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Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,887 Ratings  ·  1,138 Reviews
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging acro
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by New American Library (first published August 1st 2012)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
“If you have a preferred god, Sentinel, I suggest you start praying. And soon.”

Pray that Neill will put this series out of its misery ASAP, that is.

First impressions
This is the last chance I’m giving Chicagoland Vampires. Screw this up and I’m out. Hell, I’m actually expecting a screw-up, but maybe it’s for the best. I don’t really feel like continuing this series anymore. All of this because of how things evolved between Merit, Ethan and Mallory. Well, when you put it that way it’s almost eve
My spoiler-free, general train of thought while reading Biting Cold:

Oooh, sexy times commence!...Damn, that's horrible...I hate Mallory...Yay, they're finally getting it on!...Wait, what?...Please no more love triangles!...Oh, phew, false alert....EXCUSE ME, YOU DID NOT JUST GO THERE, ETHAN!!!...I'mma DNF it...Never mind, go, Merit!...Wow, this is so interesting...Maybe I'll finish it after all...Ugh, how predictable...But wait, that was awesome!...Best ending ever!

The slightly longer version:

Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Ethan leaned in, his lips at my ear. “Irresistible force,” he said. “Immovable object. Choose the one you want to be, and do it. You are a vampire of great power, Merit. Prove it to us, to the city of Chicago, to the Houses. Prove it now.”

Expected something a bit different, but still enjoyed what I got immensely =)
Oct 02, 2012 valee rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
But I'm rating it with 2 because I'm just so sick of being disappointed by this series...

First, because the book was so damn SLOW! 80% of the book was about nothing at all. Pages and pages of what? NOTHING! just nothing important or at least not predictable. I guess I was really hopping for a master piece, I just think I -we- deserved it after the HUGE FIASCO of the previous 2 books. And while I just know we deserved a lot more than what we got, the first 80% of the
Feb 24, 2012 Ain020596 marked it as to-read

Oh Ethan, come baaaaack!!!

3 1/2 Stars!! Enjoyable enough, but I almost had to jump in the book and smack Ethan upside the head!! Jeez this is getting old!!

For the most part, we got a pretty good story, as the Mallory debacle resolves itself, she has a way to go though! Thank God for Gabriel and the shifters, I love their brand of justice and they breathed some life into this series. Overall, I was invested in the plot, and for the most part, it was original and exciting. However, I would think that the Merit and Ethan re
Alex is The Romance Fox
There might be some spoilers here…I’ll try not to give too much away if I can!!
After missing Ethan Sullivan, Cadogan House”s master vampire in Drink Deep, I let out a happy sigh!!!!...when he was brought back from life…or ashes!!!! He’s back and he’s just as cool, calm and controlling. And still as gorgeous!!
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Merit has come to terms with being a vampire and taking control of her new life. I liked seeing that.
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She’s strong, loyal and not afraid to take risks…..she trusts herself!!!
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Ethan &
Aug 03, 2012 Kt rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

(Note: If you did not read Drink Deep, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read this review or you will be horribly spoiled.)

The universe should have given Merit at least a small break for a happy reunion after certain someone's miraculous return. But that just isn't in the cards as her somewhat former best friend's turn to the dark side stands in the way. Mallory is determined to steal a something that would unleash all evil unto the world, and Merit
Merit has to contend with her best friend Mallory in this story. Contrary to most others, I've never been a Mallory fan and predicted the path she's chosen. Their showdown was interesting but I was disappointed in the outcome.

One of the most compelling aspects of this story involved the former mayor, Seth Tate. A mythological element was introduced, which made things much more interesting.

Unfortunately, one of the more tiring devices of this series involves Ethan finding, yet again, one more r
The Flooze
*2.5 to 3 stars*

Dearest Inquisitive Reader:

If you haven’t yet read the previous book in the series, Drink Deep, I bid thee SHOO. Go on now, nothing to see here. Clear off.

