I am always on the look-out for a good urban fantasy/vampire series, so when one of my good GR friends recommended Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland VampiresI am always on the look-out for a good urban fantasy/vampire series, so when one of my good GR friends recommended Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires Series to me, I decided to give it a try.
Some Girls Bite is the first novel of the series and what I discovered is this author’s debut novel.
A fresh new take on vampires….they are now out of the “closet”…..it’s official….vampires have announced their existence to humans…twelve vampire houses set up in the USA….and this series tells the adventures of Chicago graduate student, Merit…yes, like Rhianna, Madonna, Pink, etc…..goes by one name only…her other names remain a mystery throughout the story….. who is attacked by a rogue vampire and lucky for her, her human life is saved by the ultra master vampire, Ethan, who is in charge of Cadogan House, situated in an upper class suburb of Chicago!!! Hey, these are rich and wealthy vampires…..and of course, the house is so totally fab… What a perfect setting…..windy, cold and dark with loads of things going bump into the night……
Merit is a normal woman, quite happy with her life as a student despite being in not good terms with her beyond rich and well-known family….
but waking up as a vampire…is so not for her… she’s not exactly thrilled being turned into a vamp…..
“I swore an oath. I’m not happy to be a vampire. It’s not the life I’d have picked. But it’s mine now, and I’ll honor that.”
but she has two choices in her new “undead” life…either become a member of Cadogan House or face being ostracized by all vampires and become a rogue…which is literally a life so not a good option……WHAT, ARE YOU CRAZY MERIT!!!! Immortality and you get to become a kick-ass, Katanga sword-wielding Sentinel with a wardrobe to die for…….
…really, I will trade places with you!!!!!! All that and I get the most gorgeous, sexy, mysterious and hot Ethan Sullivan as my master and liege!!!!
How can Merit even think twice about her new found life!!!! What can be hard about having some kind of sizzling connection to Ethan….no, this is unreal….Merit turns down becoming Ethan’s vamp lover!!!!!
“Stop. That was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened." "No?" "No." "I could offer you more.” "What?” "Power. Access. Rewards. You’d need be available only to me.” "Are you asking me to be your mistress?” "Yes.” "Oh, my God.” "Is that a yes?” "No, Ethan, Jesus. Definitely not.”
I’m pulling my hair out….
Well, there’s no going back…Merit has to get with the “program”…..learning all about those weird vampires…
“Although security and warfare had never been my gig, vampire security was highly contextual and thus incredibly interesting. There were links to history (Vampires were screwed over yesterday!) and politics (House X screwed us over yesterday!), philosophy (Why do you think they screwed us over yesterday?) and ethics (If we didn’t bite, would they have screwed us over yesterday?), and, of course, strategy (How did they screw us over? How can we keep them from screwing us over again or, better yet, screw them over first?).”
…and no way is she going to be some wimp!!
“ “I'm just warning you, I'm probably going to be a total hard-ass vamp."
Allright, that’s good…nothing more exciting than a vamp star…. So things start “hotting” up in Chicago…a vampire kills two young women and just misses Merit..remember, she’s saved by Ethan….and the evidence left at the crime scenes point to a member of the vampire houses….and Merit, after receiving her training as a rogue vampire slayer and protector of her master and his house, goes on a tracking trip to bring the bad guys down!!!!!!
Her new life is totally filled up during the hours of darkness…yes these vampires only come out at night!...training, studying, checking out her new wardrobe that is acceptable in the vampire world…like Armani…yes Armani…ooh, these vampires have a taste for the good things in life!!!!!!..wait, let me not digress….Merit’s new life also includes lots of chats and yacks with her best friend Mallory, , yes, she has blue hair and wait for it……(view spoiler)[she’s told by a sorcerer (Merit’s trainer and soon to become Mallory’s NEW boyfriend, that she’s a witch……no!!!!! Really!! (hide spoiler)] These two BFF’S forever are very close and like talking about a lot of things….
