Vamps in Chicago!
You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi 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.
But 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 behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn’t make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.
So now my “master,” the 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 keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.
Friday Night Bites picks up a couple months after the first book of the series, Some Girls Bite, left off. The characters in this book continue developing really well throughout the story, even though I found it a little harder to identify with Merit than before. I was also a little sad to see the changes in the relationship between Merit and Mallory but I understand why they had to happen.
The world as it was set up at the beginning of the series encompasses most of Chicago and the surrounding area, but there was a little building on it with the addition of a few new places.
I was very disappointed by the cliff-hanger ending because I know I’ll have to wait to read the next book of the series. I can only imagine how those who read it right when it was published felt. I really did enjoy this book for the most part, even though life kept forcing me to put it down.
Overall, I rate Friday Night Bites 3 out of 5 bookworms.
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