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

6319978Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle yet.

But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff.

So now my “master,” the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.

Review:

A strong followup to Some Girls Bite. For every bit I like, though, something else bothers me.  Shall we?

Yea – the villain is developing over several books, making for a more nuanced Big Bad.
Meh – as a result there’s no huge Big Bad fight.

Yea – good guy relationships are becoming more nuanced and minor characters are getting fleshed out.
Meh – every guy is still hot and drooling over Merit.

Yea – some hanging but forgotten threads are pulled back in and put to use.
Meh – the book ends on a cliffhanger.

All in all I’m glad I’m started the Chicagoland Vampire series and look forward to Merit’s further adventures.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

8856528Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. He has centuries’ worth of charm but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

Review:

I love vampires.  Not all vampires, mind you, but I never get sick of them, even when the rest of the world decides they’re blasé.  So starting the Chicagoland Vampire series?  It’s like coming home.

The good:

  • The older heroine (27, gasp) means that she has brains, isn’t easily swayed by idiotic notions, and stands up for herself.  No Too Stupid To Live women here!  Check out what Merit says to the guy who turned her:

    “Whatever happened six days ago, I belong to no one by myself, Sullivan, and least of all you.”
    “You are what I made you.”
    “I make myself.”

    ~fist pump~

  • The world building is nicely paced and keeps you wondering about things without leaving too many unanswered questions.  Neill manages to introduce not only vampires but also sorcerers, shifters, and nymphs without going into info dump mode – well done indeed.
  • Everyone is acting logically, even if we don’t know the logic straight off.  There’s no obtuseness for the sake of being obtuse.
  • It’s fun!  Just the escape I needed from ~waves hands~ 2018 that I was looking for.

The not-so-good:

  • Merit’s descriptions of guys got to me, always talking about their lips and sexiness.

    His head was shaved, his eyes pale green, his lips full and sensuous.  Had it not been for the annoyed look on his face, I’d have said he was incredibly sexy.

    I was expecting this kind of description for a special guy but it’s all the guys, and every supernatural dude is a sexy hunk.  Less objectification would have been nice.

  • More character diversity would have been nice, too.

That’s it, though.  This is a series I can binge on – great plot with interesting characters and sexy parts with some fights and female friendship thrown in.  A hearty recommend for urban fantasy types, and paranormal romance people will enjoy it, too.