The Flooze

Noooowww, to those of you who are left:

Drink Deep wasn’t stellar. I found it rife with pacing issues. I despaired at Merit’s choice of companions. I failed to be impressed at her investigatory skills. I thought the wrap-up was, well, a tad boring. In my review, I made t
Meredith Barrons
Aug 09, 2012 Meredith Barrons rated it really liked it
SO much better than the last book! A lot of Ethan and Merit time in this one which is what we needed. It was frustrating waiting for the reunion that I wanted between them. I don't want to share what happens but I still think Mallory got off too easy for what she did. We only saw Jonah for a second in this one and I wanted more of him! Hopefully in the next book? It will be interesting to see where the Cadogan vampires go from here!
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Review coming soon!
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
By far my favorite in the series to date. It has a mix of everything that has made me fall in love with Ethan and Merit and their world, thus far:


My keyboard must have stopped working for a second...hmm


I loved this. I have fifty-million quotes highlighted (Yes, LITERALLY fifty million, shut up) but this is a non-review. And I think the fact that I am STILL reading this series and it has kept my attention this long speaks fo
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Wow. How does Chloe Neill continue to top herself? SO good, and I'm so excited for the next book!

Review to come.
Biting Cold
4 Stars

The Chicagoland Vampires series is definitely not great literature nor is it particularly well-written but for some reason it is addictive, like chocolate mousse - you know its bad for you but you can't help eating it anyway!

Biting Cold is the latest installment in the ongoing Merit/Ethan angst fest. Ethan is back to being a stubborn jackass who needs to be slapped upside the head. Thankfully, he eventually comes to his senses after (view spoiler)
Aug 09, 2012 Ferdy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars - spoilers

Merit and Ethan head out of Chicago to find Mallory and the Maleficium - an ancient book of magic - a book that will allow Mallory to unleash evil into the world. They also have to face a newly released Tate who wants the Maleficium for his own reasons. Merit and Ethan get more than what they bargained for though when Mallory locates the Maleficium and casts a dangerous spell.

-Merit has become so boring, she's such a bland heroine that likes to lecture and judge, she acts lik
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars.

Chloe Neill sure knows how to breathe life back into a series. I am relieved to say that Chicagoland Vampires is back on track and that Biting Cold is just as good as the first three books.

The main plot continues from the previous book. Ethan and Merit are leaving Chicago to hunt down the person who wants to steal a very powerful book, the Maleficium, and unleash the evil magic imprisoned within. They are both personally invested and unsure whether they could, or even should, hurt this
Aug 09, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
The fun is gone, just more drama…#6 is just an okay read, average, nothing outstanding IMO. Lots of story with a bit of Ethan/Merit’s romance (and thank you CN for keeping Ethan alive and well in this one). The situation with Mallory is sorted more or less, Catcher is hurt and disappointed by her actions to say the least and who knows where that will leave their relationship. Jonah drops in for a small part and my favorite shifters Gabriel and Jeff are featured. Tate is the main attraction and h ...more
Aug 16, 2012 mrsj rated it it was ok
It is just ok for me.

Nothing exciting, nothing interesting.
A little boring.
Very frustrating relationship.

What I like is that forgiveness does not come easy for Mallory for what she did.
The whole magic itch? I still don't get it.
She just changed over one book. That is so weird .

As for Tate?
Ok.. so we know who you are and why you are behaving so badly.
That showdown and the redemption? *yawn*

I will wait for you to screw up in the next book or what.
I can't forgive you. Seriously.

Merit? I
Aug 05, 2012 MISS VAIN rated it really liked it
For now, with his emerald eyes licked on mine, where I was going didn’t seem so scary.

Biting Cold begins immediately after Deep Drink, with an action packed beginning with Ethan and Merritt on a road trip to Nebraska. Yes Ethan is back!!! Yay! I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive going into Biting Cold after the events of Deep Drink because I was fearful as to who or what exactly we were getting back, when we discovered a once dead now alive Ethan. Had he been a zombie I would have died. Luckily,
Aly is so frigging bored

Buddy read with Anzu and Dee.

