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Biting Cold

(Chicagoland Vampires #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  25,343 ratings  ·  1,369 reviews
In book six of the Chicagoland Vampires series, twenty-eight-year old vampire Merit is on the hunt, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could leash catastrophic evil on the world. But, as she soon discovers, she is also the prey: an enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he'll stop at nothing to get his hands on the artifact. ...more
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by New American Library (first published August 1st 2012)
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Jessica Berry The old one, Cynthia Holloway, was excellent. I can't listen to the new audiobooks anymore. It's a shame.…moreThe old one, Cynthia Holloway, was excellent. I can't listen to the new audiobooks anymore. It's a shame.(less)

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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 e
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 =)
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Okay, since this was already the sixth book I decided to keep my review short and simple!

Do not read this review if you haven’t read the other books! If you do you’ll be hopelessly spoiled! *lol* Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!! ;-P

What I liked:
- That Merit is so self-confident and kick-ass! *lol*
- Jeff’s cheekiness! That boy is my personal superhero!!! I love the nerds!! And that moment when Merit drove in the car? Priceless!
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May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of the superb books in this series too this point have been full of action, but this one is particularly action packed. Ethan and Merit have had a very difficult time getting a relationship going and continuing between them, in this book you find out what direction it is going to take. Merit certainly has he choice of suitors and has a connection with Jonnas, he once partnering crime. She also has a secret she’s keeping from Ethan that concerns Jonnas. Way to much happens in this book to go ...more
Jul 02, 2011 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

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
Sep 17, 2011 marked it as to-read

Oh Ethan, come baaaaack!!!
May 01, 2012 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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Ethan and Gabriel; love*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 03.02.2018
Not a bad re-read. I mean, compare to my re-read of the previous books in the series, this one was better than all of them expect book one. Ethan and Merit is finally getting closer, and Merit is just getting stronger. I adore them together. I love Ethan's possessiveness and I adore his love for Merit. Let's continue the re-read then. Sad though, that this one used to be one of my favorite books... :/
“You are mine, Merit.”
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 her
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
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

So surprise, surprise but I actually liked this one.

I also found a perfect song to fit Ethan.

The song says absolutely everything that I thought about Ethan, practically word to word.

And though I liked this one better. I think I can safely drop the series here and not have any regrets. The end in this one gave me enough closure that I can easily move on to books that I'd much rather read.

To summarize my time so far reading this series, I must say it wasn't ridiculously disappointing but at the sa
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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
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
Meredith Barrons
Oct 10, 2011 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! ...more
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
Jun 16, 2011 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
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.
Jun 17, 2011 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,
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2016
“Love is a familiar; Love is a devil.
There is no evil angel but Love.”
—William Shakespeare

Biting Cold takes right off after the events in Drink Deep. Merit’s best friend, Mallory, brought Ethan Sullivan, master of Cadogan House, back to life, intent on making him a familiar and releasing an ancient evil Fortunately the spell was interrupted, but Mallory has escaped and is determined to get back the Maleficium and finish what she started.

Now Merit, together with Ethan has gone to stop Mall

Aug 07, 2012 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
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.
Amber I.
Oct 12, 2011 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.
Aug 07, 2012 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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I approached the 6th installment in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series with much trepidation because she's done some pretty crazy things to her characters in the last couple of books and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I'm sad to say that my worries weren't entirely put to rest as she does fall back into some of her old, less desirable writing habits. Granted, the story does bounce back towards the end and, House Rules does look promising but I'm still not co
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Oh this is good. Oh this is SO good ! I. Just. Love. This. Series.

It’s more or less turning me into a nervous wreck but I love it all the same. I think what I love more about Chicagoland Vampires is that the series keeps surprising me. You never know what Chloe Neill will put her poor characters through (she really has no mercy on them!). Merit’s world is ever-expanding, with new sups making an entrance, some characters becoming more important and new characters being thrown into the story. Magi
Jen Davis
Jul 28, 2012 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 Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil's Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels. 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 ...more

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“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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