Review: Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain) by Amanda Carlson

Posted November 08, 2013, under Book Review, Books, New Releases, Reading, Urban Fantasy

After reading and falling in love with the first two books in the Jessica McClain series, I couldn’t wait for the third book to be released.



Title: Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain)

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Orbit via NetGalley

Release date: October 2013

Pages: 336

ISBN-10: 0316205222

ISBN-13: 978-0316205221

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Magic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.

Jessica McClain is on the run… again.


Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects — witches, demons, and sorcerers — don’t even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.


Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of “the enemy of my enemy” is or her father will die…




I’m a huge fan of Amanda Carlson’s urban fantasy series, so when book three was released, I quickly snatch a copy for myself. Cold Blooded began right where book two ended and dumped us right in the middle of the action. Jessica had just returned from fighting a goddess and saving her mate, Rourke, from a jealous old girlfriend…only to be attacked by a bunch of sorcerers out for her blood. The secret about Jessica’s heritage had spilled into the supernatural world like wildfire, and everyone desperately wanted to get their hands on her. To make matters worse, her best-friend (a witch) had been kidnapped. If Jessica doesn’t hand herself over in trade, they will kill her. Snarky, gun-toting witches take Jessica into custody to ensure that she will keep her part of the bargain.


But things go horribly wrong when demons discover their hideout. Chased cross-country, Jessica and Rourke sought the sanctuary of the vampire queen. Only the queen wanted her own pound of flesh. While imprisoned, Jessica learned a few truths that changed everything. She must balance her need to do what was right with the need to keep her pack safe. New alliances were forged that could either strengthen or break the paranormal world. If Jessica doesn’t keep her wits about her, loosing her life would be the least of her problems.


I loved the intricate plot and non-stop action, not to mention the steamy romance between Jessica and Rourke. YUM! Even the secondary characters were fascinating and kept me coming back for more. The last few chapters felt a little rushed, bits of the story glossed over (maybe saved for an ebook or spinoff?). I adore how Rourke did his best to protect Jessica, but trusted her enough to fight her own battles. Feral wolves, vampire royalty, witches, werewolves, disembodied souls and a grim reaper…what’s not to love? Definitely a book for the keeper shelf!



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  1. Ella Quinn on November 10th, 2013 at 4:15 pm


  2. Melissa Limoges on November 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Great review, Stacey. I have to say I love the font used on the book covers! :)

    • Stacey Brutger on November 16th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks, Melissa!

      I agree! These books were very well done all the way around.