Title: Friday Night Bites
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: New American Library
5th sentence, 74th page: I know.
You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against blood-sucking friends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite – fending off paparazzi, who are only slightly less dangerous than cross- and stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong. Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side by side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle… yet.
All that will change once they learn about the Raves, mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behaviour – but that doesn’t make good copy for a first-time reporter looking to impress his high-society family.
So now my “master” – centuries-old yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan – wants me to reconnect with my own upper-class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires… and to keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vampes to play nicey-nice – someone with an ancient grudge.
Some Girls Bite left Merit in a bit of an uncomfortable position. She had a lot of power, and a new place in the world – but it wasn’t one of her choosing and this very circumstance left her unhappy and in an emotionally compromised position. Friday Night Bites may primarily be about flinging her back into a world of political intrigue, but it is also about Merit coming to terms with this new turn in her life.
Friday Night Bites brings home the venom and power that gossip can have within one’s life – a simple rumour mill is able to set up Merit and her new family up in the worst way possible, it has the ability to ruin their lives, and the lives of those around them. Gossip may seem harmless, but it can be used as a weapon against one’s enemies and in the right hands, proves to be incredibly dangerous.
The saga of the Ethan and Merit attraction continues in this story, I do enjoy a little sexual tension, but I found Ethan’s pomp and Merit’s mistrust to be a little tedious in this book. They are so obviously going to end up together and their flirtations gained traction in this story, but to no avail, they still remain purely platonic. Points go to Merit for not succumbing to her impulses, but the tension still beggars the question – when is enough enough?