Review: Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Posted April 22, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Hot Blooded by Amanda CarlsonHot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McClain #2
Published by Orbit on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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 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.

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...

Quickie Thought: Amanda Carlson is not a one hit wonder. Hot Blooded is nice addition to the Jessica McClain series.

The Heroine: Jessica is a freak in the supe world. She is the only female werewolf and she’s only been able to shift for about a week or so where as other werewolves can shift once they hit puberty. Jessica maybe a late bloomer but she is becoming a bad ass fast!

The Plot: Three werewolves, two vamps and a human walk into a bar….. Picture this motley crew on a journey Lord of the Rings style with Rourke being “my precious”.  Jessica leads her brother, Tyler and friend, Danny on a quest to save her new-found mate, Rourke. The werewolves get help from sibling vamps that’s on loan from the Vampire Queen. Since werewolves and vamps don’t like each other the tense is on during the trip. Plus throw in Ray, the human cop that would like nothing more than to see Jessica in jail. This group is not braiding each other’s hair and making s’mores around the camp fire.

So the group takes a long and dangerous hike up a mountain, battling some of the weirdest creatures from the Underworld. And with each new encounter Jessica learns more and more about her special abilities. But with her new abilities more and more questions pop up as to what hell she actually is and what it will mean to the future of the supe world.

Issues: I don’t have too much to complain about but the major thing I must bitch about is not enough Rourke! 90% of the book is the group making their way to find and save Rourke. I would have liked to see more of Rourke and Jessica together. But now that they are together I’m hoping we get some smexy times in the next book.

Final Thought: Hot Blooded was a little slower paced in some spots than Full Blooded but still a very strong installment in the Jessica McClain series and I can’t wait to read Cold Blooded in October.



About Amanda Carlson

Amanda is a Minnesota girl, born and bred. She started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps while in high school. She’s been writing for over ten years, but began writing fiction in earnest after her second child was born.

Her books are face-paced, filled with action and adventure. Her Jessica McClain urban fantasy series is published by ORBIT US & UK, a Hachette book imprint. Her Sin City Collectors series is her foray into paranormal romance, and they are hot and action packed. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

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7 responses to “Review: Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson

  1. This sounds interesting, I like the concept of a werewolf female character (don’t think I’ve seen that yet). I also love the fact that she’s the one out to rescue her man. Definitely gotta pick the first one up. Thanks for the review!

  2. Nice review! I love your analogy with LotR! So true!! After loving the concept but not necessarily the first book, I am enamored with Jessica and HOT BLOODED! I felt the action was just right and the plot flowed smoothly. I agree: not enough Roarke! But I have come to adore Jessica and can’t wait to read the next book!