Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.
I really enjoyed the story in this book, even though I dislike the recap that occurs at various parts for those who haven’t read the entire rest of the series. Because of those, the story kind of stops and starts a bit. As someone who has read the previous books, I found it a bit frustrating.
However, holy freaking plot twist! I did not (even a little bit) see that one coming! I really do enjoy the characters, world, and story in this book. I can’t wait to continue this series with the next book!
Overall, I rate Hard Bitten 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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