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Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
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Jun 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-releases, urban-fantasy
Read on July 19, 2012

*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*First thoughts* ~Without giving too much away~

If you have already read Drink Deep, then I'm not spoiling anything for you. If you haven't, please revert your eyes from this review until you do!

Biting Cold picks up immediately where Drink Deep left off. Ethan and Merit are together again after his miraculous return from the dead, and on the road to Nebraska where they hope to fend off a major confrontation with Mallory Carmichael. Mallory, as you know from reading Drink Deep, is totally obsessed with the book known as the Maleficium. So obsessed, in fact, that she nearly destroyed Chicago in the process and actually escaped her prison cell which was maintained by the Order.

I appreciated the fact that Merit didn't try to sugar-coat or bury Mallory's actions. She took control of the situation and then when she knew that Mallory wasn't going to be a problem any longer, she then released her foot from off her throat and allowed her to help with the worse of the problems Merit faces.

Mallory isn't the only problem that Ethan, Merit and those who support Cadogan House have to worry about. For the first time in awhile, Seth Tate, the ex-mayor of Chicago, comes out into the spotlight and we truly get a better idea of who and what Tate is and why he is so strong.

Tate really is the story this time around. Once Mallory is controlled, Merit has to turn her attention to the fact that Tate seems to have some sort of agenda that will further put pressure on the supernatural community of Chicago to take action. He also makes up for a lot of his previous pain and suffering which included nearly destroying Merit in the process. I can forgive a character for a lot of indiscretion once I understand why he/she did what they did. Understanding WHAT Tate is, made the second half of this story even better.

Biting Cold really comes together in a nearly perfect way. The story is straight up, without any detours. Merit has been a vampire now for nearly a year. She has found her groove as a vampire, and has come to terms with the fact that she's the sentinel of the Cadogan House which comes with loads of responsibilities including saving innocent people who may or may not hate the vampires of Chicago. She also realizes her love for Ethan and I appreciated the fact that Neill didn't just toss them together like two slices of bread without the meat filing. In the end, it made their relationship more understandable and yes, desirable.

As usual, there are still issues with the Greenwich Presidium that need to be addressed, and if the second half of this is any indication, readers of this series are in for a wild and thrilling ride. I am seriously jonesing for the next edition of this series now.

Biting Cold was kindly provided to me in lieu of an honest review by NAL Penguin.

**Updated** Expected publication: August 7, 2012 by NAL Penguin
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Reading Progress

07/19/2012 page 40
12.0% "Gah, I need Tate gone permanently! He's like a fungus that just won't go away no matter how much medicine you use."
07/19/2012 page 102
30.0% "Chapter 8"
07/19/2012 page 213
63.0% "Chapter 15"

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Shelley Cover released 09/22/2011 :O)

Cindi That's just waaaay to long to have to wait!

Shelley It's getting really interesting to see all the so called 2012 releases, with this being one of them.

MISS VAIN Ooooh I like this cover!!! I'm so anxious to read Drink Deep.

Shelley It's sooooo much better than Drink Deep in my humble opinion. Drink Deeps cover just looks dorky for some reason or another.

MISS VAIN I know! The cover for Deep Drink does look dorky LOL. This one looks Fierce!!:)

Shelley Of course, we are ALL hoping for a reversal of fortunes from Hard Bitten. My goodness are we as readers finicky and demanding! :O)

message 8: by Amber (new) - added it

Amber Oh my jebuss! Merit is such a bad ass!

MISS VAIN Shelley-It must be "fixed" in Deep Drink;)) I am a demanding reader as well. Lol.

Amber-Totally agree!!

Vanka august 7th, little earlier..

Heather T net galley? or somewhere else?

Shelley Heather wrote: "net galley? or somewhere else?"

Recvd directly from NAL Penguin.

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