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Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,583 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early. Arriving on the Vampire
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Orbit
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It seems I'm going against the GR tide with Cold Blooded. (Again). I can't deny how good and competent Ms Carlson is as a writer, but Cold Blooded, just as the title implies, left me cold. There's not much in this series that appeals to me anymore.

The only book I really loved was the prequel Blooded. But my enjoyment of the series went down with this latest novel. In part because it seems a rinse and repeat of the previous. There's the same plot and the same (and I mean the same) cliff-ending
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
With each new book, Amanda Carlson proves yet again that urban fantasy is far from being a dying genre. Her style and approach remind me of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher and possibly Diana Rowland. I dare say she is in every way their equal.

If I were to do one of my UF recommendation lists (which I will, and soon), the Jessica McClain series would find its place at the top. It contains everything I love most about the genre, while avoiding all its weaknesses. Carls
2/2 - Another exciting, fast-paced, action-packed instalment in this series. I love how the characters keep acquiring new, awesome powers due to their contact with Jessica's blood. I wasn't a big fan of Ray as the dogged detective who was going to reveal all Jessica's secrets and thought the idea of turning him was a dreadful one, but with his new powers as a reaper revealed, and shown to come in pretty handy when you're fighting demons and sorcerers and rogue 'fake' werewolves, he began to grow ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

What were your first impressions when you finished COLD BLOODED?

Annie: COLD BLOODED ended up being my favourite of the series so far. I loved the emphasis on humor and the action was tightly-written, throwing in some surprises here and there that I wasn’t expecting!

Angela: I agree with you Annie! Cold Blooded is THE BEST installment by far. Ms. Carlson had me at the very edge of my seat. There were so many twists and turns and nonstop action. Jessica and Rourke were amazing together.. Other tho
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I think I'm going to go against the grain a little bit and say that this wasn't my favorite in the series thus far.

The first 25% was a massive info dump/recap of what had already happened. I found my attention wavering and I kept putting it down, which was bumming me out because I loved the first two in the series. After that, it got better but I was never in it.

I think my problem with this book is that the plot became too complicated. There was so much happening that it got confusing, and I g
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An incredibly action-packed urban fantasy.

Opening Sentence: “Get down!” Tallulah Talbot, the most powerful witch in the country, grabbed on to my arm and hurled us both into the bushes.

The Review:

I will try to review this novel without giving away too many spoilers from previous novels. The events for this novel were set up at the end of the previous novel, Hot Blooded. Cold Blooded picks up immediately after the events of Hot Blooded with J
May 18, 2013 Booknut marked it as to-read
More Rourke! More Rourke!

Melissa Hayden
OH MY GODNESS!!! Do I love this series! Dang. Everything in one nice package for everyone. Urban Fantasy Action, Magic, Magical/Mythical Creatures galore, Story!, Characters, Love - of mated, family, and friends. AMAZING BLEND!!!


An explosion hits the parking lot - a spell from the Sorcerers sent for Jessica. On the run yet bond to find her missing best friend, Jessica heads to the heart of the witches coven, with the most powerful witch in the country - Tallulah (Tally) Talbot.
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
4 Stars

Cold Blooded is the third book in the Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson.

What can I say? When you expect that a series can’t hold you captive and waiting FOR MONTHS (yep! I am still dealing with the fact that I have to wait a MONTHS to know what’s going to happen… Not cool Mrs. Carlson, not cool), you find this one!

We started this series with Jessica completely out of touch with her real persona, and is nice to see her evolving into a confident Alpha! (Well she runs on hope in some
Sharon L
For this review and more visit my blog The Accidental Reader

This book has a lot of running around, a lot of things happening. And I think a war is coming soon. The demons wants Jessica, other sects wants Jessica. Some sects support Jessica. And it all comes back to the vampire queen.

Basically, the last book has left us with a warning regarding the underworld, and here Jessica tries to figure out what she should do while dealing with one missing friend, one angry witch, some crazy stupid dudes,
Jen (Red Hot Books)
For me, this is easily the strongest installment in the Jessica McClain series to date. It feels like things are finally starting to come together. The series arc is advancing. We’re learning more about what makes Jessica so important and powerful. And finally, Rourke and Jessica are doing something about all that sexual tension. Hallelujah.

The book picks up immediately where the last one left off. Marcy has been kidnapped and sorcerers are attacking Jessica and her crew. It starts at a breaknec
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

You know that expression “go big or go home”? Well, it must be Amanda Carlson’s motto because the only word that comes to my mind after finishing Cold Blooded is EPIC. This book is one, great, big adrenaline rush! Practically every page contains either a shocking revelation or a ferocious battle to the death. This story should even please the romance buffs out there! The sex isn’t plentiful but in Urban Fantasy, it’s about quality not quantity. If the Jessica McClain seri
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Romance will always be my favorite part of a book, as long as it's done right. And I readily admit to reading (or not reading) a book depending on the direction the author takes a romance. Many times this involves waiting for reviews or waiting for later books if it's a series. Thankfully, I have found a few couples that I absolutely adore in the Urban Fantasy genre. There's Charles and Anna from Patricia Briggs' Alpha & Omega series and Lon and Cady from Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series; ...more
Initial Thoughts: Jessica is absolutely awesome! Rourke - mmmm... What an intriguing world where the supes join forces to battle their nemesis. Warning: Ends on a cliffhanger. Can't wait for the next book.

My Review:I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. It’s hard because it is book 3 in a series, so here goes:

Cold Blooded takes place right after the events of the second book Hot Blooded. Our gang of werewolves led by Jessica McClain – the only female werewolf and part of som
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
By far, THE BEST!
This book totally rocked!!!

~This UTC Team Review is also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

What were your first impressions when you finished COLD BLOODED?

