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Cold Blooded

(Jessica McClain #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,459 ratings  ·  218 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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Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy

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
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 Jessi
Apr 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
More Rourke! More Rourke!


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
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
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
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
Melissa Hayden
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
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 ½ 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 som
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
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
Jen Davis
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sharon L
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-2013, 00tlohy, 00iown
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,
keikii Eats Books
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
58 points/100 (3 stars/5)

Warning: Cliffhanger (status: again??)

Now that Jessica has Rourke back, everything is better. Just kidding, her Dad's second, James, has gone missing, her friend has been kidnapped, there are demons after her, and Ray, the newly turned vampire, is causing problems. If that wasn't bad enough, a child oracle sends her down to New Orleans where Jessica gets more than she bargained for.

This felt more like a side story than a part of the series. Jessica has a hundred problems
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
*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 ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, shifter
Not bad, series is starting to flag a little which was expected the more books in I got. Still a fun read.
Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)
Grrr another cliffhanger and the time frame since the first book is at most 2 weeks, though it may be only a week as there are inconsistencies. I like the story and premise. On to book 4...
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 3 stars: Liked it, but I had some issues (B-)
Originally Posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by NetGalley

The third story in the Jessica McClain series picks up immediately after the conclusion of the previous book, Hot Blooded. Jessica, her mate Rourke, and their various pack mates and friends have just survived a nasty encounter with the crazed goddess Selena. Now the group is being questioned by a powerful witch, Tally, on the disappearance of her niece, Jessi
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this e-ARC from the publishers via Netgalley for the Cold Blooded Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Amanda Carlson's Cold Blooded was a fascinating read! First off, LOVE this cover!! the best of the series so far for sure! The cover both shows our werewolf heroine with the full moon behind her, along with a church and bats--vampire bats, perhaps?!

I only had vague recollections of what happened last time, I knew the main scheme of
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
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

One of the things I’ve come to love about the Jessica McClain series is just how much fun I have while reading them. Cold Blooded was no different, as we follow Jessica in an action-packed adventure trying to navigate the political minefield that is her supernatural world.

Picking up right where Hot Blooded left off, Cold Bl
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
COLD BLOODED, the third installment in the Jessica McClain series is yet again full of actions, snarky dialogue and more supernatural surprises than I can count on my fingers!

Like the previous two books in the series, COLD BLOODED picks up exactly where we left off in HOT BLOODED. Jessica is in the mist of trying to figure out where everyone is while making her way to New Orleans as an army of sorcerers and demons track her down. Jessica’s only hopes for survival lies in the hands of last perso
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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
The storyline picks straight up from where we left book two…. Jessica gets home from rescuing Rourke to find that Marcy has been kidnapped by Sorcerers and that James has gone rogue in an attempt to find her, Tally, the leader of the Witches places the responsibility of finding her on Jess. Jess was always going to look for her Bff anyway but that becomes a different story when Jess becomes the hunted and on finding that Marcy isn’t as defenceless as people assume she is… it all becomes about ke ...more
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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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Jessica McClain (6 books)
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