Series: Jessica McClain #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit on April 23, 2013
Cover Artist: Shirley Green, Rob Shields, Chad Roberts
Reviewed by: Kate
Kissing, references to sex
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her newly found mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is positive she can save him.
But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers... if only she understood them.
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.
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...
HOT BLOODED follows the newest – and only – female werewolf in the world on her quest for her mate, who was kidnapped by an evil goddess at the end of the first book in the Jessica McClain series, FULL BLOODED. This is a good sequel with enough development to advance the series plot line, and a self contained story that has a satisfying ending for the reader.
HOT BLOODED takes place nearly entirely on the road, with brief phone updates connecting Jessica to her father and pack at home. Those wanting more answers from questions raised in FULL BLOODED may be a bit disappointed, as the focus is not on the prophecy and there is very little detail given about the southern pack and their intention to wage war, or not, on Jessica’s pack. Another thing missing is any substantial interaction between Jessica and Rourke, since the majority of the novel is her getting to him and rescuing him, with only a small amount of time near the end that they are able to spend together. What we do get is quite a bit of development of Jessica and her abilities. As Jessica is traversing a mountain to get to Rourke, there are quite a few unanticipated, crazy goddess created obstacles when they least expect them. We are introduced to many more creatures that exist in this world, and each situation allows for the discovery of more of the magic surrounding Jessica.
The strength of HOT BLOODED lies in the characters. They are unpredictable, amusing, and multi-faceted. One character in particular, Ray, changed a lot throughout the novel, and even though at the beginning I hated him, by the end I was definitely a fan. As he learned more about Jessica, while he didn’t develop exactly a friendship with her, he showed incredible strength at the end of the novel, standing up for Jessica in a moment when she needed it. The two vampires that were “lent” to Jessica from the vampire queen at the end of the previous novel were also a welcome addition to the cast. The connection Jessica forms with Naomi especially (without giving anything away) is something I can’t wait to see play out in the future. The relationship between a vampire and werewolf is clearly not a common one, and the growth of that friendship is natural and enjoyable to watch. Naomi proves to be a valuable ally to Jessica and I am eager to learn more about her.
I enjoyed HOT BLOODED--it was action packed and one of those books that is hard to put down, and I liked learning more about the world and meeting new characters. Since the ending leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger, and with the oath Jessica made to the vampire queen in the first book still unfulfilled, there is much to look forward to in the next installment of the Jessica McClain series, COLD BLOODED.
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