“You’re so immature.” “Blue hair. That’s all I’m saying.” “Bite me, dead girl.” I showed fang and winked at her. “Don’t tempt me, witch.”
Mallory snorted and walked out of the kitchen, calling out, "Yeah, well, you've got a purple marshmallow on your chin, hard-ass vamp.”
An engaging fast-paced plot, filled quirky and entertaining characters, humor, drama, romantic entanglements and some witty and funny dialogue, it proved to me quite an enjoyable read.
If there is one thing that I was irritated by – Merit & Mallory felt like some 18 year olds instead of being in their late twenties…some of the things they did and said felt somewhat immature and unrealistic. But I still found them both quite appealing!!!!
My favorite scene – when Merit and her friends take Ethan to a diner and feast on hot dogs……
“Sullivan, just pick it up." "My way is more genteel." "Your way is more tight ass." "Your respect for me, Sentinel, is astounding." "I'd respect you more if you took a bite of that dog." "You don't respect me any." "Like I said, I'd respect you more. More than none.”
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I was a bit disappointed with Lisa Jackson’s latest book, Close to Home. I have read so many books by this author and have really liked most of them,I was a bit disappointed with Lisa Jackson’s latest book, Close to Home. I have read so many books by this author and have really liked most of them, but this one never grabbed me!!!!
Ghosts that haunt an decrepit mansion somewhere in the Northwest Pacific overlooking Columbia River that holds family secrets, unexplained disappearances, murders , kidnappings, serial killer on the loose......and a lot of all those unexplainable things!!!! Sounds totally great.......yes, it does!!! But somehow, I found something missing in this story!!!! It didn’t pull me in!!!!
I felt a bit disconnected by the two mc’s... Sarah Stewart McAdams, who has returned to her ancestral home with her two daughters in order to renovate the mansion – I am not sure if I liked her or not…..often found myself totally irritated by some of her actions…… and Clint Walsh, who lives next door and has a past history with Sarah….I so wanted him to be more in the picture with Sarah and her daughters.
However, I adored Sarah’s daughters….Jade was so typical today’s teenager!!!! Loved her attitude and some of her lines were to die for!!!! And Gracie, the younger sister….she was so adorable with all her ghost hunting trips!!!!
The two of them made the book for me!!!!!
What did not make it for me....when the villain is revealed!!! What!!!! exactly.....my reaction!!!! It felt a bit flat for me.
Lisa Jackson is another author I like in the romantic suspense genre and although I liked this book, it wasn’t one of my favorite of hers. ...more
You see, I am not exactly “mad” about Russian heroes!!!! Yes, I admit it here…I so much prefer Greek & Italian herThis book really surprised me!!!
You see, I am not exactly “mad” about Russian heroes!!!! Yes, I admit it here…I so much prefer Greek & Italian heroes….but somehow, Alesky Dmitriev spun a web in my heart….yes, truly….here is this dark and tortured man who has this kind and lovable side to him. Never mind that he blackmailed the heroine, Clair Daniels……to becoming his lover…forget the word mistress…it’s just so passé!!!!
He did this because he wanted to get back at her boss….who, just by the way, had died and gone to heaven….or maybe hell!!!! Here we have Alesky believing that Clair had been his enemy’s lover…but no, not even….because Clair is still a virgin..in this day and age!!!! Right!!!! But I kid you not!!! She’s truly an untouched virgin!!!! And we know how much these alpha-males those that!!!!!! Let me just add that despite being a virgin, Clair Daniels takes no nonsense….a strong and lively woman who goes after what she wants. And of course, that would be????? Alesky Dmitriev!!!!!
Talk about passion and heat and tension between these two!!!!! I totally engaged with them and found them very likeable.
