[ETA: No spoilers in this review however you may consider my reaction to this book spoilerish]
I read The Chicagoland Vampires series back to back with no break in between books. In reading the series this way I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time with the characters and become heavily invested in their stories. I’ve enjoyed each book with its solid world building, great who-done-it type mysteries and the smoking hot, albeit frustrating romantic tension between Ethan and Merit.
I just finished reading Hard Bitten yesterday and my thoughts are still all over the place on this book. I’ve tried to write a spoiler free review for you but I find myself veering off into wild incoherent babbling, spewing out specific details and theories about where this series is going. I’m sure no good can come of my ramblings and only serve to cause you all to come at me with torches and pitch forks for spoiling, so I’ve decided to keep it short and sweet.
There were many things to like about this book as with the previous books in the series. The relationships, the good strong secondary characters and as always a good mystery that makes it all come together for a nicely paced, addictive read. The only thing that kept me from reading Hard Bitten in one sitting is the fact that I have a life and responsibilities that demand that put down the book and get off the couch now and then. I very much enjoyed this fourth book in the series until the shocking ending.
When I say shocking, I mean it. What happened came totally unexpected and left me staring at the pages for a few minutes. I’m not going to lie and tell you that books don’t usually get to me and bring out strong emotions because they do. I like books that move me. But, I have to say that I’m at a loss on how to feel about the direction this book takes the series. I experienced several rapid fire emotions immediately after finishing this book and now I just can’t figure out how to feel about it.
Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely. Did I like the ending? NO. Definitely not. (Here is where I desperately want to start spewing crazy-ass theories all over the place for my piece of mind.) But, clearly there is more to the story and it’s only a mere seven months away (Drink Deep). Can you hear my bitterness in my voice? I’m not a happy reader at this point, I’m frustrated and irritated and maybe I’m being just a little bit melodramatic about it all but I can’t help it. While the ending was shocking and left me very dubious about the future of the series, I did enjoy the bulk of the story so I’m giving Hard Bitten three hearts.
Catherine will be posting her review a little later today and she does a better job than I did in expressing her thoughts on Hard Bitten. Then later in the afternoon you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Hard Bitten so do remember to check back today.