Series: Jessica McClain #4
Published by Orbit on September 9, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Intimacy
Reviewed by: Kate
Jessica is on her way to Hell. After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn't have the power to stop.
Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast... new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be... or she will never make it out alive.
RED BLOODED is an unsurprising addition to the Jessica McClain series. By that I mean it follows Jessica's mishaps and constant fight for survival in a fast-paced ride through the book. Though the setting is imaginative and different, and we learn more about Jessica's history and the prophecy that everybody in the supernatural world is concerned about, which is rewarding, RED BLOODED lacks the interplay between Jessica and the more well-known characters, such as Rourke or Ray, which is disappointing.
The action-packed "road-trip" plus confrontation with bad guy formula of the Jessica McClain series works well for one or two books, but by book four, it is starting to get a bit old. I'm eager for more interactions between the characters, more chances for the relationships to develop, or develop further. In RED BLOODED, we see so little of Jessica interacting with Rourke, or Tyler, or Naomi - all the characters we have come to know and love are mostly absent. While shaking things up, like the setting or characters, is all well and good in a series, I wouldn't expect it to come so soon!
Overall, RED BLOODED is exactly what one would expect from this series. It is enjoyable, and doesn't force the reader to think too hard. This entry in the series may even be a good one for new readers, since there isn't much background needed to understand what is going on, and most everything is explained, if need be. It's a quick read, as well, and feels even quicker when you think about the time period covered in the book, which to me seemed to be less than a day. Carlson's talent for stretching out less than a day's worth of action throughout an entire book without it being boring is remarkable, but I'm ready for this story to more forward a little faster.
I'm not going to give up on Jessica yet, quite the contrary! I'm hoping for a bit more development in PURE BLOODED, the next installment in the Jessica McClain series, as at the end of RED BLOODED, Jessica is headed toward her father. All in all, these books are fun, light, and great entertainment, and continue to be worth my time. Hopefully PURE BLOODED will slow down a bit, but if not, I know I'll have a wild ride of a book ahead of me.
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