Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #3)
October 8 2013
Received from publisher via NetGalley
Yummy Man – Rourke
Kick Ass Chick – Jessica McClain
From Goodreads –
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in…
Cold Blooded is the third book in Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series and this one people is my favorite to date.
This book starts where the last book let us off. So yes, we get about three second of calm before the action starts. Amanda is not afraid to write a little (or a lot) of action into her stories. But where I found that maybe there was a little too much in the last installment, I found the balance of action scenes to more serene scenes (or Amanda’s version of serene) was very good. We had the chance to get to know the characters better and in more depth as opposed to only seeing how they are in a high stress situation.
Jessica is really coming into her character and her role. She is still not 100% sure what her role in the world truly is but she is starting to get a hang of what she’s being thrown. It’s become part of the fun, trying to figure out exactly what Jess is meant to be in the large scheme of things. She also seems to finally realize that she is not the only person out there and that her actions will absolutely affect everyone. I liked seeing that bit of maturing in her. It suits her. I think Rourke may have something to do with that…and yes, this is where I am going to chat about him. 😉
Rourke is a cat shifter and Jessica’s mate. He is yummy. Period. He is definitely an alpha but he’s not all caveman, which I like. We also find out what sort of cat he is and let me tell you, I like! I don’t think I have ever read another shifter cat of his kind before. Really cool.
We see a bit more of Nick in this one and I like him a whole bunch. We also meet some new and very interesting characters and we learn a lot more about the vampire queen. She is going to play a pretty major role in the next book and I am very curious to see exactly how she and Jess are going to handle things. Tally was another character that surprised me. I liked her. And Marcy, well I always like her. And the twist with James! Did not see that coming until they mentioned it and then I wondered how I could have missed it. Yup, one of those twists.
Speaking of twists, there is a doozy of one at the end. It’s not ‘throw the book across the room’ worthy but pretty darn close. I am just going to say that the next book will be very interesting. And definitely a ride!
Also on the ‘twist’ subject, I really enjoyed how you never really got where the story was going in this book. Usually that is not a good thing but it really worked in this one because the pacing and the flow were great. Everything worked really well together and nothing felt forced or misplaced. Amanda did a good job with that.
One other character I feel I should chat about is Ray. Oh Ray. How I didn’t understand what you were doing in this series… In the first book, he ticked me off. I just didn’t really understand the point of him. But I knew Amanda must have something in mind for him so I mostly let it go. Then, in the second book, Ray is still there with his horrible attitude which is sort of explained but not to the point where I accept him being an arse, then Jessica takes him with her on her journey to save Rourke! I still didn’t quite understand, even after Ray’s big moment. As soon as I saw him in this book, that bad attitude was right there and, I must admit, my first thought was “what are you STILL doing here?!” We find out a lot more about Ray in this book and it seems that he will have a very big role in the next book. I am only hoping that his attitude scales back a notch. He has become a very interesting character but if his manner remains the same, I will never enjoy him.
Overall, I thought Cold Blooded was very good. Good pace, good character maturation and good story. Red Blooded is up next sometime in 2014 and I can’t wait to read it.
Books in the Jessica McClain series –
Red Blooded (2014)
And p.s. Amanda is offering a pretty nifty giveaway. You can click here to enter! (Until October 24th 2013)