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Drink Deep

(Chicagoland Vampires #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  30,108 ratings  ·  1,880 reviews
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city iself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay lo ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by New American Library
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Wendy Darling
*Spoiler-Free* Don't worry, Chicagoland fans. *pat pat* Everything will be okay.

4.5 starsIt's been two months since the nail-biting events of Hard Bitten, and Merit is still dealing with the fall-out from what occurred. As Cadogan House is investigated for mismanagement and blood rations keep everyone on edge, there's also trouble when Lake Michigan suddenly turns black and fingers are pointed at the vamps. Merit must work together with Jonah, the attractive captain of the guards at Grey House,
Well. My one-book-brief love affair with this series has certainly come to an end.

Why Drink Deep is the greatest disappointment of 2011:

1. Story = Filler. Until the very last 2 chapters or so, most of the story is pretty much nonexistent and it's apparent that Neill tried (and failed, I might add) to build up the suspense about what will become of Ethan, and the "story" part of the book was simply added out of obligation. Really, NOTHING happens in Drink Deep. If you haven't yet read the book:
Seena Seena
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Kat Kennedy
Why can't Merit just bitch slap Catcher AND Mallory? They both treat her like shit and she just takes it. Especially Catcher. ...more
Mrs. Badass
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nov-2011
Hey People? This Ranting Review may spoil the book for it at your own risk Okay? If you read it and it spoils something for you, don't come yelling at me

Badass Book Review

I'm out peeps. All done with Meritverse.

I'm not sure I can adequately express my irritation with the character directions that seem to come out of left field, so I'm not even going to try.

How can you spend four books cultivating relationships and then squander them away in the blink of an eye..or in the stake of a h
After the punch-you-in-the-face ending of Hard Bitten, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Drink Deep. I enjoyed it as much as the next addicted-to-this-series reader but here are some spoiler annoyances (and they ARE spoilers, so don’t click them if you are going to read this):
1. (view spoiler)
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another amazing 5 star book in this series. It’s still unpredictable, entertaining, with amazing characters and magic in abundance. Although not all the magic is good. I enjoy all the different problems that arise and how the characters work through them together and on there own. Merit is an amazing vampire and star of the series, she goes to all lengths necessary too save lives, Chicago and stamp out evil.
Apr 12, 2011 added it
I personally don't think I can survive if 'you-know-who' (dont want to spoil hard bitten)doesn't come back.I think i speak for everybody when i say PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE bring him back!! ...more
Jen Davis
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series and you haven't read this book yet, there's only one reason you are reading this review. You want to know if somehow... some way... Ethan comes back. Well, let me address this right off the bat. (view spoiler)

Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that I did alot of crying. Again. It's been two month since the events
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: uf
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Amber I.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am not going to give away any spoilers but I am afraid if you know me you will try and read between the lines. I don't think I give anything away but if you are close to me you may want to wait to read this.

Hard Bitten, hurt me. I was a mess from that ending. And when I was reading Drink Deep, I swear I am a crazy mess but out of no where I would picture those moments with Ethan and Merit. There was no reason for it but I was like seriously longing for it. I would be reading then I would get c
4.5/5 stars.

There are not that many books that are as massively and agonizingly awaited as Drink Deep. The only other one I can think of that kept me squirming and checking in my mail box this year was Shadowfever.
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I had been left very underwhelmed by Hard Bitten - well, final jaw-dropper aside obviously - and I was therefore suspicious of this new book, wondering how Neill would ext
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nov-2011
Perhaps I was overly generous with my review of book 4 - I see no mention of Ethan in that synopsis...he better be in the book.
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Warning - may contain mild spoilers....

OK. I had high hopes for this one. I mean, after the events of the last book, or rather the last agonizing 10 pages; the author had to give us something, right?

