• Biting Bad

  • Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 8
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,615 ratings)

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Biting Bad

By: Chloe Neill
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
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Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most.

A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

©2013 Chloe Neill (P)2013 Tantor

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I love these stupid books.

I have a Master's degree in English Literature. I am also eight books into this series and have no intention of stopping. Do they make me cringe sometimes? Yes. Do I want to replace her editor, who apparently cannot pick up on repetition of words and phrases within the same paragraph? Absolutely. Do I occasionally skip forward through the sex scenes because I just cannot deal with the incredibly purple prose? Definitely.

All of that said, I am riveted by all of these attractive vampires and their problems. I've read similar series: Laurel K Hamilton and the Sookie Stackhouse novels, for example, but they always jump the shark (wereshark?) and lose me along the line. These books manage to keep all of the intrigue and sex appeal of the supernatural world without drifting into the ridiculous or the masturbatory. Neill has a real gift for coming up with plausible mysteries that are compelling without making you roll your eyes at them. Her bad guys are bad without being absurd and her good guys are good without being too perfect. It's clear that she goes into each book with a solid idea instead of just the desire for another paycheck.

Another thing she does well is actually produce likable characters instead of just deciding who the 'good guys' are and telling you to like them.

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Biting Bad/Tastes and Sounds Delicious

Being a huge fan of Chicagoland Vampire books, this book was greatly anticipated. And, it does not disappoint. The story is well thought out, the characters (who by now are old friends) are fun to reconnect with, the writing is crisp and strong and Ms Neill's voice becomes more clear and effective with each successive book. Sophie Eastlake's performance is SPOT-ON!! She delivers a great and masterful interpretation of the dialogue; her voices match the characters (she does a damn good Ethan) and the intonation/inflection certainly indicates that she didn't just pick this book up and start reading it out loud. The relationship between Ethan and Merit continues to evolve and Ms. Eastlake's reading of them reflects exactly that. Of course, the read is contingent on the writing and Ms. Neill is getting stronger with every book. I sure hope the next one is out soon and that Ms Eastlake is once again in the driver's seat as the performer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Its Late, But Its Getting Better!!

When I started this series I wasn't a big fan, and I don't think I am now. But the series is getting better and better in my opinion and lately I have started to enjoy listening to it rather than forcing myself to finish it.

A lot of changes happen when you compare it to the first few books and I like that, and few twists here and there which i didn't expect at all.. And I always like that.

it was a good read.

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Love this series!!!!!

Not so much the narration but I am still hooked on the first narrator for this series. I am getting used to the change but it's a real pity to have to. I think it should be a rule that if you start narrating a series you keep at it (unless you are voted as real crap) The story line is chugging along nicely. Not real explosive this time but a carry-on in the story..waiting on the next installment.....

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Biting Bad

I forgot how much I love this series. I am glad I added this to my list of series I wanted to complete this year and the fact that you can pick up where you left off is wonderful. This author gives us just enough detail to not over whelm each book but just enough so you remember past books.

Merit and Ethan are awesome in this book and the relationship is stronger than it ever has been. Vampire politics have a big ol’ part of this book. I have to wonder at Merit’s fathers involvement and if Ethan will allow it.

The fact that Molotov Cocktails were involved in this book you know for dang sure Merit kicked some booty.
The Ending … So sweet <3

Loved the narration as always Sophie is a favorite of mine.

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Still digging series

I’ve read most of this series & now listening to it... the characters are well written (I did see where the complaints on some review on Merritt being put on her butt ... but there was a plausible reason) ... action packed story lines that still keep me interest. I have no problem with the reader’s voice or the way she reads. I listen to 3 books a week while I work ... has anyone ever noticed that various characters voices are in other books... must be a set sound effect ... just thought it was interesting

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DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES

DON'T CHANGE NARRATOR MID SERIES AND IF YOU DO, AT LEAST GET SOMEONE WITH THE SAME STYLE.

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Fantastic

I think this might have been my favorite entry in the series. There was a lot of action, a lot of romance, and many appearances by the characters we've come to know throughout the whole series. It's nice to see the continued rehabilitation of Mallory and the apparent end of one of the arcs that's been going on over the last several books. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I can't wait until the next one comes out. Sophie Eastlake as narrator did a fantastic job.

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Highly trained warrior versus a kitchen knife?

In the first few chapters Merit gets beaten by an untrained women with a sharp stick and a random rioter with a kitchen knife. This is the highly trained sentinel. Right. And then Ethan was scared he’d “lost” the immortal vampire to a stab wound to the stomach. Is the best method to cause a dramatic situation available to make supposedly highly skilled fighters absolutely useless and able to be beaten by amateurs with kitchen utensils? An extremely annoying mechanism. And then? They charge into a building with an unknown number if unfriendlies and she tosses aside her sword to be “fair”. Just too many contrived scenarios and a plot line that was about as predictable as they come. This will be the last book I buy in this series.

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Plot is Great!

So I'm really enjoying this series. If you love more human-like vampires, you will enjoy this series. The romance between our two main characters is pretty fantastic along with the main plot.