Check It and See: HOT BLOODED by Amanda Carlson

Posted 22 April, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 22 Comments

HOT BLOODED (Jessica McClain #2) by Amanda Carlson
Urban Fantasy
320 pages, paperback
Available April 23, 2013
Publisher: Orbit
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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.

Oh, I’m really liking this series! Book two picks up right where we left off — Jessica, newborn werewolf and newly in love, is going after her mate (who’s not a werewolf but, instead, some kind of cat shifter) because he was kidnapped by a bitchy Goddess (really, aren’t they all?) who wants his entrails for earrings. Yeah. She’s a real keeper.

I’ve been reading a lot of go-go-go books lately and this one is no exception, jumping in from the first page and not stopping until the very last moment. Seriously, I was exhausted following Jessica and her gang of Scoobies as they tromped around the forest, tracking down the Bitch Goddesses’ lair. And by exhausted, I mean in a wow-all-this-hiking-would-have-killed-me-but-I-like-reading-it exhausted. So, in a good way. Especially considering Jessica and those who with her are great road trip buddies and a blast to hang out with.

Rescuing her mate isn’t the only thing on Jessica’s plate. As the only female werewolf, she fulfills a scary prophecy which as all the demons (and many werewolves) on edge, since, supposedly, she’s destined to “Vanquish All Evil”. Lots of folks are gunning for her death, so it’s probably best when she secures her father’s permission (he is Alpha, after all) to save Rourke. 

Then there’s the human cop, Ray, who’s been making Jessica’s everyday life miserable. He finds out just a little too much, pokes his nose in just a little too far and winds up being dragged (well, kidnapped, technically) along on Jessica’s Woodland Adventure. To put it simply, Ray’s a hardheaded jackass. There were times I wished the gang would drop him down a ravine. But, in the end, Ray surprised me and, even though he’s still a jackass, he’s at least a useful one.

Even with the quick pace, there’s still plenty of worldbuilding within these pages. We learn more about the Prophecy of the True Lycan and its possibilities/threats, Jessica’s burgeoning powers and abilities, the strange and deadly creatures who inhabit both this world and the Underworld, and the issues that Jessica herself presents to the werewolf hierarchy. All without huge info dumps. 

With a fabulously kick-ass heroine, a rich world populated with intriguing creatures and mythology, and quest to save a love, HOT BLOODED is a fantastic addition to the urban fantasy world.

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22 Responses to “Check It and See: HOT BLOODED by Amanda Carlson”

  1. I need to read this Mary! I love that she’s the only female werewolf, it’s always fun to read about a strong, unique-in-her-world type of character. I’m a little bummed her mate is obviously missing throughout this second book as I love me some romance, but other than that this second book sounds awesome. Fabulous review my friend!

    • YOU DO!! I really enjoy that kind of set-up, too.

      I’m with you on the whole romance thing but it works this time, especially since Jessica is all gung-ho to get her man back. It’s sweet.

  2. Oh this is such a fun series. I’ve read this one and my review is tomorrow. I so agree with you. Btw, you weren’t the only one who was exhausted… didn’t it feel like you were there with them? LOL My only complaint was that there wasn’t more Rourke! 😀 I get why… but still… 😉 Can’t wait for the 3rd!!

    • SO FUN!! And at least it wasn’t just me on the exhaustion — I did feel like we were towed up that mountainside and through that forest with the gang. Because we NEEDED Rourke back! Cold Blooded needs to be out NOW!!

  3. Ray turned out to be such a surprisingly awesome character,right? I really liked him. I liked ALL the boys. I kind of missed Rourke in this one, but I love how strong Jessica’s becoming.
    Book 3 can’t come soon enough, if you ask me.

    • Ray really surprised me! And, like you, I liked ALL the boys, too. I also like that they’re there for backup and support Jessica in what she’s doing and becoming. So nice. BOOK THREE NOW, please!!

  4. I’ve been hearing good things about this series and it sounds like one I’ll have to be sure to pick up! I’m glad this one was great too!

  5. So excited to read this series! It’s been getting such great reviews, and I’m thrilled to hear you love it too, because you’re like my go to UF guru. I love go go go books, and while I’m sure I would be left in the dust if I were actually IN one, I keep up with them from the comfort of my couch just fine 🙂 Awesome review!

    • Woot! I don’t know that I’ve ever been a guru before — Ahhh! The pressure! Heh.

      You DEFINITELY need to check out this series! Jessica’s a great character and so are all the minor characters.