Blooded sets the scene for Amanda Carlson’s new Jessica McClain series with the first full length novel, FReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
Blooded sets the scene for Amanda Carlson’s new Jessica McClain series with the first full length novel, Full Blooded being released in September.
When you take a look at the blurb you actually know what the story is all about. Jessica is born into a wolf pack and shockingly for everyone she is a woman and plainly human too. In her world wolf shifters only have male offspring- a purely testosterone ruled race. Jessica’s birth is a mystery and the majority of her pack believe her to be the “antichrist”. She’s prophecized to bring doom and destruction and the wolves around her are becoming more and more unwilling to accept her in their home.
Meet Jessica- as you can imagine growing up in such a volatile environment isn’t easy on a girl but she came out hard headed and determined. She’s strong- a fighter who might also be a bit reckless. The wolves do have super strength and all but still Jessica is clever enough to actually win confrontations. This actually made me wonder. Perhaps I missed the parts where we learn how she does that but her cunning mind and agility seem to be enough to knock out a wolf. The setting reminded me a bit of Mercy Thompson and her growing up in Bran’s pack. Well yes she never faced this kind of antagonism but still the image was locked in my mind. Jessica is strong- I really don’t want to diminish this but for me she also felt a bit naive. Where does her strong self-confidence come from? How can she really have a chance against a wolf? Perhaps I would have needed more insight into the shifters’ strength and weaknesses but for me her victories seemed to be partly because of her cunning but mostly out of luck.
Blooded centers around confrontation between Jessica and other pack members. Carlson’s fight scenes are vivid and fast paced. I did love Jessica’s snassy mouth even though I still feared she wouldn’t stand a chance. The fights are dirty, bloody and really show us not only the mean side of the wolves but also Jessica’s.
One thing I didn’t like about this novella was the seemingly endless repetitions. There was too much talk about the wolves hating her and she wanting to leave that I actually wanted to scream for her father to let her go just so she would finally shut up about that. Instead I would have loved to get a bit more than a peek at the characters who got by far not enough focus for my taste.
One little thing that always annoys me a bit is an unfitting cover. First I already knew that woman from another book but second Jessica never even touched a gun in this novella so why is it such a focus on the cover? Just as a sidenote.
Blooded gives us a short introduction into what seems to be a fascinating new urban fantasy series. I can’t wait to see how Jessica’s life outside the pack will be and I hope to get a better look into this supernatural world Carlson has created.
I give Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella 3 stars....more
I have to admit that I’m actually a bit behind on this series. I haven’t read the last 3 books in it but aReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I have to admit that I’m actually a bit behind on this series. I haven’t read the last 3 books in it but as these can be easily read as stand alones I couldn’t decline the chance to read this one.
Rogers’ Last Call series is a collection of short stories all set in the same place- Last Call, a bar where supernatural beings can sate their sexual needs without worrying about hurting someone unintentionally. The characters we meet usually have an ability which makes the hunt for a compatible sexual partner more than just complicated in real life. In Frostbite we have Kelsey- a siren. Her problem is that as soon as she says something her partners are so compelled by her voice they have to get off ASAP. Sounds nice at first but well she wants to be sated too and enjoy the journey. She wants to actually be craved because of herself and not only her voice.
On the other hand we have Cain- a dark and brooding guy with a wicked dry humor that made me chuckle. He’s a reaper and woman usually don’t go for that kind of job. I loved Cain- he’s all alpha male and still has this sweet and cuddle-worthy heart that makes us women swoon.
The one thing I need in a short story is to feel the connection to the characters. I know that some people say I shouldn’t be that harsh and expect this in such a short format but for me this connection is essential for me to like a book. Frostbite gave me this connection and I would happily read more about these two. I loved to see them “take shape” in my head and at the end I didn’t want to let them go.
The sex in this one is as hot as always. We have some BDSM and toy play but nothing too daring in my eyes. I loved to see these two discover each other. The sex scenes are full of witty banter and little teasing. I do like that. It made the whole book seem less tragic and made me even forget why we are at Last Call.
What I really love about the Last Call series is that the supernatural world it is set in always stays vague. We always meet another supernatural being be it a shifter, a demon or a siren. Frostbite was a short and entertaining read. You need some cheering up and have a free hour? Grab yourself a Last Call book and enjoy the ride- you won’t regret it.
I discovered Jill Sorenson last year and the second I read Crash Into Me I knew this author is one I haveReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I discovered Jill Sorenson last year and the second I read Crash Into Me I knew this author is one I have to keep on my radar. Since then, I read all her books and she became one of my all time favorite authors. Her books shine with great characters, heart-melting romance and a gripping suspenseful plot. Caught in the Act was all that and perhaps even a bit more.
Kari Strauss is an independent woman. She’s in her twenties and already owns her own rather successful business. But it’s not all sunshine and roses for her. Her little sister is a trouble magnet with a serious bad-news boyfriend and Kari is drawn into a world she should rather not sink deeper into. Kari is a compasionate woman with a big heart- she wants to help others even when it would be better for herself not to. A very lovable character.
Adam is a touh guy with a past. He’s on his own personal vendetta and focused to punish those who ruined his life. At first I had a hard time warming up to him. He’s so single-minded about his revenge that his compassion is lacking. I wanted to slap him when he did this and that without even thinking about anyone besides himself. Luckily that changes after a few chapters.
We also have our secondary characters- Maria and Ian. I loved their story with a passion. Maria is such a sweet and lovable girl. She’s strong in her own way and she stands up for those who matter for her. And oh my when she and Ian met again I was totally glued to the pages.
Sorenson’ s strength is characterisation. I adore how she always makes me feel so much for her characters. I’m usually not so fond of switching POVs but it does work for me with her books. At the end of each chapter I wanted to know more about this particular POV but then starting the next one I was drawn into that story line again. Very addicting and with actually noticing a few hours were spent glued to the pages.
The plot is twisted around immigration and drug cartels with some romance in the mix. Sorenson seems to have a talent for research. Her setting always seems so real- her way of projecting these things actually transports you to the scene.
Caught in the Act is a thrilling and suspenseful read. The characters shine and it will be hard to even hate the bad guys. I couldn’t put this one down and I’m already counting the days till her next title hits the shelves. An author you all should give a try. I can’t recommend Caught in the Act enough.