A lovely romance of two damaged people who find something special in each other that enables them to find their HEA together. ...more
Sandra Brown is one of my favourite romantic suspense writers and whilst her latest book, Mean Streak is a good one, it’s not as good as some of her eSandra Brown is one of my favourite romantic suspense writers and whilst her latest book, Mean Streak is a good one, it’s not as good as some of her earlier novels like Breath of Scandal and French Silk, just two of my favourites.
One of the things she does well is how she manages to surprise me every time....just when I think I have it all worked out...I know who the villain is....BAM....no, not anything I thought I knew!!!! And once again, she does this in this fast paced story that includes betrayals, murders, hillbillies, romance and a LOAD of twists and turns that you just never saw coming!!!!
I liked the heroine, Emory Charbonneau,
a successful paediatrician and reluctant heiress. She’s smart, kind, caring and totally focused.....although I questioned her sense in her husband “choice”....Jeff - self-centred, selfish, and a total loser!!!!
Anyway, Emory is training for a very important marathon that she’s taking part in and decides to travel to North Carolina mountains - where she disappears during her hike.
She wakes up in a remote cabin,
being cared by a mysterious and naturally gorgeous and sexy man,
"It was a lived-in face with a webbing of creases around his eyes, furrows at the corners of his lips, and a watchful wariness behind his eyes, which were a startling aquamarine. The cool color contrasted to his suntanned, wind-scoured face."
who refuses to tell her his name
She sank deeper into the mattress. Her concussed brain dragged her toward oblivion. She was just this side of it when she jerked into full awareness. “You never told me your name.” “That’s right,” he said. “And I won’t.”
So, I’m wondering, who is this mystery man??? Is he really a bad or good guy???
In the meantime, there’s a FBI agent on the trail of finding someone connected to some really horrible crime which seems connected to the mystery man!!!!
Whilst Emory is “incommunicado”, Jeff, her husband is suspected of foul play....and quite rightly so...what a dog....having an affair with his wife’s friend and work colleague!!!!! The story flits between the police investigation into Emory’s disappearance and the cabin where she’s being held by a man who she thinks might be very dangerous!!!! But as time passes she begins to feel attracted to the mystery man holding her “captive”. The sexual attraction is undeniable and soon both are drawn to each other.........
". . .drawing her closer and pressing his face into her giving middle, then. . ."
"He nipped the side of her neck with his teeth, wanting to mark her as his, damn well knowing he had no right to her, no right even to want her. 'Scared?' [he asked] 'No.' 'Then I'm not doing it right.'"
"Tearing his mouth free of hers, he buried his face in the ell of her shoulder and neck, his breath fast and hot against her skin. 'Yeah, okay, something has changed. When I'm by myself in the night, I'll want you.'"
I would have liked a bit more sexual tension between Emory & Mystery man but the few times they were together, worked pretty well.
During the time Emory spends in the “boondocks”, we get a look at some hillbillies that are so not nice………………in fact, they are pretty awful!!!! And they live just down the road from mystery man!!!!
Unexpected things happening all the time….her husband suspected of trying to kill Emory so he can get her fortune, his so caring and loving lover…remember she’s Emory’s friend……in between police officers trying to work out Emory’s husband’s tricks and the FBI agent, Jack Connell’s, on the search for the mystery man…………………….talk about action taking place every moment!!!!
There are some secondary characters that are interesting and likeable…the FBI agent, Jack Connelly, the two detectives working on Emory’s disappearance, Knight & Grange.
So, okay, there were some pretty predicable things but still…did I get s surprise in the end. That I never expected.
I really enjoyed this book It kept me engaged and in a way, guessing until the very end…really, I thought I got the plot all along…just to be surprised when I least expected. ...more
I have read some incredible books by this author......my favourites being some of his earlier works like Watchers, Strangers and Intensity but sadly hI have read some incredible books by this author......my favourites being some of his earlier works like Watchers, Strangers and Intensity but sadly have been a bit disappointed with some of the latest books – i haven’t been able to get into the Odd Thomas Series at all!!! But his latest book, The City, looked so good and before starting that one, decided to read the prequel.
