vampire since she just recently went through the full change into one. This series has a very addicting quality to it and I love that, I love the characters and of course Merit is amazing, I love thats she's a strong character but not cold enough that she doesn't feel emotions.I'm also happy that Merit and Mallory made up because her character is always fun, and of course Ethan was also great and I'm sure fans of Ethan and Merit will be very happy for a time in this book, all I can say is FINALLY, and you'll know what I'm talking about.Overall this was a great book to a solid series,definitely check it out if you haven't already and I can't wait till the next one comes out. :0)
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Addition To The Series Twice Bitten is the third novel in the Chicagoland Vampire Series & this time readers are in for a wild, fur filled ride. Merit is still coming into her own as a three month old vampire, turned without her permission when she was near death by her Master, Ethan. Merit has risen in the ranks fast, she now stands as the Cadogan Houses Sentinel & now Merit is set to protect Alpha, Gabriel. The Pack’s know a war is coming & they are deciding to stay & fight, or return to Alaska. As always with Merit & Ethan, there is out of control sexual tension & this time it’s a doozy. On top of that, Merit also finds out who has been sending her those mysterious letters, which could put a bigger strain on the rocky relationship she has with Ethan. Chloe Neill has outdone herself with Twice Bitten, just when you think she can’t make the series any better, she throws out the best novel in the series! Twice Bitten is an action packed Urban Fantasy, heavy on the action & heavy on the sexual tension. Between the action filled pace & the sexual tension I could feel all the way into my living-room, Twice Bitten is my favorite of the Chicagoland Vampire Series. I couldn’t put it down & as usual with a Chloe Neill novel, I was up until the wee hours of the morning. Did I mention we FINALLY find out what Merit’s first name is?! I didn’t even catch it right away, then I had a moment of “Whoa!”. Merit is still one of my favorite heroines, she kicks ass to put it bluntly. She’s standing up for herself more & also becoming more outgoing with her fellow Vampires. Ethan. What can I say about Ethan other then I want to hit him & then kiss it better. I love me some Ethan. Then we have the Shifter’s, and boy is there some kinda drama happening there. Fights, deaths, shootings…the Shifter’s aren’t all furry & family oriented.There is also appearances by Catcher & Mallory, even if it’s a little tense between Mal & Merit. But really, what good friendship hasn’t had it’s tense moments?! Chloe Neill’s world building continues to get better & better, you can almost feel the magic in the air. A wonderful contiunation to the series, I can’t wait for more.
Date published: 2010-07-07

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Chicagoland Vampires novels“If you are looking for a vampiric role-model, you couldn’t do any better than Merit…Chicago is lucky to have her.”— #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris“A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine.”—USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Kenner“One of my all time favorite heroines.”—Loves Romances “[For] fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”—Library Journal “Chloe Neill keeps readers right on the precipice of anticipation.”—Fresh Fiction“Delivers enough action, plot twists, and fights to satisfy the most jaded urban fantasy reader.”—Monsters and Critics“A refreshing take on urban fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly “Smart, sexy, and delightful. A must-read.”—Candace Havens, author of Dragons Prefer Blondes“A fun cast of quirky characters and smoking hot sexual tension…A stunning combination.”—Tate Hallaway, author of Honeymoon of the Dead“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”—Geek Monthly