Well…it wasn’t enough. It really felt like something was lacking in the book. I couldn’t stay focused on the story. Many reviewers have said it and I’ll reiterate: Not enough Ethan!
Sure, Jonah steps in to fill the void. Jonah is great – he’s gorgeous, he’s smart, he’s an incredible guy. The
Anzu The Great Destroyer
~~~ Before I start I should let you know that I made a little “explanation corner” at the bottom of my review. I think I’ll start using this more since I use funky words most people don’t understand. So if you see a “*” or something know what you should go to the bottom of the page blah blah blah you get it, you’re smart kids ~~~

I can’t express how happy I am right now. No no, calm down people, I’m not happy because this book is awesome. I’m happy because I’m finally done with it. My fire needs
Alex is The Romance Fox
I was pretty upset how the previous ended and how I would cope with just Merit.
Ethan was the character I most like in this series, even when he's being a total idiot when it comes to Merit.

Most of this story deals with some odds things happenning in Chicago. Some dark and bad magic is in the air and water and no one knows what it is or who is doing it.

Merit teams up with Jonah from Grey House. I am not too keen with these two being a couple.

I said in my previous review how Mallory totally irrit
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Let’s take Drink Deep section by section.

Except I’m going to do something different.
I'm going to start backwards. Yes, from the ending to the middle and the beginning. The ending was worth the slumpy beginning and the slushy middle.

The Ending
The ending had an apocalyptic feel with all the destruction, intrigue and deceptions. There are betrayals and revelations. The plot twists were enough to catch me off guard. Still, as far-fetched as it all was, the author made me believ
The Flooze

Drink Deep is a hard book to review without issuing spoilers. Forgive me if this ends up on the vague side.

I bought the book at this week’s New York Comic Con, only realizing once I got home that I’d beat the general release by two weeks. Yay for publishers exhibiting at cons!

The last installment of Chicagoland Vamps left fans reeling. It was a game-changer, and although I wasn’t surprised by the events of that book, I was anxious to see how Neill would play things out.

The answer is…a lit
DRINK DEEP is the book all Chicagoland Vampire fans need to read to feel comfort after the little incident where all hell breaks loose in Hard Bitten. I feel like everyone will get some comfort and feel calm and won't go throwing their books across the room a second time. I think fans will be very satisfied, some things are resolved, but not all things. Does Ethan come back? You'll have to read to find out because I'm not touching that topic.

DRINK DEEP would have to be my least favorite in the C
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Gimme that can of nothing-happens! I'm not sure if Karen Marie Moning started the trend, but Chloe Neill continues the admirable streak of filler books. Watching reruns of Who's the Boss?, studying my teeth in the mirror-- I was so bored reading Drink Deep that I dragged my feet returning to the novel to watch plastic bags instead.

Deep's first three chapters act strictly as review while Merit regurgitates Lindsey's relationship to Luc, Mallory's hair dyeing habits, and every item from previous b
All Things Urban Fantasy
The ending of HARD BITTEN was a bit of a fox in the hen house for most fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I had started the book impressed with the risks Neill takes with her characters, and the ending in no way changed that for me. Still, DRINK DEEP is the book that many will look to, for vindication or reparations. For myself, I can only say Neill continues to balance the emotional development of her characters and the events of their world with a masterful hand. This is a series I love ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
That's what I will never understand. Was it just me or books 1,2 and 3 were just totally A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.? So why change something that was working so fine? That's the question. I still adore Merit and I believe she is a great heroine with some interesting powers and unknown possibilities on her future. I will never get tired of reading about her life. I love all the rest of the characters as well and I can't wait to read more about them, even tho
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Scary skinny ugly chick on cover... :/ huh? Why?
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Doesn't work without Ethan*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 01.02.2018
This book was never my favorite. In fact, it was - when I first read this book - my least favorite in the series. And that hasn't changed at all. Nothing's the same without Ethan. Plus, I wish we had gotten more Gabriel in this series. He's hot. So is Ethan. I want Ethan to be more powerful though...

The characters:
Caroline ‘Merit’ ‘Mer’ Merit (becomes vampire at 27, but is 28 in years), Sentinel of the Cadogan House.
Ethan ‘L
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Book 5 in the Chicagoland series picks up a couple of months after the end of the last book. Merit is still struggling to deal with the events at the end of Hard Bitten (as was I), but she is a strong and determined vampire, and she has pulled herself together and is moving on. And just in time, because there is SO much going on!

Chicago is about to get a taste of super scary supernatural goings on. Lake Michigan and the Chicago River suddenly turn black and stop moving, the sky is turni
Please fix this "mistake" Mrs. Neill!!! :( I'm devastated
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Emotionally drained. Pretty much speechless. Definitely giddy. That’s me after reading Drink Deep.

Chloe Neill you are insane. It is not human to have both your poor characters and poor readers go through such an emotional roller-coaster. Despair and sadness: Merit’s grief felt incredibly real (that scene when she sleeps in Ethan’s room is just heartbreaking) and her dreams were… there’s no word for it really. Frustration and disapointment: Catcher, Mallory. Anger and rage: Frank, the GP, Tate… n
Drink Deep
4 Stars

This installment is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the plot is predictable but it is nevertheless entertaining with some compelling symbolism and interesting character development. On the other hand, the juvenile dialogue and immature behavior still grates on the nerves and Merit really needs to be more kick-ass.

The story revolves around Merit's investigation into several supernatural disasters and the ultimate explanation, while obvious to anyone paying attention, is nonetheles

Don't miss the 5th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series.


The sky is turning red and the waters are turning black. Who's doing it?

a. The nymphs, little bitches that they are.
b. The siren, the siren's doing it. She's mean.
c. Duh, the shifters of course. They are such animals.
d. It was the fairies! Haven't you read Fever? They're all end-of-the-worldy.
e. Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!

Follow Merit's investigation as she runs into one dead end after the other throughout the book,
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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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“There was a time,” he finally said, “when I would have acknowledged your reticence and given you time and space to reach your own decision.”
He tipped my head down again and slid his fingers to the back of my neck, sending shivers down my spine. Then he lowered his lips to my ear.
“This is not that time, Merit.”
And then his mouth was on mine, and he took my breath away again. He kissed me like a man possessed, like a man with nothing more on his mind but the taste and feel of me.
Like a man returned to life.”
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