Twice Bitten ~ Chloe Neill

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Ms. Neill did an amazing job on this book. She did not over kill the back story, as she did in the last book, Friday Night Bites. She put more into some new characters, and gave us some minor updates about some of the old characters.
But all in all this story makes me want to keep reading this series.

Shifters are meeting in Chicago. They are here to decide if they are returning to their home or if they are going to stay.
For shifters, this is a hard choice. They protect family & pack 1st. How this will effect their future? How will effect their harsh relationship with the vampires? How will this effect each of them?

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Gabreil Keene is the Pack Alpha. He can see the future. Some of what he sees, he keeps close to his heart, when it comes to the vampires. But when he allows Merit & Ethan into a meeting with the Alpha’s, a Pack social gathering  & then into ConPack. His reason is more personal than most can imagine … (Sorry, that is one thing I won’t spill.)
“I appreciate what you did tonight— both of you. You volunteered to jump into a conflict that isn’t yours, and I can’t thank Merit enough for what she did with Berna. She took a risk— took a chance— to protect her. You did good, Kitten. You did real good.”
I smiled earnestly back at the phone. “Thank you, sir.”
“Anywho, we’ve got a Pack social gathering tomorrow night. Jeff suggested you two might be interested in joining us— meeting a few more of the Keenes, getting a sense of who we are as a group. Partly, it’s a thank-you. And I don’t think we’ll have the same kind of security issues to worry about.”
I glanced up from the phone to Ethan to gauge his reaction. His eyes were wide with surprise, his lips curled into a very self-satisfied grin. “We’d be honored, Gabriel. Thank you for the invitation.”
“Well, good. One small issue— we’ll be at the Brecks’. They have a large house, as you know, so there’s room to hold us all.”
There was an awkward pause. “And how are things between you and the Brecks?” I asked.
That prompted an even longer pause. “They’ve offered to host the potluck to help mend the fence,” he said. “Beyond that, it’s between the Brecks and the Pack. Is the location going to cause any discomfort for you?”
At my reassuring nod, Ethan offered, “We’ll be fine.”

Neill, Chloe (2010-06-23). Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3): A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (pp. 113-114). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Kitten … I love how Gabriel just starting calling her that from word go. To me, it’s just personal.
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The harsh feelings between the vampires & the shifters goes back centuries. From when the shifters did not step forward & help the vampires during either Clearing. But Merit, who is friends with Jeff (who is a shifter who works for her grandfather), has the opinion to some how mend those fences. While she understand both points of view, she just seems to know that they must over come their past to have a successful future. (Or that’s my opinion from what I read.)

As for Merit & Ethan … their story is still having it’s ups & downs. Just enough to drive you nuts, but to keep your routing for them.
“Get down!” I ordered, taking the necessary steps forward, my hands at their shoulders, pressing them down, and when they didn’t budge, I yelled it again.
They hit the ground just as the hammer clicked outside, milliseconds before bullets shattered the glass in the picture window.
Adam had dropped on top of Gabriel, his arms a protective cocoon over Gabriel’s head. Ethan had done the same thing to me. His body was over mine, his arms over my head, his lips at my ear. The contact made me shudder with desire, even as chaos broke out around us. And I wasn’t thrilled about the role reversal; I was his guard, after all. I was supposed to protect him. But my rank as Sentinel didn’t stop him from surrounding me with his body and from yelling, “Be still!” even as I struggled beneath him, trying to reverse our positions to keep him out of harm’s way.
Be still, he silently repeated, as I huddled on the floor, enveloped by the feel and warmth and smell of him.

Neill, Chloe (2010-06-23). Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3): A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (p. 86). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

The tension between Mallory & Merit come to an end. It was pretty much a relief when they healed their friendship. Merit needs Mallory in her life, and visa versa. It would have been a sad event if they did not come to terms with each other.
“Science experiments. I have to learn how to work with a cat; they’re familiars, you know— and she’s into everything. She’s been here, like, four hours, and she thinks she owns my— Seriously, bad kitty! Stop that!—she thinks she owns my house. She’s destroying my kitchen. So, what’s up with you? I saw your text about some drama at the convocation?”

Neill, Chloe (2010-06-23). Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3): A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (p. 304). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Merit learns who & why she as getting invitations. Where she spends more of the story making a discussion. Will she accept or will she deny the request?
“I wasn’t sure you’d come,” a voice suddenly said from behind me.
I turned, my eyes widening at the vampire who’d addressed me. “Noah?”
More specifically, it was Noah Beck, leader of Chicago’s Rogue vampires— the ones not tied to a particular House.

Neill, Chloe (2010-06-23). Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3): A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (pp. 2-3). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

There is a lot of info in this book to take in. Although there are still some interesting facts that have not been given, I hope they come to light in later books.
But in the end, Ms. Neill knocked this one out of the park. This story is just the beginning of a new tale between the vampires & shifters. But it a new chapter all together for this entire world.
Her story telling has improved. You can tell the difference between this book & the 1st two.

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