A short introduction to some of the characters that will play a part in The City. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, a bit of a nerd and his lovely older sister Amalia form part of a really weird …let’s say beyond dysfunctional family…. Their mother gave me the creeps!!!! Their next door neighbour has died......and we soon discover that he was a really really bad man!!!!
Jonah moves in next door with his family and soon he and Malcom become best friends, whose friendship spans a few decades.
It was a good set-up for The City.....creepy, weird and strange things happening all around....what we have come to expect from this author and it really “perked” my interest to wanting to read The City. I am looking forward to a good book there!!! ...more
Stephen King is a great writer and I loved his earlier books....who can forget Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Dead Zone and my all-time favourite, The Stand!!!Stephen King is a great writer and I loved his earlier books....who can forget Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Dead Zone and my all-time favourite, The Stand!!! But since then, I have been totally disappointed in his books. Mr Mercedes is just one of those ...I did not like at all!!!! It started off really well....here’s another good one I thought!!! But no....definitely no!!! It soon turned into a boring, ....by chapter 3 or 4....it was like...do I want to continue reading this????
No I did not....I really tried...believe me!!! I love this author....but I just could not.....even skimming page after page....i could not get into the plot....PLOT...hell, this was some kind of weird plot....and characters.
Did I finish reading it???? Well, after skipping hundreds of pages....I arrived at the last chapter.........and it did nothing for me!!!
What the hell is going on with Stephen King???? When is he going to write another epic like the Stand????
Theo is tortured by his past and obsessed with revenge..............he will stop at nothing to destroy the man who caused him so much pain and fear when he was in his late teens. Whatever it takes, even if it means using his nemesis daughter!!! The gorgeous Inez da Costa...i loved this character!!!! She’s so endearing and so likeable.
And I really, really liked Theo Pantelides. Despite the darkness in his life, he’s actually incredible in the way he treats Inez....he has heart ......and so much in him to give Inez. They are incredible and awesome couple – i really loved them together...the chemistry between them is totally awesome
Loved the setting...Rio de Janeiro...one of my favourite cities......FABULOUS!!!!
This is such a wonderful series...and if you love Greek heroes... (yes, they are my favourite heroes ever...), then read all about the Pantelides brothers. They are just too fabulous for words!!!
Oh, before I forget....the use of Portuguese is done really well...i found only 1 mistake...and that's saying something because so often when authors use foreign words...they get it so wrong..but not here....WHAT...another good surprise!!!! ...more
Not having been “enamoured” with Chase in the previous book, I did have some misgivings...would I actually like the guy???? He certainly did not “grab” me!!! But what a turnaround!!!! Maybe it had something to do with the heroine...Zara Eliott...she was such a fabulous character. I totally adored her from the first time we meet her....and what could be anything weirder than taking her sister’s place as a bride .....to marry Chase Whitaker (who had been blackmailed by her father to marry her gorgeous sister!!!).
Zara is a totally adorable and likeable character. Despite all the “shit” that’s been dealt to her in life by her father and sister....she still remains a totally lovable person. The way she deals with Chase is so endearing and engaging. How could I resist someone who loves Daphne du Maurier and Phyllis A. Whitney’s books......i love those two authors!!!!! Yes, Zara and I totally connected!!!!!!
I so enjoyed the interaction and dialogue between Zara and Chase!!! Loved the setting...a Gothic house in Poughkeepsie....
Lovely seeing how the two connect and find their HEA.....not forgetting how much I liked when Zara gives her horrible sister and father the “boot”.
What a fantastic surprise. Loved this book!!!! ...more
A short novella, which is told from Jonathan’s POV and gives us his view on what happened at his ex-wife’s place after his first date with Monica andA short novella, which is told from Jonathan’s POV and gives us his view on what happened at his ex-wife’s place after his first date with Monica and also a brief glimpse into his casual relationship with his part-time submissive, Sharon.