Annie: COLD BLOODED ended up being my favourite of the series so far. I loved the emphasis on humor and the action was tightly-written, throwing in some surprises here and there that I wasn’t expecting!

Angela: I agree with you Annie! Cold Blooded is THE BEST installment by far. Ms. Carlson had me at the very edge of my sea
Rashika (is tired)
When I first dived into this book, I only expected to find the book to be pleasant, like its predecessors, yet a small part of me still hoped it would be better, that there would be something more to it and I managed to hit the jackpot. This book was amazing!

We finally have Jessica and Rourke reunited and to see them function as a couple was definitely fun. Both of them have come so far from the beginning of the series and it’s nice to just see these independent and stubborn characters function
This is definitely in my top 10 reads of the year.
I love Jess and her cast of sexy, hot, strong and determine men. Tyler, Danny, Nick and Ray...
I love that there are so many very powerful women in this series. Jess, Tally and Eudoxia all bring a different skill set to the table and I enjoy all of them.
Action packed, all the getting furry, the intensity and the diplomacy Jess brings to the table.
What a cast of supernaturals...Weres, shifters, ghosts, vamps, demons...who knows maybe an angel will
the book is freaking awful. better then the first two but freakin awful . the main problem is the lead. she spends most of her time talking and talking and talking. to the point where there talking about how to fix the problem all the time and the bad guy just shows up or wakes up. it's a series problem. unfortunately it's fundamentally part of this authors writing style for this book. just stop action action action less talk more do. tyer is awful... for flow in the book to the point where he's ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

My Full Thoughts Coming Shortly!

OH Amanda, once again you leave me hanging by a thread waiting until the next book comes out before I know what happens to a certain nameless character who shalt not be named under the penalty of having my nails pulled out of my fingers. Oh yes, and chapter 8? Hawt baby! and yes, it is about time! ::applause::

*Received Early Copy For Blog Tour! October 22, 2013
Released: October 8th 2013 by Orbit
Not sure I'm liking the direction this is heading . Might not be continuing this series. We will see
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
Cold Blooded is book three in a fun and action packed urban fantasy series by author Amanda Carlson. If you're a werewolf fan this is a series you must read! Although it has some elements familiar from other were series, the Jessica McClain series still manages to feel fresh and new.

The biggest strength of these books is Jessica herself and she just grows and gets even cooler in Cold Blooded. Jessica is finally getting a better handle on her powers and being the temporary Alpha of her group and
I admit that the last books ended with me cursing the author. Mostly because even though it had a full story, it would end in such a way that was a cliffie. I hate those things and trust me, the other two books were so good it didn't need it at all for me to crave the next. Still, crave it I did and so I was happy to get this book in my hot little ereader! :D

In this series if you are sorely lacking any kind of action for your book, you will love this series as a whole. It is JAM packed with acti
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa & Friends' Bookish Life

**Minor Spoilers of the previous books

YAY! Jessica and Co are back!!! The Jessica McClain series is in my Top 3 favorite new series and I was biting my nails waiting for Cold Blooded.

The wait was more than worth it and this newest installment in the series is crazy packed with action upon action. The pace is so fast that when it was over I just kept pressing "next" on my kindle wanting more and more and more.

In Cold Blooded, Aman
Originally posted at

I’m going to try my best to avoid any spoilers for previous books in the Jessica McClain series. I know it is a newer series by a relatively new author. There are still a lot of people may not have read books one and two yet. I highly recommend that you resolve that issue ASAP.

Once again, Amanda knocked it out of the park with Cold Blooded. This book is just as fast paced and action packed as the previous books. We get to spend plenty of time with some the fav
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Remember when I said that HOT BLOODED, the second book in the Jessica McClain series, was action packed? I take it back. It was nothing compared to book three, COLD BLOODED. We pick up right after we left off in HOT BLOODED, and this time, Carlson pulls out all the stops- we’ve got witches, sorcerers, demons, vampires, ghosts, oracles, fae, and of course, werewolves. Plus, we finally find out what kind of creature Rourke shifts into! (Hint: something a
Jenese (Readers Confession)
Just like in Jessica McClain form this book was stuffed with action from beginning to end. Poor Jessica! LOL! I’m tired just thinking about her exhausting life. But, when I consider she has Rourke FINALLY by her side, then I totally understand how she has the energy.

Cold Blooded starts right after the ending of Hot Blooded. She’s finally got her man back but the happiness of being together is short lived. Now she has demons and sorcerers that are after her, not to mention the Vampire Queen still
Neyra ♦

Cold Blooded starts off with a bang (literally!). If you read Hot Blooded, you know it ended with Jessica finding out that her best-witchy friend, Marcy has been kidnapped, and her father's Lieutenant, James has gone rogue in order to search for her. You also know that the most powerful with in the Jessica McClain universe, Tallulah is Marcy's aunt and has come seeking retribution for her niece's kidnapping. This leads to Jessica, Rourke and her best friend, Nick following Tallula back to her co
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
This is an original review from

Cold Blooded is the third book in Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series. Jessica is always in trouble. She is a magnet for it. Every freaking supernatural in the world is after her ass and she is accidentally building a freak team of supe’s …so to sum it up – Awesome! Cold Blooded is jammed packed of non-stop action. So much action actually I started to feel a little overwhelmed by it. Very few books I would ever say have “too much kic
Stephanie F
This book starts where Hot Blooded ended. Jess comes back to find Marcy has been kidnapped. This doesn't bode well for Jess since it puts her in path of a very powerful witch and her coven. James has gone off on his own and a rogue wolf pack is after Jessica's father.
This book is full of nonstop action, danger and the building of alliances between all the supernatural sects. Some are allies and some are enemies but they all want a piece of Jessica. We get more Rourke in this book and some sexy t
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Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.
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