Series: Jessica McClain #5
Published by Orbit on June 16, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: One steamy sex scene
Reviewed by: Kate
Jessica arrives back from the Underworld to find her father embroiled in a battle against the Made wolves. She and her crew drop everything to join them.
Once she arrives, the threat is after her. Jessica is lured into danger when her adversary takes something precious from her. With help from an unlikely source, Jessica goes up against her creator in a battle that will decide the path of everyone involved. She must war against a new set of foes, ones who could not only steal her power, but could take her soul as well.
PURE BLOODED follows the formula that Carlson has nailed for the Jessica McClain series. With high action, evil villains around every corner, and Jessica saving the day, PURE BLOODED doesn't do much differently than previous books in the series.
Though billed in multiple places (including from the publisher) as the final book in the series, Carlson did point out on her Facebook page that there is more Jessica to come. Luckily, because as I finished PURE BLOODED, I felt a twinge of disappointment at the cliffhanger ending. No surprise there - pretty much all the Jessica McClain books have ended in a relatively unresolved manner. Jessica is always heading off to fight the next big baddie, surrounded by her loyal crew and always with tantalizing bits of information being revealed about the prophecy and Jessica's specialness in the supernatural world.
What I would have liked to see more of is character development. With all of the fighting and the travelling, it doesn't feel like Jessica really gets to develop as a character. I would say that we've seen her decision making skills grow, but not much else. Another aspect is the relationship between Jessica and Rourke. In the first book they've got some major sexual tension going on, but now that they've gotten together, it feels like there's a perfunctory sex scene between them, and then off to the races again! Not much conversation between them or growth of the relationship.
All in all, while I enjoyed PURE BLOODED, I was a little disappointed by the formulaic feel and lack of depth of the characters. However, the action and the mystery are excellent, and that is what brings me back for more. Despite my disappointments, this series has me hooked, and I know I'll be back for more.Series Titles: