Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: Hot Blooded

Hot Blooded

By:  Amanda Carlson

Publisher:  Orbit

Publish Date:  April 23, 2013

Format:  eARC (NetGalley), 249pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd in Jessica McClain series; 0.5 Novella ~ Blooded: Jessica McClain, 1st Book ~ Full Blooded

Recommendation:  HELL'S ON FIRE RUN!!  Run to get your copy before they're all gone!  Weeeell, worth the pre-order.

Synopsis:
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 or 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 Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...

First Sentence:
The knife pressed against my neck pissed me off.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
Jessica's been having it rough.  Supes are out to get her, attacking her at about ever turn.  And it's taking all she has to not run off to find and save Rourke, but she knows she has to be prepared and get information first.  There are rumors flying among the Supe world about her, or who she could be and what's to come - prophecies.  One Imp attacker tells her they will find her.  The demons do not want her to rule and they are hunting her.  Everyone in the supernatural world 'knows' of Jessica, except Jessica.  She's still trying to adjust to just the wolf part and so much more as it surfaces as Jessica gets her lead on the goddess who's holding Rourke and she fights her way through hell's demons to get to him.

Quick start right back into the world with Jessica.  Jessica starts right off throwing punches as she has always done all her life.  Fighting to survive.  Love the heart racing start early on, and holds to it through out.

Jessica's mind is made up and she won't let anyone stop her.  The drive is pushing her.  She will go through any and all sorts of hell to find and get Rourke, her mate, back.  Jessica is so different and learning of the supernatural world, along with herself, as she goes.  Even the world of demons, which the werewolves have never dealt with.  New beings and creatures are going to come at the top-of-the-food-chain wolves, and they are going to have to get ready for it.  With Jessica at their side.

Jessica is more powerful than she ever even imagined.  And others are taking all this in along with what they can learn from the prophecies.  Demons are surfacing, and in the end have Jessica on their short list.

Jessica makes new allies.  Ones she might be grateful to have, but also ones that might cause a stir in the werewolf world, and maybe even the supernatural world as a whole.   I really liked the new friends we come across here, and how they open up the supe world to us sharing knowledge.  Wonderful new bonds created.

We end the book with questions of a few, but the story of finding Rourke is completed here.  There are new happenings to come, and the ending sets those up to come.  Dang, can't wait for Cold Blooded!!

Constant heart-racing read, keeping the heart pounding with fevered worry and anticipation as Jessica fights for her love, friends, and her life.



*I read this book for an honest review from the author.

28 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I want it!! :D

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I really enjoyed this one too, but I have to say I was so disappointed we didn't get more Rourke! :( Need the next book pronto! :)

Larissa Benoliel said...

Great review! This series was such a nice surprise for me!

Cant wait for Cold Blooded :) and more Roarke yum! ;)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

BLodeuedd, Rourke isn't in this one as much, but you'll love what you see of Jessica and the world. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) Rourke is HOT!! And he was missed, but I loved seeing Jessica in action and all we are learning of her. :) I do love my action. lol. Thank you!!

Jackie Burris said...

Mel only question in my mind that kept me from grabbing this one off Netgalley is have not read either novella or book 1, is it necessary to enjoy the story to have done so first? I have had this series on my radar and just never gotten to it yet, as usual too many others took priority but the good thing is they took priority being books I already owned in series that I am trying to finish! :-)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Thank you Larissa!! :D So glad to chat with you earlier. :) And yes! COLD BLOOOOOODED!!!! LOL!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jackie, you don't need to read the novella at all. It's an amazing addition to the series and Jessica's character, but you don't have to. I would say read the first book as I'm a big follow a series person. But, thinking about the book, this is it's own story. You won't know what happened to Jessica to come this way or how she meet Rourke and the connection driving her to save him. It's explained, but you wouldn't have seen them grow together. But, you probably could read it with out the others. Just beware there might be a few things that are shady in meaning. But you'll understand them. I do think you'd enjoy the books though. This one isn't as much romance as the first one lead to in the end. It's full of new world and learning Jessica's abilities and action. :)

If you get it Jackie, I really do hope you love it.

kimbacaffeinate said...

Hey I actually think I have book one on my nook or kindle app..I thought the protagonist sounded kick-ass and your review confirms it, really glad this was a solid read too, thanks Melissa!

Jennifer Bielman said...

I swear, this sounds like the perfect urban fantasy. So happy to hear it was good. I have a copy as well.

rivie bleu said...

"The knife pressed against my neck pissed me off." Interesting that she thinks about it, instead of being scared. Haven't read this series yet

Silverlight said...

I own the first book and it's been sitting on my Kindle for awhile, now. I really think I'm going to love this series and need to get started w/it soon(maybe over the summer. I love action packed books w/a strong female protagonist(s). Glad you enjoyed it!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I just finished this myself (I'm about to review it), and I really love Jessica. The first book was a bit better for me, mostly because Rourke was around more, but overall, this series quickly found its place among my favorites.
Great review.

luanne said...

Why did you tell me the first sentence!?! Sounds great. I know I can trust your reviews. Now I am ready to read it. Thanks for the review.

Bea said...

This sounds like a series I'd enjoy.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Really enjoyed it as well. You were right, Melissa! I'm looking forward to return of Roy as a vamp, I really liked him too :)

Ashley said...

This sounds like a great read. Really going to have to pick up this series.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh Kimba, I absolutely loved these books. You really have to get to Full Blooded, or even the novella Blooded if you happen to have it (though novella not needed to read the series). I do hope you love them as much as I. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman, it so is! LOL! Thank you, and hope you love these as much as I am. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Rivie Bleu, I've loved this action packed UF series. It's action packed from the first sentence. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Silverlight, oh, you so need to get to this series this summer. :D Yes. lol. Hope you love it! :D

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) I think there are going to be many, like you, missing Rourke in this book. I really loved the growth of Jessica here and what we learn of her. This book really accomplished that. But the next one will be full of Rourke, I have a feeling. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

LOL! Luanne, you need this one. lol. It's a wonderful series. And thank you so much! So glad to hear you trust my reviews, but it's scary to hear it too. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh Bea, go get it!! LOL! I can't love a series any harder. This is one of my tops. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh so glad to hear Kara-Karina. There are a few new characters I'm really looking forward to. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Ashley, I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I have. :) Thank you!

Niki Luu said...

Hi,
can someone send on email me Cold blooded? pleaseeeeeeee nikiluuthanh@gmail.com

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Niki Lou, there isn't much to share about Cold Blooded. It'll be out October 2013.