Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Audible on 04-02-13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line...
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
Six books into the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and the writing is still just as fantastic. The heroine, Jane/Beast are still kick-ass. Faith Hunter has built an outstanding world and characters that I enjoy visiting over and over. And with Khristine Hvam’s narration, the series is a winning combination.
Jane and her new partners/family the Younger brothers cross state lines over to Mississippi to clean out some vampires. With Jane being depressed for the last couple of months the brothers can’t wait to get the old Jane back and a job is just what they all need.
Why has Jane been depressed? The events that happened in Death’s Rival left her and beast with some personal challenges and heartbreak over loosing a dear friend and finding one of themselves bound to the MoC of Louisiana. Not to mention the bastard that betrayed her. If all that wasn’t enough she pushed her boyfriend, Ricky Bo away. Jane is all messed up emotionally and Beast is not happy with her.
Let’s address the love triangle that has been forming. There’s George aka Bruiser, the primo of Leo the head blood sucker. I use to be team Bruiser until Death’s Rival. He and Jane had more passion between them and I felt like RIcky Bo was the safer choice that Jane took because she couldn’t be with Bruiser because of his loyatly to Leo. But the more I see of Ricky Bo I’m now switched teams and I can’t see me EVER being team Bruiser again.
Blood Trade was not short of the action and blood that I’ve come to expect from the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane has a job to do and she gets it done but what’s different is that it’s not just her and Beast anymore. She as a team in the Younger brothers. They have really become Jane’s family. Which she really needs after losing the family she had with her BFF Molly.
I was afraid with the additional of the older Younger brother, Eli that there was going to be another man wanting in Jane’s bed. But Faith Hunter made it clear in Blood Trade that Jane see’s Eli as a brother not a mate and Beast feels the same way. So yay. And with the way that Jane answers someone when they ask if she loves Bruiser I think it’s pretty clear that Jane may no longer be team Bruiser either. Doesn’t mean he can’t still make her heart skip a beat and if Beast had her way she would make Bruiser one of Jane’s mates.
I really enjoyed Blood Trade and how she got to see a softer side to Jane. I have hopes that Jane will work her way back to Molly and her family in the near future. The most important thing for Jane to have is friends and family to help her keep her humanity and not turn into just a killer that she fears will happen to her.
If you’re looking for a heroine with a unique bond with her beast within you really should check out Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.
Similar series: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs.
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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).