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Review: Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Title: Hot Blooded

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jessica McClain (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316205214 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316205214 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Kristie


It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day’s work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties…

Quick & Dirty: A fast paced, action packed book with the sole purpose for Jessica to rescue her man.

Opening Sentence: The knife pressed against my neck was pissing me off.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Hot Blooded is an action packed journey that never stops until the last page. Even when you feel like Jessica can relax for a minute she ends up with another fight on her hands or a problem to solve. I could not put this book down, I was absolutely sucked into the story of Jessica’s journey to get back her man. Full Blooded ended with a cliffhanger that had Jessica waiting to discover where her soul mate, Rourke, is being held. So naturally Hot Blooded begins with Jessica getting ready to leave with her champions (her brother and another werewolf), enemy vampires, and an annoying cop (who now knows Jessica’s secret) to rescue Rourke.

Jessica McClain takes a step back from her job as a private investigator to go after Rourke. She is still being pestered by other supernaturals because of what she is but Hot Blooded moves away from this to her strange journey to hunt down a crazy witch/goddess. Jessica runs into some crazy and terrifying supernaturals that were either thought extinct or are very rare. These different creatures were one aspect that I really enjoyed about Hot Blooded.

Jessica is also growing and truly learning more about her werewolf nature. She is taking on abilities that keep the reader guessing. Although I fear that Jessica may be growing a little too powerful. It would help if she had a few weaknesses besides not wanting her friends and family hurt by the enemy. I do agree with most of the decisions that Jessica is making even though the people around her are much more bloodthirsty with their ideas that could end Jessica’s problems once and for all.

The prophecy involving Jessica takes a new twist. Even though I have a feeling I know how it will all play out eventually, I really enjoy learning about this world and seeing how Jessica interacts with all the new creatures thrown her way.

Hot Blooded does end with another cliffhanger although it doesn’t seem as abrupt as Full Blooded. It could have been because I was more prepared for the eventual cliffhangerish ending. The second novel in the Jessica McClain urban fantasy series is told entirely through Jessica’s first person point of view.

Overall, Hot Blooded is a fast paced book after Jessica leaves to go rescue Rourke. I would recommend this series to any fan of the urban fantasy genre. I absolutely can’t wait to read what’s next when Jessica visits the vampires in Cold Blooded.

Notable Scene:

“Jessica” My father’s voice became quiet in its intensity. “I believe your body went into Stasis.”

“Stasis?” I said. “Like the Coalition? I thought only gods could do that?”

“They can. Or a god can put you in one. Stasis acts like a protective cocoon of power, but it has to be incredibly strong, because it feeds you and protects you for the length of time you’re under. I cannot put myself into Stasis.”

I gulped. “What exactly does that mean?”

“It means your body wields an incredible amount of power.” There was strain in his voice. “And you’re going to have to figure out how to manage and control it better from now on. Having any kind of ability like that is extremely dangerous. The power takes over and you lose control.” He was right. Without Tyler I might not have awoken on my own.

“Do you think it’s a special gift?” I’d never heard of a supe having “Stasis” as a special gift, but I couldn’t rule it out. “Or something to do with the Prophecy?”

“I don’t know, Jessica.” He sighed. “There’s so much we don’t know.”

Jessica McClain:

0.5 Blooded

1. Full Blooded

2. Hot Blooded

3. Cold Blooded (October 8, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Full Blooded. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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