Vampire troubles have been all over the news in the last few months. Now the shapeshifters, still in the closet, are debating whether to stay where they currently are and help defend the vamps against possible persecution, or retreat to their lands in Alaska. Gabriel, their leader, doesn’t expect this to be a battle of words alone, and so Merit and Ethan are working as his bodyguards.
Violence does erupt, and Merit learns of a planned hit on Gabriel. Now she must ferret out who is plotting against him and stop the assassination. Along the way, she has to deal with shifters’ prejudice against vamps and vice versa.
Meanwhile, Merit’s relationship with Ethan takes a few steps forward… and a few steps backward. The “downs” are made extra poignant by the fact that Merit is so normal. Her heartache is something almost all of us can relate to, and I love the way she held her head up anyway.
As for Ethan, I have to admit that, after an inauspicious beginning, he has grown on me — though there were moments in Chloe Neill’s Twice Bitten (2010) when I wanted to shout at him for being an idiot!
Other plot threads include friendship developments (with Mallory and with Merit’s fellow Cadogan vamps) and an invitation that tests Merit’s loyalty to her House.
I enjoyed Twice Bitten, absolutely loved the ending, and admired Merit for her strength in the face of all kinds of challenges. I can’t wait to start Hard Bitten.
Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.