I am so sorry. My bullshit-meter isn't this high, it just isn't. I don't know when the series went downhill for me but I have had enough.

On this note:
-hight challenged characters? Really? We resort to that?!
-Merit is stupid
-Ethan had a personality transplant
-the plot is.... uhm... winded
-everything sucks

PS: 0.5* of the rating is for the cover.
Mistik Ink
Favorite shelves! It's been a long time since I placed a book there but omg I got all I wanted from this installment

The author have me everything I wanted: Ethan, action, hot Vamp sex and more interesting supernaturals. O'Neil hit the series back on track IMO! It was beautiful, action packed and progressive. I loved it and I'm going to re-read the first few books now!

Thank you thank you thank you for Ethan! Merit is a great heroine but... See above :-)

View all my Recommendations on
Amber I. (AwesomeSauce Book Club)
May 03, 2012 Amber I. (AwesomeSauce Book Club) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Biting Cold took me on one fun ride. Chloe Neill totally thickens the plot. We are introduced to new super naturals and there are some drastic changes happening. I already can't wait for the next book. Fans of this series are guaranteed an awesomesauce book.

Full review to come closer to pub. date.
Dec 07, 2015 AJ rated it really liked it
The sixth book in the Chicagoland series and it’s all happening!!!!

This series is a continuous story so don't even think about trying to pick it up halfway through. You definitely need to start with book 1. And having said that, anything else I say is going to be a HUGE spoiler for earlier books in the series so read this review at your own risk.

This book picks up immediately after the end of the last one – Merit and Ethan are back together and are on the road searching an unexpected enemy who i
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*

He marched to the center of the room, interrupting a cadre of half a dozen vampire who were sparring on the tatami mats that covered the floor.

“Out,” he bellowed, and no one stopped to ask for clarification. Without a word, they gathered up their things and headed for the door.

“Lock it,” Ethan directed, and I closed and locked the door behind us, my heart thudding in anticipation.

When I turned around again, he was pulling his half-buttoned shirt over his head, and his shoes were gone. His Cadoga
May 15, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it
review to come
Alyssa Calloway
I'm so proud of myself! This is the first book I created on here with librarian status. <3
Taschima Cullen
Oct 25, 2015 Taschima Cullen rated it liked it
At least people are getting their shit together around these parts.

(view spoiler)
Ethan was back again: tall, blond, fanged, and handsome...

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Yay! I get to bring back an Eric/True Blood gif!

So, I admit that I almost skipped all of book 5, following the advice of almost everyone who read it. I skimmed it - I got it - I agreed. I'm not a big fan of those "filler books" in series. Everything that the person goes through means basically nothing because the horrible thing that happened to cause it gets erased.

I'm glad he's back, though. Just maybe, don't kill people off in books
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Aug 13, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
I had a really hard time getting into this book. As a big fan of Ethan and Merit, I had high hopes for the reunion brought on by the events of Drink Deep. Granted, I wasn't overly excited by the prospect of the Mallory arc, but that turned out to be a moot issue anyway, since very little of the book is about her. Let me back up.

This book begins right where the last one left off, with Ethan and Merit in pursuit of Mallory and the dark book she covets. There are a lot of longing looks and lingerin
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--h ...more
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“The world isn’t perfect, and some days it wears you down. You can either accept that, and face it, and be a help to others instead of a hindrance. Or you can decide the rules are too tough and they shouldn’t apply to you, and you can ignore them and make things harder for everybody else. Sometimes life is about being sad and doing things anyway. Sometimes it’s about being hurt and doing things anyway. The point isn’t perfection. The point is doing it anyway.” 69 likes
“I looked at Ethan and smiled a little.
“I love you,” he mouthed.
“I love you, too,” I mouthed back.
“And I’m nauseous,” Catcher grumbled. “Let’s get on with this. I am seriously in need of a beer and a Lifetime movie.”
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