You'd think I'd be sick to death (no pun intended) of all the urban fantasy/vampire series I read, but I guess I just haven't had enough. Not that there aren't series out there that I've tried and given up on (Vampire Academy, the Women of the Otherworld series, and the Queen Betsy series come to mind) - but the ones that work for me, work for me, and this series seems to be turning out to be one of them.
This second book continues the adventures of Merit that began in Some Girls Bite. Merit, a grad student, is attacked by a vampire and then changed into one (by a different vampire) in order to save her life. She is not thrilled with this development - she had been perfectly happy with her safe, if rather limited life, and now she finds herself continually in dangerous situations that take her well out of her comfort zone.
But (thank goodness) she is not a character to sit around and whine about her situation, and we see her coming to terms with her life in this second book, not to mention beginning to appreciate the many positive aspects of being a vampire. In this second installment, Merit is needed to help solve a mystery that threatens the security of her vampire house - and in order to do so, she must reform the ties she'd broken off with her wealthy family. As Merit and Ethan, and the handsome, charismatic vampire who is the head of her house, pursue the investigation, it becomes clear that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
This reads more like a bridging book between the first novel and the rest of the series, but it held my attention and made me quite willing to follow Merit's story wherever it should take her. I enjoyed the interplay between her and Ethan, as well as getting to know Merit's family, particularly her sister and niece. Merit is strong and clever, but she is new to this kind of life and does make mistakes - which actually makes her more likable to this reader. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
1. Some Girls Bite
2. Friday Night Bites
3. Twice Bitten
4. Hard Bitten
5. Drink Deep
6. Biting Cold
7. House Rules
8. Biting Bad (2013)
Friday Night Bites (#2 in the Chicagoland Vampire series) by Chloe Neill (New American Library, 2009)