I disliked Jessica, his ex-wife a lot. She’s such a cold and manipulative woman and am so happy that Jonathan finally sees what she’s really like.
We get a bit of his life as a dominant and the part that Sharon played in his life. I really felt for Sharon – she’s such a sad, fragile and lonely character and I would love to get more on her in the future.
I am really getting a better understanding about Jonathan’s character and I am looking forward to finding out more about his past history.
I am looking forward to how he will handle his relationship with Monica, who he’s becoming so attached to. ...more
Book #3 of what is fast becoming one of my favorite erotic series!!!! It just keeps getting better and better with each installment!!!
“My name is Mon
Book #3 of what is fast becoming one of my favorite erotic series!!!! It just keeps getting better and better with each installment!!!
“My name is Monica, and I am not submissive. I stand six feet tall in heels. I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion. I am not owned. I am music.”
I absolutely adore Monica – she’s a totally unforgettable heroine. Jonathan has told her that she’s a submissive and this is something that she struggles with…she has always been the opposite in her life, hasn’t she????
“You're both the best and worst submissive I've never met." "And you're the only dominant I've ever met." "I want to be your last. I want to ruin you for other men." "Better get cracking then, Drazen." "Sir." "Drazen, sir." He smirked.”
Jonathan is growing on me….I am totally seduced by this hot, gorgeous and sexy man………
“Today, you are the goddess my universe revolves around.”
Okay, he does have some weird and dark issues……
“Why do you want to know?” he asked. “I hate secrets.” “I have secrets I may never tell you.”
…..which just makes it so much more interesting …what things happened in his life that made him become a dominant????? I want to know!!!!!
What I also like is the way their relationship is developing….it’s not just the sexual chemistry – which is incredible and sensual and fabulous
but the emotional connection they have as well.
“My life would be the same in all the surface ways. I'd live in the same house and have the same friends. But somehow I'd changed. He'd woken me from a dreamless sleep, and I couldn't roll over and close my eyes, because, in my wakefulness I'd started dreaming.”
Something really sad happens in this story, which in some way, brings Jonathan and Monica closer to each other.
“I knew in every cough and sob, every hitched breath and chest spasm, that he’d hold me together. Whatever fell apart, he’d put right.”
It’s incredible that so much is packed into this story in such a few pages. How well she does in developing her characters so well.
If you are a lover of a well-written erotic series, then this one is for you! ...more
Despite both agreeing to a casual relationship – Jonathan doesn’t do love except with his ex-wife and Monica, beautiful, talented singer and composer,Despite both agreeing to a casual relationship – Jonathan doesn’t do love except with his ex-wife and Monica, beautiful, talented singer and composer, is cool with that because right now what matters the most to her is getting her music career on track – they can’t stop thinking of each other when apart.
Monica is beautiful, hard working, focused, ambitious, kind-hearted, sexy and loyal. She does not let past knocks in her life to stop her from striving to attain her dream. She’s not whiney!!! She’s refreshing!!!! She also cares for the people she loves, especially Gabby, friend and member of the band, whose problems could test a saint!!!! But it does not stop her from caring and loving her.
I looked at Gabby and her big blue eyes, pleading for consideration. She was mid-anxiety attack. If it continued over the coming weeks, the anxiety attacks would become less frequent and the dead stares into corners more frequent if she didn’t take her meds regularly. Then it would be trouble: another suicide attempt, or worse, a success. I loved Gabby. She was like a sister to me, but sometimes I wished for a less burdensome friend.
I have to admit that I am not crazy about her ex-first boyfriend and Gabby’s brother and her not so long ago ex-boyfriend, Kevin. What an asshole………hard to believe Monica could have ever been together with such an empty and selfish shell!!!!!
Jonathan – wow this man has some serious problems!!! How he can possible believe that he’s still in love with Jessica, his bitchy and cold ex-wife is a mystery to me!!!! But I have hopes for him....he cannot get Monica out of his head!!!!! Such a good thing too!!!
