Review: Cold Blooded

cold bloodedReviewed by Jen

For me, this is easily the strongest installment in the Jessica McClain series to date.  It feels like things are finally starting to come together.  The series arc is advancing. We’re learning more about what makes Jessica so important and powerful. And finally, Rourke and Jessica are doing something about all that sexual tension.  Hallelujah.

The book picks up immediately where the last one left off.  Marcy has been kidnapped and sorcerers are attacking Jessica and her crew.  It starts at a breakneck speed and it never lets up.  We follow Jess as she seeks help to find her friend –and to shake off the sorcerers and demons who keep trying to blow her up.

We get a closer look at the witches and the vampires as Jessica visits their camps… and I really enjoyed that. The witches are wonderfully snarky and obnoxious; the vampires, all sneering and haughty.  But Jessica manages to keep her composure no matter what the situation. Better yet, she finds a way to prevail, against even the most daunting odds.

While the action arc is great, what really makes the story are Jessica’s interactions with her growing “pack.”  Of course, the mating with Rouke was off the chain.  The sex was hot and extremely satisfying.  (I need to get me one of those big cats!)  But beyond that, I really loved the dynamic with the other wolves, Naomi, and especially Ray.  He really won me over in this book.  I’m also intrigued by Tally the witch and the Vampire Queen.  So many players… and all so tied to Jessica.

My only complaints are small. I felt like the whole Marcy thing was set up as this big deal, but had a majorly anticlimactic resolution.  Ditto on the missing dad.  And I feel like we’re sort of missing out on the couples pairings. Maybe I read too much PNR, but I feel like there should be a Marcy & James story –or a Naomi and Danny, perhaps.    If all this coupling is happening off page, I feel a little cheated.  PLUS… there is another big cliffhanger. I guess that’s just how this series rolls.

I will definitely be back for book 4.

Rating: B+

*ARC Provided by Orbit

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Cold Blooded
by Amanda Carlson
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Orbit


  1. I’m surprised you liked this one more than me. It was not favorite in the series. Still good and fan of the series should read it. I’m still not sold on Jessica and Rourke as a couple. I don’t feel like they’ve spent enough time together.

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      I agree that Jessica and Rourke need to spend more time together to sell me on feelings for each other… though I can buy insta-mates better in shifter stories than in any other genre.

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