First off let me give you a warning: if you haven’t read Hard Bitten (book 4) then you might want to skip my review until you’ve gotten to that point in the series. I can’t fully state my complains about certain things in this book without giving away a major spoiler for the previous book.So after a very traumatic ending for most of us readers, yes a lot of tears were shed, and a long wait to find out what happens next to see how Ms. Neill will solve this dilemma, I couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on Drink Deep two weeks early.

This book has a very end-of-the-world feel. The lakes and rivers are turning black, the sky is turning red and the city of Chicago is freaking out and blaming the vampires!

Merit is still grieving after the death of Ethan, but she’s been assigned to finding out what’s causing these phenomena and to fix them before the humans will cause bigger problems for the vampires. Cadogan House is still under investigation by the council and their new rules are causing havok with the house vampires. And we get to meet a lot more supernatural creatures!

This is also a book of BIG CHANGES. The dynamics of the series as we know it will change in my opinion. So many things were turned upside down and inside out! Most of them had interesting twists and effects and I’m excited to see where they will lead.

But I’ll tell you what my biggest issue with this book is. Merit is grieving Ethan’s death, yes. It’s only been two months since he died. How is it that now that she’s got Jonah as a partner, trying to solve the impending end of the world, she actually starts to maybe-sorta feel something like attraction for him or flirting? She sees that he’s interested! She should’ve put her foot down and stop that right away. I was not a fan of that. Like Catcher says, respect his memory. And this has me scared for what’s to come, on a personal level.

And does Ethan come back? Wouldn’t you like to know! You have to read to find out, I’m not giving anything away!

The other issue I had was the pace of the book, it felt a bit slow at the beginning, and it really got good towards the end, so much that it had me glued to the pages (and up until late in the morning).

I did cry, again, as I’ve started to expect towards the end of these books. But this time, it was not in the way I expected. I was utterly shocked with how things turned out in the end, and I can’t help but be sad for all involved.

At least we don’t get much of a cliffhanger ending. Just a bit. So I am anxiously awaiting the release of Biting Cold to embark on a new journey with Merit. Just remember, things are not what they seem, and people are not who you think!


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  1. OMG! You’re review killed me! I’ve read Hard Bitten, so I know the issue you spoke of. I so can’t wait to read this one! The end from HB really killed me, especially the last line!! So can’t wait to read this one! Already preordered it and now have to continue to wait some more.

  2. I just started to listen to Hard Bitten, I didn’t read the review for obvious reasons, I came to check your rating for it. I’m glad it got a good rating, I waited all this time to listen to Hard Bitten so I didn’t have to wait too long for this book, since I heard so much about the cliffhanger.
    I’m sure this a great review as always! 🙂

  3. I haven’t read Hard Bitten, so I didn’t read the review. I haven’t gotten that one yet.

    Now I am really wanting to read it!

    Deb T
    mammy3114 AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Awesome review! I haven’t read this series yet, I’m behind I know. But I have all of them as I was able to attend a signing with Ms. Neill and It was awesome! Waiting for a few days off coming up this Holiday season so I can dive in 🙂

  5. Awesome review!

    I agree with you about how the pace of the book felt.

    One thing that was really bugging me while reading Drink Deep was Tate. He drives me nuts. I just want know what he is and what he’s up to. Grrr…