Because I love these two characters together........their chemistry is totally awesome.
Loved the part when Jonathan invites Monica to accompany him to his ex-wife’s art exhibition.....the only REAL person there is Monica!!!
Great writing, fabulous characters, fantastic storyline....what else can one ask for in a book???? ...more
This is going to be an exciting series.....a gorgeous and sexy billionaire,
“His copper hair curled at the edges, and his smile could light a thousand
This is going to be an exciting series.....a gorgeous and sexy billionaire,
“His copper hair curled at the edges, and his smile could light a thousand cities.”
with a kinky side and lots of issues
“Drazen’s lips were more than lips; they were the physical memory of myself before I shut out sex to pursue music.
and a beautiful, sassy, struggling singer
working as a waitress to make ends meet, who has sworn off men after her not so lucky with men....and set in the glam world of LA!!!! Just up my alley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a very short story....kind of like a teaser to get you into the series...and WOW....did it get me to want more of Monica & Jonathan!!!!
Loved the writing...
Well written, interesting and quirky characters, fabulous setting, hot sex.........
“He breathed a deep ahh and said, “Where did you learn to do that?” “Los Angeles High School of Performing Arts,” I said. “They taught me how to open my throat to sing. Then Kevin Wainwright taught me how to put his dick down it.” He laughed. “I’d like to thank LA Unified and Kevin Whatever for this moment.”
Another M&B author, whose books I haven't read before...or maybe I did...but certainly did not leave an impression on me....and let me just say...Another M&B author, whose books I haven't read before...or maybe I did...but certainly did not leave an impression on me....and let me just say....this book....I did not like at all!!! The synopsis sounded so interesting... i adore stories about rock stars and all that...what could be more exciting than a girl joins a band and finds her HEA!!!!!
Well, there was nothing exciting here about Caitlin, the singer in the band and the band's producer......I had such hopes for her!!!!!!
No chemistry, no excitement....no, nothing!!!!!!
Think I will give this author a miss in the future!!!!...more
What is going on with this series???? I have read most of the books and loved the first ones but after book #18, I gave up on this series.
Why did I thWhat is going on with this series???? I have read most of the books and loved the first ones but after book #18, I gave up on this series.
Why did I then read book #22? I was kind of missing Kate Scarpetta and thinking...hey the real KS might just be back???? Well, let me tell you right away..........she AIN’T!!! Kate flits from one place to another...from one dead body to another....in between making fabulous breakfast for Benton, which never gets eaten!!!!
The plot confused me....much...a lot....snipers, suspected terrorists, people being murdered here and there...connected to this one and that one........twists here and then turns there....geez, i felt like I was watching the Wimbledon Men’s final........you know where your head goes something like this....?
I didn’t get the plot!!! Why the killers kill who they did. Who were the killers??? Hell, beyond confusion!!!
And then there’s the characters........
I loved Kay S....but what happened to her??? I wanted more of her and Benton (who I loved in the previous books)...here he jumps from one place to another with a purpose I have no idea what it is!
Lucy...i adored her character but in the later books, she’s become like this weird person....i just don’t get her anymore!!! And in this story...another “fliter”......she “poofed” from place to place and EUREKA....when we are told who is behind all those weird murders!!!!! No, really!!!!
Marino..i loved the relationship between him and Kay but what the hell has happened to the guy...yes, he was always wacko and weird but now, he’s still that but more...whiney, moaning and shouting all over the place......who is this guy Marino in this story?????????????
And let me not start with the last word in the book..........SNAP!!! What the hell does that mean?????????????? Now, I HAVE to read book #23 because I NEED to KNOW!!!!!!
Yes, I will read the next KATE SCARPETTA instalment because I cannot be left hanging on there.........guess that’s what the author had in mind...or maybe not!!! Guess I will have to wait and see....and HOPE a LOT that it’s going to be an awesome read. ...more